A refrigerator are a necessary household appliance, but with so many brands, sizes, styles, and features to choose from, it gets overwhelming when it comes to purchasing a new one.
So if you’re in the market for a new fridge, it pays to do your research before looking. Here are six things to consider before your final refrigerator purchase.
This is, perhaps, the most important thing to determine before anything else. After all, it would be frustrating to get your new refrigerator home, only to discover it doesn’t fit.
But it’s not just about the area in your kitchen where the fridge will stand. It’s also about:
- Space to open the doors without hitting counters or other cabinet doors.
- Enough room for you to open storage drawers
- The proper height
- Able to fit through all of your interior doorways to the space where it will stand
You should measure to allow at least one inch of clearance around the refrigerator, to accommodate doors opening.
It may be tempting to go ahead with a name-brand you’re familiar with, when it’s marked down but beware: “buyout” or “closeout” refrigerators could pose more problems than they save you in cash.
For example, you may find it difficult to find someone who can repair a discontinued fridge or you may have challenges down the road, finding the parts needed for repairs.
You should also not buy a refrigerator just because of the brand name. While many brands have been around for hundreds of years, there are new modern brands that are equally impressive.
Instead, it’s best to talk with a professional salesperson who can guide you on which brands are more lasting so you’re not stuck with something you can’t repair or resell, or settle for something less than what you could have with a new brand.
Energy-efficient refrigerators can save as much as nine percent on your electricity bill. Energy Star offers a free service for you to research the best energy star certified refrigerators before you buy.
Alternatively, you can speak with a qualified sales professional to get a more personalized picture of the types and brands of energy-efficient refrigerators that would best suit your needs.
Every person and family is different, with different needs. Before you decide on a new refrigerator, determine how much space you need inside, and for what. Do you have a lot of small fridge items that need to go in the drawers? Large crisper drawers? None? More freezer space, or less?
How many shelves would be ideal for you? Would a side-by-side be better for your storage needs? Or do you not need the extra-large storage drawers a side-by-side can provide?
You know your family best, so it’s important to take a look at your current fridge, and see where it has fallen short, space-wise. A new refrigerator should rectify these storage problems so you’re completely satisfied.
From smart fridges to ice and water dispensers, today’s refrigerators come with a huge selection of features to make life easier. Some of today’s more popular refrigerator features include:
- WiFi Connectivity
- Drawers for easier organization
- Different shelving designs
- Automatic temperature controls
- Locks and alarms/alerts
- Touch-screen LED controls
- Different door designs
Today’s refrigerators are far more advanced and many have features you may not even be aware of. It’s important to talk with a professional who can walk you through these features and help you decide which ones you want, and which are not as important.
There are countless finishes on all appliances. Considering the refrigerator is a highlight in the kitchen, be aware of how the finish and color you select, will look once installed. Does it match your existing appliances? Does it accentuate the right things? How will it look in your kitchen lighting?
Purchasing a new refrigerator is exciting, but you should be sure to do your homework before deciding on which one you want to buy. It’s always good to speak with a qualified salesperson who can walk you through the process. Conversely, you can download our Refrigerator Buying Guide to get a jump-start on the process.