Replacing Your Refrigerator

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 16, 2018)

Similar to when an individual chooses a new stove, dishwasher or any other large appliances for the kitchen or home, choosing a refrigerator can be an extremely daunting task, something that seems overwhelming to the typical consumer. There comes a time in every home owner's life where they are going to need to replace a new refrigerator, whether this is due to damaged equipment that needs to be replaced, renovations of the kitchen as a whole or simply due to the wish for something new.

Despite what the commercials may say to the contrary, the whole process of selection and determination of a new refrigerator does not have to be an excruciating and long drawn out process. In fact, it can be a fun and enjoyable experience (personally, I love to go window shopping). In order to get the refrigerator of your dreams, all you need to do is use these simple guidelines.

  • Type. Basically a refrigerator is an appliance that has the sole purpose of keeping perishable items in viable and edible condition. That being said, most refrigerators are the same no matter how you look at it, or what you plan on doing with it, the basic purpose of the refrigerator is the same. To help choose the best type of fridge for your needs, you should keep an eye out for the various styles that are inherent for each model carried under each brand. Some of the styles that you are going to see is side by side, top and bottom, and built in units that look as if they are just another set of cabinets. Largely the decision is going to be based upon your personal preferences.
  • Features. There are numerous types of features that you may wish to have included in the next unit that you purchase. Some of these features include things like icemakers, water dispensers, easy access mini doors, vegetable crispers and more. When looking at the various types of features that are available, keep in mind that the more features that you have then the more this is going to cost you. As you are looking to make your purchase, then you need to keep in mind that everything you are looking at is going to impact your final purchase price.
  • Reviews. As always, prior to making your final decision on the models or brand, you should take a look at what the consumer and professional reviews are for each particular model that you have in mind are. Looking to periodicals such as Consumer Reports, as well as various websites and talking to representatives (i.e. sales people) from different stores to get as many view points as possible. This helps to ensure that all pertinent angles are covered in your deliberations.
  • Color and Size. Finally, you need to decide on what the color of your new unit is going to be, as well as the size of the particular unit. Size, believe it or not, really does matter in this instance. Typically, a family of six is going to need between 27 and 32 ft3 of space for all their needs. Sometimes though, this can lead to problems when trying to place larger unites into some of the spaces that they were not meant for. Ensure that you have the specifications and dimensions for where you are going to be putting the unit, It is going to do no good to purchase a new refrigerator that you cannot use because it does not fit where it is supposed to, or does not match the rest of your kitchen.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Heating Up a Cold Room

While it is tempting to do so, there are other ways of heating up a cold room besides turning up the thermostat. Try a ...

Discover More

Preventing Household Bugs

While it might be nice to learn methods you can use to remove bugs from your home, wouldn't it be better to learn how to ...

Discover More

Recognizing Childhood Obesity

It seems like you can't turn on the news, television, or even the radio anymore without hearing something about childhood ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Troubleshooting Dishwasher Problems

Dishwashers are a great and wonderful thing to have in your kitchen, or they are when they work properly. Troubleshooting ...

Discover More

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Refinishing kitchen cabinets can bring much needed life and vitality to any kitchen, and is quite often less expensive ...

Discover More

Replacing Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are a vital and key part in the running and care of kitchens today. One of the problems that a person may be ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is seven less than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)