The standard guide to select a refrigerator size is to allow for 4 to 6 cubic feet per adult in the household. This is the first thing you should determine before buying a fridge. I suggest you consider the size of your family and allow for a little more extra room. Then, once you have determined the appropriate size, you can consider style options. The following are approximate measurements and prices for a variety of different refrigerator models.
Gain Storage Space with a Top Freezer
Size: 28–33 inches wide
Capacity: 23 cubic feet
Price: $479 to $2,199
Pros: Good amount of storage for small place
Cons: Doors swing wide, need to bend to access the refrigerator
Keep Fresh Food at Eye Level with a Bottom Freezer
Size: 24–36 inches wide
Capacity: 30 cubic feet
Price: $999 to $1,899
Pros: Fresh food is at eye-level and frozen food is down below
Cons: Must bend to reach freezer
Avoid Bending with a Side-by-Side Option
Size: 33–36 inches wide
Capacity: 28 cubic feet
Price: $1,149 to $3,099
Pros: Fridge on one side, freezer on the other—no bending; exterior ice and water dispenser; narrow doors fit a small kitchen
Cons: Too narrow to fit a pizza box into; not as energy efficient as other models
Save Energy with a French Door
Size: 28–36 inches
Capacity: 34 cubic feet
Price: $1,599 to $3,999 ($4,500 to $8,000 if you want a slimmer depth that looks built in)
Pros: Only open half the fridge when storing small items
Cons: Priciest option
Most consumers do not buy a refrigerator on style alone. Here are some other factors that may be more important.
Energy efficiency: A refrigerator with the Energy Saver label means that it's in the top 25% of the market for efficiency, which means lower energy bills. Just be aware that buying a different style of fridge may also save you the same or more.
External water and ice dispensers: This is one of the most popular features; but be wary that fridges with this feature often require the most repairs.
Adjustable shelves and drawers: Space options ensure that you're always organized.
Air purifier: This feature can keep foods fresh for longer by eliminating bacteria.
Dual-cooling system: Dual cooling enables the fridge and freezer to keep cool air separate.
Control pad: Controls allow you to set the temperature and customize features.
Smart refrigerator: Optional features include energy monitoring, voice control, and displays for cooking timers, recipe, and family calendar, also can play music.
Prioritize the features that matter to you and identify the style you love and you will have found the perfect refrigerator. Refrigerators should last for 13 years, so make an investment that will pay off every day.