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refrigerator buying guide

Refrigerator Buying Guide

Choosing a refrigerator can be a complicated process with many manufacturers, brands, designs and features to consider.

There are other factors that also come into play in the decision making process, such as kitchen layout, number of people in the household and style. The type of refrigerator is also critical. Gone are the days when the top freezer was the only choice.

Please use this handy refrigerator buying guide from Goedeker's to better educate yourself on all the different things to consider when purchasing a new refrigerator.



Refrigerator Size

Fridge Capacity

Refrigerator Capacity

Refrigerators can be measured in multiple ways. First, there's capacity. Capacity is measured in cubic feet.

Refrigerator Capacity: The volume of the fresh food storage compartment of the refrigerator.

Freezer Capacity: The volume of the frozen food compartment of the refrigerator

Total Capacity: The total storage volume of the entire refrigerator.

Note: 8-12 cubic feet are needed for a two-person household. Add 1 cubic foot for each additional person.


Fridge Dimensions

refrigerator dimensions

Along with capacity, the dimensions of the refrigerator must be considered. This is the width, height, and depth.

The width should be no wider than the available space. For a freestanding refrigerator, this is typically very easy, as the unit can be move slightly in any direction. For a built-in unit, however, these measurements are critical.

The height of a refrigerator should never be higher than any object which may impede its placement or strike the refrigerator at any time (i.e. a ceiling fan blade). Consider any cabinets that will be above the refrigerator and measure your height accordingly.

With refrigerators there are basically two types of depth.

  • For a built-in look without the requirement of a built-in closet, consider a counter depth refrigerator. These units are only as deep as a standard counter and will not protrude farther from the edge like a normal depth refrigerator.
  • The other type is standard depth which few inches deeper than normal kitchen cabinets. This depth allows for more refrigerator storage capacity.


Types of Refrigerators

top freezer refrigerator Top Mount/Top Freezer Refrigerators

Top mount refrigerators place the freezer compartment at eye level, above the refrigerator compartment. Traditionally, this has been the best-selling type of refrigerator with styles to fit every budget. These refrigerators come in a variety of styles and designs with many optional features to fit every kitchen and budget.

Side by Side Refrigerators Side by Side Refrigerators

Side by side refrigerators move the freezer compartment and arrange it vertically next to the refrigerator compartment to allow easy access to both. The narrow doors are ideal for smaller kitchens because they use less room when opened. Interior space can be an issue, but many of these refrigerators come with adjustable shelving to help you maximize their capacity.

Bottom Freezer Refrigerators Bottom Mount/Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Bottom mount refrigerators place the freezer compartment underneath the refrigerator compartment. This type is great for energy efficiency and ideal for the household that uses the refrigerator compartment more frequently. These refrigerators come in a variety of styles and designs with many optional features to fit every kitchen and budget.

freezerless refrigerators Freezerless Refrigerators

Freezerless refrigerators do not have a freezer compartment. They may also be called all refrigerator models. Whether your family has a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables to store or they simply don't eat frozen foods on a regular basis, there are plenty of benefits to choosing a freezerless refrigerator.

French Door Refrigerators French Door Refrigerators

French door refrigerators place the freezer compartment underneath the side-by-side refrigerator compartment. This is a unique design that combines both styles with the freezer functioning as a drawer for ease of access. This is the newest option available and is becoming increasingly popular.



Refrigerator Styles

Counter Depth Refrigerators

Counter depth refrigerators are flush with the counter for an elegant look and feel.

Freestanding Refrigerators

Freestanding refrigerators do not need to be placed within any existent cabinets or countertops. They can be situated anywhere in your kitchen.

Built-in Refrigerators

Built in refrigerators are only finished in the front and are designed to be built into the design of your kitchen. Custom panels and trim kits can be applied after installation to achieve that custom look and feel.

Drawer Refrigerators

Drawer refrigerators provide incredible extra cold storage in your kitchen.

Door-In-Door Refrigerators

Door-in-door refrigerators put your most used items at your fingertips. This innovation is transforming kitchens and lifestyles across the country.

Microfridges

Microfridges combine a microwave oven with a small refrigerator. If space is at a premium, then a microfridge is a perfect solution. Furnishing a small apartment or dorm room has never been easier.

Standard Depth Refrigerators

Standard Depth Refrigerators tend to stick out a few inches compared to the surrounding cabinetry. They provide more storage space on the inside. However, some people prefer the flush look of the Counter Depth Refrigerator.

ADA Compliant Refrigerators

ADA Compliant Refrigerators ensure easy access for anyone with disabilities.

Energy Star Rated Refrigerators

Energy Star Rated Refrigerators provide a tremendous amount energy savings and are sound investments for any family.



colored refrigerators

Refrigerator Color Options

Refrigerator Color Options

Stainless Steel vs. Stainless Look

Stainless steel has become an extremely popular finish with a modern look. Many manufacturers now offer a "stainless look" at a lower cost to mimic the higher priced models without sacrificing quality.

