Refrigerator Buying Guide

Picking the right refrigerator

Picking the right refrigerator usually comes down to two things: size and door style. Whether you prefer french door, side-by-side, or top freezers — we’ve got you covered. You’ll find the right fridge for your kitchen, your lifestyle, and your budget. Let our refrigerator buying guide help you make the right choice.


Choosing the right size

Compact to Medium, Best for 2 people   COMPACT TO MEDIUM 17-21 cu. ft
  Best for 2 people
Compact to Medium, Best for 2 people   LARGE 22-24 cu. ft
  Best for 4 people
Compact to Medium, Best for 2 people   EXTRA LARGE 25+ cu. ft
  Best for 6 people
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Measuring your space

If you’ve already found the refrigerator you want but are wondering if it will fit into your home, follow these tips to make sure you have enough room:

When measuring for width
Make sure to measure width in at least three locations: top, middle and bottom and account for countertops and baseboards.

When measuring for depth
Measure from the edge of your countertop to the back wall to make sure your fridge doesn’t stick out. Also, take note of any issues like electrical outlets or baseboards.

Remember to leave some breathing room
You’ll need at least 1 inch on either side, 1 inch along the top, and 2 inches in the back. Plus, if a side has a door hinge, you’ll want at least 2 inches on that side.

Picking the right fridge

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French Door

With side-by-side doors for the fridge and a bottom freezer drawer, French door models make it easy to grab the food that you reach for the most. Plus, French door refrigerators don’t need as much clearance for their doors, making them perfect if you’ve got a small space.


  • Large capacity to save on trips to the store
  • Great for tight kitchens
  • Flexible storage with wide shelves and large bins
  • Tons of freezer storage

  • CONS

  • Usually more expensive
  • Freezer can get cluttered

  • Shop French Doors
    Top Freezer Refrigerator

    Top Freezer

    When it comes to refrigerators, top freezers are the most common models because of their versatility, reliability, and affordable price point. Plus, they are generally more energy efficient! If you’re looking for a budget-friendly fridge you can count on, the classic top freezer model may be a great option for you.


  • Can easily store larger items
  • Great value for your budget
  • Most can accept ice makers

  • CONS

  • Simple design
  • Need more space for door clearance
  • Basic features

  • Shop Top Freezers
    Top Side by Side


    Side-by-side refrigerators are great for smaller kitchens and families who are always on the go! Since you don’t have to worry about stacking food like you do in a drawer, they’re easy to keep organized.


  • Budget-friendly pricing
  • Great for narrow spaces
  • Most have water & ice dispensers
  • Plenty of space to organize fresh food

  • CONS

  • Hard to store wide items
  • Narrow freezer space

  • Shop Side by Side