Refrigerators - every kitchen has one. And although it's a kitchen basic (it's the one appliance you use every single day, whether you cook or not), it certainly doesn't have to be boring. Gone are the days of the big white box with 3 little shelves in it. Does anyone even remember when it was a big deal if your refrigerator had an in-door water dispenser? Now refrigerators come in varying sizes and pack loads of neat features that help maximize space, make them more efficient and easier to use. Not sure what you need in a refrigerator? Brush up on How To Buy A Refrigerator
, then take a look at these 3 great models that offer lots of the little extras that really do make life easier.
While the dimensions of this LG LMX28987ST Stainless 27.5 cu ft refrigerator
are standard, the features on it are anything but. The french door style front gives you easy access to the full-width shelves inside, so sliding an entire sheet cake or a party platter or even a leftover pizza box into the fridge is simple and doesn't require re-arranging every item already in there. Two separate humidity-controlled crisper drawers - one full-width and one with three compartments - mean you can separate your fruits and veggies for maximum freshness and shelf-life. Storage on the doors is designed to hold everything from butter, to condiments, to gallon-sized jugs. The ice and water dispensers are located on the door and can accomodate glasses as tall as 13 inches. In addition to the 18-plus cubic feet of refrigerator space, this LG fridge also has over 8 cubic feet of freezer space. Divided over two freezer drawers, you can get easy access to all your frozen goods with the touch of a button (or even by nudging it) - both drawers open and close automatically. No more throwing out your back just to get to the ice cream!
If your refrigerator always seems to be overflowing, you might consider adding some refrigerator drawers to your kitchen. These Summit Appliance Refrigerator Drawers
(from $1775) are 24 inches wide and can be used freestanding or under a counter. All drawers are temperature-adjustable, fan-cooled and stainless steel inside and out. Use one for fresh fruits, one for fresh veggies and a separate one for cheese. Refrigerator drawers are a great way to keep healthy snacks easily accessible for the whole family. Plus, when your 5 year-old spends 10 minutes with a drawer open choosing whether he wants apples or blueberries, you won't be thawing the entire refrigerator while he decides. Special purpose under-counter refrigerators are super-useful. If you like to keep lots of beverages cold, look into getting a wine refrigerator
- which is great for chilling wine, soda, water and anything else you like to drink.
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In my fantasy kitchen I have this Viking Designer DDRB536LSS 22.8 cu ft Stainless Steel All Refrigerator
(about $5000). It is gigantic and every time I pass it in the home store, I stop and examine it in awe. Designed to be built in, it looks beautiful next to the Viking All Freezer
unit. The huge capacity refrigerator has 6 fully adjustable glass shelves with spill lips. With temperature and humidity controls in the dairy compartments, deli compartments, door bins and crisper drawers, there is a very specific place for everything in this refrigerator so nothing gets lost and you always know what's in there. On the off chance that you forget some leftovers too long, the odor eliminator evaporator comes to the rescue. There's also a fantastic quick chill compartment that lets you chill down food or drinks in mere minutes. For sheer capacity, you can't beat this refrigerator - oh, and it's super-quiet, too.
Do you have a favorite refrigerator feature that makes life easier? Leave a comment and let us know!
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