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Things to consider when Buying a Refrigerator

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.


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