How to Choose the Perfect Fridge for you Kitchen
It’s often called the most important appliance in your kitchen for a reason. A refrigerator not only keeps your perishable food item cold and well-preserved, it also functions as an extension of your kitchens style and design scheme. This makes shopping for one tricky, since you often just see an ideal model on the showroom floor – not how it would look and fit in your actual kitchen at home. This is why those shopping for a new refrigerator unit should do a little prep work beforehand. Therefore, here’s a handy guide to choosing the perfect fridge for your kitchen.
Decide upon which style you need
If you generally know where your fridge is going to go, you’re going to want to decide on what style might best suit this niche space in your kitchen. Do you want a counter depth that’s built in or do you want a side by side counter-depth or a full-depth, standard model? Do you want a bottom freezer or a top one, or even a side by side freezer. Then you’ll want to know if you want a built-in model or one that’s different from your kitchen cabinets. Which leads to another strategy for buying a new fridge….
Understanding your kitchen’s style and how a fridge might complement it.
If you plan on buying a built-in fridge that matches your cabinets, you already are trying to have it match with everything else in your kitchen. There are even some fridges that are fully integrated into your cabinet scheme and look like a pantry rather than a fridge. If you intend on buying one that’s not built-in, you need to consider the type of finish you’re looking for and how it might best complement the color scheme of your cabinets and counter tops.
Take Enough Measurements
Refrigerators get returned so often because it doesn’t fit in the space it was intended for in the kitchen. Even if you have a small kitchen, there is bound to be a unit that can suit your needs. Even obstructions like sidewalls or a kitchen island can be over come with a fridge that’s the right size. Measure the area you intend to install it two times to ensure you’re shopping with the correct dimensions in mind. Also take into account how much swinging or extending door space you have in any given area where you might put one in. Side-by-side units are always great since they often have narrow doors and less swing space, for example.
Which is the Best Configuration?
Do you want French doors, top-freezer or bottom freezer. If you eat more frozen food or often save more frozen items than fresh one, a larger freezer might be what you need instead of one with just enough space for a gallon of ice cream.
Water and Ice
Most refrigerators come with a water and ice dispenser but there are models that don’t. You’ll have to decide ahead of time if you’re willing to pay extra for these features.
Refrigerators are always on, which can be a significant monthly electricity expense if you think about it. Choosing Energy Star qualified models often results in 20% less energy use than those unqualified as such. Energy Star models also offer rebates from certain cities upon purchase, so there is that to think of as well.
Maybe you’d like door shelves that can hold milk gallons, or spill-proof shelving. Maybe you’d like LED lights inside rather than incandescent bulbs or wide storage drawers and temperature control zones. There are so many innovations in fridge design that you can find exactly a solution to the kind of problem you had with your last fridge.
At the end of the day, only you are the best judge for what kind of fridge you think is best for you. You will most likely get exposed to all many of sales pitches when you go to any hardware or department store to find one, so it’s best to have a plan in mind rather than rely on someone who’s looking more for a higher commission rather than finding the right unit for you. That’s why having a good plan ahead of time and doing a little research will make finding the perfect fridge go smoothly.