Category: Appliances

Which Type of Refrigerator is Suitable for Me?

  • By Householders Guide
  • 25th September, 2011
Refrigerator Types

Because a refrigerator is a long lasting appliance that would be of service for many years, it is important to carefully consider the different refrigerator types when it is time to buy a new one.

It may be necessary to spend some time researching the various options and to compare the various refrigerator types with each other to make the best possible decision.

What are the Main Considerations?
The very first thing to do is to determine the budget that is available and to decide whether the new refrigerator will be bought cash or on terms. In the latter case, it is important to remember that any purchase made on credit adds a considerable amount to the final price. The next step is to consider the space that is available for the new refrigerator, both the width and the height, and at the same time, it may be wise to determine the storage needs of the family, keeping in mind that a refrigerator need to be at least two thirds full to function optimally.

There are three basic refrigerator types; top mount, with the freezer section at the top, bottom mount, with the freezer at the bottom, and side-by-side. The latter normally has a bigger capacity, whilst the other two refrigerator types are often more economical. Capacity is one thing, but the way in which it is presented in the refrigerator is quite another matter. It is therefore important to check the capacity of the door and the way in which the shelves, crispers and bins are distributed. In most cases, it is better to rather consider a model that offer adjustable shelving. It is also necessary to consider accessories such as ice and water dispensers, because they take up capacity, and unless they are needed, this capacity can be put to better use.

Another very important consideration is the warranty; in some cases, the warranty and service contract cost an additional amount, and in other cases, it is included in the purchase price. The terms and conditions of the warranty should be studied carefully because many warranties are very specific regarding the aspects that are covered and the conditions under which the warranty is valid.

All refrigerators are energy intensive; in fact, in homes without air conditioning, the refrigerator can consume a large percentage of the total energy needs of an average home. Most people nowadays consider the environment when making purchases, and it is advisable to consider a model that is energy efficient. Refrigerators that feature the Energy Star label exceed the federal efficiency standards by at least twenty percent. In the long run, an energy efficient refrigerator will not only help conserve the environment, but will also save money on the energy bill.

Once all the major requirements have been considered, it is important to shop around and compare different models with each other. The Internet is a convenient medium for conducting research, and there are many different websites that offer independent reviews of several different refrigerator types.

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