When choosing a new refrigerator, it is more appropriate to search by size and style than by brand. However, for those who have had success with a specific make, you may want to stick with it and just take a look at the improved models. Below is an overview of what you need to consider before deciding on a refrigerator.
Features to Consider
** How big is the model that you currently own? A new refrigerator has to fit in the same spot, unless of course you are remodeling your kitchen.
** What are the dimensions of your cabinets? How far out can the refrigerator stick out without being in the way?
** How much storage space will you be needing? Manufacturers tend to overestimate the amount of usable area by 40 percent.
** For small spaces, look for models that have adequate drawers, pull-out shelving, and clear removable bins to get the most out of the limited space and to facilitate cleaning.
** Will there be enough door swing room on either side? Small chest refrigerators and freezers are best for cramped spaces.
** How many people live in your household? For two people, you'll need around 8-10 cubic feet of space and an extra cubic foot for each additional household member.
** Do you want your fridge to match other appliances in the kitchen?
** Two items that clash slightly aren't a big problem if they are not right next to each other.
** Beware of using too many different styles as it will make your kitchen look cluttered, but don't be afraid to try a funky-looking fridge if your kitchen is otherwise tame. Cool retro fridges might be a good choice for a bar or game room.
** Stainless steel finishes and front panels to match cabinetry are nice touches, but don't forget about the extra cost.
* '''Noise and Location'''
** Do you have an open kitchen?
** If it is close to the living room you will want to find a fairly quiet model.
* '''Other Features'''
** Temperature control should be easy to get to and adjust.
** Adjustable shelves that can be raised or lowered to accommodate items of varying sizes.
** Spill-proof shelving.
** Automatic ice maker.
These are the different kinds of refrigerator styles and their basic descriptions. For recommendations on the most popular styles, please refer to the '''Top Picks''' table below.