What to look for when buying a refrigerator- Infographic buying guide

Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Righteous Daddy (Rehan)

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When I was a kid, I remember that the refrigerator was to be a simple purchase. There was only one type. However, technology evolved, and we have many different types of refrigerators in the market now. Buying a refrigerator has become a pesky task.

Why I said pesky? Because I had been looking for a new refrigerator and there are tons of models available. Going through them and opting for one made my head spin. So, I thought if I am having trouble, the other people should be looking for the same information about buying a new refrigerator. Or maybe you are looking to replace your old refrigerator with the new one. No matter what the case. I am here to help—your savior in shopping.

I have created the infographic to assist you in the refrigerator buying journey. And to make sure you choose the best refrigerator, I also have written the article. So, whatever you prefer, it’s your choice. I have done my part by informing you. 😉

Let’s get started. If you are into infographics, look below. If not, look further down to find the tips on choosing the refrigerator.

refrigerator infographic buyers guide


Choose the right size

Choosing the right size of a refrigerator is not as simple as it seems. I used to think that measure the dimensions of the area I have and then look at the dimensions of the refrigerator and bam, we have got the best refrigerator.

But that’s not the case. In fact, you have to dig deeper to choose the right size.

First, we need to measure the width, depth, and height.

Before buying a refrigerator, take multiple measurements of the area where you will place your refrigerator. For me, it’s in a kitchen.

I have got a cabinet. So, I have to take the measurements from floor to cabinet lower area.

The second step you have to take is to measure the size from side to side. Now, you have your dimensions of the site.

If you are replacing your old refrigerator with the new one. Then, the task is easier for you. All you have to do is take the measurements of the old refrigerator. However, if you want to change the refrigerator’s style, the same ruling of new refrigerator buying will apply.

I should also let you know that you have to leave space on the refrigerator’s right and left sides. That’s how the pro installer takes the measurements.

You have to measure the door opening area

You need to measure the sizing of the door or doors of a refrigerator. Make sure that the refrigerator doors do not hit the upper cabinet, the countertop, or anything.

You need to leave some space for the swing door

If you are getting a swing door refrigerator, you should leave some space side-by-side to open fully. Do not stick it in a way that it swings open and hits your wall. The fridge may survive, but the paint on your walls would not.

Leave Space for Ventilation

Ensure that you have left the space for the ventilation system of the refrigerator to work. Suppose you don’t let it vent properly. In that case, there are chances that the motor and the compressor of your refrigerator will burn.

Okay so, we are done with the measurement of the space where the fridge will be installed. Now it’s time to look at the size of the refrigerator.

What refrigerator size should I get?

The size of the refrigerator totally depends on your family size. To make to more authentic, look at the table below.

Number of People

Refrigerator Size

If you are a single adult

4 to 8 cubic ft.

The couple living together but does not cook at home

12 to 16 cubic ft.

Two people who live together and cook at home    

18 cubic ft. to 20 cubic ft.

For usual family (the size of 4) 

20 cubic ft. to beyond.


What Style should I get?

It is your preference, to be honest. I am going to discuss the styles, and then you can decide.

  1. French Door Refrigerators

French Door refrigerators have side by side opening. They also have a bottom freezer. These features make it one of the adaptable refrigerator. These refrigerators also allow you to see what is inside more clearly. And undoubtedly, they offer more spacing.

So, what are the benefits of French Door Refrigerators?

They are trendy. Add beauty to the décor, and well, they are super spacious.

  1. Top Freezer and Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

These refrigerators have the most common structures. On top, you will find the freezing compartment, and you will get a freezer at the bottom as well. In amidst of them, you can place your fresh food.

What are the benefits of the top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators?

The top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators offer outstanding value to the user (that is, you and me). They come in numerous sizing so you can fit them anywhere.

Top freezer and bottom refrigerators are also suitable for compact places.

  1. Side by Side Refrigerators

As the name suggests, they are side by side refrigerators. They swing open on the left and right sides. However, they are not as big as French doors, so, yeah, they are even suitable for less space.

