Choosing The Right Refrigerator
Function and beauty. That's the goal in choosing the right refrigerator. With
today's wide choice of options, it is easy to find a refrigerator-freezer combination
that satisfies both convenience and design theme of your kitchen. There are
many brands of refrigerators from which to choose. Among some of the best
highest rated brands are Amana, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Bosch and Sub Zero.
A great European brand is Gaggenau which is known for its "built-in" look.
Before making a decision, be sure the allowable space is sufficient enough to
accommodate the refrigerator of choice. You must consider the width of the
refrigerator and enough clearance to conveniently open and close the doors.
Consider the following types and styles of refrigerators.
Top Freezer Units. Refrigerators with the freezer portions located at the top
are the most popular choice and generally feature the most storage space. Top
freezer units are usually the most affordable. Having the freezer at eye level is
convenient but that also forces refrigerator compartments much lower
causing a lot of bending over.
Bottom Freezer Units. Just like the name implies, the freezer portion is at the
bottom. The generally have less storage space versus the top freezer units. They
are generally more convenient since the most often used refrigerator items are
at eye level which requires less bending over. But that means bending over to
reach the freezer portion.
Side-By Side Units. The refrigerator will be on one side and the freezer on
the other side. Since the doors will be more narrow than those on the bottom
and top units, it could be an advantage in kitchens with space constraints. Since
the freezer and refrigerator compartments are more narrow, the side-by-sides
do not accommodate wide, rigid items. They are not the best from a usable
storage space point of view.
Cabinet Depth Units. These units are built to a more shallow depth so panels
can be added to aesthetically match the flow of cabinet design. Since they are
more shallow, storage space if victimized. Most cabinet depth units are side-
by-side refrigerator-freezer units.
Built-In Units. They are expensive, but if you want the wow factor, this is the
refrigerator of choice. They are more stylish but lack in function because they
are typically more shallow versus the top and bottom options and have less
storage space. Obviously the decision here is one of budget and whether style
is more important than function.
Drawer Type Refrigerators. These are considered as a "second refrigerator"
and as "refrigerator drawers" they are designed to fit under the kitchen counter.
They are small and have very limited storage space, but are ideal for soda cans
and snack items that need to be refrigerated. The drawer-type units will take the
load off of the main kitchen refrigerator.
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