There is nothing worse than buying an appliance that just doesn’t fit your kitchen and your lifestyle. After all, it is an investment that you expect to last at least a decade.
So to avoid any such mistake, here are some top tips you need to know so that the refrigerator you buy is perfect for you for years to come by.
Choosing The Wrong Style
There are different types of refrigerators available in the market. The main ones are single door, double door, triple door, side-by-side and french door refrigerators.
Usually, a bachelor would need just a single door refrigerator. But if you intend to be a couple soon, then opt for a double door refrigerator.
Next, if you are a couple and intend to get a double door refrigerator, then consider the capacity. If you plan to expand your family soon, then buy a medium sized refrigerator of 250 to 350 litres.
The same goes for joint families with members who plan to get married soon. Buy a refrigerator that is a bit larger than your current requirement.
A question often asked is whether to opt for a side by side refrigerator or a double door refrigerator with larger capacity. Side by side refrigerators have a large freezer space- usually about 40% of the net capacity. In case of double door refrigerators, it is usually just about 30%.
A non-vegetarian joint family might need a large freezer. But otherwise, most families would be better off with a double door refrigerator.
The next option is a French door refrigerator, which is apt for a large joint family with 10 plus members. It helps organize food better and the bottom freezer gives more space. Moreover, being a high end appliance, its cooling efficiency is quite superior too. But
Too Low Or Too Much Capacity
This is just an extension of the previous point. Before buying a refrigerator, consider whether there would be any changes in your family structure in the coming few years. Then plan accordingly.
The needs of a 4 member family would be met with a 250 to 350 litre refrigerator. Lesser than that, there won’t be sufficient space for keeping all food for storage. Larger than that, you would be simply having a lot of unused space and unnecessary energy expense.
Here is a rough guideline on refrigerator capacity needed according to family size.
Forgetting to Check The Dimensions
Recently, we had a reader sending us an email asking specifically to recommend a refrigerator that is 23 inch deep because that was the depth of their modular kitchen. That kind of looking in to detail is much needed when buying an appliance.
Modular kitchens these days don’t give much flexibility in terms of width and depth of appliances that can be placed in the designated space. And last thing you want is insufficient space to open the refrigerator’s door. So, measure the length, width and depth of space available before you buy any appliance. Also look at the space around to ensure sufficient space for opening the door.
Ignoring The Color
A refrigerator is the largest appliance you have in your kitchen. And you wouldn’t want it to be an eyesore.
Today, you get refrigerators in a plethora of color options like bright violet, dazzling red, purple and so on. These colors would add to your kitchen’s aesthetic appearance if the ambience matches. But if not, it could give your kitchen a cluttered look.
That is why, it is best to choose a color that matches with the kitchen. Black and silver might appear as no-brainer choices. But do think again and check if you are missing out on an option to take up your kitchen’s appearance by notches.
If you have a neutral or light color kitchen cabinet, you could perhaps have a bright color refrigerator as a focal point. On the other hand, if the kitchen cabinets are of darker shade, stainless steel finish could be the better option.
Not Considering Energy Consumption
In India, every single and double door refrigerator comes with BEE rating and information about the annual energy consumption. This is one of the most important aspect that you have to note while buying a refrigerator because it affects the lifetime expenditure of owning your appliance.
5 star refrigerators are considered the best as they have the least energy consumption. If not, at least opt for a 3-4 star refrigerator.
You won’t find BEE ratings of side by side and multiple door refrigerators. In such cases, do check the product specifications to know the annual energy consumption of the appliance.
Considering Only Brand Name
We all have a favorite brand. But don’t buy a fridge or any appliance for that matter, just because it’s an LG or a Samsung or a Haier. Each model has its own pros and cons. So, delve deep and see if your needs are met with what your favorite brand has to offer. If not, move on to the next.
Not Giving Attention To Details
These days refrigerators come with a variety of features and functionalities. If you have a member who depends on insulin, then it would be a good idea to buy a refrigerator with a small utility box in which you could keep the insulin and any such medicines. You would also want to see how easy it is to clean the appliance, how large is the vegetable box, whether you need a dedicated compartment for meat and dairy and so on…
So, with these tips, we hope you will be able to buy a refrigerator that perfectly suits your needs. For more information on how to choose the best refrigerator, you could take a look at our buyer’s guide. Also, check out our list on best refrigerators in India to choose the most highly rated refrigerators in India.