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If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator there are many options and features to take into consideration. Gone are the days of just deciding if you want black, white or stainless steel. Now you need to think about the style of fridge that would work best for your family, how “smart” you want your refrigerator to be and if there’s any special features you want it to have.

Smart refrigerators

Smasung Family HubI would never have dreamed we would have smart refrigerators one day, but as a busy working mom and wife I can see how they would be functional and convenient. Samsung has done an amazing job with their Samsung Family Hub 36″ 24.2 CuFt French Door Refrigerator with Ice & Water Dispenser. Not only does it have over 24 cu.ft. of storage space with a CoolSelect Pantry drawer, 2 humidity controlled crisper drawers and a pull-out freezer, but it has a 21.5” Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen as well.

The beauty of a smart touchscreen is that you can shop online or find recipes. You can also keep your family connected and organized by sending calendar updates or appointments from your phone to your fridge. If you’re out grocery shopping and you’re not sure if you already have a specific ingredient in your fridge you can connect to one of the three built-in cameras to view the contents of your fridge. Last but not least, it has built-in speakers which allows you to stream music while you’re cooking or entertaining.

Style and Design of your refrigerator

Whirlpool Side by sideRefrigerators come in more than your standard freezer on top, fridge on the bottom styles. Having recently moved I’m still adjusting to my new one with side-by-side doors and am missing my old French door style refrigerator. I think it comes down to personal preference, but I loved having the bottom pull out drawer freezer and the large deli or pantry drawer inside the French door fridge.

The side-by-side style offers the freezer on one side and the refrigerator on the other and they do come in a variety of sizes as well. Some basic options would be choosing between having the freezer on the top or the freezer on the bottom. Of course, when it comes to choosing style and design you’ll want to also think about what colour refrigerator would match your other appliances. Will you want a white or black fridge, or do you prefer stainless steel? I often hear from people that they hate stainless steel because of the finger prints but you can now find anti-fingerprint stainless steel and black stainless steel if you prefer.

Options and features

Ge French Door with K-cupOnce you’ve decided the most important options like size, style and colour you’ll want to check out some other options such as water and ice dispensers or the shelf and drawer options inside the refrigerator. I was blown away when I saw this GE 36″ 27.7 Cu.Ft. French Door Refrigerator that has a built-in K-Cup brewing system.

It often feels like the kitchen really is the hub of the home and the refrigerator is probably one of the most used kitchen appliances. If you’re looking for an upgrade take some time to research all the perks and conveniences available today.

You can find a large variety and selection of refrigerators at bestbuy.ca.