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Refrigerator Buying Guide

Chances are you haven't shopped for a refrigerator in a while, so you may be surprised to discover many different styles and features. Check out this video and get more information below to help you find the perfect fridge.


Refrigerator Styles

  • Top-Freezer / Bottom-Freezer: These models have reversible doors, so if you're limited by sidewalls or a kitchen island, the doors can swing left or right.
  • Side-by-Side: This is the best bet for a kitchen with limited space, like a galley kitchen, as it takes up the least room with the doors open.
  • French Door with Bottom-Freezer: Allows for easier accessibility to the fresh-food compartments and main refrigerator area.
  • Counter-Depth: A stylish option that sits flush with the cabinet fronts, providing a built-in look without a built-in price.
  • Compact: A scaled-down version often used in dorm rooms, basements or family rooms. There's usually little to no freezer.


Refrigerator Size and Capacity

Most people return a refrigerator because it doesn't fit properly in their kitchen. Measure the height, width and depth of the space your new fridge will occupy. Make sure there's extra space to allow proper airflow around your refrigerator once installed.

Next, consider your food buying habits. If you purchase more fresh foods than frozen, you'll want easy access and storage space in the refrigerator. If you buy more frozen foods, you'll need more freezer space.

Finally, make sure the one you choose fits through doorways for delivery.



Special Features

  • Adjustable Shelves: Customizable space lets you make the most of your food storage needs.
  • Dual-Cooling System: Allows freezers to circulate cool air separately from the fridge to help keep your ice from tasting like garlic bread.
  • Temperature Control: Full-width pantry drawers with optional temperature control, allow you to keep deli trays or large platters fresh. You can even opt for a separate drawer that pulls open from the outside, letting you grab things quickly without opening the fridge door.
  • In-Door Icemaker: Easily get ice without opening the freezer door.
  • In-Door Ice Storage: These systems can free up to 30% more freezer space. On some models, the ice bucket can tilt out or be removed with one hand for bulk dispensing.
  • Energy-Saving Models: ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators use a minimum of 20% less energy than nonqualified models — saving you money on utility bills. You may also be eligible for rebates from your city when buying ENERGY STAR® qualified models.
  • Storage Solutions: Gallon-size door bins efficiently store milk, juice and 2-liters of soda, making them easier to grab while taking up zero shelf space.