Picking among the many refrigerator brands and options may seem like anything but straightforward. Here are some tips to help you pick the best refrigerator for your needs.

Things To Consider

Inspect your space and doorways to determine whether a chosen refrigerator will fit. Allot a few inches of allowance for safe measure.

Dollar value located at the center indicates estimated yearly operating cost. Numerical value under the dollar value indicates estimated yearly electricity consumption in kilowatt hours

Manufacturers recommend a storage capacity of at least 19 to 22 cubic feet for a group of four, however this depends on how much you intend to store at any given time.

The presence of the Energy Star logo ensures that the product has passed energy efficiency guidelines and standards.

Picking The Right Type

Top Freezer

The most common type of refrigerator, top freezers offer more space at 30 to 33 inches wide. Many advertise a 22-cubic foot capacity, but some provide much less. Doors can swing wide for ease of access.

French Door

Ranging anywhere between 30 to 36 inches, French door refrigerators aren’t quite as spacious as top freezer models. Narrow doors make for easy access especially when retrieving or returning small items.


Ideal for dorms and apartment living, compact refrigerators have just a fraction of the cooling capacity of full sized fridges.

Bottom Freezer

Better ergonomics by placing the less-accessed freezer at the bottom instead of eye level. Can range anywhere between 30 to 36 inches in width, however has less storage capacity than top freezer counterparts.

Side by Side

Two door refrigerators with the freezer on one side and the fridge on the other. Many come equipped with through-the-door ice and water dispensers. Available in 32 to 36 inch variants, and advertised with 30 cubic feet capacity.

Built In

The largest of all types, comes in 36 inches or more. Door styles vary, but storage capacity plays around 25 cubic feet.

Features To Consider

Through-the-Door Ice and Water Dispenser

Eliminates the need for a separate water dispenser, but costs more to operate and is likely to become the cause of repairs.

Temperature Controls

Set temperature in specific areas of the fridge to maximize food shelf life.

Door-in-Door Storage Access

Place frequently retrieved items within the easy access door to reduce energy consumption and increase convenience.

Adjustable Shelves and Drawers

Rearrange shelf placement to accommodate taller, larger items.

Freshness Features

Reduce odors, maintain humidity, and eliminate bacteria with air purifiers and evaporators that ensure food freshness.