A refrigerator is a household appliance that is used for food storage. It consists of a heat pump and insulated compartment. A pump transfers heat from the inside of the fridge to its external environment, keeping the inside of the fridge cool. The lower temperature reduces the rate of reproduction of bacteria, in turn reducing the rate of spoilage. Ideally, the fridge should always stay at a temperature between 37 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Before the invention of the fridge, people used iceboxes, which is why fridges are still sometimes referred to as iceboxes.

Woman in her kitchen with daughter on the computer

Woman in her kitchen with daughter on the computer

Products Available

There are many different brands and types of refrigerator, which can make it overwhelming when deciding what one you want to buy. In 2014, the GE Café (Product Code: CFE28TSHSS) was named the best refrigerator of the year by Reviewed.com. It has French doors with a built-in hot water dispenser and comes with animated touch screen controls. It is spacious and efficient, and is sure to look great in your kitchen. It also is one of the best, if not the best, performing refrigerator on the market today. The temperature stays consistently cool, and the drawers have four distinct temperature settings: neutral, deli (36 degrees Fahrenheit), beverage (34 degrees Fahrenheit), and meat (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Right behind this model, however, is the Kenmore Elite (Product Code: 74025). It also comes with French doors, and has a streamlined design that will improve the overall look of your kitchen. It has a simplified control panel which is easy for anyone to learn, and its pullout freezer drawer angles slightly forward, allowing for extra storage space. If you do not prefer French doors and would rather have a classic-style fridge, try a Samsung model (Product Code: RH29H9000SR). It has a hidden storage compartment inside the right door that is perfect for drinks and condiments, and it also comes with a dual evaporator cooling system. If you have a smaller kitchen, you may want to go for a space-saving LG model (Product Code: LSC22991ST) instead-it has a door-in-door compartment, but it has a counter-depth design ideal for tiny kitchens.

Pros & Cons

There are many different styles of refrigerators, each with various advantages and disadvantages. The top-freezer refrigerator is the most traditional refrigerator model on the market, and it is generally considered the most reliable model. It is also one of the more affordable refrigerators on the market, mainly because it is more energy efficient. Top-freezer refrigerators are less likely to come with a water and ice dispenser, which can be a disadvantage. The side-by-side refrigerator is also popular, but it does not have a lot of storage space, which can make it difficult to store large platters or extra food. Recently, the French door refrigerator has become more popular. It has two doors that open up the refrigerator section, while the freezer is located in a pullout drawer below the two doors. The only downside to this model is that it has less useable storage space, and can be difficult to organize. It is also the most expensive type of fridge on the market.

Price Range

The price range for refrigerators varies, depending on the model you want to buy. French door models, such as the GE Café (Product Code: CFE28TSH22), cost around $3,000. Maytag also offers a French door model (Product Code: MFF2558VEM) and comes in at about half that price. Your standard side-by-side door, such as the Samsung (Product Code: RH29H900SR), usually costs between $2,000 and $3,000, with this particular model coming in at $2,700.