By the end of this article, you’ll have a better idea of what measurements to bring in when purchasing a refrigerator as well as learning the different types and styles of refrigerators available on the market today.
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The first thing you’ll need to know are your measurements. Make sure you have the correct height, width, and depth of the space your new unit will occupy. This means measuring from the bottom of the existing cabinet, if one is present, to the floor, as well as your front and back and side to side measurements making sure to take into consideration any counter overhangs, baseboards, crown moldings, or walls that can prevent doors from opening completely. Keep in mind there are two heights on a refrigerator: case height, which is the height from the top of the case to the floor, and hinge height, which is the height from the highest point of the refrigerator. Having the correct measurements will prevent you from going back and forth to your home to check measurements and it makes it so much easier for you to select the right size model for your family.
So now that you know the correct measurements, let’s go over the different types and styles of refrigerators available today. This refrigerator has finished sides and can be placed between cabinets or stand alone. It’s available in widths ranging from 24 to 36 inches with capacities of 14 to 31 cubic feet. It’s also the deepest of all types on the market extending anywhere between 5 and 12 inches past your countertops. So make sure to measure correctly when choosing this type of model.
This refrigerator has many of the same qualities as a standard depth model except it’s designed to fit more flush with your cabinets and can be built into a custom enclosure. Just make sure there’s enough room for air circulation. Though not completely flush, these models will usually extend no more than seven inches past your countertops. Capacities range from 19 to 25 cubic feet. However, almost all freestanding shallow depth refrigerators will require a 36 inch wide opening with a minimum of 70 inches in height. The height and width of a shallow depth make up for the lack of depth giving you more refrigerator space so make sure you have available height and width when choosing this model.
This type of refrigerator is designed for the person looking for a more customized look. These units typically have unfinished sides, must be built in and secured to a wall or cabinet, and require a more detailed installation. These units are more flush with the maximum depth of no more than 25 inches or can be installed completely flush and fit seamlessly with your cabinets. These units are available in a variety of widths ranging from 27 to 48 inches depending on style with a maximum height of 84 inches. You also have the option to add stainless or custom panels to these units as well as select your own custom hardware.
It’s best to speak with a sales associate regarding all the options available on these units. These units provide the ideal storage for beverages without taking up space in your refrigerator. They can be built in, installed under counter, or free stand. They’re available in a variety of sizes ranging from 11 to 30 inches in width and 17 to 84 inches in height. Some models even have triple temperature zones allowing you to customize temperatures for reds, whites, and beverages. You also have the option to store just wines, just beverages, or you can choose a model that allows you to do both. No matter what you choose all are designed to keep your beverages at the perfect serving temperature. These units are best for dorm rooms, family rooms, offices, or anywhere you need a little extra refrigeration space. They’re available in capacities ranging from 1.4 to 5.7 with heights ranging from 20 to 34 inches. And depending on the model you choose, you can get one with a freezer, ice maker, two drawers, some will even accept a custom panel.
So now that you’re familiar with the different types of refrigerators, let’s take a look at the different styles. This is the most traditional style, most affordable, but will give you the least amount of options. Very similar to the top freezer models, except the freezer is on the bottom, giving you a better view of items stored in your refrigerator.
This model is available in three or four doors and has a short door swing. The four-door models have easy access crisper drawers that allow you quick access to your fruits and vegetables without ever opening the refrigerator doors this model is also considered traditional and is ideal for anyone needing a short door swing with easy access to all items inside. These units are perfect for anyone needing the extra refrigeration space without the freezer. They come in various sizes and have capacities ranging from 5 to 23 cubic feet. These models even can be custom built in and paired with the matching freezer.
Gone are the days where refrigerator consisted of shelves and an icemaker. Today’s refrigerators are energy efficient and have features like LED lighting, water filters, air filters, temperature control deli drawers, indoor ice storage, sliding glass shelves, spill proof shelves, gallon door bins, and even hot water dispensers. And that’s just naming a few. Just make sure if you’re going to purchase a new refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser, you start out with a new copper line.