Through the years, the refrigerator has improved in both style and in function, and here’s what to know when shopping for one.
- Add a 1 inch gap on all sides to prevent overheating
- Poor ventilation diminishes performance
- Refrigerator insulation may expand the walls up to a 1/2 inch
- Consider any walls that may block opening of the refrigerator doors
- Other considerations include kitchen counters, islands, and drawers
- Make sure to measure every doorway the fridge will travel towards installation
- Consider the total amount of food you would have any one time
- Calculate 8 cubic feet per person for “family size” fridges
- Produce bins are on the bottom, so reaching for veggies may be a challenge
Shop French Door Fridges
- Wider interior space than a side-by-side
- Great for larger fridge items and food organization
- Lacks in energy efficiency
Finish is an extremely important decision when choosing a fridge or any appliance. In fact, a stainless steel finish may actually add value to the home because the look is timeless.