Purchasing a new refrigerator for your home isn't a decision that should be made lightly. If you want to get the most use and benefit out of your new appliance, you'll need to choose one that's best suited toward your specific needs. The fact is that there are dozens of different model refrigerators available, all of which have their own unique features and functions. Keep reading and we'll reveal some of the essential things to look for in a new refrigerator.
It should go without saying that size needs to be factored in to your purchase decision. If you accidentally purchase a model that's too large, you'll be forced to take it back to the store for a refund. As you can expect, hauling around a 300-pound appliance is back-breaking work that you probably don't want to do more than once, so make sure you choose the right size. To find out what size you need, simply take a measuring tape and get the dimensions around the area where the refrigerator goes in your kitchen. Most kitchens have cut-out areas designed specifically for refrigerators with the water line directly behind them.
In the past, refrigerators were very basic and didn't have all of the neat functions of today's model. Now, however, you can find them with fresh water dispensers and cubed/crushed ice dispensers, which is an added level of luxury that's sure to come in handy. Instead of pulling out ice trays from the freezer or filling up a glass of water from the tap, you can place your cup directly up the refrigerator door. Check to see what type of dispensers are on the refrigerator before purchasing it. Water and ice dispensers are common features that shouldn't raise the cost of your appliance by any significant amount, so make sure your new refrigerator has them.
Many homeowners are surprised to learn just how much energy their refrigerator uses. Models that were manufactured 10-20 years ago are huge energy-hogs that can easily run up a monthly power bill. Thankfully, several changes have been made with new models on the market, allowing them to consume less energy and run with more overall efficiency. You can check to so see how energy-efficient a refrigerator or any other appliance is by looking for the "Energy Star" logo. Models with this logo sticker on them consume on average 20% less energy than those without them, but some models with this sticker go far beyond that.