The decision to purchase a new appliance often comes after plenty of research and number crunching. Ovens, cooking ranges and refrigerators can vary greatly in price but still require a substantial financial commitment. When you’re about to spend a few hundred (or thousand!) dollars on a home upgrade, it’s always helpful to know your stuff before walking into a store. Here are a few facts about new refrigerators to help with your decision.
#1 Built-In and Stand-Alone Units Each Have their Own Perks
Whether you purchase a built-in or stand-alone refrigerator likely comes down to your budget. If you’re new to the world of appliances, stand-alone units start at around $400 while built-ins can cost over 10-times that.
If you’re not in the position to drop a few grand on a refrigerator, you can still find a great stand-alone unit for a fraction of the cost. If you opt for the more affordable option, there are a couple of perks worth noting. You can bring your fridge with you when you move and you can choose from many different design options.
Alternatively, built-in refrigerators have their fair share of perks. Built-in units seamlessly blend in with your cabinetry and come in practically any size and design. If you have a custom kitchen that begs for high-end appliances, a built-in fridge is your best bet.
#2 Recognize the Four Popular Design Options
The design you choose depends on your family’s habits and the layout of your kitchen. The four basic styles you can expect to see at the First Coast Supply Showroom are side-by-side, French door, bottom freezer and top freezer.
- Side-by-side: the freezer and fridge are placed alongside each other and the two vertical doors open outwards
- French door: the freezer is on the bottom and two doors open outwards
- Bottom freezer: the fridge is on top and the freezer is below
- Top freezer: The freezer is on top and the fridge is below
The most frequently used stand-alone fridge design is side-by-side, while a French door design is common for built-ins.
#3 Consider Your Food Habits Before Committing to a Unit
What you eat and how often you eat it plays into the refrigerator you should purchase. Freezer space, produce drawers and drink slots are all popular designs you would choose based on your lifestyle. For example, if your family buys in bulk then you may need a lot of available freezer space.
If you gravitate toward fresh food and beverages, look for a model with multiple temperature-controlled drawers. Make sure there’s plenty of space for wine bottles, soda and platters if you frequently host your friends and family.
See All of Your Option at First Coast Supply’s Jacksonville Showroom
We carry all of the makes, models and designs you could ever want. Work with our appliance experts to find the right unit that fits your family and your budget. Give us a call today to plan your visit. We can’t wait to work with you!