By Cathy Peterson
When you are looking to purchase a new refrigerator for your
kitchen, there are several factors to consider. For most
people, cost will be a factor. In addition, you will want to
look at aesthetic factors that fit your kitchenís style.
Finally, what sort of things do you put into your refrigerator
and what type will make them easiest to access?
Several different styles of refrigerators are available today.
A side by side refrigerator, with the refrigerator portion on
one side and the freezer next to it, can be good for spaces
where you donít have a lot of room for a large door to swing
open. It is quite common to find ice and water in the door in
these models as well, but they can also be more expensive than
refrigerators with the freezer on either the top or bottom.
Refrigerators with a freezer either on the top or bottom are a
good choice for efficiency of two kinds. They tend to be more
energy efficient than side by side models, and they make for a
more efficient use of space. Refrigerators with freezers on
bottom now often come with the option of having the freezer
portion with either a swing out door or a pull out drawer,
which most people seem to prefer. Some refrigerators with
bottom freezers also have a French door option for the
refrigerator portion, or two side by side doors to open the
refrigerator instead of a single swing open door. These can be
good for places with little door swing clearance and can make
it easier to fit large items in and access more shelf space.
you have a large family or cook large items like casseroles or
large cakes, this might be a good choice for you.
If looks are more your concern, there are two ways to go. One
is with a counter depth refrigerator. Most refrigerators stick
out farther than standard cabinets and counters. Counter depth
refrigerators are made to stand flush with standard
countertops, giving it the appearance of a built in
refrigerator, but with less expense. The higher end option is
to go with the true built in refrigerator, which is also flush
with the countertop, but usually covered with a door that
matches your cabinetry so it blends in better with the rest of
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