Let’s be honest. Many people would consider this to be their favorite, most often visited appliance in the household. So, when you are looking to purchase a new refrigerator for your home, who really knows how many different models, types, pros and cons there are to consider while choosing a new refrigerator for your home? Take a look at our suggestions when considering what type of refrigerator you want to become your new best friend in the kitchen!
Before you jump the gun and fall in love with a refrigerator that will not fit in the space provided in your kitchen, grab that measuring tape from your toolbox. Measure the dimensions of the space you have to fill accurately, and do not forget to leave a few inches above and behind the machine for air to circulate, as well as enough room for the doors to open.
Let’s talk about the different styles of refrigerator units you may be interested in:
Freezer on Top
This type of refrigerator is awesome if you are more of a frozen-food eater. The freezer will be on top, which would be at eye sight and be large enough to accommodate larger platters such as ice-cream cakes and pizza boxes. If you do not mind bending over to grab produce from the crisper bins, this may be the type of unit for you. Make sure you keep an eye out for units with adjustable glass shelves, because they will allow you maximum flexibility for storage, as well as an easy way to clean!
Refrigerator on Top
This type of refrigerator is perfect if you are into fresh food and food preparation. You will not need to bend over to retrieve produce you may be grabbing on-the-go, but you may have trouble finding food in the freezer below. This type of unit will make cooking a breeze! If you decide to go with this type of unit, look for a freezer drawer with baskets or double doors to minimize the amount of cold air escaping.
This kind of refrigerator is the best for those who use both frozen goods and fresh foods about the same amount. It is great for easy access to both the refrigerator and the freezer, but the shelves are narrow, so it could be difficult to store larger items like ice-cream cakes and veggie plates. Since it is much easier to access both facets of the unit, this type of refrigerator is good for families as many children like having access to food and snacks on their own schedule!
Questions You May Not Even Know You Have
Do you want a water and ice dispenser? They are extremely convenient but can drive the purchase price up. What color works well in my kitchen? Typically refrigerators come in the basic white, black, gray and stainless. If you want a cool color to liven up the kitchen, be willing to give up a lot of features you may want or need. What do I look for if I want an energy efficient refrigerator? Keep an eye out for the federal government Energy Star label. The appliances that have this label were rated significantly more energy efficient by the U.S. Department of Energy. How do I dispose of my old refrigerator? The proper way to dispose of an appliance like this is to bring it to an environmentally aware repair man or trash collection agency. They know how to properly dispose of a unit like this that contains harmful chemicals. Can I just keep my old unit in my garage for extra storage? It is highly suggested to not keep your old refrigerator as it likely is an energy-guzzler. With a non-balanced environment like a garage, your refrigerator will be working extra hard in the summertime to cool down, and in the winter your food will most likely freeze as refrigerators do not typically have heating mechanisms to maintain the proper temperature.
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Written By: Madison Jezioro