When purchasing a new refrigerator, it can be tempting to grab the first model you see because it looks good on the outside. The problem with doing this is that you might be overlooking something really important, and end up hating your refrigerator even more then if you stuck with your old one. A refrigerator is kind of like a car. You need to be careful when shopping for one because you will use it every single day. To help you avoid some of the common mistakes people make when buying a new fridge, I’ve put together some tips that can hopefully help guide you through the process.
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1. Not doing thorough research on each brand and model
Before deciding which brand and model of refrigerator best suits your needs, do thorough research on each option available. Look at customer reviews from multiple sources such as Amazon, Best Buy and Consumer Reports (or whatever site is most helpful for your situation).
Also check out user reviews on sites like Yelp! or AngiesList if they’re available in your area. The more information you have about each model, the easier it’ll be for you to narrow down which ones fit into your budget.
2. Buying a fridge that is not energy efficient
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of bringing home your new appliance, but you need to make sure that it’s energy efficient before you buy. A major source of wasted energy in the home is through the use of appliances that are not energy efficient. A refrigerator is one such appliance.
The Energy Star label on the back of refrigerators indicates how much energy they use. The more stars, the more efficient it is. You should look for at least four stars before making a purchase.
3. Narrowing your options too much
When you’re shopping for a new refrigerator, it’s tempting to stick with the brands and styles that you’re familiar with. But doing so could mean missing out on better choices that might better suit your needs.
For example, if you’re looking for a side-by-side refrigerator with no ice maker or water dispenser, there are plenty of models available — but they might not be displayed prominently in the store because they aren’t as popular as other models.
If possible, look at different brands and styles while shopping for your fridge to ensure that you’re getting all of the features that matter most to you (and won’t regret later).
4. Not getting help from someone who knows refrigerators
When buying any appliance, it’s important to get help from someone who knows what they’re talking about. Refrigerators are no different.
If you don’t know anything about refrigerators, you’ll want to find someone who does and let him or her guide your decision-making process.
A refrigeration technician or dealer can tell you about the different styles of fridges, their features and benefits, and how much room you will need for your new appliance.
By following these tips, you can make your refrigerator buying experience a fun and easy one. The last thing you want to do is spring for a refrigerator and then have buyer’s remorse afterwards. There are far too many options available for you to not end up with the exact product you need. By following the tips in this article, you will learn how to identify problems early on and choose the best type of fridge for your family.