1. Top-freezer refrigerators Top-freezer refrigerators are the most economical to buy and many still find this style of freezer section the most convenient. They are the most popular choice when it comes to capacity ranges.
2. Bottom-freezer This model offers a choice of pull-out or door-access frozen food compartments. While some like this style of refrigerators, others do not. This style influences the ticket price considerably and models offering a bottom freezer tend to be in the larger capacity refrigerators.
3. Side by side refrigerators This type of refrigerator offers lots of conveniences when it comes to having more frozen foods easily accessible. They're very affordable, look stylish and the narrow door swing is a good choice for small kitchens. However, they are only available in models with 450L and above.
4. French-door refrigerators French-door refrigerators will cost you much more but with this style, it's easier to place trays and bulky items and they usually offer lots of cold food storage and an ample freezer compartment. You'll only find this style of refrigerators in the larger capacity models.
Once you've established installation and type, you can decide on capacity. If this will be your main refrigerator, size this appliance to meet your family's needs. Buying an overly large refrigerator that may remain partially empty will only use more kitchen space and increase purchase and energy costs. If you're buying a spare or beverage refrigerator, a compact model under 300L may be sufficient. A 400L size can be adequate for a family of 4, but a 510 – 620L or higher would be better for a large family.
You can reverse the doors of some models. Consult the user manual of your refrigerator/freezer to get the proper instructions. If you no longer have the manual but do have the model number of your refrigerator, you can order the manual at our consumer care center.
Usually, if there is room in your unit for an additional shelf and the necessary hardware in the walls and/or ceiling, you can add a shelf. To order the shelf from our consumer care center, you will need the model number of the unit.
If the unit has a large black, grid-like device on the back, you should leave at least 1 inch of space between the grid and the wall, and avoid "building-in" the appliance. If there is no grid on the back, you may push the unit all the way to the wall.
Some local municipalities or private enterprises that provide bulky waste removal services will pick up units and properly dispose of them, though often for a nominal fee. Check with yours to find out what to do.