Find the Right Fridge: A Style Breakdown

Find the Right Fridge: A Style Breakdown

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Jennifer Hunter
Aug 31, 2015
(Image credit: Veronica Roth)

There are all kinds of ways that different households need to use their fridge and luckily, there are now lots of different styles to buy. Need help navigating the appliance aisle? We'll start with who you are and tell you which kind of fridge to consider.

What you have:

A tiny kitchen

Try:

Refrigerator drawers

Eating up a huge portion of your kitchen real estate with a bulky fridge is no longer necessary. Enter the drawer fridge. This petite fridge takes up no more room than a regular cupboard and tucks away under the counter top (giving you more workspace). They can get pricy so for a budget alternative, a mini-fridge set into the same amount of space can work beautifully.

What you have:

A family

Try:

Avoiding stainless steel

It's been trending for several years now, but if you have any stainless finishes, you know how much they show every streak and speck. You have enough going on without worrying about polishing the fridge after little hands grab a snack. Opt for old-school white or a fun color instead of stressing yourself out by trying for a mirror shine.

What you have:

A habit of buying in bulk

Try:

A side-by-side

Fridge space is all well and good, but if you love to buy big loads of produce or cook pots of stew, you're gonna need plenty of room in the freezer to store it long term. A side-by-side gives you a whole vertical freezer to work with so you can do a summer stock up that will pay off all year.

What you have:

A quirky kitchen

Try:

A specialty or decorated fridge

Your fridge doesn't have to be plain jane, especially if the rest of your kitchen is punchy, too. If you can't stand the thought of cookie cutter appliances, there are tons of ways to personalize: color, shape or even DIY options like wallpaper can make your fridge just as unique as the rest of your funky decor.

What you have:

A fridge gawker

Try:

Glass doors

Does someone in your family annoy you constantly because he or she stands in front of an open fridge forever trying to decide what to eat? See through doors might be for you. No more cool air pouring out as some slowpoke debates between hummus and yogurt for an hour. Go with glass next time you upgrade.

Time to tell us: which style of fridge works best for your family and why?

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