Choose a New Refrigerator Right


Refrigerator_cA refrigerator will take up a lot of space and use plenty of energy. However, the right refrigerator will serve your family well for many years, making it a valuable addition to your kitchen. This article will help you to choose the right refrigerator for you, according to size, configuration, energy efficiency, and your taste and budget.

Refrigerators for Every Taste and Budget

Shopping for a new refrigerator can be a daunting task. First you have to determine how big you want your unit, then you must select a configuration and finally you are forced to choose among a plethora of special features. What is a frazzled fridge shopper to do? First, relax in the knowledge that you will be able to find the perfect refrigerator unit for your family. Then read this article to find the most helpful tips in shopping for the perfect fridge.

Size Selection

Size is an important consideration with a refrigerator. If you buy one that is too small, you will not be able to keep all of your food adequately chilled. If you select a unit that is too large, you waste space and money keeping an empty unit cold. A size of around 9 to 10 cubic feet is generally appropriate for most families. It is also important to know exactly how much space you have in your kitchen to house your new refrigerator. Not all fridges are created equal, and not all spaces created for these units are the same size. The solution? Measure, measure and measure again. Seriously, measure the width of the space in your kitchen three times; once at the top, once in the middle and once at the bottom.

When you go to the kitchen appliance shop, take your tape measure and follow the same guidelines to determine how big a unit is. It is also a good idea to measure the refrigerator door and the kitchen space to ensure that you will be able to open that door all the way when necessary. Consider the side that the door is on as well. Some kitchens are designed for a door that opens on the left and others on the right. Some refrigerators offer doors that can be installed either way to add versatility to the unit you might be considering. A side-by-side usually will not take up as much space with the door open, but can be a bigger unit overall.

Consider Configuration

Refrigerators come in a variety of configurations, with a side-by-side American fridge freezer model as the most popular choice. These units will often come with an ice and water dispenser in the door, adding to the convenience of the model. Other configurations include the refrigerator above with a pull out freezer below. This option provides plenty of freezer space. You can also purchase an alone refrigerator that fits neatly under the counter which is ideal for those who don't require the addition of a freezer. You can either buy these refrigerators with or without a small freezer box at the top of the unit. Finally, you can choose the traditional and most economical model that includes a freezer above and the refrigerator below.

Energy Efficiency

Since that big box in the kitchen will be using a significant amount of your home's juice to run, you want to make sure that you purchase a unit that will be energy efficient. The best way to evaluate efficiency is to check the Eurolabel before you buy. The Eurolabel is a method of ranking appliances in terms of efficiency, and consists of the letters of the alphabet from 'A' to 'G'. If you find an appliance with an 'A' rating, you can rest assured that you are buying the "greenest" appliance that will keep your energy bills as low as possible.

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