How to Choose the Best Refrigerator for You

How-to-find-the-best-French-door-refrigerators-3If you are having problems with your refrigerator and it is over 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing it.  The life span for most refrigerators is between 10 and 20 years.  However, if your refrigerator is less than 10 years old and this is the first repair you may want to consider having it fixed.  Still if it is not energy efficient a new one may be in order.

When you are deciding what you want in a new refrigerator there are several things to consider.  Most important is size.  Be sure to measure and then measure again a second time to be certain you purchase a refrigerator that will fit in the space available.  Also be sure there is clearance for the doors to open.

You need to consider how you use your refrigerator.  Do you buy a lot of frozen products.  Then you will need larger freezer capacity.  If you purchase more fresh foods then you need more refrigerator space.

Refrigerators are available in different styles such as French-door with a bottom freezer, top freezer, bottom freezer or side by side.  Retro styles are available too.  The appliances with either the top or bottom freezer seem to have less repair problems.  Refrigerators are also available in different finishes such as stainless steel,  white or black.

Do you want an ice maker, do you want filtered water available without having to open the door.  Is a large  refrigerator drawer important to you. Do you want temperature controlled zones in the refrigerator.

Kenmore-refrigerator-2Most refrigerators come with adjustable shelves and adjustable door bins which will store gallon milk containers, sodas and juice.  You’ll want to consider the ease of cleaning the inside of your appliance.

An Energy Star energy saving refrigerator uses a minimum of 20% less in energy thus saving money on your utility bills.

Before making your purchase you will want to check out various styles and models.  Explore availability on websites of various manufacture and then go to the store to check the refrigerators out in person. Determine how much you can afford to spend on this appliance.   Buying a refrigerator is an expensive purchase  and the price can go up dramatically depending on the extra features you want.  It is also something you will be using for years to come so you want to be sure you are buying a refrigerator that will meet the needs for  you and your family.