No kitchen can ever be complete without a refrigerator. Refrigerators today, perform a lot more functions than just preserving our food. It has become a necessary addition to our lifestyle. However, what we don’t understand is that not all households have the same requirements for a refrigerator.
I never really gave much thought to the different types of refrigerators when buying one for my house. Before, I would usually end up buying fridges that were trending. Many a time, these fridges wouldn’t even fulfill my needs and I would end up calling repair services for my refrigerator. I had to replace quite a few fridges to find the right one. However, changing my refrigerator to a type that suits my lifestyle has made a lot of difference. I think it’s important to share some insight that I have gained when it comes to refrigerators. It can help you buy the most suitable one. Here is a list of the most common for the type of refrigerator that you can choose from.
If you do not have a big family like mine, and your requirements from a fridge are only the basic cooling requirements, single door refrigerators would work best for you. Single door refrigerators do not usually take up too much space. These refrigerators have a vegetable as well as a freezer compartment inside. If you want to save some space and money, I would suggest that you get a single door
Double door refrigerators are becoming very popular these days. These are characterized by a separate door for the freezer compartment. Double door refrigerators have a lot of versatility when it comes to design and you get a wide range of choices. Some double door fridges tend to be larger than the average single-door fridge, although that’s not true for all double-door fridges. Although these cost a bit more than the single door refrigerators, I think these give good value for money.
Side to side refrigerators has two doors that open in a manner very similar to cupboard doors. These are huge and require quite a lot of space. It has the freezer compartment as well as the fridge placed side by side for your convenience. Though a bit expensive, I find these to be an extremely stylish addition for my kitchen. If you are willing to spend a little more amount, you could get one of the side-by-side refrigerators. They come with water or ice-dispensers which would be an added benefit for you.
French door refrigerators have more than two compartments. These could have a side-by-side-door on top with a pull-out drawer style compartment at the bottom. These are usually meant for bigger families and can hold in around 800 litres. These are quite pricey. However, you also get features like quick cooling and ice dispensers with them. If you have a huge kitchen with a big family, I’d suggest a French door refrigerator for your home.
You can also focus on the technology of the fridge, instead of looking just at the design. Most of the models available in the market are using direct cool technology or frost-free technology. Direct cool technology circulates the air in the fridge in a fixed pattern. As a result of this, the areas which receive more of the cool air end up getting frozen. If you ever had to manually defrost a fridge, you were using direct cool technology. On the other side of things, frost-free technology uses electrical fans to keep the cooling uniform across the fridge and hence you don’t have to manually defrost the fridge.
Usually, frost-free fridges are available in bigger sizes, consume more power, get heated and are suitable for bigger families. Hence the cost of owning them is relatively higher. That said, most of the people today prefer using frost-free fridges since that way they don’t have to manually defrost the fridge frequently and everything stored in the fridge stays fresh for long.
These days, you also have the option of going for a convertible fridge. A convertible fridge allows you to have extra storage space by controlling the temperature in the freezer to make it suitable for everything you would store only in the fridge and not in the freezer.
There are several types of refrigerators available in the market. However, all of us seem to confine ourselves to the same old choices. If you take a closer look at the varieties, you might want to consider switching your old fridge. Get a new fridge according to the size and requirement of your house, to make your kitchen look better and suit your lifestyle.