A new refrigerator can be fun to shop for. After all, some models have amazing features that seem to be straight from the future. From gentle-close doors to freezer compartments that keep your ice cream at the exact temperature that’s perfect for soft serve, it can be tough to discern which features you really need versus which ones are just plain cool.
Before you bring home a new, top-of-the-line model, here’s a guide on how to buy a new refrigerator that makes sense for you and your kitchen.
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Before you venture out into the world of refrigerator shopping, you have to know your dimensions. Measure before you shop and you’ll know for sure that whatever you do end up picking will actually fit in your kitchen!
Best Buy’s refrigerator buying guide even recommends taking several measurements at different locations since cabinets and floors can sometimes be uneven. Don’t forget to also measure out how much space you’ll need for that fridge door to swing open or for you to gain full access to a freezer drawer.
Get a feel for your kitchen’s flow
Get comfortable in your kitchen area. Get a good feel for which direction you want your fridge to open, and your kitchen will work to your advantage. Many refrigerators have door openings that are reversible, but you never know when you’ll stumble upon the perfect appliance for the perfect price. Knowing that you need a left-opening fridge to keep your cooking flow intact makes shopping a little bit easier when it comes down to decision making time.
Decide what you really value
Are you on the hunt for usable storage space, energy efficiency, or the ultimate in quiet appliances? Take control of your kitchen and get the fridge that will suit your needs. If storage isn’t your top priority, shop for a counter depth refrigerator to give a built-in feel without having to go through the effort of making it so. It’s a shallower model, but the sleek and modern look is worth it to some.
Style matters, too!
With a whole world of refrigerators at your fingertips, there are some choices to be made. Side-by-side and French door, bottom freezer, or the traditional top freezer — the options seem to go on forever. But each style is meant to meet certain needs, so look a little deeper before making a decision.
Side-by-side: A sleek look, especially for small kitchens since excess room isn’t needed for opening full-size doors. A wide variety of needs can be met with this style, since both fresh and frozen foods can be accessed with similar ability.
Bottom-freezer: It can be tough to find what you’re looking for in the freezer for this style, but for those who aren’t heavily reliant on frozen foods, bottom-freezer refrigerators can make a lot of sense. With a large top area, there’s plenty of room for food trays if you like to entertain, as well as room for plenty of fresh goods if you prefer to shop at specialty bulk stores.
Top-freezer: Traditional fridge style! This style makes it easy to accommodate ice and frozen foods (ice cream, anyone?). There’s also plenty of easy access to the fridge area for entertaining friends and family.
Specialty food storage
Are you a foodie? Many models have specialized temperature and humidity control for certain compartments. Controlled temps make sense for some, but not for others. If you’re one who entertains often, or one who just really enjoys the art of cooking or baking, this is a feature worth looking into.
Tech features (that actually make sense!)
1. LG Door-in-Door 28.6-Cubic Foot French Door Refrigerator, $2.299.99; 2. Samsung Family Hub 27.9-Cubic Foot 4-Door Refrigerator, $4,894.99
High-tech features that may seem frivolous can work in your favor, depending on your needs. Open door alarms for the forgetful (or very busy), child safety features, super-fast ice makers (margaritas, anyone?). These tech advances on refrigerators can make life easier for almost everyone.
The sky’s the limit on new refrigerator technology! The door-in-door feature that can reduce energy loss is a major selling point on the LG refrigerator with thru-the-door ice and water pictured above. One reviewer says, “The amount of space is fantastic. The ice in the door is a great feature. It means there is so much space in the top shelf than other brands. We never run out of ice and the second ice maker is great for loading up a cooler. The door-in-door feature is definitely a nice to have but is convenient. I don’t have the same issue of not closing it properly.”
If you’re looking for an extra helping hand in the kitchen, the Samsung Family Hub fridge above snaps photos of the groceries in your fridge so you can check how much milk you have left on your smartphone. You can even order those groceries online with the built-in touchscreen, which also features a family calendar, photos, and space to leave notes for your kids or hubby.
Most refrigerator purchases include at least one or two bells and whistles — just be sure to assess your needs before you go shopping and stick to your budget!