It is probably hard to know where to start when it comes to buying a new refrigerator, especially if you have never done it before. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with some of the most important things you need to know. Read on to stay knowledgeable as you navigate the fridge market.
Freestanding vs Built-in Refrigerators
If you are looking for options, it is important to know the difference between freestanding refrigerators and built-in refrigerators before you begin shopping. A freestanding refrigerator is easy to install because it is simply plugged in and pushed into the cabinetry. Built-in refrigerators are, on the other hand, built into your cabinetry. With paneling, they can be matched to the cabinets in the room and fit seamlessly into the space. In addition to freestanding fridges, they are shallow with no front protruding past the counter, giving it a more customized appearance.
Where/How the Refrigerator Fits
It is often overlooked how much space refrigerators take up. Not only do they take up space on their own, but you will need additional space behind them so that they can breathe and vent heat. These requirements should be included with the refrigerator’s information. Ensure that the appliance will fit through the doorway and around any islands or obstacles in your house. Always be safe and leave your refrigerator with some wiggle room.
The doors must open to allow you good access to all the stuff inside the fridge if you choose anything other than a French-door style. Specify which way you want the doors to open if they are reversible. If the doors only open up one way, you will have to crane your neck to get in. Whichever refrigerator model you like, you will need to decide what suits you and your space.
Look at your refrigerator and list all of the things you like about it, or what you would like to see added to it. You might not be able to live without an ice maker, but most European models lack that feature. Your wish list should be included in the model you like. Of course, the more bells and whistles you want, the more you will have to spend. Storage space can also differ between brands and orientations. While most new refrigerators are going to be more energy-efficient than the ones available a decade ago, you should still look for an EPA Energy Star rating to ensure you will be saving money on your energy bill.