CONSIDER THE AVAILABLE SPACE.
Measure the space you plan to put your new refrigerator in, including height, width, and depth. Be sure to take into account any obstacles or features that may affect the placement of the refrigerator, such as doors or cabinets near it. It is also very important whether you will place it on its own or incorporate it into the kitchen furniture. In the latter case, the space limit is extremely strict and you also have to pay attention to the compatibility of the doors – if they can be mounted either on the left or on the right and if they do not have handles or parts that exceed the basic geometry. Watch out for the back! On some models, the condensation tray protrudes one or more centimeters.
DETERMINE WHAT CAPACITY YOU NEED
Think about how much food you typically store in your fridge and freezer, and how many people you feed. This will help you determine the capacity you need. The standard considered by refrigerator manufacturers is 50-75 liters for each family member who will use it. However, there are very large differences due to lifestyle. A family that predominantly eats out will need a much smaller fridge capacity. Also, a family or a person who predominantly consumes prepared and processed products will need an average refrigerator capacity. A family that frequently cooks and/or consumes fresh produce will need a much larger capacity.
DECIDE ON THE TYPE OF REFRIGERATOR
There are different types of refrigerators, including top freezer, bottom freezer, French door, side-by-side, and compact models. It should be noted that in online stores there is no uniform practice in the advertisements of refrigerators, freezers and refrigerators. To make sure you don’t miss any interesting offer, try all three variants. After all, choosing a new refrigerator is something you do every few years. You can give him the time he needs to make an informed decision.
LOOK FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A refrigerator can be a major source of energy consumption. Look for models with an Energy Star rating, which means they are designed to be more energy efficient. Even if they are more expensive, refrigerators with a higher energy efficiency class will save a lot of money over time. Also, by choosing energy efficiency you assume an active role in protecting the natural environment.
CHECK OUT THE ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Consider what features are important to you, such as an ice maker, water dispenser, adjustable shelves, or a door alarm. Also, some of the refrigerators have special functions for keeping fruits and vegetables or for controlling the humidity level inside.
Look for reviews from other customers who have purchased the same model you are considering. This can give you valuable insight into your refrigerator’s performance, reliability and customer satisfaction.
CONSIDER THE PRICERefrigerators can have quite different prices. Set a budget early on and look for models that fit within that range. Keep in mind that a higher-priced refrigerator may offer more features or be more energy efficient, which will lead to significant savings over time.