Unsure what to consider when buying a refrigerator? This refrigerator buying guide will show you key factors that make it right for your home. Here's what you'll need to do:
A refrigerator should make good use of kitchen space. Before shopping, know:
This measuring guide walks you through the entire process.
You'll also want to consider whether you want a standard-depth or counter-depth refrigerator. Standard-depth refrigerators stick out further in front of your counters, while counter-depth options in every style sit virtually flush. Have more questions? Learn more.
Before you buy a refrigerator, think about the features you’ll use most, like:
Refrigerator finishes vary from the traditional black and white to stainless steel in different hues. Explore all colors available to find the right fit for you. And if you're looking for a finish that easily wipes clean, Whirlpool offers two fingerprint-resistant finishes:
Feature shown: Infinity Slide Shelf
When you're buying a refrigerator, look to capacity, measured in cubic feet (cu. ft.), to compare total size. While shopping, you should consider:
French door refrigerators put refrigerated food at eye level and freezer items below. The standard French door design features two doors that open to a single refrigerator compartment on the top, plus a deeper freezer drawer on the bottom.
If you have a busy household or kids, consider fully-featured 4-door options with easy-to-access external drawers. Snacks are stored where you can reach them without opening the main doors.
French door fridges are a higher-end choice because they usually have the most features. Whirlpool® French Door Refrigerators often offer:
Side-by-side refrigerators position the freezer on the left and the refrigerator on the right. With easy access to both sides and a selection of the same features available on French door refrigerators, characteristics of this classic include:
Top-freezer refrigerators have the freezer on top and a single door refrigerator on bottom, making the freezer easier to access.
Bottom-freezer refrigerators have a single door refrigerator on top and a deeper freezer drawer below—like a French door. The refrigerator compartment is more accessible on these models.
Both top- and bottom-freezer models tend to be lighter on features and smaller in size than French door and side-by-side models. They may be the fit if you appreciate:
Undercounter refrigerators are a popular option for storing food and drinks. They are often available with reversible doors, temperature-controlled zones and spillproof shelves.
Beverage and wine centers are undercounter refrigerators designed to store wine and craft beer at ideal temperatures. They can also work as a secondary fridge for soda and water.