Refrigerator Buying Tips: How To Buy a New Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Looking for a new appliance such as a refrigerator can be overwhelming when you’re first starting out. My wife and I recently purchased a new refrigerator for our home and I learned quite a bit from that experience. Here are a few refrigerator buying tips that helped us find the right refrigerator.

1. Refrigerator Dimensions
Measure your space, or if you have one already, measure your current refrigerator if your new refrigerator is going in the same place. This is the most important and only non-negotiable feature of your new refrigerator. Take into account how the doors will open and if there is enough room for them to open freely.

There are 3 main types of side-by-side refrigerators. The free standing side-by-side refrigerator, the counter depth refrigerator, and the built-in side-by-side refrigerator. The free standing refrigerator is the most common type of side-by-side refrigerator. The counter-depth side by side refrigerator is exactly what it sounds like; it’s made to sit flush with your kitchen counters which can give your kitchen a sleek, modern look. Lastly, the built-in side-by-side refrigerator has custom paneling on the outside to make it look like part of the kitchen cabinetry. Expect to pay big money for a built-in side-by-side refrigerator.

Refrigerator dimensions vary by type so be sure and check out our side-by-side refrigerator dimensions page for more information on the sizes for each type of refrigerator.

2. Energy Star Rating (Don’t skip this one)
I know what you’re thinking, but this has more to do with saving your wallet than saving the environment.  An Energy Star rated device simply means that it meets the criteria to use a minimum of 20% less power than a non-energy star rated device.  Expect to pay double the normal energy costs on a refrigerator if you don’t buy a good Energy Star rated device. Also, it couldn’t hurt to do our part to help save the environment either. You can read more about energy efficiency and what an “Energy Star” rating means at

3. Visit Manufacturer Websites & Compare Models
Check out the latest refrigerators at each of the top refrigerator brands websites. Kenmore, LG, Frigidaire, Kitchenaid, these are just a few of the top refrigerator brands that have extremely helpful web sites when it comes to buying a fridge. Simply search for your top refrigerator brands in your favorite search engine (i.e. “kenmore refrigerator website”) to get started.

4. Additional Considerations
Other features you might consider are glass shelves (easier to clean) vs. wire rack shelves, Pull out shelves, and Coils vs. flush back. Some refrigerators cover up the exposed coils with a nice flush backing.

Hopefully your well on your way to purchasing a new refrigerator. If you have additional questions or feel this post could be more helpful please leave a comment or contact us with your suggestions.

Good luck on your search for a new refrigerator!

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