The Ultimate Refrigerator Buying Guide

With so many options to choose from, picking a refrigerator for your needs can be a chore. Check out our refrigerator buying guide to help you get it right.
In 2017, the home appliance industry reached the $526 billion mark worldwide.

So when you’re looking for a refrigerator for your home, it can be hard to know where to start!

That’s why we’ve created this ultimate refrigerator buying guide just for you.

Check it out below!

Start with the Type

When looking for the right fridge for you, start by deciding which type is right for you. There are all kinds of shapes and sizes these days. So start by considering the style, capacity, and price range that will work best.

Let’s go through each of the most common types.

Top Freezer

A top freezer is the most common fridge type out there. The freezer compartment is on top and the refrigerator is underneath.

These are a great choice because they have a lot of storage space. There are no frills and no ice machines taking up space–and the average capacity of one of these fridges is 20 cubic feet.

Top freezer models are also a good choice because they’re one of the most energy efficient options available. In fact, they use 10 to 25% less energy than side by side or bottom freezer models.

Another great perk? They’re usually the cheapest, averaging only $500. So if you’re looking for something super modern and unique, a top freezer fridge probably isn’t for you. But if you need a simple, reliable model, this is a great pick!

Bottom Freezer

Bottom freezers are another type of the best refrigerators out there. Here are the details.

Bottom freezers aren’t that different than top freezer units. The biggest change is pretty obvious–where the freezer is!

One of the big benefits of these is for people who use their refrigerator section more than the freezer. You won’t have to bend down to get to the bottom of the fridge since it’s up higher. This is also nice because the refrigerator section is at eye level.

But don’t be worried about accessing the freezer. Many models these days offer a pull-out drawer option for easy use. Also know that bottom freezers are often a little bigger than top freezer models, but not by much. The average capacity is 23 cubic feet.

When it comes to a bottom freezer, there are two main types of styles. The first is a french door option. This has two side-by-side doors on top with one single door freezer below.

The other style is the double door model. This has one door for the freezer below as well as one door for the refrigerator.

Keep in mind that because of their increased functionality, bottom freezers typically cost a little more than top freezers, around $700.

Side by Side Styles

Side by side units divide the fridge vertically, with the left half housing the freezer and the right half housing the refrigerator portion.

These are nice because they provide easy to access to both the fridge and freezer sections. They are also a good fit for narrow kitchens because they don’t require as much clearance when opening.

However, they can be small. The average capacity is 24 cubic feet, but an ice maker and water dispenser often take up a large amount of the freezer. The divider between the sections can also take up extra space.

Pricing for these models often starts around $900.

Four Door Refrigerators

Have a big family? These are your best bet.

This is because about 80% of their cubic square footage is actually useable storage space. These fridges have a french door style on top as well as a bottom freezer.

Up top, there is also a middle door that houses a drawer. Most people keep their most used items here for easier access.

The average capacity is 28 cubic feet and pricing starts around $2000.

Other Factors to Consider in this Refrigerator Buying Guide

Think about What Foods You Use Most

When deciding on your fridge, take a second and think about the foods you use most and your eating habits.

For example, do you eat a lot frozen meals or freeze leftovers often? Then you need a good sized freezer. You may also want to look for one that has features to lessen the effects of freezer burn.

Are you an avid wine drinker? See if you can find a fridge with a wine rack inside. If you often have ingredients that need special temperatures, look for a fridge that has drawers with customizable temperatures.

Consider Color

Your fridge is a big part of your overall kitchen. You want to make sure it matches the rest of the room.

What color are the rest of your appliances? It’s generally a good idea to match them. The most common fridge colors are black, white, and stainless steel.

However, there are bolder options available. Vintage fridges from the 50s and 60s are often blue, red, or green. Some companies are bringing these back.

Having your fridge be a unique color can bring a great splash of color into an otherwise sterile space. So think about what would work in your kitchen!

Need help deciding on a color scheme? Use a free online color scheme generator.

Check out the Storage Options

Before deciding on your new fridge, check out the different storage options out there. Here are some of the most common storage functionalities:

  • Shelves with adjustable heights that allow you to store oversized items, especially handy for entertaining
  • Split shelves that are useful for storing tall containers or bottles
  • Bin dividers that can be inserted to better organize items

Humidity Control

Did you know that various fruits and vegetables differ in their recommended humidity levels? If you’re an avid produce eater, this one’s for you.

Some fridges allow you to control the humidity levels of the different drawers in your fridge. This way, your citrus can be at their best level as well as your lettuce.

Say goodbye to having to throw out your produce because of incorrect humidity levels.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve gone through our refrigerator buying guide, it’s time to make a choice!

For a wide selection of fridges, check out our options. And feel free to contact us with any questions!