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Refrigerators: A Closer Look
What's New in Refrigerators?
If it's been a while since you purchased a new refrigerator, you may be surprised by some of the latest innovations. Best Buy's refrigerator deals include connected refrigerators that allow you to mirror your Smart TV, stream music, and check out what's inside via a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen built into the door. You can also get a refrigerator with features like a built-in coffee brewer to start your morning right, or quick-access, door-in-door technology that maintains the temperature in different areas and includes adjustable cooling zones that you can set to either cool or freeze. And that's just the start. The days when refrigerators were just big cold boxes that kept your food from spoiling are long gone.
Choosing Your New Refrigerator
The best place to start the selection process for your refrigerator is by determining the width, depth and height of the area where it will go. Keep in mind that ventilation space may be necessary at the top, back and sides, and that you may need enough side room to accommodate door hinges opening on one or both sides. You may decide to go with a counter-depth refrigerator, which is shallower so as not to stick out beyond 25-inch counters, giving the appearance of being custom-built, or one designed to fit within a built-in cabinet space.
Designs and Door Styles
Once you've identified the space you have to work with, you can take a look at the different designs and door styles. If a two-door design with plenty of storage room and a lower freezer appeals to you, check out the French door refrigerators. Similarly, side-by-side door refrigerators also have two doors, with a freezer on one entire side. There are also models available with four or five doors. Or maybe you'd prefer a more traditional design, with a freezer on the top, or on the bottom. Keep in mind that you can also choose a standalone freezer, if you need more space for frozen foods.
Next, pick the finish from a wide selection, ranging from classic white to modern black to slate to stainless steel to the latest trend, black stainless steel. Ideally, you'll want to choose a finish that matches or complements your other kitchen appliances.
Refrigerators: Other Considerations
When it comes to design options for an ice maker, you can either choose one that is inside the freezer, in the door, both in the freezer and door, or a standalone unit. You can also choose an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator that saves you money, reduces energy use, and protects the environment by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines.
For more help, use our Find the Perfect Refrigerator guide, which walks you through the selection process and makes it easier to find the best fridge for you and your family.