Refrigerator Buying Guide


Ensuring Your Refrigerator Fits: A Guide to Smart Purchases

When purchasing a new refrigerator, it's essential to start by accurately measuring the available space. Take note of the cabinet opening and the overall dimensions of the area. Key measurements to consider include height, width, and depth. By understanding these dimensions, you can select the perfect refrigerator format that fits seamlessly into your space.


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Refrigerator Dimensions Guide:

Width: Refrigerators come in a range of widths, typically spanning from 24 inches to 48 inches when measured with the door closed.

Height: You'll find refrigerators available in heights ranging from 60 inches to 73 inches, measured up to the top of the hinge.

Depth: Refrigerator depths vary between 27 inches and 38 inches, typically measured with the handle included.

Varieties of Refrigerators:

Refrigerators can be categorized based on two primary factors: the placement of the freezer and the width of the unit.

Bottom Mount Refrigerators:

Bottom mount refrigerators are characterized by having the freezer compartment located at the bottom of the unit.


  1. Convenient Access: Items commonly used in the refrigerator are easily accessible at eye or chest level.
  2. Larger Capacity: These refrigerators typically offer larger storage capacity.
  3. Enhanced Organization: They provide more options for storing and organizing items, including lift-out baskets or pull-out shelves in the bottom freezer.
  4. Additional Features: Many bottom mount models offer features such as thru-door water and ice dispensers, as well as door-in-door options.
  5. Versatile Storage: Wide shelves accommodate large platters and items.

Points to Consider:

  1. Size Consideration: Bottom mount refrigerators often have larger dimensions, which may not fit into a customer's preset cutout space.
  2. Higher Costs: Due to added features, bottom mount refrigerators tend to be more expensive than other types.
  3. Limited Frozen Food Space: The compressor located in the bottom unit may result in smaller freezer capacity.
  4. Accessibility Issues: People with back problems may find it bothersome to reach into the bottom freezer compartment.

French Door (Side-by-Side) Refrigerators:

French door refrigerators with a side-by-side configuration feature the freezer compartment with a pantry-style door.


  1. Convenient Storage: Easily access commonly used refrigerated and frozen foods at a convenient level.
  2. Space-Saving Design: Require less door clearance, making them ideal for kitchens with limited space.
  3. Additional Features: Many models offer features like thru-door water and ice dispensers for added convenience.

Points to Consider:

  1. Limited Shelf Width: The shelving design may limit the size of items you can store in the refrigerator compartment.



Top Mount Refrigerators:

Top mount refrigerators are characterized by having the freezer compartment positioned at the top of the unit.


  1. Established Reliability: With a history of nearly 25 years longer than other types of fridges, top mounts have been refined for reliability over time.
  2. Affordability: Generally available at lower price points compared to other refrigerator types.
  3. Potential Energy Efficiency: Some models may offer improved energy efficiency.
  4. Space-Saving Design: Their compact design takes up less space in your kitchen.

Points to Consider:

  1. Limited Storage Space: Top mount refrigerators typically offer less storage space compared to other formats.
  2. Minimal Ice and Water Options: There are limited options for ice and water features in top mount models.
  3. Lack of Convenience Features: These refrigerators may lack convenient features such as thru-door dispensers.

Extra Features for Your Refrigerator:

With the evolution of refrigerator technology, a myriad of innovative features are now available across various formats. Here are some options to consider:

  1.  Dual Evaporators: Maintain separate systems to keep the refrigerator cool and humid while ensuring the freezer remains dry and cold, prolonging food preservation.

  2. Convenience Door: Offers easy access to stored items in an external compartment while keeping other items sealed within, providing convenient placement for frequently used items and aiding in energy efficiency.

  3. Configuration Options:

    • 2-Door (Standard)
    • 3-Door (French Door)
    • 4-Door: Features a French door design with an additional separate refrigerated and temperature-controlled drawer. Some models allow the extra door to transition from freezer to refrigerator.
    • 5-Door: Offers enhanced flexibility in storage and organization, along with the ability to control temperatures based on stored items.
  4. Ice Maker: Produces cubes, crescents, or crushed ice, and can be contained within its compartment or linked to a dispenser.

  5. Filtered Water: Provides ready-to-drink water directly from the refrigerator.

  6. Ice & Water Dispenser: Allows for convenient dispensing of water or ice through the door. Premium models store ice on the door to free up shelf space and may include a hot water dispenser.

  7. Air Filtration: Utilizes added filters to remove odors and keep food fresh by working with air circulation.

  8. Temperature/Humidity Control Drawers: Enables customization of temperatures based on stored food for optimal preservation. Some models offer additional door configurations with temperature-controlled drawers, enhancing efficiency in maintaining coldness.

  9. Shelf Material Options:

    • Wire: Classic choice.
    • Glass: Features spill-proof options and retractable shelves to accommodate larger items.
  10. Adjustable Bins: Customize organization between large items like milk and your favorite condiments.

  11. Energy Star Certified: Promotes energy efficiency, leading to savings on energy bills.

  12. Reversible Door: Available on select models, allowing you to flip the door swing for convenience between cabinets and walls in your kitchen or for left-handed individuals.

These features enhance the functionality and efficiency of your refrigerator, catering to diverse needs and preferences.

Explore a Wide Range of Refrigerator Brands:

Discover an extensive selection of refrigerator brands, each offering a variety of features to suit your needs. Whether you're looking for dual evaporators, convenient doors, or energy-efficient models, you'll find what you need from these reputable brands. Household Hunters is your destination for quality refrigerators and expert assistance.

Stop by Household Hunters today and let our certified sales team assist you in finding the perfect refrigerator for your home. We offer delivery and installation services to ensure a seamless experience.