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Buying a New
shopping is a lot like buying shoes. Some people hate it, while
others savor the opportunity of inspecting various models to
find just the right fit for their kitchen and lifestyle. If it
has been a few years since you bought a new appliance, and
especially a refrigerator, you may want to give some thought in
advance to the type of features you want it to have, including
size, storage space, compartments, and freezer capacity.
Start by browsing current newspaper ads or local appliance stores for
sales or discount items. While it is not always best to buy
cheap, it doesn’t hurt to check out the bargain deals first to
see if you can find what you want. This also will help you get a
better idea of regular prices, available features, and
comparison-shopping. You will need to give some thought to
design, model, and color, as well. Some shoppers prefer white or
black appliances to blend with kitchen décor, while others
prefer another color that goes with the theme or style of the
rest of the home.
When you finally head to the appliance store to check out the various
models on display, start by reading the sticker ad on or near
each refrigerator. This should tell you how much each unit has
of shelf space, for example, as well as other consumer interest
information like how much electricity various models will use.
Look for the energy saver brand, since energy use can vary
widely from one unit to another.
Consider the amount of freezer space you need. If you buy meat or frozen
food in bulk quantities, you may want a larger freezer that can
hold a lot. Otherwise, though, you may be paying more in energy
costs to keep your freezer cold when it doesn’t have very much
food to fill it. Find out whether a model is self-defrosting;
nearly all are nowadays.
Another thing to keep in mind is how to clean a particular model. Some
of the exterior casings are made of a vinyl-type material that
seems to absorb grease from adult fingers and dirt from toddler
hands. Ask how easy or hard it may be to clean a particular
appliance before you buy it. For example, you will probably have
to unplug your refrigerator and pull it out to dust or vacuum
the refrigeration coils. Make sure you can easily move the unit
yourself without getting hurt.
Don’t buy more refrigerator than you need. A gorgeous side-by-side
ice-maker model might look great in the store, but it could end
up crowding your small kitchen or sit around mostly unused if
you live alone and don’t use it much.
The final steps to making a purchasing decision might rest on the
payment options and delivery terms. This would be a good time to
ask about product warranties and replacement parts while you’re
at it, so you’ll know who to call if something goes wrong or a
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