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Choosing the Right Refrigerator

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Submitted by Pattersons Home Appliance Center

The refrigerator is arguably the most important appliance in your kitchen.  When you choose a new refrigerator, it’s not just about function:  Consider its features, style, and build.  Your next refrigerator should last for years, and part of its longevity depends on how much you love it.


Before looking at new refrigerators, measure the space where it will be placed. Don’t measure your old fridge – refrigerator dimensions change over time.

Modern refrigerators usually fit into a 36” wide and 72” tall opening.  The only exception to that is the built-in refrigerator, which can be as wide as 48″.  When measuring refrigerator depth, add an inch to your measurement to allow space for cords and water lines.  Your refrigerator also needs at least half an inch of space on either side.


Counter-depth refrigerators and most built-ins are usually shallow enough to sit flush with your countertops.  This is helpful for smaller kitchens, or if you prefer a smooth transition between your counters and appliances.  These refrigerators make up for lost depth by being a little taller and/or wider than average refrigerators.

If you’re not worried about floor space, maximize your refrigerator’s internal storage with a full-depth refrigerator.  There’s more room for chilled food and drinks, plus you’ll save money since full-depth refrigerators are usually less costly than counter-depth.


Build quality is often best graded by the features of the refrigerator.  For instance, a fridge with automatic humidity controls for its crisper drawers would be higher quality than a refrigerator with non-humidity-controlled crisper drawers.

An easy test for build quality is by checking the type of track that drawers run on.  Higher quality refrigerators use metal tracks for a smoother glide, while lower quality refrigerator drawers run on plastic tracks.


The most noticeable features of your refrigerator will be the color and style.  Most refrigerators come in stainless steel, but you can also find white, black, black stainless steel, and panel-ready refrigerators, which means you can add your own personal style to it.

The style of your refrigerator depends on how convenient the style is to your lifestyle.  For example, a french door refrigerator is perfect for someone who uses their refrigerator more than their freezer, while a side-by-side refrigerator offers more freezer space in exchange for a slimmer fridge space.  If you prefer a single-door refrigerator, you can still choose between a top mount or bottom mount freezer.

Refrigerator features to consider include an interior water dispenser, in-door-ice system, sophisticated temperature and humidity controls, slide-away shelves, and can caddies or wine racks.

Pattersons Home Appliance Center
10640 Kingston Pike

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