Finding the Perfect Refrigerator
Host holiday parties from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day without breaking a sweat with a new, updated refrigerator. Make sure you have room for everything from the turkey to the pecan pie to the leftovers—here’s what to look for when you shop.
Choose Your Style Refrigerator
There are pros and cons to the various styles of refrigerators out there: top freezers, bottom freezers, and side-by-side models.
- Top Freezers: Affordable, energy-efficient, and space-conscious
- Bottom Freezers: Slightly more expensive, bottom freezers keep the refrigerator’s contents conveniently at eye-level and offer deep freezer storage
- Side-by-Side: Two full-height doors splits the difference on what’s at eye level and what requires bending/reaching; side-by-side refrigerators are slightly more expensive than bottom freezers.
Refrigerators: Inside and Out
Measure carefully to make sure you know what size refrigerator to shop for, and to make sure you can fit the appliance through doorways, hallways, and stairwells. Refrigerators will also show their size measured in cubic feet—this measures capacity. The general rule of thumb is 4-6 cubic feet of refrigerator space per adult.
Built-in vs. Free-standing Refrigerators
If you have the option to choose between a free-standing and a built-in refrigerator, note a few of the pros and cons of each:
- Built-in refrigerators are more expensive, but longer life spans than freestanding refrigerators
- Built-in refrigerators can be installed flush with cabinetry, but must be professionally installed and cannot be easily moved
- Free-standing refrigerators are more affordable, can be easily moved, and do not require professional installation
- Free-standing refrigerators come with an optional full depth for added interior space, and come in a variety of door styles