Chances are you haven't shopped for a refrigerator in a while, so you may be surprised by today's features. Our buying guide helps you find the best fridge for your 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. An easy tip to visualize size - a bag of groceries equals roughly one cubic foot.
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 refrigerator you choose will fit through your doorways for delivery.
Have you ever wished the interior of your refrigerator could look like the advertisement? Smart compartments and organization aids make it easy to keep food fresh and neatly displayed. Look for:
Adjustable glass shelves: Shelves that slide in and out within the refrigerator cavity and shelves that flip vertically from hinges on the outside edges of the shelf create customized space.
Pantry drawers: Refrigerator-width pantry drawers create a separate temperature zone for party trays and snack foods.
Humidity-control drawers: These display fruits and veggies clearly while keeping them fresh with customized humidity settings.
Oversize door bins: Gallon-size door bins efficiently store milk, juice and 2-liter bottles of soda, making them easier to grab while taking up zero shelf space.
Consider the needs of your kitchen to determine if the following features are nice-to-have or must-have:
It can take up to 24 hours for temperature changes to take effect inside the refrigerator and freezer. Exercise patience.
Remember to recycle your old refrigerator.