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Shopping for a New Refrigerator

Updated on November 24, 2007

Kitchens tend to be the most heavily trafficked room in the house, and refrigerators are probably the most frequently used appliances in every home. They are functional and serviceable, and they are also an important part of kitchen décor. There are many important considerations when purchasing a refrigerator for your home.

Aesthetic Appeal

This large appliance is the focal point of the kitchen, so it's important to choose one that matches the overall décor of the room. When selecting a refrigerator, you should definitely consider the design and color scheme of your kitchen. Refrigerators are available in many different sizes, colors, and styles. Many people choose appliances in the same color for continuity throughout the room. The most common colors are white, almond, stainless, and black. You can also purchase refrigerators in a variety of primary colors.

Appliance Size

Before you start shopping for a refrigerator, take exact measurements of the area in which the appliance has to fit. Purchasing a refrigerator that is the wrong size, whether it is too small or too large, can be a serious problem. It's also important to consider your grocery shopping and food preparation habits. If your current refrigerator is always overcrowded, you may want to consider purchasing a larger model if your home will accommodate a larger appliance.

Storage Style

When deciding which model of refrigerator you want, it's important to consider how you and the other members of your household will use the appliance. If you need to make sure that children have access to both the refrigerator and freezer compartments, a side by side refrigerator might be the best choice for you. Others prefer styles with freezer compartments on the top or the bottom.

Energy Considerations

One of the first things you should check out when shopping for new appliances is the energy efficiency rating. Energy costs are an important consideration for every homeowner, so it only makes sense to choose a refrigerator rated for smart energy consumption.

Purchasing a refrigerator is an investment in your home. It's important to choose an appliance that meets the needs of your family today and for several years in the future. It should coordinate with your existing appliances, match your overall decorating scheme, and provide a safe and convenient way to store your family's food. By spending a little time considering your needs before you purchase a refrigerator, you will be able to choose the best refrigerator for your particular situation.

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