Refrigerators- Best cold storage option for the kitchenBuying Guides in Refrigerators

Refrigerators are one of the most needed home appliances and also a huge long term investment as it is to stay for years in your kitchen. A refrigerator is also probably the biggest appliance which would consume a lot of your kitchen's space. Refrigerators have evolved a lot and are continuously evolving with every summer as most of the manufactures every year ad on new features to make the refrigerator a more efficient, convenient and performance oriented unit. So weather you are buying it for the first time or if replacing the older unit, you should certainly consider the ital aspects and learn the tactics to select a unit which is best suited to cater to the need of your family, matches your performance yardsticks and gel well with the home furnishing and style. Considering the new developments, innovations in the refrigeration technology and a wide range of size, type, colors and other features, you should make a prudent decision to buy value for money.

Refrigerators are one of the most needed home appliances and also a huge long term investment as it is to stay for years in your kitchen. A refrigerator is also probably the biggest appliance which would consume a lot of your kitchen's space. Refrigerators have evolved a lot and are continuously evolving with every summer as most of the manufactures every year ad on new features to make the refrigerator a more efficient, convenient and performance oriented unit. So weather you are buying it for the first time or if replacing the older unit, you should certainly consider the ital aspects and learn the tactics to select a unit which is best suited to cater to the need of your family, matches your performance yardsticks and gel well with the home furnishing and style. Considering the new developments, innovations in the refrigeration technology and a wide range of size, type, colors and other features, you should make a prudent decision to buy value for money.

Refrigerators are generally defined and differentiated on the basis of their capacity in liters. So before deciding on the brand and model, you should first decide on the capacity of the refrigerator considering the family size or number of people in the home. A family as small as of two people may require a refrigerator of a capacity between 50 to 200 liters. But this capacity may vary considering the food habits and other buying habits. Refrigerator basically is of two simple types - direct cool which is the single door refrigerator and frost-free which have mostly double and multiple doors.


Types of Refrigerator-Capacity

There is an abundant variety of refrigerators that are divided on the basis of capacity. You got to select from mini, small, medium and large refrigerators.

Mini (50 to 100 liters): this is the smallest form of refrigerator , which is single door, very compact to suite single member or two member family, comfortably stores your occasional drinks along with bare food items.

Small (170 to 200 liters): This is again a compact small size refrigerator which is just right for a two people family or even a small kitchen. This does not occupy much space to store your weekly groceries. The single door refrigerator is perfect for stringent budget.

Medium (200 to 450 liters): Perfectly matches the requirement of nuclear family. This unit is not too small and not too big which also includes some features so give you enough storage space with convenience. They may be single or double doors depending on your preference.

Large (450 to 800 liters): These are large size and big budget refrigerators that are meant to cater the requirements of a big family. These refrigerators are the preference of rich and lavish lifestyle. The large sized refrigerator may bring you a wide range of features and options like double door, three doors, Top mounted, bottom mounted and side-by-side.

A general rule of thumb says that for an adult you need at least 4-6 cubic feet space in the refrigerator. So you can easily estimate the capacity you require. But along with capacity there are other major aspects which will influence your decision like freezer location in the refrigerator, comfort level, price, and the available space in your kitchen.


Let's look at different models that prevail in the market.

   Side-by-Side refrigerators

Standard side by side refrigerators are spitted in to two parts by a vertical, full length split which places the freezer at one side and the refrigerator at the other. The size of the refrigerator may range between 31 to 36 inches with approximately 28-34 inches depth and height of 66-69 inches. So basically these are huge refrigerator units which require a lot of space. Side-by-sides typically comes with, temperature-controlled bins, and rapid ice-making cycles. You should search for models that provide space saving features like in-door ice makers and water dispensers that move ice and water to the door, adjustable bins and shelves that free up a lot of valuable shelf space.

Pros: The dual compartment increases the convenience of placing different type of food items in different compartments.

Cons: The split makes the refrigerator space narrow, so placing big bowls and big food items become problematic.

Total Capacity: 20 to 26 cu. ft.

