Refrigerators run all day and night, using a great deal of energy and get beat-up by everybody in the whole house. The latest refrigerator trends are moving toward increasing energy-efficiency and enhancing storage space. Attractive features such as French doors and counter-depth styling are now available on various types of refrigerators, while features such as slide-out shelves and temperature-controlled compartments can further enhance its useability.
Although it is possible to purchase an all-refrigerator model, most household refrigeration units have both a refrigerator and a freezer compartment. They are three basic styles of refrigerators:
- Side-by-Side Refrigerators
- Top-Freezer Refrigerators
- Bottom Freezer Refrigerators
One consideration in deciding on a refrigerator is if you want the convenience of a water, ice, refreshment center found in many new side-by-side refrigerators. With kids constantly opening the door for a drink of water, you may want to consider this a must-have. In the long run, you will save electricity, since the refrigerator door will be opened less. Some even include water filters for great tasting water.
You may also want to look for spill proof glass shelves and shelves that conveniently raise and lower easily. Some new models even have a mini elevator device so you don't have to clean off the shelf to raise it and make more space for that large turkey you just bought for Thanksgiving. If you buy a lot of fresh meat often, you may want to find a model that provides a temperature controlled meat drawer.
Some refrigerators offer a quiet run. Which can be a great feature if your appliance is in a room that is the hub of other activities, such as homework or TV viewing.