Decorative refrigerators made by heartland appliances

Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies has released a list of the top refrigerator manufacturers. After analyzing available research from various investigative organizations this list was compiled. The following top refrigerator manufacturers have been given high marks for energy efficiency, space, accessibility, cooling performance, and long lasting quality.

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A kitchen with two fridges

Do you need a second fridge?

Before you run out and get a second fridge, you need to decide where to put it. Remember, refrigerators take up at least 2 to 3 feet of width, so if you’re thinking of fitting another one into the kitchen, you’ll lose at least one base cabinet, and possibly two- not the amount of storage space that most people are willing to sacrifice. But if you do a lot of entertaining or have a big family that needs a lot of room for refrigerated or frozen food storage, a second fridge/freezer may be a logical choice.

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A refrigerator with fancy amenities

Paying a little more for the extras

Today’s refrigerators come with several optional bells and whistles. Not all of the extras are things that only the rich and famous would have (or want). Some are handy extras that make using the fridge easier and, in some cases, safer for everyone. Of course, each extra costs you more money, and buying a more basic or bare-bones model will help you stick to your budget if you haven’t or can’t allow a lot of money for fancy appliances. The following list names a few of the extras:

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A freestanding refrigerator

Sizing up your choices: Freestanding or built-in

Refrigerators come in two basic categories: built-in or freestanding. The biggest difference between the two types is how the cabinet is designed to accommodate the motor and cooling/refrigeration coils. But, no matter which style you choose, you must identify the space and the size of the space where the refrigerator will be positioned. Unless you’re tearing out and allowing for new or additional refrigerator space, you need to size the fridge to the space.

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Making Refrigerator Decisions

February 15, 2012
Decorative refrigerators

Chillin’ Out: Exploring Refrigerator Options

The refrigerator is the most-used appliance in the kitchen. Its doors are opened and closed dozens of times a day, especially if you have kids. Selecting a style and design that works best for your family is critical. Choose the wrong type and you’ll fuss and fume every time you open the door.

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