Before you begin looking for new kitchen appliances, make beyond any doubt you have a well-thoroughly considered out arrangement for your kitchen remodel. You ought to distinguish objectives and needs, with the assistance of your finished Day in the Life of Your Kitchen Questionnaire and Kitchen Goals Worksheet. You also should have a clear vision of what your new kitchen will look like, after exploring various kitchen designs and layouts and planning out space and storage. Finally, you should have a solid budget to follow. Refrigerators can vary greatly in overall dimensions depending on style, brand and model. Cost Range:Shoppers can expect to pay $350 for a cramped top-freezer appliance in a plain white wrapper and as much as $2,500 and up for a roomy bottom freezer with French doors, through-the-door water and sleek stainless shell. Types: Refrigerators come in three main body configurations: side-by-side, top-mounted freezer, and bottom-mounted freezer. The popular French-door style is a newer sub-set of the bottom-mounted freezer. Generally, refrigerators increase in capacity and price along with convenience and style. As with most appliances, convenience, flexibility and style improve with a higher price tag. “A lot of the features are lifestyle dependent,” says Logsdon. Shoppers should decide what features are important to them and why. Sleek stainless steel models, for instance, come at a premium of a couple hundred dollars over identical white models. Through-the-door filtered water and ice is not only a nice convenience, says Logsdon, but it actually saves energy by eliminating the need to open the appliance doors. Just make sure there’s a waterline nearby for installation.
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