A refrigerator is the centerpiece of any kitchen. Whether you're moving into a new home or upgrading an outdated kitchen, there are plenty of options designed to fit your space. A new model has features that keep food fresh longer and run efficiently to help save on your energy bill. As you search for a new refrigerator, here are some types, features and tips to consider along the way.
Before you start looking for a new refrigerator, make sure it fits your space properly. Having an appliance that is too bulky or small can make it an eyesore or sometimes unsuable. Here are some useful tips to help you find the right size unit.
Measure Width, Depth and Height of the Opening
Check Your Doorways
Types of Refrigerators
Top Freezer Refrigerators
Top freezer refrigerators feature large fridge space on the bottom with a moderately sized freezer on top. Both sections have single-door closures with the hinges on the same side, allowing you to adjust which side the appliance opens based on your space’s requirements.
Bottom Freezer Refrigerators
Bottom freezer refrigerators are designed with the fridge space at the top for easy access.
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Side-by-side models place the fridge and freezer sections right next to each other.
French Door Refrigerator
French door refrigerators feature two doors that open up to a wide fridge section above a bottom freezer, helping maximize your storage space.
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Freezerless refrigerators come without freezers but have more top to bottom storage space for perishable goods.
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Compact refrigerators provide food storage space in small areas, and some models have a small freezer shelf for frozen goods.
There are a wide variety of features to consider when buying a new refrigerator. Not every model has every accessory, but deciding which ones are essential to you will help you make an informed decision.