Boy, have we come a long, long way in refrigeration technology. From quaint little iceboxes to proper, touch-screen refrigerators that will take inventory of your food for you, while you’re at the grocery store, the refrigerator sure has become a much more versatile appliance in the last ten years, let alone the last 40 years. That’s probably why it can be so overwhelming when the refrigerator finally breaks down. Not only do you now have to worry about your perishables getting ruined, but you have to worry about buying a new refrigerator. And all those innovations may seem more daunting than like a nice added feature. So, how do you go about picking a fridge that’s good for your space, offers the right features and satisfies all your actual needs? Let’s take a look. 

Start With The Size

Before you can decide what features you want, you’ll need to determine how big of a fridge you can get. Just because getting a fridge that can walk the dog in the rain sounds cool, it’ll be pointless to purchase it if it won’t fit beneath the cupboards and in the slot where the fridge has to go in your kitchen. The complex part about this is that most fridges will have their size listed based on internal capacity in cubic feet. However, you’ll obviously want to focus on the proper exterior dimensions of the fridge instead, as those are the true limiting factor of what can and cannot fit in your house’s kitchen. 

As a rule of thumb, it’s generally a good idea to try and match the size of your current fridge. There’s a reason the developer equipped your house with that model and that size, and that’s likely because it provides the best, most comfortable fit. So to get an idea of what sort of fridge will work for you, measure your current fridge’s dimensions. Be sure to catch all the necessary measurements, especially the height, depth and width of the fridge. Also, when you find the exterior dimensions on a fridge, keep in mind that most manufacturers will cut the actual dimensions by an inch to allow for installation room. 

When taking measurements, be sure to take multiple measurements along different heights of the would-be fridge. Keep in mind that houses can settle unevenly at times and this can cause the slot for your fridge to become asymmetrical. Obviously, that will make it harder to find a fridge that fits properly. Also, be sure that there’s an extra inch on all sides of the fridge to allow for proper ventilation. Additionally, if you’re looking to get a larger fridge, be sure to measure your entryways to ensure that you can get that bigger fridge into the house without having to replace your door frame too. 

The Finish

Since we live in the modern era and we like our appliances to look closer to something from the jetsons than the 1950s, stainless steel is the most popular appliance finish. It’s a good choice for the finish too, since it’s really durable and offers a versatile finish that fits most decor styles. Plus, newer models are coated with fingerprint-resistant finishes, so it wouldn’t matter much if you had kids with sticky fingers or not. However, some stainless steel won’t act as magnets, so if you like using your fridge to put things up on, you’ll find stainless steel lacking in some cases. 

The other finish you can get a fridge is a sharp looking black shade that’s popular at the moment. It’s nice because it’s still stainless steel, but it’s equipped with a coating over the top. It’s known for being easier to keep clean than stainless steel with a coating. There’s also an option for both regular white and black glossy finishes, but those usually aren’t available in higher-end model fridges. 

However, when you’re choosing a color for your fridge, perhaps the most important consideration to make is that you feature a color that matches the finish of your other appliances. That means that the handle style and surface textures, in general, should all match or at least be similar. Sticking to the same brand, unless you’re really unhappy with the one you’re on now, will be the easiest way to achieve this level of unity among your appliances. 

Choose Your Shelves Wisely

Drawers and shelves made a fridge functional. Finding the best drawers available in a fridge makes a huge difference in how easy it is to clean and how easy it is to use. When you’re looking for a proper fridge with all the right modern-day amenities, pay attention to the drawers and make sure they’re on rollers, and they’re not plastic glide-ons, as those tend to stick and lose functionality as time goes on. Look for gallon door space, which is a major door storage upgrade that saves traditional shelf space. 

Upgrade Your Appliances With A Trusted Neighborhood Business

We understand better than most how terrible it can be to have a bad appliance. Appliances are something that, once you spend all the money on them, you just expect them to work.If you’re concerned about finding the right appliances for your home, reach out to us. We’re always ready to help you find something that fits your space, needs and budget. We also will help you repair an appliance if it seems like it’s not acting as good as it used to. Schedule an initial consultation with Callahan’s now