Popular Colors

In addition to stainless steel, black and white are also popular color choices for fridges.

Other Colors

Refrigerators can be found in almost any color you could imagine. Some less common but still available choices include bisque, gray, platinum, slate (mainly GE), red, silver, blue, green, orange, pink, and cream.

The brand Smeg offers many colored refrigerators as you can see in the image above.



Fridge Brands

Most of the major appliance manufacturers produce many brands and models of fridges. For example see how many fridges GE Appliances has on the market: GE Refrigerator Model Numbers.

Every year refrigerator technology and innovations advance. Be sure to explore the various brands before you buy.

GE Refrigerators LG Refrigerators Whirlpool Refrigerators
Bosch Refrigerators Samsung Refrigerators Frigidaire Refrigerators
Summit Refrigerators Electrolux Refrigerators Maytag Refrigerators
Amana Refrigerators Blomberg Refrigerators Danby Refrigerators
Diamond Refrigerators Fhiaba Refrigerators Fisher Paykel Refrigerators
GE Monogram Refrigerators Haier Refrigerators Hotpoint Refrigerators
Miele Refrigerators Smeg Refrigerators


Refrigerator Owner's Manuals

Understanding how a refrigerator works can be important when selecting a fridge to purchase. Looking over a refrigerator owner's manual will help give you a sense of the features of your future fridge.

GE Refrigerator Manuals

GE Appliances produces a number of top rated refrigerators. Here are the owner's manuals of several key models.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Manuals

Whirlpool Appliances offers a wide range of excellent frigerator models. Here are owner's manuals for several top sellers.

Frigidaire Refrigerator Manuals

Frigidaire remains a leader in refrigerators creating new models and innovative features every day. Here is a list of the owner's manuals of top fridges.

Amana Refrigerator Manuals

Amana has many affordable refrigerator models. Check there owner's manuals of a few bestselling fridges.

Maytag Refrigerator Manuals

Maytag offers a number of fine fridge models. Here is a short list of Maytag refrigerator owner's manuals.



Other Refrigerator Features to Consider When Shopping

Feature Things to Consider
Ice and Water
  • Ice maker
  • Cubed or crushed ice
  • Ice storage bin
  • In-door water & ice dispenser
  • Dispenser child locks
  • Autofill feature
  • Water filter
  • Water filter indicator
Refrigerator Shelving & Bins
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Spill-proof shelves
  • Slide-out shelves
  • Extra wide shelves
  • Door bins or pockets
  • Humidity-controlled fruit and vegetable crispers
  • Dairy bin
  • Meat/fish compartments
  • Egg container
  • Cold drinks storage drawer
  • Deli/snack storage drawer
  • Wine rack or storage drawer
  • Party dish storage drawer
  • Condiment bin
  • Other storage bins
Freezer Shelving & Bins
  • Freezer baskets
  • Freezer shelves
  • Ice cream shelves
  • Pizza shelves
  • Controls
  • Temperature management
  • Temperature failure alert
  • Door ajar alarm
  • Power failure alert
  • Change air filter indicator light
  • Child lock
Miscellaneous Features
  • Deodorizer - New models can have a built-in air filter or deodorizer compartment, so no need for that box of baking powder taking up space.
  • Power Freeze/Power Cool - With this feature, you can cool off or refreeze melting items quickly.
  • Reversible Doors - Some models have the option of right- or left-handed access.
  • Antibacterial - Advanced models may have special coating on interior surfaces to reduce germs and viruses.
  • Lighting - Some models have advanced lighting options or freezer lighting.
  • Thawing and Defrosting - Some models have advanced thawing and defrosting capabilities.
  • Quiet Operation - Many models promise noise reduction with quieting systems.
  • Sabbath Mode - This feature is available on select models and is in keeping with kosher practices during the Sabbath.


french door refrigerator

More Fridge Resources

At Goedeker's we are committed to providing you with the most information possible. We have written a number of blog posts giving you excellent information on refrigerators.



Why is there a "D" in Fridge?

Ah, the eternal question. Why is there a "d" in the word fridge when there isn't one in the word refrigerator?

The answer seems to be related simply to how the word sounds. Check out the resources below for more in-depth explanations.

energy star refrigerator

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is a program from the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency that certifies appliances as "energy efficient" and helps reduce environmental impact and utility bills. Refrigerator operating costs can be a sizable portion of your monthly energy bill, models with the ENERGY STAR label are very efficient.

To learn more, visit our ENERGY STAR page or the ENERGY STAR website. Goedeker's offers a wide range of energy efficient ENERGY STAR appliances. For a full list of ENERGY STAR refrigerators, click here.