We’ve all seen refrigerators, and know what they look like. Refrigerators are so common it’s easy to take this important appliance for granted.
Before refrigerators, people used iceboxes. People would buy ice, put it in the iceboxes, and put their food in the iceboxes. We still use iceboxes today, but call them “portable coolers.”
Refrigerators have been made for decades, however, and, because of this, there are a lot of features to choose from if you’re in the market for a refrigerators. For a buyer, this can be a good thing, because it means that you will get more value for your money. There’s a downside to all of this, however: the many features available also confuse the average buyer.
The most-common type of refrigerator is the “top-freezer” refrigerator. This refrigerator is so-named, because, you guessed it, the freezer is on top. This refrigerator is the most reasonably-priced, so, if you’re on a budget, you might want to stick with the top-freezer. Top-freezer refrigerators are also known for their reliability as well. You can pretty much be assured that all you’ll have to do to the refrigerator after you buy it is plug it in. If you are concerned with saving electricity, top-freezer refrigerators conserve energy better than other types of refrigerators. Top-freezer refrigerators also have more storage space than other types. It is obvious why a lot of people still buy top-freezer refrigerators.
If you have a hard time bending over, however, the top-freezer is a less-than-ideal choice, because you’ll have to bend over to get a lot of the items you need in the refrigerator. A lot of people also don’t care for the “plain-Jane” appearance of the refrigerator. There are also other folks who want to try something new. Fortunately, there are options for people who want to look beyond the traditional top-freezer refrigerator.
There are “bottom-freezer” refrigerators. “Bottom-freezer” refrigerators are so named, because, their freezer is on the bottom. This configuration might work well for you if you have trouble bending over, and, don’t reach for items in the freezer very much. So, the main advantage that the bottom-freezer has over the top-freezer is that the more-commonly reached for items are at eye-level. You don’t have to bend over to reach them like you do with the top-freezer. A lot of people love this type of refrigerator for this reason, even though this type of refrigerator is less commonly available, has fewer features than other types of refrigerators, and, is less reliable than the top-freezer.
You can also opt for a “side-by-side” refrigerator. “Side-by-side” refrigerators are so named because the freezer is on one side of the refrigerator and the refrigerator is on the other side. Each side has a separate door, and, they’ve also been called “double-door” for that reason.
It’s easier to access both freezer items and refrigerator items in the side-by-side, making it ideal for someone who is physically disabled. A side-by-side also has more features than either the top-freezer or bottom-freezer, especially a ice and water dispenser. For a lot of people, the added convenience of the ice and water dispenser is important to them. A side-by-side also tends to conserve space better than a top-freezer or bottom-freezer.
Side-by-side refrigerators are usually more expensive than top-freezer refrigerators and bottom-freezer refrigerators, however. Side-by-side refrigerators also usually need to be repaired more often, because of the ice and water dispenser that people love so much. Also, side-by-side refrigerators usually have less storage space than top-freezer refrigerators or bottom-freezer refrigerators, which may be a problem for you if you’re the type of person who likes to “stock-up” on sale items or saves a lot of leftovers.
If you’re the type of person that is mainly interested in the appearance of your refrigerator, “built-in” refrigerators are for you. “Built-in” refrigerators are so-named because they are “built-in”, looking like an ordinary cabinet. You can get them in all kinds of colors and finishes, making them hard to distinguish from the rest of the cabinetry in your kitchen, unless you’re the type of person who likes the smooth look of brushed stainless. The main disadvantages of the built-in refrigerators are that they are very expensive, and, sometimes need a lot of repair.
There is a lower-priced option to the built-in refrigerator, however. “Cabinet-depth” refrigerators are becoming more popular because they will lie flush with the rest of your kitchen cabinets just like the built-in, but, aren’t as expensive. The main drawback of the “cabinet-depth” refrigerator is that it usually lacks storage space, and, there have been reliability issues with some models.
If blending in with your cabinetry isn’t important to you, the newest type of refrigerator is the “French-door” refrigerator. French-door refrigerators have side-by-side refrigerator door, and a bottom freezer door. For a lot of people, this gives them the best of all worlds, because, even the bottom freezer isn’t that hard to get to for a lot of people, which means that all of the items the refrigerator and freezer holds are relatively easy to get to. The French-door refrigerator is more expensive than the top-freezer, but, for some people, the features are well worth the price difference. French-door refrigerators can have reliability issues, but, that varies by model.
There’s really no substitute to seeing the refrigerators up close and personal. Once you do that, you’ll have an idea of what will work with your current situation. It also wouldn’t hurt to measure the space that the refrigerator will be placed in, so you will know what you have to work with. I wish you the best of luck on your search!