Buying a new refrigerator these days can come with some surprising discoveries. Refrigerator manufacturers have come out with new bells and whistles in their products that few even realized were an option. Before you get carried away with the possibilities, though, it is important to carefully evaluate these refrigerator features and your goals. To avoid over-purchasing, consider these refrigerator features that you may not need.
Door-in-door compartments are becoming more popular in the newest fridge models, but one should test out how usable they really are before buying into them. These sections might function no better than open refrigerator door shelving, and can even be warmer than the rest of the fridge’s interior. Some models may even hamper usability, adding an extra, unnecessary barrier to your snack or beverage.
Large Ice Dispensers
Even if you like to host large gatherings, an extra-large ice dispenser is likely unnecessary. In fact, it may take up space that could be used for storing your groceries. Since bagged ice is not hard to come by, these large ice machines may be impractical.
Smart refrigerators hold much potential, especially if your lifestyle includes Alexa or Google. With smart fridges today, you can play music, check to see if the groceries are low without opening the door, and even program it to reorder new parts or food. These are just a few of their capabilities. However, they still range from $2,000 and upwards, and most people today can do without the extra help from Alexa.
Some refrigerator features are good ideas but fail in their mission. For example, fridges with clunky spill-resistant rims can take up valuable storage space. Even more inconvenient are temperature controls that aim to distinguish between different compartments, but make little difference. Test each model yourself to see how practical the manufacturer’s design turns out to be.
Anything Outside Your Needs
Not everyone uses the fridge the same way, and some features may be more useful than others. The best way to rule out some refrigerator perks altogether is to list the goals you need it to perform. With those goals in mind, see which model does those best.
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