Refrigerator first become mass-produced and put in commerce only until the mid-1940s but only after few decades, it’s hard to imagine our kitchen these days without it. Thanks to the refrigerator, we can eat fresh food every day and keep what we cook for a longer time. The refrigerators have more convenient, efficient with various models and sizes.
Even a lifespan of a refrigerator can be quite long, the experts advise us to replace it when it becomes too small, noisy, and frosty and consumes too much electric. New models of refrigerators can solve nearly all these problems. They have become almost frost-free, quiet, energy efficient with many more features, types and sizes. The issue now is how to choose the best refrigerator for our house.
As the refrigerator works 24/7 and contributes a big part of your electric bill, it’s wise to purchase the most energy-efficient one, which can save a lot of money for you a lot in a long term. However it’s not always the case that you have to buy the most expensive one at the store.
The experts have given us some tips to choose your best refrigerator:
- Energy Efficiency: Look for the Energy Star label or any similar label on any refrigerator you are considering to see if it meets the strict rules of environment friendliness and energy savings decided by the authorities of each country. Then look for the kilowatts per year consumed by the refrigerator to figure out how much it will cost to run.
- Size: Don’t choose the refrigerator which is smaller or larger than you need. It’s obvious that the bigger the refrigerator, the more energy it needs to cool. In reverse, a small refrigerator will have to overwork in case that the storage is over its size. It requires more energy and reduces the lifespan of the refrigerator. Based on a daily basis and some presumed exceptional circumstances, you can estimate the storage capacity you need. Refrigerator storage capacity runs from about 16 to 32 cubic feet but you should reduce as much as 35 percent as actual usable capacity due to shelves and hardware.
A general formula to calculate the storage of a refrigerator is: two persons need at least 10 cubic feet of space (not including the freezer). Add 1 ½ more cubic feet per additional family member. A 18-22 cubic feet refrigerator is considered suitable for couples or small families.
- Type: Two most common types are free standing two-door and side-by-side.
- Free standing two-door includes two styles: top-mount unit (the freezer on top) and bottom-mount unit the freezer at the bottom. Top-mount unit is the most classic style but we have to awkwardly bend down to take things from the bottom shelves of the refrigerator. Sometimes the things get lost in the back since the vision is blocked. The freezer is easier to access while the most used are the refrigerator indeed. That’s the reason why it is gradually replaced by the bottom-mount unit which is designed as the drawer that slides out for easy access, more space and comfortable, eye-level height.
- Side-by-side model offer convenient access to both refrigerator and freezer and a plus in term of appearance. However it is hard to find a good balance of space between refrigerator and freezer. The freezer is often designed to be smaller than the refrigerator but then it’ll be difficult to put in a large thing in case of too narrow space. It also takes more energy to freeze due to its tall.
- Space: The space where the refrigerator will be put in is the key to decide which type is your better choice. Be sure to measure how much the space you have, including the space required itself and when the doors open. You also should have a little space at top and side for the appliance.
- Appearance: For aesthetic purpose, the refrigerator should bend well with your kitchen. In terms of color, mostly black, white, almond, sometimes red. Besides, a stainless-steel one looks more modern and professional. However fingerprints and smudges are easily to be left on. Some manufacturers now offer faux stainless-steel which is easier to clean and at a lower cost.
- Electric system: The refrigerator is one of the most important electric appliances in our house, you should be sure to check your electrical system in the kitchen can afford it along with these following points:
- Electrical outlet: the outlet must be reach of line cord.
- Voltage: 110V system is still be applied in some countries
- Warranty: A good warranty from a reputed manufacturer with a wide network of agencies is a good choice.
- Other features: Refrigerator models come up with various other features such as: indoor ice-and-water dispenser, glide-out baskets and shelves, humidity controls for vegetable storage area…
- Online purchase: You can consult the price and the information at the store or online. Sometimes there’re good sale-offs online. The comments and reviews online may help you a lot to choose the best refrigerator