Refrigerator Buying Tips
DETERMINE WHAT REFRIGERATOR STYLE IS RIGHT FOR YOU
The perfect refrigerator is one that fits your food storage needs, kitchen design plans, and budget. GE Appliances offers several refrigerator styles in a variety of sizes, colors, installation options and price levels. Below is a summary of our most popular refrigerator styles.
Built-in refrigerators are designed for those who want a true customized look in the kitchen, with appliances that are well-integrated with the cabinetry.
PROS FOR BUILT-IN REFRIGERATORS
- These refrigerators are specially installed to sit flush with your cabinetry, for a fully integrated look.
- Some built-in refrigerator models are designed to accept custom panels for a perfect match with surrounding cabinetry.
CONS FOR BUILT-IN REFRIGERATORS
- Built-in refrigerators are typically more expensive than other common refrigerator styles.
- These refrigerators are often wider than typical free-standing refrigerators. This is because built-in models usually have a shallow depth, which can affect the capacity space available inside the refrigerator. The extra width allows for additional capacity, but can take up a valuable kitchen space or require special cabinet widths.
Counter-depth refrigerators blend in almost seamlessly with surrounding cabinetry, providing a built-in look without the built-in expense.
PROS FOR COUNTER-DEPTH REFRIGERATORS
- These refrigerators aren’t built in, but they do sit closer to the surrounding cabinetry, for a nearly-flush appearance.
- No special installation is required. Counter-depth models are not as pricey as most built-in models, so you can get a built-in look on a tighter budget.
CONS FOR COUNTER-DEPTH REFRIGERATORS
- Although these are called “counter-depth” they may not sit fully flush with the countertops to allow for door clearances. Be sure to check with your installation agent or installation guide to make sure you have enough space for the doors to fully open.
This classic refrigerator styling complements a wide variety of kitchen designs.
PROS FOR FREE-STANDING REFRIGERATORS
- Free-standing refrigerators are the easiest to remove and replace.
- These models are available at multiple price points, which make them a good option for tight budgets.
- Free-standing refrigerator models tend to have the most capacity space inside.
CONS FOR FREE-STANDING REFRIGERATORS
- These refrigerators do not have a built-in look of true built-in refrigerators or counter-depth refrigerators.
- Free-standing refrigerators typically stick out the farthest from the surrounding cabinetry.