The refrigerator freezer is a critical part of any homes kitchen. When buying a new appliance, most purchasers desire a fridge that serves them well for many years. They seek minimal hassles due to breakdowns, combined with excellent functionality. The best way to maximize your chances of getting a model that meets their needs is to examine a range of refrigerator reviews. Read below for some basic information, or click this link for more examples.
There are many different types of refrigeration units for consumers to explore. Below, I discuss some of the more common configurations and review their suitability for particular applications.
Counterdepth Refrigerator Reviews
If you are the type of shopper who is keen on aesthetics, you may want to consider a counter depth refrigerator for your home. These units are built I such a way that they are the same depth as the typical kitchens cabinetry. Usually two feet, although sometimes a little more.
Since they don’t stick out past the rest of the kitchens accoutrements they don’t break up the lines of your kitchen. Many people find this arrangement more pleasing to the eye than the form of deeper fridge freezers.
These models are usually rather expensive, and are many times only available in the premium portion of a manufacturer’s product line. Their limited depth has the unfortunate effect of reducing the total volume of the units. Thus, the chief drawback of these models is that their capacity is often rather limited for the price.
Some of the better counter-depth refrigerator models can be found in the extensive GE Monogram refrigerator range. Kenmore and Frigidaire may be better options if you want this style on a budget however.
Refrigerator Reviews – Freezerless All Refrigerator Models
If you have no need for a freezer, then the purchase of a freezerless refrigerator is a great option. More commonly found in commercial settings than residential, they are nevertheless potential candidates for in home use. Big families, in particular, may find the large capacity of these units appealing.
I would also recommend one of these units if you already have ample freezer space, but are short on refrigerated volume. Naturally, you will need a fair amount of floor space if you are going to have multiple chilling devices in your home; but apart from that consideration, they are well worth owning.
Maytag, Electrolux and Whirlpool refrigerators all produce highly regarded Freezerless refrigerators , reviews for most of them are pretty positive – a simple refrigerator without a freezer unit has a lot less complex parts and is thus less likely to suffer a breakdown than other options.
Refrigeration Reviews – UnderCounter Refrigerators
Used mainly in kitchens with limited space, an under-counter refrigerator is installed in a similar manner to a home’s dishwashers. They are sized to slide conveniently beneath a kitchen countertop – offering a convenient cold storage niche convenient to your food preparation area.
Since these units are installed in a tight space, they have to be specially designed to handle the lack of ventilation beneath a countertop. This has the unfortunate effect of driving up the price of models of this type considerably.
Combine this price with the fact they are all very small – they are only a few feet tall after all – then you have a refrigeration type that cost a lot of dollar per cubic foot of capacity. This really makes them unsuitable for most people.
If you have limited space, you can get a cheap portable refrigerator and stick it in a corner somewhere for a lot less money. That would save you a lot of money, even if it wouldn’t look quite as classy.
I can recommend this type of unit for people who utilize a wheelchair. Since they are low to the ground, they allow easy access for the mobility challenged.
They also are good choices for people with very upscale kitchens looking for additional refrigeration space beyond their main unit. If you have a kitchen like this then you may find the high price of an under counter fridge to be no obstacle.
Some of the best-reviewed refrigerators of this type are from the brands U-Line and Summit. Sub Zero also produces several models of this type as part of their collection.
Models from firms such as Summit, SubZero and U-line are frequently used as supplementary refrigerated storage beyond a kitchens main fridge freezer.
Wine Refrigerator Reviews
Not as common in homes as some of the models discussed earlier are wine refrigerators. Reviews for these can be somewhat confusing if you are not up to speed on wine jargon, but this is not that big a deal for most.
If you don’t know your wine terminology, then odds are you are not investing in expensive vintages. This means that most any wine fridge may be fine for you. If you just want to cool wine so you can drink it, there is no need to purchase a fancy appliance to do it. Even a Walmart model should suffice.
If you are the type of person who has expensive wines, then odds are you know a lot more about wine storage than I do! Thus, I won’t try to discuss the pros and cons of various features such as light, humidity and temperature control.
I will however mention some manufacturers that are well known for their wine cooler appliances. VinoTemp, Sunpentown and Edgestar have quite a selection, many of which have excellent reviews.
Vintage Refrigerator Reviews
Retro is in! Well, for some of us anyway. Old style fridge freezers are a niche market, but there will always be certain people willing to pay for that retro look. There can certainly be no doubting that a brightly colored refrigerator with the old school curving doors has a lot of charm.
Some people will simple get hold of a genuine vintage fridge for their kitchen. This can potentially be a very cheap option if you can find a source. However, if you need to go to any kind of ‘décor’ store they will probably sell at a premium.
One thing to keep in mind is energy use. Even refrigerators that are ten years old use a lot more electricity than modern units do. If you start going back 50 years or thereabouts for your appliances, you are going to feel the pinch in your wallet when your utility bill comes.
Those seeking the retro look in a modern package can choose a refrigerator from Smeg. This manufacturer makes brand new fridges freezers with the charming looks old. I don’t think I would buy one of these units myself, but I willingly concede they are rather attractive in the right setting!
Fridge Reviews – Portable Options
Mobile refrigerators can easily be relocated when times call for it. Many different styles of this fridge can be found both in stores and online, suitable for many different uses.
These include propane refrigerators, 12 Volt refrigerators and 3-way refrigerator capable of running off several power sources. These very versatile models have many positives, but unless you are an outdoors type will be of limited use to you.
Even a typical small fridge that requires mains power can be used as a portable fridge. You might want one of these to use in a college dorm, or maybe in your TV room.
With all these different forms of refrigerator, reviewing the different types before making a purchase decision is key to ensuring you end up with a model that is right for you.