Refrigerator

Picking the right refrigerator

Picking the right refrigerator usually comes down to two things: size and door style. Whether you prefer french door, side-by-side, or top freezers — we’ve got you covered. You’ll find the right fridge for your kitchen, your lifestyle, and your budget. Let our refrigerator buying guide help you make the right choice.

Measuring your space

If you’ve already found the refrigerator you want but are wondering if it will fit into your home, follow these tips to make sure you have enough room:

When measuring for width
Start at the top of the space and then work your way down. Make sure to measure in at least three locations: top, middle and bottom and account for countertops and baseboards.

When measuring for depth
Measure from the edge of your countertop to the back wall to make sure your fridge doesn’t stick out. Also, take note of any issues like electrical outlets or baseboards.

Rememder to leave some breathing room
You’ll need at least 1 inch on either side, 1 inch along the top, and 2 inches in the back. Plus, if a side has a door hinge, you’ll want at least 2 inches on that side.

Choosing the right size

  • COMPACT TO MEDIUM 17-21 cu. ft
    Best for 2 people

  • LARGE 22-24 cu. ft
    Best for 4 people

  • EXTRA LARGE 25+ cu. ft
    Best for 6 people


Picking the right fridge

                                

French Door

With side-by-side doors for the fridge and a bottom freezer drawer, french door models make it easy to grab the food that you reach for the most. Plus, french door refrigerators don’t need as much clearance for their doors, making them perfect if you’ve got a small space.

    PROS
  • Easier to access food
  • Great for tight kitchens
  • Wide shelves and large bins
  • Tons of freezer storage
    CONS
  • Usually more expensive
  • Freezer can get cluttered


Top Freezer

When it comes to refrigerators, top freezers are the most common models because of their versatility, reliability, and affordable price point. Plus, they are generally more energy efficient! If you’re looking for a budget-friendly fridge you can count on, the classic top freezer model may be a great option for you.

    PROS
  • Can easily store larger items
  • Generally least expensive model
  • Dependable
    CONS
  • Simple styling
  • Need more space for door clearance
  • Harder to access refrigerated items

 


Side by Side

Side-by-side refrigerators are great for smaller kitchens and families who are always on the go! Since you don’t have to worry about stacking food like you do in a drawer, they’re easy to keep organized.

    PROS
  • Usually less expensive
  • Great for narrow spaces
  • Most have water & ice dispensers
    CONS
  • Hard to store large items
  • Can be less energy efficient
  • Narrow freezer space

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