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6 Things to Know When Buying a New Fridge

A fridge is not a spontaneous purchase. Not only is it a high-ticket appliance but it also significantly impacts your daily life. As there are hundreds of brands, styles and models, you have plenty of choices to choose from.

Whether you’re looking to spend $500 for a basic model or can afford to pay over $2,000 for the latest double door variant, there’s a fridge out there that fits your needs. Here are 6 things you must consider before buying a new refrigerator for your home:

  • Measure

Precisely measure the space where you want to place your refrigerator. Also make sure to carefully measure the passageways, doors, hallways or any space your fridge will be shipped through. Many deliveries result in disappointment and frustration just because the entrance door is too narrow or there’s not enough space on stairs.

  • Style

There are basically four prominent types of refrigerators currently available on the market. Based on your preferences and budget, you can choose your fridge:

Top Freezer

First and the most basic type available is top freezer. As its name suggests, the freezer is fixed above the fridge compartment. Although, this type may look old school, these fridges are very convenient and handy. Top freezers are very affordable and you can purchase a good one without breaking your bank.

Bottom Freezer

While bottom freezers are not very common, if you find one, they’re economical than French door models. Bottom-mounted freezers generally have slide out drawers, making it easier for you to organize your stuff. Also the majority of bottom mounted freezers are more spacious than the top freezer alternates which make it easier to freeze large articles like whole chicken, etc.

Despite many benefits, people with kids avoid bottom freezers as young children have easy access to the freezer. Also, they are pricier than the bottom freezer versions.

French Door

French door refrigerators are very stylish and functional. They have two doors for the refrigerator and a spacious freezer compartment on the bottom. This refrigerator type is quite expensive and offers a variety of benefits to the user. Since French door refrigerators come with wider shelves and larger door bins, accessing and grabbing food is much easier and convenient than other options.

The more features a refrigerator has, the more energy it consumes to operate. While French door fridge consumes less energy than the previous models, it still consumes more power than small-sized models. Also, these refrigerators don’t suit every kitchen style. 


As its name suggests, the refrigerator compartment and freezer are fixed side by side. While these refrigerators are quite user-friendly and you can have full access to your food without any difficulty, keeping large-sized food items like whole turkey or frozen pizzas won’t be possible, as the freezer compartment is relatively smaller.

  • Budget

Your budget is another important concern that needs your attention before buying a new fridge for your home. As mentioned earlier, you can find basic top freezer models for as low as $500. But, if you choose French door or side-by-side variants, they’re not less than $2,000.

Make sure that you skim through various websites online to check different models and compare prices. The best time to buy refrigerator for your home is during holiday season. So, try to purchase during this time to avail discounts and specialized deals offered by the retailers.

  • Your Lifestyle

This is certainly one of the biggest factors that need your attention before buying a fridge for your home. Do you live alone? Do you have a big family? All of these things can impact the size and style of your refrigerator. In addition to that, your food habits also matter a lot. For instance, the freezer space you need, ice consumption, in-door compartments are all important variables in the refrigerator world. Make sure you do some homework beforehand and choose something that best caters to your requirements.

  • Finish

There is no denying the fact that the matching refrigerator can add so much to your overall kitchen décor. As refrigerator is an expensive investment, make sure you choose a finish that complements the interior of your kitchen. 

  • Reviews

One of the best ways to get a clear idea about available options and their functionality is to read reviews available online. As these reviews are shared by real users who have purchased and used your preferred product in recent times, you can get to know about the real-life performance of that option that can help you make an informed buying decision.

All in all, your fridge is an investment you want to get right. Make sure you get your refrigerator checked by a reliable appliance repair company from time to time to keep it running for a longer period of time.

You can use this post as a guideline to pick the best and most suitable fridge for your home. What other things you think should be added to this list? Feel free to share your feedback below.

Adam Torkildson
Adam is a content marketer, gym rat, husband, father and entrepreneur.

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