Appliance shopping can be simple and stress-free when you know exactly what you’re looking for. I went shopping for a fridge and had no idea where or how to start. In addition to a refrigerator that could hold all of your food and keep it cold, what else should you consider before buying a fridge? One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new refrigerator is the size – both the measurements of it and its capacity.
Choosing a refrigerator is not always a straightforward decision. The size of the fridge you need depends on several factors, such as the size of your family, the amount of food you store, and the available space in your kitchen. If you choose a fridge that is too small, you may find yourself struggling to fit all of your groceries inside. On the other hand, if you choose a fridge that is too big, you may end up cooling empty space.
The optimal size will vary from home to home. This article will help you determine how to choose a refrigerator size to work with your lifestyle and space.
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Determine Your Refrigeration Needs
The first step in choosing the right fridge size is to determine your refrigeration needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How many people are in your household?
- How often do you grocery shop?
- Do you store a lot of fresh produce or frozen foods?
- Do you entertain guests frequently?
Answering these questions will give you an idea of how much storage space you need. As a general rule, you need at least 4 to 6 cubic feet of storage space per adult in your household.
Measure Your Available Space
Before you purchase a fridge, you need to measure the available space in your kitchen. Measure the width, height, and depth of the space where you plan to place the fridge. Make sure to leave some clearance space around the fridge for ventilation and the opening of refrigerator doors. You want to ensure that the appliance will not only fit in the desired space but that you will have enough room to fully open the refrigerator.
Choose the Right Refrigerator Type
There are several types of fridges available, including top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, and French door fridges. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing a style can be based on a personal preference or a design choice.
Apart from the size, you should also consider additional features when choosing a fridge. These features could make your life simpler by complementing your lifestyle demands. For example, if you are looking for an appliance to match your other stainless steel appliances, consider adding a refrigerator with a stainless steel finish. Some additional features to consider include:
- Ice and water dispenser
- Adjustable shelves and door bins
- Temperature-controlled drawers
- Energy efficiency rating
Choose the Right Size
Based on your refrigeration needs, available space, and desired fridge type, you can now choose the right size fridge for you. Here are some general guidelines:
- For each member of the household, there should be a refrigerator space of 4 to 6 cubic feet for that individual. For example, if you are a family of 2 a slim and spacious refrigerator like the Sharp 24 in. Bottom-Freezer Counter-Depth Refrigerator may be the ideal choice. An innovative space-saving refrigerator with well-designed storage solutions, the SJB1255GS includes two shelves, a spacious 4.2 cu. ft. freezer with three drawers, and a removable wine rack for quick and easy organization.
- For a medium-sized family, a fridge with a capacity of 22 to 25 cubic feet is suitable. The Sharp French 4-Door Counter Depth Refrigerator is a great option. With a capacity of 22.5 cubic feet and dual freezer compartments, the SJG2351FS is a stylish and spacious addition to your dream kitchen.
- For a large family or if you entertain guests frequently, a fridge with a capacity of 26 cubic feet or more is recommended.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and the actual amount of cubic feet needed may vary depending on the circumstances. It is always a good idea to assess your own needs and habits when choosing the size of your refrigerator.
Choosing the right size fridge can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these suggestions, you can determine the size of the fridge that meets your needs and fits your kitchen space. Remember to consider your refrigeration needs, available space, fridge type, and additional features when making your decision.