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What are the important factors in choosing a refrigerator?

Posted by Donchik (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 28, 13 at 0:08

We are a family of two adult, one baby (for now) and a bulldog. We are building a new house and I am trying to zoom in on appliances for the kitchen. How can I figure out what size refrigerator do I need? I shop every week and my freezer is usually half empty.

Also, what are the latest innovations in the world of refrigerators? (Something that has made your life easier).

And another question: is it possible to make freestanding fridge to look like built-in (custom cabinets)?

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RE: What are the important factors in choosing a refrigerator?

FD - proportionately more fridge space than freezer space when compared to a SxS. It's best to have a landing space behind you rather than to the right or left. Can work with a landing space to both right and left, but to the back is best.

SxS - proportionately more freezer space than a FD would. Landing space to back or left is best for fridge items. Landing space to back or right is good for freezer items.

Single door - most flexible because landing space to back, right or left is great as most single doors have a reversible swing option. Requires more clearance to the back because the door is wider than FD or SxS.

Flush mounting can be achieved with a stand alone, but the door itself must extend beyond the counter top so that doors can open fully. Some refrigerators have thick doors so these would project farther from the cabinetry than others. Counter-depth refrigerators cost more and sacrifice interior space, so if you can recess your fridge in the construction phase, you'll have the best of both worlds. Every fridge has clearance requirements to the top, sides and back, which are required for proper opening of the doors and for ventilation.

RE: What are the important factors in choosing a refrigerator?

If I were building a house, the #1 thing I'd do for fridge space (if I planned on being in the home for decades) is NOT to confine the space too much for the fridge. Confining the space limits the options when you have to buy your next fridge. If you have a height or depth or too small a width restriction, it makes it very difficult to find a replacement that fits your needs and that you like and fits your budget. I dream of having a kitchen one day that has a space for the fridge that is simply an area against a wall, with no cabinet above (or just a tiny one), no walls or cabinets on the sides, and no doorway nearby so that depth is an issue. My sister has had 2 houses like that. When she replaces a fridge, she merely finds one that fits her needs and issues with space restrictions at all.

Example: Mine is in a built-in area, sort of. It seemed plenty tall and wide, tho a bit shallow, for the 25 cf side by side I have. Now that I have to replace it, I can no longer get a 25 cf side by side with those dimensions. Fridges have gotten TALLER over the years and a tad narrower. Maybe because of the new compressors. Not a lot taller. Just a smidgeon. But too tall is too tall. I am going to have to buy a different style, in a narrower width, in order for the height to fit. Grrrrrr.

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