A fridge is one of those devices you buy once and it will probably stick around for the rest of your life. Buying a new fridge is then a huge deal. Making the wrong choice could mean that’s a decision you basically live with forever.
Just like with any large home appliance, there are dozens of things you need to consider before you buy a fridge and a few mistakes that could turn out to be costly.
Buying the Wrong Style
Fridges are usually made to fit one of four basic styles: top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side doors and French doors. The top and bottom freezer types are pretty similar, barring that bottom freezers are larger have a slightly different layout.
Side-by-side doors are pretty common, and the name is descriptive enough anyway, and French Door fridges as the largest and most expensive of them all. Size seems inconsequential because it’s just about the amount of stuff it can hold inside, right? Well, not really.
Each style has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Some come with the latest tech but are more expensive while others are pretty cheap but aren’t well-suited for storing some kinds of food.
Buying Something Too Big
Depending on the size of your house, there are great chances that the amount of space set aside for your fridge is fixed. Getting a fridge that’s too large means the fridge will awkwardly protrude from the rest of the kitchen countertop or not fit in that space at all.
Before you buy a new fridge, the most important measurements to have are the width of the space, countertop clearance and the amount of space your doors can allow.
You definitely don’t want something that can’t possibly fit into your front door. If you do somehow manage to get it into the house, moving with that thing is going to be a nightmare.
Buying Something Too Small
On the other end of the spectrum is the possibility that you may buy a fridge that’s much too small. The problem this time around is that you won’t have enough space for all your storage needs. Some stuff will have to remain outside the fridge.
It’s important to keep in mind that larger fridges are going to be more expensive both in terms of the initial cost of purchase and maintenance. The larger the fridge, the more electricity it uses up and the more expensive it ends up being.
Picking the Wrong Color
Color is pretty subjective, so the color you pick is ultimately up to you. But it’s always important to remember that you can’t just slap on a new coat of paint onto your fridge like you probably would the wall of your house or a car. Picking the wrong color can have a terrible effect on the decor of your kitchen. If you don’t have an eye for color or design, try and get one that’s the same color (or not too far off from the color of) your kitchen.