When it comes down to shopping for a new refrigerator there are undoubtedly multiple questions that start flooding your mind right? Among them is probably one of the most important questions to ask, what size refrigerator should I buy?
Not to worry, unlike goldie locks who had to go through multiple bed sizes to find one that was just right, we’ve put together this simple guide to help you figure out which refrigerator size is the best fit for your kitchen and family on the first try.
Finding a refrigerator that fits all of your needs can seem a bit daunting, luckily we carry a wide variety of different features, designs, and styles to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for. Once you’ve found your desired size with the help of our guide, you can begin to consider what type of refrigerator will check all of your other boxes.
The different styles include the classic french door refrigerators, which offer double doors split in the middle normally with a freezer drawer below. Built-in refrigerators are designed to be installed and merged with your cabinetry to give a seamless luxurious built-in look. Side-by-side refrigerators have two separate tall and narrow compartments one serving as the freezer and the other as the fridge.
Bottom freezers refrigerators, as the name suggests, come with a freezer at the bottom of the unit and tend to provide more storage space than top-mount freezers. Lastly, there are top-mount freezers that provide a small freezer compartment on the upper part of the unit and a larger fresh food compartment on the lower half. Head on over to our appliances page to start browsing these different styles and find the perfect match for you!
Taking into account the size of your family is a good starting point for determining the optimal size (and storage capacity) for your new refrigerator. However, these tend to be lifelong purchases so consider thinking about what the size of your family will be like in the future.
Are you planning on having more children? Will you be frequently hosting and having people over? Depending on your response to these questions, you may want to consider opting for a refrigerator that provides additional storage.
Next, let’s begin calculating how much space you have in your kitchen for your future shiny new appliance. Most kitchens have a typical refrigerator cavity/space of 90cm wide x 180cm high x 60cm deep (give or take) to accommodate a standard refrigerator size.
Start by measuring the dimensions of the area where your appliance will be placed, remember to leave around 25 millimeters of clearance space around the top, back, and sides of the fridge. This will allow for proper ventilation and ensure you have enough room to comfortably swing open and close the refrigerator doors.
Lifestyle And Family Size
The type of lifestyle you live and the size of your family both have a significant impact on the type and refrigerator size you will need. This is because fridge capacity varies based on your personal lifestyle, for instance, if you live alone you might not need as much storage space compared to someone who has a family of four.
If you enjoy planning your meals ahead of time or storing food for future use then you may consider going for more storage space than someone who does not cook as often. Observe your eating, cooking, and hosting patterns to decide if your lifestyle is better suited for a fridge with a larger or smaller storage capacity.
Features And Design
After you’ve figured out what size refrigerator your kitchen measurements can comfortably accommodate and the eating/food storage habits of your particular lifestyle, it’s time to start picking out your desired features.
Maybe you’d like a smart fridge with a Wi-Fi connection feature, or perhaps you highly value stainless steel units that come with a high energy efficiency rating. Keeping in mind what matters the most to you, make sure to create a list with all of your desired features to help you narrow down your final options.
We find it helpful to list the features in order from most important to least important in order to help you prioritize your key wants and needs. This can help you decide between two similar refrigerator styles by taking into account the most wanted or sought-after features on your list.
Refrigerators with top-freezer or bottom-freezer designs like this recommended Whirlpool model offer a large fridge compartment with a smaller freezer compartment. They are a great affordable option that is best suited for small families and households consisting of one or two people.
Infinity Slide Shelf
EZ Connect Ice Maker Kit
Gallon Door Bin
Electronic Temperature Controls
Refrigerator Of Choice For Three - Four People
For a family made up of four people, we suggest looking at french-door and side-by-side refrigerator styles. Because these models start at mid-sized measurements, they will be able to offer the correct amount of storage space your family will need.
French-door refrigerators and side-by-side refrigerators have the largest storage space out of any standalone refrigerator. This is why we suggest the sleek 26.7 Cu. Ft. Samsung Side-by-Side refrigerator that provides an abundance of food storage for large families.
Having a chic and contemporary design, this fridge seamlessly uplifts any kitchen and features a durable fingerprint-resistant finish to keep your unit looking shiny and new. Offering an in-door ice maker, gallon door bins to maximize storage (got to keep those dinosaur chicken nuggets in stock), and Samsung Family Hub, this unit is jampacked with all the necessary features and more!
Through the use of the Family Hub feature, you and your family can listen to music, share pictures, or watch your favorite shows (with Samsung TV Plus). You are able to control all of your smart appliances and devices right from your Samsung fridge and have access to all the benefits Alexa offers.
Indoor Ice maker
Adjustable Top Shelf
Gallon Door Bins
Fingerprint Resistant Finish
Awarded Energy Star Certified
Ready To Purchase?
If you'd like more information on any of the recommended refrigerators, feel free to give us a call or visit one of our in-store locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, or Watertown Wisconsin. Make sure to take advantage of our flexible financing options, where you can purchase your perfect refrigerator with convenient monthly payments and no hidden fees. We strive to make every appliance, electronic, and furniture purchase attainable for your budget and needs!
Whirlpool 24-inch Wide Small Space Top-Freezer Refrigerator - 12.9 cu. ft.