   Freezer on Top

This is the most found, traditional style refrigerator which places the refrigerator on the top of the unit at your eye-level with a may have capacity up to 22 cu. ft. and a standard size of maximum 36 inches length, 33 inches of debt and 69 inches of height. Because of their simple design with a top-mount freezer, these fridges offer the maximum capacity of storage. So you can narrow down your choice in this type of a refrigerator segment on the basis of capacity, budget and other features like filtered water dispenser, temperature controlled crispers etc.

Pros: They offer you the maximum capacity with the wise wide shelves which are adjustable and being the most economical deal in the lot.

Cons: the freezer may be accessed easily but the bottom shelves and drawers makes you bend every time to access the food items places in them.

Total Capacity: 14 to 22 cu. ft.

   Freezer on Bottom

This not a very sort after model and most manufacturers do not offers many variant of this because of its non popularity. The bottom mount refrigerator design places the refrigerator at the bottom and the rest of the refrigerator unit on the top. The dimensions and sizes are almost the same as the top-mount models with the average width of 33 inches, depth of 35 inches and height of 69 inches. This model is gaining popularity with times as they also offer the maximum capacity.

Pros: The mostly used food items may be places at the eye-level refrigerator and can be accessed easily.

Cons: The freezer placed at the bottom becomes problematic as you have to band or sit to access it.

Total Capacity: 20 to 26 cu. ft.

   Single Door Refrigerator

These are the most common and traditional refrigerators which come with a single door, wherein the upper portion consist freezer, the middle portion the refrigerator and the lower portion the vegetable bin. This entry level, low priced refrigerators vary widely in their capacity offering the minimum to maximum.

Pros: They efficiently provide the maximum capacity and dynamically first to small spaces too..

Cons: They are very basic in design and lacks versatility offering limited features requiring a manual defrosting every week and the combined unit mixes the odors of all the food items. Also the heat exchanging coils and pips are visible making it ugly and forcing it to be placed against the wall.

   
Key Features to look

Creative storage

From the flexible door bins and adjustable shelves most models come in a variety of options. The shelves are of three types - wired, acrylic and tempered glass which offer different level of adjustment and holding capacity. The tempered glass is the most robust and sturdiest shelve which can hold up to 100 kgs and wired shelves are the very easy to adjust and move but are least tough.

Coil Free or Concealed back

The concealed coil refrigerators hide coils at the bottom of the refrigerator in the form of condenser coils. Most of the modern refrigerators have this feature. Clean backs are convenient as the refrigerator may be place do not need to be placed against wall, makes it easy to clean and also become a safety feature as it covers the compressor.

Quick Freeze compartment

An inbuilt Quick Freeze compartmenting in the refrigerator may be available as a knob or small box in the freezer provides you quick ice regularly. Deodorizer

This feature continuously removes the odor inside the fridge and keeps the food fresh.

Climate Control

Modern fridges produce drawers that are climate controlled and can be opened from the top. Two distinct bins for fruits and vegetables are standard features while different compartments regulate humidity on different levels and temperature. Advanced sensors act intelligently to stave off wilt and sogginess.

Child Lock

This feature keeps your tension free from the accidental access of your refrigerator by your infants. So it makes sure that your refrigerator is access under your supervision.

Moisture and Humidity control

This feature keeps the fruits and vegetables fresh by soaking extra moisture and humidity in the refrigerator. This keeps your food fresh for longer times.

Reversible Swing Door

Reversible swing door is a fantastic feature that gives you the liberty to change the direction of the door opening and adapt a door swing that suits your requirements. If you are not sure of the placement or location of the refrigerator at the time of buying or if you keep on changing the position of the refrigerator then this may e very useful for you.


Other SPECIFICS you might find:

  • Quit fridge technology to prevent the noise.
  • Antibacterial coating that keeps the refrigerator bacteria free.
  • lights to for the proper visibility to pick the correct snacks at night.
  • A no-frost keeps the freezer ice free.
  • LCD temperature displays makes it very convenient to control the temperature of the refrigerator.
  • "Fingerprint-Proof" coatings on the outer surface make it easy to clean the surface of the fridge.
  • Filtered ice and water dispenser.