Refrigerator types – Which is best for my family?

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There are so many types of refrigerators out there it can all become confusing – I know, I am here to help.

A refrigerator is an important investment. You want something affordable but also one that works best for you and your family.

I am going to walk you through a short guide on refrigerator types. Keep reading…

Top Freezer

Sunpentown RF-320S 3-1 5-Cubic-Foot Double-Door Refrigerator, Stainless ReviewDo you know this type of refrigerator since you were a child? Well, I do.

This is the most common refrigerator out there – the freezer on the top model.

Generally, these are very popular because they are sold for lower prices, and they represent the best solution for a low budget.

The pricing is low because this kind of fridge is usually basic and it doesn’t offer any advanced features.

Bottom Freezers

Are you a healthy eater and mostly enjoy fresh foods? Bottom freezers work well for people that prefer fresh veggies to frozen ones. This type of refrigerator is best suited for those that don’t need frequent access to the freezer, so there will be less bending you knees.

Most models in this category have a swing out or a pull out freezer door. I generally like the pull out door better because it provides easier access.

Bottom freezer

Counter Depth

These are the best if you have some money to spend. They work great in both modern and traditional style kitchens. Mostly French Doors or Side-by-Side types, they can really give your kitchen a sleek look. The one thing to consider here are the exact measurements. You most definitely need to get the dimensions right to make it fit in perfectly.

Counter depth refrigerator

French Doors

The French Door refrigerators are stylish and elegant. They provide a spacious interior that maximizes the storage capacity. If you are an organizer this is the fridge for you!

Other than a really big storage capacity they usually come with the latest technology innovations. They are very appreciated across the board because they do an excellent job at keeping food fresh – considering the fact that you only need to open one door, your are letting in less warm air so you are helping the unit keep a more constant temperature inside. This simply results in less energy consumption and better conservation of fresh foods.

They usually have the option of setting different temperatures and humidity settings for its different sections and even bins. They feature a freezer on the bottom as well. French door refrigerators are very stylish and fit perfectly in a modern kitchen.

French doors refrigerator

Side-By-Side

Americans love this type of refrigerator. It offer enough storage capacity for a large family and it’s also one of the models that fit well in an american type kitchen. All of the latest models feature spills-proof shelves that are very easy to clean as well. Take it out of the fridge – put it in the sink – wash put it back – it’s so easy.

Another feature that you should look for in a Side-by-Side type refrigerator is the ability to set different levels of humidity and temperature in the drawers. I don’t need to stress how important this is for people that live on a healthy diet.

The Deli and snack drawers are a nice touch too. Some say that the freezer is a little small – but this depends from one manufacturer to the other. Just simply go with a brand that best serves your individual needs. You can see a couple of reviews here if you don’t have time for extensive research.

Side-by-side refrigerator

Compact

Is your child off to college? Well, this is just what he needs. I even use one in my office. Compact refrigerators are best for dorms and offices and are a great option when you only need a tiny freezer. The freezer is usually incorporated. There’s not much to talk about here – these are no frills models that offer secondary storage. The don’t have advanced features but the good news is that they are really really affordable, most going for under $100.

Compact refrigerator

Freezer-less

Do you own a stand-alone freezer? Or maybe you simply don’t use frozen foods. Then, this is the fridge is your best option. These models are usually not that expensive and they offer sufficient storage capacity for fresh foods. Vegetarians love these type of fridges and they are becoming more and more popular.

Freezerless refrigerator

Wine & Beverage

Wine 🙂 Huh, I love it. These small wine and beverage storage units are wonderful. They keep your wine, beer, or soft drinks cold. What more can one ask for ? 🙂  These look really nice in your bar. If you need one for commercial use, then larger capacity models are also available.

The really fancy models feature advanced temperature control, so that you can set the perfect environment for the type of beverage for store.

Wine and beverage storage

Researching for the perfect refrigerator can be a daunting task. I hope that the information I share here makes the quest a little easier.

Whether you are looking to replace an old refrigerator or buy a new one for you and your family, this guide on refrigerator types is a good place to start.

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