Refrigerators

The cool way to dress up your kitchen

The refrigerator is one of the home's best inventions – a place to preserve food saves millions in groceries and spoiled food. Fridges, like stoves and dishwashers, are an important part of a kitchen, and the purchase of these items should not be taken lightly. The new boom in kitchen appliances means that they are no longer white behemoths that fade into a kitchen's decor. With all sorts of styles and colors, you can get a fridge that will look great and be efficient in your new kitchen.

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Refrigerator Types

There are many kinds of fridges to choose from, including a standard refrigerator, a counter depth refrigerator, a wine refrigerator, a bottom freezer refrigerator and a side by side refrigerator. Standard fridges are probably the least expensive, but they come in a variety of colors to match any kitchen design. A counter depth fridge fits under your countertop and saves on space in a small kitchen. Wine fridges come with special shelves to store all your bottles that need cooling.

Newer trends in refrigerators include bottom freezer fridges, which have the freezer easily accessible near the base of the fridge, and side by side fridges, which have the freezer and fridge side by side in one unit.

A compact refrigerator or a mini refrigerator is great for apartments, dorm rooms or even recreation rooms. For people who need a bit more room to store food but don't have enough space for a full-sized refrigerator, bar fridges are popular, as are upright, smaller-scale versions of a standard fridge freezer.

Refrigerator Styles

A standard fridge is definitely the cheapest option, but what happens when you have a country or an antique kitchen and a fridge just doesn't look right? Counter depth fridges are the answer here – you can panel the front to look like your cabinetry. This, in fact, is the trend in most newer kitchens, no matter the design.

A vintage kitchen might look great with a '50s-style fridge or even an old-fashioned icebox. If you're going to buy a secondhand fridge, however, make sure that it's in good condition. Otherwise, see if you can find custom-made fridges that only look retro.

Art deco kitchens would look great with a colored appliance, such as a black or red Maytag refrigerator, and nothing complements a contemporary kitchen like a stainless steel refrigerator.

Whatever fridge you choose, make sure it has a warranty and meets your city's energy bylaws. A stylish fridge that isn't cost-effective quickly loses its cool.