Don’t always go by the manufacturer’s label when considering refrigerator capacity

When you start shopping for a new refrigerator, consider the difference between what manufacturer’s report as refrigerator capacity and what space you can actual use for storage inside your refrigerator. ConsumerReports.org has a 10 to 25 percent difference in their review of refrigerators because they don’t count the small amount of space below and along side of refrigerator crisper drawers.  Appliance makers’ capacity figures must include all the space, but that doesn’t mean its actual “useable space.”

Refrigerator Crisper Drawer Sale price: $21.52. Fits Maytag and other brands.

Refrigerator Crisper Drawer Sale price: $21.52. Fits Maytag and other brands.

The more drawers and shelving the refrigerator has the less usable space you will have.  Some people prefer this, because it might help keep items more organized, but if you need a lot of space you might want to buy a fridge without extra, built-in shelves and drawers.

Even if you buy a base model, keep in mind, you can buy more storage and organizational items for your refrigerator as you need them. Stores selling refrigerator parts should have these accessories in stock. Be sure to get the brand, make and model of your appliance to make sure they have the right appliance parts you need.

Think about the Frigidaire refrigerator parts you have now and consider the different types of foods you buy. If you are currently maxed out on space, then you might want to include additional capacity into your buying decision. Take measurements or get them off the refrigerator itself.  Be sure to take outside measurements of your refrigerator to see if it can fit into the room itself, especially if it is going under any cabinetry.

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When it comes to how big of a refrigerator you should buy, consider this good rule of thumb from http://www.myhomeideas.com , “8 cubic feet of refrigerator space for two people; add 1 cubic foot for each additional family member.”

Be sure to leave some space behind your refrigerator in order to reach the condenser coils for cleaning on the back of the refrigerator. An inch or two should be sufficient if you use a condenser coil cleaning brush. If there are no coils, you can push it closer to the wall.

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One response to “Don’t always go by the manufacturer’s label when considering refrigerator capacity

  1. hi. does anyone know the difference between 18 cubic feet of storage and 15 cubic feet–in terms of goods–like, is it just a package of butter or is it a gallon of milk? is that any big difference as far as what the refrigerator can actually store? thanks

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