5 mistakes to avoid when purchasing a refrigerator

A refrigerator is a significant purchase. If you choose poorly, you’ll have to live with the consequences for several years, if not a decade or longer. But try not to panic. Even if buying a stainless steel frigidère {frigidère inox} isn’t something you do every day, a little forethought can go a long way. The common errors people frequently make while purchasing a refrigerator are listed in this guide.

Buying the wrong-style fridge

Refrigerators come in various shapes, sizes, and designs. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The price of the fridge depends on the features it offers. Purchasing the incorrect fridge could spell trouble. You can be forced to settle for something exorbitant, something very basic, or something that won’t fit where you want it to be.

Here is a list of the main refrigerator designs, so you know what to expect.

  • Top freezer
  • Bottom freezers
  • Side-by-side
  • French door

Forgetting to see if it fits

No matter what type of refrigerator you choose, failing to measure the fit is a severe mistake. Verify that the new appliance will fit in the designated place. Take measurements of the old unit’s dimensions to do that. Then contrast them with the new refrigerator you intend to buy. The ideal replacement appliance would be the same size as the current one or smaller. This is crucial if your current refrigerator is concealed under built-in cabinetry in a recessed niche.

An equally important measurement is counter-depth. Some refrigerators could extend well past your counters into your kitchen. Check the space you have to walk around the kitchen island or open the fridge doors if you have one.

Remember to measure the entrances as well, including the front door, hallways, basement doors, etc. Determine the delivery person’s route in advance to avoid any last-minute issues or challenges.

Not factoring in storage or capacity

Pick a refrigerator that meets your specific storage requirements. Do you tend to keep lots of items on ice for long periods of time? Make sure to select an appliance with plenty of freezer space, in this case, a side-by-side model is probably best. If the reverse is true, a big French-door refrigerator is perhaps more your style.

Of course, your prospective purchase might serve as a secondary refrigerator. If  you already own a stand-alone fridge or freezer, price is probably more important than storage space.

Discounting color and finish

The appearance of your fridge should not be discounted. The refrigerator’s exterior can ultimately impact your kitchen’s decor.  It can clash with your kitchen style and make it look cluttered.

Forgetting small things

Sometimes a refrigerator won’t have specific drawers for cheese, dairy, meat, or cold cuts. Additionally, see whether there is a water line nearby if you want to have an ice maker, water dispenser, or autofill water pitcher.


Buying a refrigerator is an important commitment. If you factor in the factors we mentioned we are sure you will be happy and satisfied with your purchase.