Top 4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Refrigerator
Buying a refrigerator isn’t like some other things in life… It’s not just the size that counts; it’s how you use it. Depending on the size of your family and how much time you spend at home versus traveling, your refrigerator has to match your lifestyle. The good news is large manufacturers like Samsung, LG, GE, and others are well aware of these nuances and have built diverse portfolios of models that will certainly fit for your unique needs.
Here are the top 4 things to consider when purchasing a new refrigerator:
- Measurement: Not only do you have to make sure your fridge fits perfectly where you want it, but you also have to measure the things impacted by the unit: Can you fit the unit in your house through the front door? Can you move the fridge to its everlasting space without having to demolish a wall? Can you fully open the fridge doors without bumping into something? Seems trivial but we know people who’ve had to ship their refrigerator back to the store and acquire a smaller one since, you know, changing house to fit the unit wasn’t the most cost-effective option.
- Storage Size: This is where the vendors diversify the most. Their product designers all have different ideas about what people do with their refrigerator and where things should go. Our recommendation is to take a few empty boxes with you when shopping, like milk and egg cartons, and fit them in the demo unit to help with perspective. This will save you a ton of trouble while you plan.
- Style: To stainless steel or not to stainless steel? That is the question. Digitized product or a plain ol’ “keep my food fresh” unit? Your budget will certainly dictate your potential selections. However, we’ll go ahead and share our strong opinion, not backed by any scientific research, just plain aesthetics: go for stainless steel because they are very easy to clean and look slick in any home. As for the digitized part: if you own a smartphone, you should just go ahead and bite the bullet. Increasingly more refrigerators sold on the market are connected to the internet and allow for amazing features, like alerting you when the milk is empty. (…or the beer, whichever one is prioritized in your home).
- Price: Last but not least, price. The range can be as low as $300 and upwards of $3000. We always remind our readers of this cardinal rule: research, research, research. There are amazing deals available online and in-store, some via the sponsors on this page, that can shave off close to 20% of the MRSP. Do the research, plan ahead, and you’re pocketbook will reap the benefits.