When it comes time to buy a new fridge freezer for your home, it is important to thoroughly review refrigerators you are contemplating for purchase. You cannot simply go out and buy the first refrigeration option you see in stores, there are many factors to be considered first. Something as simple as buying too large a fridge could mean it doesn’t fit in your kitchen! Here I list a brief checklist of some the more important items to consider.
How large is the refrigerator you are looking at? The first factor to consider is if you will be able to fit it into your home and your kitchen. A full set of measurements of the desired install space should be collected before going refrigerator shopping.
Also, take note of any access restrictions that might cause issues during delivery. Is your hallway narrow? Are there tight stairwells between the street and your apartment? While have a large fridge freezer is great, they are of no use if they cannot fit into your home.
Ratio of Fridge to Freezer Space
Analyze your current refrigeration solution. Where do you currently find yourself space constrained? Is your freezer always full, but your refrigerator half empty? This suggests you need to purchase a replacement model that has a larger proportion of freezer versus refrigerator space than your current model.
If you purchase – or hunt for – bulk meat then a large freezer is going to be critical for you. If your diet consists largely of fresh produce, then the freezer may not be important to you. You will instead be interested in generously sized vegetable crispers.
Stylistic preferences also come into play. Some people are happy with the traditional top freezer mounted devices, while others will accept nothing than the latest trend of French Door Style fridge freezers.
Do you prefer the freezer at the top or the bottom of the fridge? Do you prefer them to be side-by-side? What about color and finish? There are options available in white, black, stainless steel and more.
Refrigerator Freezer Functionality
All fridges work a little differently. Before buying a new appliance, take some time to check out the controls. Is the thermostat easily accessible and easy to adjust? If not, consider if that matters to you.
Many modern – and more expensive – refrigerators have multiple temperature zones that claim to help preserve foods better. Do useful sounding features like this sound beneficial to you? If so, they may be worth looking for.
Refrigerator Energy Usage
Often overlooked is the energy usage of a modern refrigerator. While a not more efficient than fridge freezers of old, they still do consume quite a bit of electricity. Investing in an Energy Star rated model can help reduce the operating cost of your unit over the years that you will own it.
Of course, no refrigerator review would be complete without factoring in the units cost. Sometimes a particular model may seem great for you, but it is just too expensive to be a rational purchase.
However, do not be tempted to compromise on must have functionality simply to save a few dollars on a cheap refrigerator. It is important to take the price of the unit into account with the other factors discussed above, and not focus solely on the dollar number.