Video:Tips for Buying a Refrigeratorwith Debbie Anderson
A refrigerator can be a major purchase for a household. Make sure you get all the functionality and style you desire with these tips on what to look for when buying a refrigerator.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Buying a RefrigeratorHi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! Whether you are buying a new refrigerator for your first home, a mini fridge for your dorm room, or a replacement refrigerator for the one that just died, before you rush out the door to buy that new refrigerator, there are a few key features you need to consider.
Location of the RefrigeratorFirst consider the location where you will be putting your new refrigerator. Create a maximum measurement for the area where you will position the refrigerator and allow sufficient room for full door swings open. Also make note of any counters, cupboards, or overhead cabinets near the area where the refrigerator will be sitting, so that you can factor these obstacles into your measurements.
Style of the RefrigeratorOnce you have determined the size of the refrigerator you want to buy, consider the refrigerator style and exterior finish so that your new refrigerator will match the other kitchen appliances.
Refrigerator FeaturesWhen choosing features, most basic refrigerators come with 1-2 drawers, wire shelving, non-adjustable shelves and bins, and may only have a partial shelf in the freezer, if you are lucky.
If you feel like spending a little more money for a few more options, while keeping in mind the storage capacity you will need for your favorite food items, other features to consider are humidity and temperature controls, adjustable shelving to accommodate tall items, glass shelving to contain spills, slide-outs to assist in the easy retrieval of food items, at least 2 or 3 drawers or crispers for fruits and vegetables, a deli or meat keeper, a butter keeper, removable door bins, door bins that will hold a gallon jug easily, freezer shelving, an ice maker, and a freezer interior light because its very dark in there without one!
Finally, always remember to ask before purchasing if the freezer has a Frost-Free operation built-in, because not ever refrigerator on the market has one.
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