A complete guide on how to buy a refrigerator
Times have changed. Every time you decide to go for shopping, you’d get bombarded with tons of options to choose from. The same case applies to refrigerator. With the advancement in technology, manufacturers aim to provide their customers with refrigerator that are modern, up to date and equipped with latest features available in the market. As a result, you will far too many styles, colors, and smart features to choose from. Without a hinge of doubt, this can be downright overwhelming for you.
But don’t worry anymore, in this guide – we aim to solve your problem and help you in choosing refrigerator that is best for you. Let’s start with style.
When it comes to style, there are four popular options in the market: top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side and French door.
Top freezer is the most common style; two-thirds of the fridge are dedicated to storing food while the freezer on top is for frozen food items, ice etc. Top freezers provide you with good storage space and are also economical. If you are not looking for anything fancy and just want a refrigerator that does the job, go for this.
Bottom freezer, evident by its name has the freezer on the bottom. If you like to have easier access to fresh foods, which are right at the bottom in a top freezer, a bottom freezer is perfect for you. It is not much different than a top freezer and are typically slightly bigger than them.
A side-by-side fridge model enables you to have frozen food on one side and fresh food on the other. While some models equally divide the fridge and freezer section, others give a few extra inches to the fridge side. In contrast to bottom or top freezers, side-by-side freezers have more features. They are available in a wide range of models. If you have extra money to spend and space is a bit of an issue, you should choose a side-by-side fridge.
The French door style refrigerators are as fancy as their name. They are a combination of bottom freezer and side-by-side model. Which means, you get to have a double door fridge with a freezer on the bottom. They are ideal for households that either have large families or tons of grocery and food items to store. Compared to the rest of the models, French door refrigerator are the most expensive option in the market. If money is not a problem and you are looking for ultimate class, choose French door.
The next question is to wonder what size you should buy. Here are the capacity ranges of all four models:
- Top freezers: 14.5 - 24.0 cubic feet
- Bottom freezers: 19.0 - 24.9 cubic feet
- Side-by-sides: 20.0 - 29.0 cubic feet
- French doors: 18.0 - 32.0 cubic feet
As a general rule, for every adult in the home – you need about 4 to 6 cubic feet of space in the refrigerator combined with some extra space. For instance, if you’re a family of four – you might want to get a refrigerator with over 20 cubic feet space at least.
The second factor to consider while deciding the size of refrigerator is your kitchen. You don’t want to purchase a full-size refrigerator only to find out it does not fit or that the door cannot be opened because of less space. Before going for refrigerator shopping, measure the height, width and depth of the space in which you will place the unit.
The last but not the least, when you purchase a bigger fridge – the upfront and down the line costs increase too. The bigger the fridge – the more electricity bill you’ll have.
Now that you have decided the size and model of the refrigerator you want to buy, there are a few additional factors you need to consider.
Orient Refrigerators are backed up with Smart Refrigerator Technology.All thanks to technology, first we had smartphones and now we also have smart refrigerators. Evident by their name, smart refrigerators aim to make your life easier. Whether or not you should buy a smart refrigerator depends on your budget. Here are a few features that smart refrigerators come with:
- Voice control: With voice control, you can adjust the temperature of your fridge, know if the water filler should be replaced etc.
- Fridge camera: The camera lets you check what’s inside the fridge from your phone.
- Fridge apps: Some fridges come with touchscreens on the door with kitchen apps of their own. They range from setting a cooking timer, updating the digital calendar, listening to music online, checking a recipe etc.
This is one of the most redundant terms you’d hear while shopping for refrigerator. Counter-depth fridge simply means a unit that can align perfectly with the edges of counter tops of your kitchen. The reason why it’s popular is that it gives a custom-designed and expensive appearance to your kitchen. They are comparatively less spacious than other refrigerators and cost more too.
Features to look for:
Here is a list of the features you should look into before settling on a refrigerator:
- Temperature & climate control: Many models now have sectional climate controls so that you can set climate according to food in a particular section. Similarly, some models also offer temperature-adjustable drawers.
- Storage space: A fridge that does not have efficient storage space will be of no use. If you are in a constant need for more storage, check how many drawers and shelves it has. Can the shelves be folded up if there are taller items to be stored?
At the end of the day, it comes down to your personal preferences and requirements. How much budget you have allocated, what size of fridge is enough for your family and the features you need are some of the driving forces behind making a decision. Choose wisely. You can find a wide range of refrigerator options on Orient. Check now.