Refrigerator Buying Guide – Tips You Need to Know When Buying a New Refrigerator

Last Updated on November 4, 2021 by Kravelv

With a plethora of designs, options, and prices, buying a new refrigerator is no easy decision. These day’s refrigerators aren’t only energy-efficient, they’re equipped with cool news technologies too, extending the shelf life of your food more than ever before. We’ll explain what you need to know to buy the best refrigerator for your home and within budget. Read on to find out:

Refrigerator Types and Prices

Always purchase a refrigerator that will meet your household needs, nothing more and nothing less. Here’s a list of the different kinds, capacities, and price ranges of a standard refrigerator sold today.

Top Freezer

This classic style is the most budget friendly for most homeowners. They are also the slimmest, most efficient and the least expensive ones. The freezer is found at the top of the unit, with the refrigerator below it. These fridges have had a lot of useable storage space for their size, when compared with refrigerators with features, such as ice makers or water dispensers, which usually take up a lot of space. The average capacity of these models is 20 cubic feet.


Prices start at about $500, but you can get can buy some Indian brands like Godrej Refrigerators for less than that.

Bottom Freezer

In bottom freezer refrigerators, the freezer compartment is in underneath the fridge unit. This design makes it easier to reach to food in the fridge without bending over. Besides, the items in the freezer are also easily accessible. The doors of this refrigerator may feature a single or two French-style doors.

Prices start at about $700. Average capacity is around 19-22 cubic feet.


Side-By-Side Refrigerator

These refrigerators are suitable for households who want a lot of fridge and freezer space. Side-by-side units are mainly designed to hold larger plates and platters. The refrigerator and freezer are built directly next to each other. This makes the items in the fridge and freezer within easy reach.

Prices start at about $900. The average capacity of these models is 24 cubic feet.

Built-In Refrigerator

These are constructed to blend in with the entire kitchen and the cabinets, instead of being installed as a separate appliance. The main attraction of built-in fridges is it integrates seamlessly with the kitchen’s interior décor. They are highly customizable and have a huge variety of options to choose. Prices start at $2,000.  Average capacity varies but offers around 28 cubic feet.


Compact Refrigerator

These refrigerators are made to fit in tight, small spaces or beneath counters. They are very suitable for bedrooms, dorms, offices, home bar and hotel mini bars. Among all refrigerator models, they have the least capacity.

Style and Finish

Modern refrigerators are now available in different trims, stylish and customizable panels, colors and finishes.  Choose a model that fits your taste and the interior of the kitchen. Always buy stainless steel refrigerators even though they cost more, but they don’t go out of style and easier to clean.

Energy Efficiency

Choose a refrigerator that is Energy Star-rated as they consume at least 20 percent less energy than the federal standards requirements. They are environmentally friendly and reduce your electricity bills.


Other Features To Looks Out For

  • Many refrigerators now have door or temperature alarms, child locks, Wi-Fi, even built-in screens for using the internet or watch TV shows. So, check out for those if you need them. However, keep in mind these models are expensive.
  • The Quiet Operation feature reduces the noise from your refrigerator and helps keep your kitchen quiet, as some fridges tend to make some noise when they run at full capacity.
  • Built-in ice maker and water dispenser are useful features as you can have ice and cold water instantly by pressing a button. Make sure the in ice maker and water dispenser have built-in filtration systems.
  • Some fridges have fast-cooling compartments that cool things faster without freezing them.

Extended Warranties

We highly recommended you buy a refrigerator that offers an extended warranty for at least one-year or more depending on the dealer.


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