What are the benefits of side by side fridge?

Side by side refrigerators offers more freezing space. Also, they are easy to access.

  1. Freezerless Refrigerators

These refrigerators have no freezing compartment. So, they are going with the name of freezerless refrigerators. These refrigerators only offer refrigeration and not freezing.

So, what are the benefits?

Freezerless refrigerator is best for those who want to have a large refrigeration capacity. And also suitable for those who already have a freezer and just want to have a refrigerator.

  1. Counter Depth Refrigerators

The counter depth refrigerators come in both side by side and French door styles. This type of fridge doesn’t stick out and fit nicely into your décor.

What are the benefits?

Counter-depth refrigerators look pretty, that’s all!

  1. Compact Refrigerators

These fridges are designed for small spaces. Like, you can keep them in your dorm, studio apartment. Gaming room etc.

Benefits of Compact Refrigerators?

They are targeted towards people who live in a dorm or have minimal space. So, in short, they are beneficial for people with less space.

What are other factors to consider while buying refrigerators?

Okay, guys, let’s check out some additional factors for making your refrigerator buying journey easy.

Energy Efficient and Eco friendly

Energy efficiency is essential. I would highly encourage you to move to the latest eco-friendly technology. There are two benefits—the number one you will save more energy and will have lesser electricity bills. Number two, the eco-friendly machinery is not as harmful to the environment compared to older technology. So Always Opt for Energy-efficient technology.

Smart Refrigerators

Everything is getting smarter. Smart refrigerators can be controlled via WIFI. They have this excellent display where you can leave notes instead of pasting a paper. Which usually get lost, and in the end, your wife ended up being the winner of the argument. 😉

Leaves No Marks

If you hate marks on your fridge then, go for a refrigerator that is fingerprint-resistant.

Keeps your food fresh

Look for a refrigerator that keeps your food fresh. There is an excellent dual tech system in new refrigerators that keeps your food fresh for a more extended period.

Ice and water through the door

I conducted a survey with my family and friends and that’s the feature they wanted the most. However, According to my own research, this feature comes at a high price as well as the running cost will be higher. But, if you can afford it go for it. When I will have money I will certainly get a refrigerator with this feature.

Quick Access

We do like easy to access things, don’t we? There are refrigerators that offer door inside a door for quick access to your favorite beverages or food.

Temperature and humidity Control 

Temperature control is the most basic function that comes in almost every new fridge. However, if the refrigerator you are planning to purchase has no temperature control? then, I think you should not buy it. The same goes for humidity control it should be available in the refrigerator.

Organized Shelves and Drawers 

Again, I conducted a survey with my family and friends and 90 percent of them told me they would prefer a refrigerator that has organized drawers and shelves for keeping things tidy.


The finishing of a refrigerator is totally depending upon you. There are stainless steel and other coating and coloring available. In my opinion, get the durable one or get that one that matches your décor. Or get both, totally up to you.

Parting Words…

So, if you have managed to make it till here, it is a time to part our ways. But for only in this guide. 😉 In this buying guide, I have listed some essential factors when purchasing. As you can see at the end of an article that there is an advertisement. Those are some of the most reliable refrigerators you can get. If you ended up purchasing via my links, I would earn a commission at no additional cost to you off course.

I also have created the infographic for people who want quick tips only. I am doing my best to help you out. Faced the challenges myself while buying a refrigerator. I don’t want that you should go through the same issues.

Good luck in choosing the best refrigerator. Oh, and if you have any questions or something to share, you can always contact me personally or publicly share your comment. I will do my best to give a response.

Righteous Daddy (Rehan)
Righteous Daddy (Rehan)

My name is Rehan, and I am the dad of one cute little boy. And I have got a very supportive and lovely wife. For a living, I write content. The best thing about me is that I love reviewing consumer products. And I founded this blog to share the list of best products, unbiased reviews of items, buying guides, how-to articles, and information.

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