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6 Considerations When Buying a New Refrigerator

The prospect of purchasing a new refrigerator excites many homeowners to no end


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Buying new appliances for your home may be the adult equivalent of getting new toys as a kid. For one, the prospect of purchasing a new refrigerator excites many homeowners to no end. Upgrading to a new model usually means improving the functionality of your home and possibly completing the look of your interior. With the right model, you can even decrease your monthly electric bill while enjoying the same—or even better—level of performance as your old refrigerator.

To experience all these benefits, though, there’s a catch: you need to invest in a refrigerator that’s better suited to your current needs and lifestyle than the one you currently own. It’s easy to get excited when you’re checking out available refrigerator Philippines units, but don’t get carried away. Approach this task methodically and ensure that the models you are eyeing fit all your requirements. Here are the aspects that you need to look at:

Style

There are 3 major types of refrigerators out in the market, and each has its share of advantages that may be of benefit to you, depending on your needs.

The classic type, which has the freezer at the top and the refrigerator below, offers homeowners the best value for money. They’re often seen in homes because they’re very energy efficient, often using 10 to 20 percent less energy compared to side-by-side-door and bottom-freezer models. Top-freezer models are also much cheaper compared to other styles.

Bottom-freezer models are an option for homeowners who want something out of the ordinary for their home. They’re easy on the eyes, plus they’re also pretty convenient. Because the freezer compartment occupies the bottom section of the unit, you can easily place the items you need the most at eye level. Finally, side-by-side refrigerators feature a refrigerator on one side and a freezer on another. This is the best option for families that need more freezer space.

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Aside from these 3, there are also other variations. You can go with a French door type that combines side-by-side and bottom-freezer designs. There are also four-door refrigerators that will suit bigger families, and cabinet- or counter-depth models that will fit right inside smaller homes.

Dimensions

There’s no point in buying a refrigerator if it won’t fit the space where it’s supposed to go. Take note of the measurement of the free space in your house, and measure the new refrigerator as well to ensure that it’s the right size. In addition to varying widths, refrigerators can also have different depths. A model that’s too deep can jut out and obstruct your walking space around the kitchen. Check as well if the refrigerator can fit through your doors and hallways before committing to the purchase.

Energy Efficiency

Your refrigerator will run 24/7, so buying an energy-hogging model will likely increase your bills. Also, take note that bigger refrigerators use up more energy to stay cool. The good news is that today’s models are designed to be much more energy-efficient than their predecessors. Before deciding on a unit, find out more about its energy rating. Choosing a unit that is Energy Star-certified can help you save money on utilities in the long run.

Storage Capacity

A unit’s storage capacity is dependent on its size and design. Bigger refrigerators can typically store more. If you’re buying a side-by-side style model, though, the freezer and refrigerator compartment will likely be the same size. This is a great option if you tend to buy a lot of frozen products, but it can be a disadvantage if you need more refrigeration space. If you have a small household, you can probably go with a smaller refrigerator, but the same model won’t suffice if you live with a big family.

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Color and Finish

Your refrigerator will likely serve as the centerpiece of your kitchen. To tie the room together, the unit you choose should fit the aesthetics of the room. Luckily, refrigerators these days are available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes, and you can easily find one that complements the look of your kitchen. Refrigerators with stainless steel finish have a neutral look that will fit most rooms. If you’re choosing a built-in model, though, you might need to customize its exterior so it can look like the rest of your cabinets and drawers.

Added Features

Finally, decide on the added features that you need or want your new refrigerator to have. Do you need one with adjustable shelving, temperature-controlled drawers, water dispenser, and ice maker? Are there small kids at home and would you prefer a refrigerator with no sharp edges or those that have customizable doors? If so, list these features down so you can remember to check for them while shopping online or in-store.

Knowing exactly what you want will help you stay focused while you’re being bombarded by online ads or inquiring with sales assistants. At the same time, listing down your non-negotiables and nice-to-have features can make your search for the best refrigerator—one that checks all your boxes and then some—much easier and faster.

 

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Engr. Amy Aguirre
Civil Engineer, fashion model & GineersNow TV host. Speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. Based in Melbourne and Manila. Follow me on Linkedin

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