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Refrigerator Buying Guide

Picking the right refrigerator

Picking the right refrigerator usually comes down to two things: size and door style. Whether you prefer french door, side-by-side, or top freezers — we’ve got you covered. You’ll find the right fridge for your kitchen, your lifestyle, and your budget. Let our refrigerator buying guide help you make the right choice.

Choosing the right size

  • COMPACT TO MEDIUM 17-21 cu. ft
    Best for 2 people

  • LARGE 22-24 cu. ft
    Best for 4 people

  • EXTRA LARGE 25+ cu. ft
    Best for 6 people

Measuring your space

If you’ve already found the refrigerator you want but are wondering if it will fit into your home, follow these tips to make sure you have enough room:

When measuring for width
Start at the top of the space and then work your way down. Make sure to measure in at least three locations: top, middle and bottom and account for countertops and baseboards.

When measuring for depth
Measure from the edge of your countertop to the back wall to make sure your fridge doesn’t stick out. Also, take note of any issues like electrical outlets or baseboards.

Rememder to leave some breathing room
You’ll need at least 1 inch on either side, 1 inch along the top, and 2 inches in the back. Plus, if a side has a door hinge, you’ll want at least 2 inches on that side.

Picking the right fridge

French Door

With side-by-side doors for the fridge and a bottom freezer drawer, french door models make it easy to grab the food that you reach for the most. Plus, french door refrigerators don’t need as much clearance for their doors, making them perfect if you’ve got a small space.

    PROS
  • Easier to access food
  • Great for tight kitchens
  • Wide shelves and large bins
  • Tons of freezer storage
    CONS
  • Usually more expensive
  • Freezer can get cluttered
Shop French Doors

Top Freezer

When it comes to refrigerators, top freezers are the most common models because of their versatility, reliability, and affordable price point. Plus, they are generally more energy efficient! If you’re looking for a budget-friendly fridge you can count on, the classic top freezer model may be a great option for you.

    PROS
  • Can easily store larger items
  • Generally least expensive model
  • Dependable
    CONS
  • Simple styling
  • Need more space for door clearance
  • Harder to access refrigerated items
Shop Top Freezers

Side by Side

Side-by-side refrigerators are great for smaller kitchens and families who are always on the go! Since you don’t have to worry about stacking food like you do in a drawer, they’re easy to keep organized.

    PROS
  • Usually less expensive
  • Great for narrow spaces
  • Most have water & ice dispensers
    CONS
  • Hard to store large items
  • Can be less energy efficient
  • Narrow freezer space
Shop Side by Side

Benefits of shopping with Aaron's

Reasons to shop

No credit needed*

Leasing to own with Aaron's makes it easy to own the products you want without needing credit.

Service and repair included

Don’t worry about having to fix a product that isn’t working the way it should – defective merchandise is covered while you’re leasing from us!

Free delivery and
set up**

Pick a time that works best for you, and we’ll deliver your products right to your door and set them up for free! (We just won’t connect gas or water or install ACs.)

No hidden fees

We provide flexible lease ownership plans designed to fit your budget – with absolutely no hidden fees.

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