Although it seems a simple enough task, to buy a refrigerator requires careful evaluation of a number of variables in order to obtain the greatest benefit and results from your purchase. At the most basic level, there are three main issues to consider, before examining the more specific details of the appliance itself.
1) Why Buy a Refrigerator if it Cannot be Delivered?
Consider the access into your building and ask yourself what kind of delivery of the appliance will be needed to get it to the exact spot where it will stand.
If you are having the fridge delivered, realize that most delivery is curbside only, unless you purchase an additional white-glove or installation service at point of sale. Do you live in an apartment on a higher floor, for example? You will have to consider how to get the fridge up into your unit. Are there stairs and no elevators in your building? This could be a problem! You will probably need to hire movers to transport the appliance up and to its final location.
Be certain that the dimensions of the fridge you purchase allow transportation up a stairwell, particularly around any corners. Hiring movers for such a situation can be expensive. Factor that into your cost considerations.
Access to Final Installation Spot:
Make sure your kitchen and all hallways leading into it have enough room to maneuver your newly delivered package. If you have an island in the middle of the kitchen, check to confirm that the workmen can navigate around it and still be able to turn the appliance the necessary ways it will take to place it properly.
Efficient Use of Space Once Installed:
If your kitchen has a limited amount of space, consider a French Door Refrigerator or a Side-by-Side fridge. These have doors of much narrower width than standard top-mount or bottom-mount fridges. So out-swinging doors only need half as much room.
Another option is a counter-depth refrigerator, as these are designed to standard dimensions so they line up with the rest of the standard sized appliances in your kitchen. Because of the shorter depth, though you do sacrifice that space although many counter-depth models make that up with greater width.