If the home is a universe, the refrigerator is the sun — everything revolves around it, from breakfasts to-go, healthy lunches, and dinners around the table. See below for huge deals on the best brands of refrigerators.
The big players are side-by-sides, top-freezers, and bottom-freezers. Side-by-sides require less space for the doors to swing open, but you need to bend down to find food at the base of the fridge and freezer. Bottom-freezers (like French-door models) put the most-used compartment at eye level. Top-freezer fridges cost less but require you to bend to get into the fridge.
Your fridge typically has to fit between counter space, so you’ll need to match the width to the layout of your kitchen. Built-ins and cabinet-depth models sit flush with counters and cabinets but may be more costly. Stainless steel is the most popular because it has a sleek-yet-neutral look, but some prefer a white or black fridge (or the recently popular black stainless steel). Built-ins typically offer exterior paneling that matches your kitchen cabinets. Many modern finishes are fingerprint-resistant.
Consider shelving and internal drawers to see if they work for your family’s eating habits. If you like to store a few bottles of wine in the fridge, make sure there’s ample height and/or adjustable shelving; if you order a pizza frequently, you’ll probably want a fridge that can fit the box inside. Some fridges also offer humidity controls on crisper drawers, meat or deli drawers, and other features for keeping foods at the ideal storage temp.
No matter what you’re looking for in a new fridge, for yourself or your family, be sure to think over every possible aspect of what you might need. There’s a fridge out there for every type of person.