5 Most Important Factors to Consider When Buying a New Refrigerator

There are several factors you need to consider before purchasing a new refrigerator – whether for the first time or as an upgrade

Refrigerators are arguably one of the most important home appliances. However in order to enjoy your fridge for long, and not have to spend some extra money down the line on refrigerator repair, there are several factors you need to consider before purchasing a new refrigerator – whether for the first time or as an upgrade from an older one.

Here are the most important ones:

1. Need

What exactly are your refrigeration needs? Do you do a lot of veggies that need less moisture or you require something to keep your meats good for as long as possible? Do you cater to a small family or you feed an army? These are questions you need to ask yourself – and consider – when making your refrigerator purchase.

You don't have to spend extra money on a refrigerator with specs you don't (really) need, just as you definitely do not want to buy something that wouldn't meet your needs.

It's safe to say your family needs is the most important factor to consider when buying a refrigerator.

2. Budget

The next factor to look at is your pocket. You need to consider how much you have available for the refrigerator. Seems like a common-sense thing, but you'd be surprised to learn that most people hunt for refrigerators without setting a budget…or even giving some thought to their financial status…and end up making purchases based on temptation – and of course, exceeding a reasonable budget.

You really don't want to come back from the market only to realize that you've spent more than you ought to.

3. Space

The space available should determine the size of your refrigerator. Putting an oversized fridge in a small kitchen is just absurd. If your kitchen is small, then consider small refrigerators, single doors, or under-counter fridges. And if you have a large space, you can opt for the bigger models.

It makes sense to measure your proposed refrigerator space and go to the market with near-perfect figures.

4. Features

There are so many features you can get in a refrigerator. Wine coolers, ice dispensers, water dispensers, touchscreen, even Wi-Fi and TV, are features of a modern refrigerator. Consider the features of the various options available and compare them to each other. Then select the ones with the features you like.

However, it all comes back to your needs and budget.

5. Preference

Buying a refrigerator boils down to individual preferences. Even after you find a fridge that meets your needs and fits your budget, there should still reasonably be some space for emotions. What do you want in a refrigerator? Which style do you prefer? What's your preferred color? What have you imagined your kitchen to look like with the fridge in it? Let your answers guide you in choosing the perfect fit for you.


The worst thing that can happen to you when trying to buy a refrigerator is to rely on advertisements, thinking the most advertised brand is the best. This isn't entirely true, and you might miss some opportunities from not checking other brands.

Do some good fridge hunting; list out your needs and features important to you; consider your space and budget; then choose your most preferred refrigerator. This, truly, is the way to own a perfect fridge!


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