The first step you should take in choosing a fridge is to figure out what size will fit in your kitchen, then decide on the door style. Today, most people tend to go for French-door fridges because they look sleek and have wide shelves and drawers that keep fruits and veggies at eye level. You may prefer a side-by-side model if you want a bigger freezer, a classic top-freezer if you’re on a budget, or a counter-depth fridge to save valuable space and give your kitchen an airier feel. (We recommend specific models in our guide to the best fridges). What we don’t cover in this guide are specialty fridges, like built-in or integrated units, but our advice on the features to consider when buying any new fridge will apply to those, too.
A fridge is a major and complex household purchase, so we also encourage you to do hands-on research of your own: Visit a few showrooms to check out the feel and features of different models and makes. This guide will help you ask the right questions about any fridge you’re interested in. And when you do purchase, we recommend getting an extended warranty through the retailer; any problems that crop up tend to do so in the first four years of ownership (past the manufacturer’s general coverage).
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter