How to choose the perfect refrigerator?



One of the most integral appliances that are a must in every house is refrigerators. These days, electronic manufacturers are launching new models with new features, and as a result, the task of choosing the perfect refrigerator has not only turned confusing but also tedious.

It is very vital to choose a refrigerator wisely, because it is a long term investment, and it shall be part of your home for many years. Whether you are purchasing a basic refrigerator for general needs or one to meet specific needs of you and your family, there are several factors that should be considered.

Size of the family and refrigerator – Needless to be mentioned but first of all, you need to ascertain the size of the family. The larger the family size, the larger the refrigerator needs to be. In certain situations, lifestyle should also be considered. You might have a small family, but if you host dinner parties frequently, then very soon you shall be frustrated with a small refrigerator.

Available space – Secondly, determine the available space for the refrigerator. Measure the available space in terms of width and height.

Determine the style that works best for you – There are basically three types of refrigerators for you to choose.  The types include side by side refrigerator, bottom freezer refrigerators and top freezer refrigerators. Among these top freezer refrigerators are the most popular options. Bottom freezer refrigerators feature freezer at the bottom and are hence suitable for family with elderly people who have difficulty in bending. On the other hand, side by side refrigerators work best in small kitchens with limited space.

Energy Label – Look for an energy label on all the models of refrigerators you consider. The label shall tell you the energy consumption of the appliance during a year. Compare the consumption rate between different models. It goes without saying that the perfect refrigerator would be one that consumes the least amount of electricity. Remember that top freezer refrigerators consume almost 10 to 25 percent less electricity than other two types. In addition, refrigerator with 16 to 20 cubic feet is the most energy efficient size.

Always purchase a refrigerator that has features you desire but do not forget with an increase in features, the price of the appliance shall also increase.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on February 23rd, 2011

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