Refrigeration technology has improved by leaps and bounds since the days of the ice box, and it’s still improving. There are so many customizable options and smart features to consider when shopping for a refrigerator, but even with these factors, it all comes down to finding something that fits your lifestyle the best.
A top-freezer model, like this one from GE Appliances, is a traditional choice. It’s economical, uses the least amount of electricity of all the full-size refrigerators, features wide shelves, and offers a no-frills option to those looking for a basic fridge.
A bottom-freezer is a newer style, like this 19 Cu. Ft. from KitchenAid. With the freezer on the bottom, bending and hunching to find items in the fridge is a thing of the past. Shelves are easier to reach, see, and they come in either single or two side-by-side French door styles. There are even some that feature a door-in-door option, meaning there is an upper refrigerator compartment within the main door. This saves energy, releasing less cold air, and offers maximum storage space.
A side-by-side refrigerator, such as the Frigidaire Gallery, might be one you’re used to seeing as well: two doors side-by-side with a fridge on one side and a freezer on the other. Though this option is narrower than the others, it holds the most usable space and takes up the least amount of room, even with the doors open.