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choosing the right size for your new refrigerator

06 Jan 2020

While buying a new refrigerator or upgrading from an older one, there are a few things you must keep in mind even before you start browsing your catalogues.

Deciding the correct size of refrigerator is probably the most important decision you’d need to make since all refrigerators more or less serve the same purpose indeed. This decision of yours would be influenced by three major factors.

1. Family size

Can’t stress this enough but refrigerators are long term investments made for at least 10 years kept in mind. If you have a large family or see it gets larger in the years to come, or say the use the appliance getting more in the future where you cook for more than one meal at a time etc., go for a larger appliance.

You may also want to check out the volume distribution of the refrigerator for different storage compartments like vegetable crisper drawers and freezers; they too influence the size of refrigerator you need.

If your have a tendency to store many food items that need deep freezer storage, or you deep freeze few seasonal items for long periods (like mango pulp for example), you can include this while deciding overall refrigerator capacity. In some cases, buyers may even consider a separate deep freezer itself if they have the space and budgets for the same in their cooking areas.

General guide given to new refrigerator buyers;

Number of Users General Capacity Guide
1 adult 40-100 Liters
Bachelors, Couples + child 150-250 Liters
Nuclear Family 250-350 Liters
4 adults, 2 adults + 4 kids 250-500 Liters
Large family, 4 adults + 2 kids 250-500 Liters

2. Space considerations

If you are replacing an already existing refrigerator in the same installation spot, go for an upgrade only vertically. In case you want a higher capacity fridge than your older one, make sure the width of the new fridge isn’t more, just taller in height.

For a newly modeled kitchen or new space for a refrigerator, measure the volume of the available space. Refrigerators advertise internal volume is cubic feet and liters, but the internal capacity is a lot smaller than the actual space volume it occupies.

Leave good margins of 2 inches on all sides and top of the refrigerator. The heat from the fridge needs to be dispensed out so no matter what, don’t miss this step out. It is also important to measure the doorways of your apartment if the refrigerator can be easily brought into the home and installed without making adjustments in the doorframes and surroundings.

3. Layout

If you are placing your refrigerator in a corner spot, make sure you don’t opt for a model that opens doors in two opposite directions. A top/bottom freezer options or single door variant would be the most ideal for you.

If you are tight on space on either sides of the refrigerator, that is when you go for French doors and side by side refrigerators, since you’ll only have a half width of the refrigerator width to swing open.

Even if you think you’ll be able to accommodate a slightly slimmer single sided door refrigerator, keep in mind that you will be required to open the refrigerator doors more than 90 degrees to be able to swing freely and pull out vegetable boxes and shelves for easy access and cleaning purposes.

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