Looking for a new refrigerator? Here are a few simple questions to ask before deciding what to buy.
What size space do you have available?
• Customers should make sure to measure the width, depth and height of the space where their new refrigerator will be placed.
• In the past, people with smaller cut-outs leaned toward top freezers. However,
options that include smaller versions of side-by-sides, bottom freezers and French-door bottom freezers are available.
• Counter-depth models are designed to be flush with countertops to provide a sleek, built-in appearance. These models are also the perfect solution for kitchens with a limited cutout depth, saving up to 5” of valuable floor space.
Do you and/or your family eat more frozen foods or fresh foods?
• If you eat more frozen foods, you will want a freezer that is easy to access and has a large capacity. Top freezers and side-by sides might be better options. Be aware that the freezer compartment in a side-by-side is narrower.
• Customers who eat more fresh foods may want a fresh food section that has more capacity. Bottom freezers keep all fresh foods at a higher level for easy reach and allow for the storage of wide items like deli trays.
Does your family eat a lot of fruits and vegetables?
• If yes, then you may want features like humidity-controlled crispers or dual evaporators that help keep fruits and vegetables fresh. Some Kenmore Elite side by- side models offer Fresh ’N Ready bins for easy access to produce on the door.
Do you want to get water and/or ice from the refrigerator without opening the door?
• Almost all side-by-sides and most bottom freezers provide filtered water from the door. Few top freezers provide this feature.
Is styling important to you?
• If you want a built-in look, you may want a counter-depth, side-by-side or bottom freezer. These models have less depth, leaving the cabinet flush with the countertops, but have slightly less capacity.
• External dispensers on certain models have a more integrated look with the refrigerator door.
• Some models have smooth, contoured doors.
• Some models have longer doors that hide the hinges.
Are you concerned about energy consumption?
• You may want to select a refrigerator that is designated as ENERG Y STAR® qualified. These models are at least 20% more energy efficient than the Department of Energy standard and can provide significant savings over the life of the refrigerator.