A refrigerator is a necessity for almost every family. Nowadays,
refrigerators do so much more than just keeping food fresh, and it’s important
to understand some features before making decisions since it is usually not
cheap. Most people are confused when it comes to choosing a refrigerator because
they are not professional in this area. Mostly, people will only consider the
brand, appearance, and price. Of course, these should also be considered, but
there are many other indicators you need to consider. The purpose of this
article is to provide a complete, practical, and reliable guide to buying. Even
if you don’t know anything about refrigerators, after reading this article you
will have a general idea of how to buy a suitable refrigerator.
Here is the list of aspects you need to know while buying a refrigerator.
- Materials (exterior & interior)
- Energy rating
The cabinet and door are made of aluminum or steel sheet metal that is
sometimes pre-painted, it is better to choose those materials that are easy to
clean and scratch-free. My suggestion here is stainless steel might be a good
choice, and this type of refrigerator is super popular in the market. But not
all stainless-steel refrigerators are scratch-free, so you need to ask the
customer service. Some stainless-steel surface is not easy to clean, but don’t
worry because I have posted an article to teach you how to make your
stainless-steel shining again!
Generally, the larger the capacity, the higher the price. However, the
concept of liters might be unclear for most people, in other words, even the
refrigerator has indicated the capacity, it is still unclear what capacity is
suitable for you. One key factor that can be used as a measurement is the size
of your family as this determines the amount of food you will be keeping inside
your fridge. The following picture shows the equivalent relationship between a
family member and refrigerator capacity.
The picture above is just an estimation of the amount of food that is
required by different sizes of families. However, sometimes you might require a
higher capacity despite not having many family members, so it’s always advisable
to consider your requirements in detail before deciding the capacity.
There are many types of refrigerators in the market, and each type has its
own profits. Next, I will provide some popular refrigerators for you guys.
- Mini fridge:
A mini-fridge is not a replacement for a regular-size refrigerator. Most
commonly, they come in handy in places where there is not enough space to keep a
conventional refrigerator. For instance, they are super suitable for studio
apartments or dorm rooms.
The above picture is SMAD mini fridge with a lock, adjustable shelves, and
reversible door. For more information, please visit SMAD Mini Fridge
- Single door refrigerator:
As the name suggests, these refrigerators have just one door. Compare with a
mini fridge, this kind of refrigerator has a larger capacity. These are the most
economical options available out there, and apart from fridge space, even offer
modest freezer space.
The above picture is SMAD reversible single-door refrigerator. Surprisingly,
this SMAD refrigerator has a freezer box to keep frozen food temporarily.
Interested in it? Click SMAD single door refrigerator
- Two doors refrigerator:
This type of refrigerator features two doors, one on top of the other.
Commonly, the upper compartment is reserved for the freezer, the lower one is
the refrigerator compartment. So, you will have more space for freezing use. The
capacity of the double door is larger than the above two refrigerators.
According to the picture above, it is suitable for those families with four
people. Besides the larger capacity, these refrigerators have more functions
such as auto-defrost.
The above picture is SMAD top mount freezer refrigerator. The finish type of
this refrigerator is stainless steel which makes it look sleek and easy to
clean. Check SMAD double door refrigerator to get more information.
- French door refrigerator:
French door refrigerators are the latest trend in refrigerator design. These
refrigerators have two refrigerator doors that open outward, with the split in
the middle. They can open individually or both together. The idea is that by
opening both, you are opening the entire space – making everything clearly
Most French door refrigerators come with one or two freezer drawers on the
bottom. This is handy, as most people access the refrigerator more frequently.
And the larger bottom freezer drawers allow for more organized space.
The above picture is SMAD counter depth French door refrigerator with an auto
ice maker. This refrigerator has a large capacity and many practical functions.
Keep things tidy and easy to find with a full-width pantry drawer, individually
controlled crisper drawers and premium interior LED lighting. Details can be
obtained here: SMAD french door refrigerator
Source: SMAD Energy Guide of single door refrigerator.
The energy rating of a refrigerator indicates the efficiency when it is
working. It is not only about money-saving, but also about the health issue and
environmental protection. Therefore, energy rating is a vital indicator when you
purchase a refrigerator. One easy way to check the energy rating is to check the
estimated yearly energy cost as well as yearly electricity use which are
indicated on the energy guide.
The compressor can be regarded as the core of a refrigerator because it is
responsible for maintaining the temperatures inside the fridge. Commonly,
smaller fridges usually come with general compressors, while medium and
large-sized refrigerators ship with inverter compressors.
Defrosting: Direct cool vs Frost free
The name frost-free tells us that there is no need to defrost by yourself,
and the refrigerator will do it for you. Refrigerators with the frost-free
method do not allow ice to form inside the compartments and hence do not subject
your food to freeze burn. However, these kinds of refrigerators are more
expensive than direct cooling refrigerators and consume more electricity due to
their usage of fans.
In the case of direct cooling, the circulation is handled through natural
convection, without any external help.