Refrigerators 101

1. Measure Your Space

refrigerator dimensions

Refrigerator

Measure the height, width and depth of your new refrigerator.

W: side to side

Add 3 3/4" minimum space to the hinged side and 1/2" to the non-hinged side for door clearance and airflow. Remember side-by-side refrigerators have hinges on both sides, so you will need to allow 3 3/4" on each side.

D: back to front

Add 1/2" to back. Allow extra space at back for water lines if model has an icemaker or water dispenser.

H: top to bottom

Add 1/2" to top.

Cutout Space

Measure the height, width and depth of the refrigerator cutout space in your kitchen.

Entrance & Doorways

Measure the size of the doorways, hallways and other points of entry you?ll need to pass through when you bring in your new refrigerator.

2. Decide What Type

Refrigerator

Bottom-Freezer

Benefits: This configuration allows for easy storage of bulky or wide items.

Access: Fresh food is at eye level - a great option if fresh items are used more frequently, and stooping to reach products is difficult.

Size: Capacities range from 18.5 - 25 cu. ft.

Side-By-Side

Benefits: Vertical storage space creates a wide range of freezer capacity options.

Access: The narrower doors make food items easier to access in tight kitchen spaces.

Size: Capacities average
25 cu. ft.

Top-Freezer

Benefits: This traditional refrigerator type is a great value, and is available with unique features such as flexible beverage dispensers.

Access: Frozen food is at eye level - a great option if frozen items are purchased more frequently.

Size: Capacities range from 14.4 - 22 cu. ft.

3. Additional Considerations

Evaluate the Features

Ice/Water Dispensers

Ice and water dispensers provide cool, fresh water and ice whenever you need it.

Water Filters

Keep your water fresh and sparkly with a new water filter designed for your fridge.

Upgraded Sound Insulation

Keep your refrigerator running quiet with more sound insulation that dampens buzzing, rattling and other noises.

Stainless Steel

Get a premium look that lasts with a stainless steel finish.

Smudge-Free Finishes (Universal Silver)

Keep your refrigerator looking clean.

Choose Your Accessories

Water Filters

Keep your water fresh by changing your refrigerator?s water filter every six months.

Cleaners & Deodorizers

Find a range of cleaning products made especially for your appliance.

Important Considerations

Energy efficiency

Your refrigerator is one of the few appliances in your home that runs all day, but the cost of use is a factor that many people forget to consider. An older or inefficient refrigerator uses more energy, meaning a new refrigerator can actually save you money.

Aging refrigerators work harder - and cost more - to operate as refrigerants and seals degrade over time. [Source: http://energystar.gov] Units made before 1999 may not meet current Department of Energy usage guidelines. Some bottom-freezer refrigerators consume less energy than a 60-watt bulb.

Pick a Color and Finish

Most models are available in several colors:
black, stainless steel and white.

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