KitchenAid Refrigerator Buying Guide

STYLE 

There are a variety of styles to suit your kitchen, whether it’s for convenience, spacing, or design. Below are easy to follow explanations of common styles and how they can benefit your lifestyle:

BOTTOM FREEZER

Bottom Mount KitchenAid

The freezer is located at the bottom and can open with either a swing door or pull out drawer, depending on the model. The top refrigerator compartment offers a single door that is ideal for storing items of a variety of sizes, including beverages and condiments.

  • Eye-level visibility and access to fresh foods versus a Top Freezer, without having to bend down to access them.
  • Allow for frozen food items to be stored in an organized manner (either in a basket or shelves, depending on the model)

 

FRENCH DOOR

French Door Refrigerator

This sleek design has two refrigerator doors side-by-side that swing open like French doors. The freezer is conveniently located on the bottom with a pull-out drawer.

  • Offer outstanding flexibility in organizing your fresh and frozen food with more shelving and door bin options
  • Some models come with temperature control options to keep your food at its optimum freshness
  • Available in 3, 4 or 5 door options to fit your kitchen and your lifestyle needs

 

SIDE-BY-SIDE

Side-by-Side Refrigerator

A stylish look with the freezer and refrigerator placed next to each other vertically, providing convenient eye-level access to both refrigerator and freezer.

  • The refrigerator side offers good organization for fresh foods with flexible shelving options and door storage
  • The freezer side has great visibility options for freezer foods with shelves and bins, or baskets, making finding your freezer food items quick and efficient
  • Side-by-Side fridges come in a variety of width, depth and capacity to fit your kitchen design

BUILT-IN

Built-In Refrigerator

A timeless showpiece to go with your dream kitchen. Built-In refrigerators generally are taller and wider than freestanding fridges to maximize capacity. While this style is always counter depth, some of these refrigerators will also be flush with your cabinetry for a seamless, integrated look. They are typically installed during a kitchen renovation because they need to be built in to the cabinetry.

  • They often come with Panel Ready options that allow the exterior to match the rest of your kitchen cabinetry, creating a seamless look within your kitchen
  • Built-in fridges come in a variety of styles like French Door, Bottom Freezers and Side-by-Side
  • Available with ice making and water dispensing options
  • Come in widths of 36”, 42”, 48” and wider

SIZE

Refrigerator Dimensions Diagram  Refrigerator Dimensions Diagram

To make sure you get a perfect fit for your home, you will need to measure the space you have for the refrigerator carefully. As fridges come in many width and height configurations, measuring correctly is very important.

Follow these steps and remember to measure twice:

1. Measure the width, height, and depth of the refrigerator space.

2. Measure the hinge space where the door swings open. This needs to have approximately 2 inches (5.08 cm) of clearance so that the doors can swing freely.

3. Measure the door opening space in front of the fridge to ensure the door will be able to open fully.

4. Account for ventilation space; there should be at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) of extra room for the refrigerator at the top and back to allow proper airflow all around.

5. Ensure your refrigerator will fit through any doorways, hallways, and stairs it may need to pass through to be set in place.

Helpful Tips:

• Common widths include 24”, 30”, 33”, 36”, 42”, 48” (61cm, 76cm, 84cm, 92cm, 107cm, 122cm).

• Most products will have specific guides for fridge dimensions that can be found online that help you confirm the dimensions you need for your space.

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR

There are a variety of helpful features available depending on the style and model of your fridge. Here are some important features to consider:

Food Freshness

Refrigerator Interior with Preserva® Food Care System

Look for these features that will help keep your food fresher longer:

  • Humidity control drawers – These drawers come in different sizes and quantities, depending on the refrigerator. They allow you to adjust the humidity level of the compartment, keeping your produce at the optimal freshness for a longer period of time.
  • Produce preserver options – Absorb ethylene gas omitted by certain fruits and vegetables in the crispers to extend the freshness of your produce.
  • Programmable temperature controls – In order to best store your meats, fish, beverages and vegetables, controls allow you to adjust how cold certain areas of your fridge are to suit your grocery needs. Normally found on crispers, pantries, and French Door fridges with 4 or 5 drawer configurations.
  • Air filtration systems – Filters built into the fridge can help eliminate bacteria and odours to help keep your refrigerator smelling fresh.

 

Organization

5-Door Refrigerator with open doors

Look for features that make it easy for you to keep your foods neatly displayed and easy to find.

  • Adjustable shelving – Flexibility in adjusting shelves is important when storing a variety of items of different heights, whether they are party platters or milk cartons.
  • Size of door bins – Can help make your beverages, condiments and items you want to be accessed quickly easy to grab, while maximizing your refrigerator space.
  • Extra spaces like pantry drawers, deli shelves, and temperature-control drawers can provide a variety of options for storing various foods. Pantry drawers are great to store deli platters and appetizer trays easily.
  • Tiered shelving in the freezer helps improve storing and retrieving of your favourite frozen food items.

 

 

Water & Ice dispensing

Refrigerator Door Exterior Ice Dispenser

Some fridges come with the option of dispensing filtered water and ice. This feature requires you to have a water line available to connect to your refrigerator. External Dispensing vs. Internal Dispensing options:

  • External Water and/or Ice Dispenser: A convenient option where the dispenser is located on the exterior of the refrigerator. Perfect for those who get thirsty often, this dispenses both filtered water and ice without having to open the refrigerator door. Offered features include measured fill and cube and crushed ice options.
  • Internal Water and Ice Dispensers: The Filtered Water dispenser is accessed from inside the refrigerator. The icemaker located in the freezer dispenses filtered ice into a bin where it is stored for easy access for whenever you need it.

HOW TO READ AN ENERGY LABEL

Energy Label

 

  1. Compare. Check the label for the type and size information to be sure you are comparing models that are truly similar
  2. Check the number.For appliances, the number is a measure of consumption, not efficiency: the lower the number, the better.
  3. Use the scale.The scale identifies, at a glance, the models’ energy performance compared to similar models. (The further left the pointer is on the scale, the better).

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How to Choose White Wine You’ll Love [Infographic]

Choosing the perfect white wine can be confusing. All of the regions, tasting notes, and food pairings can be a lot to take in.

We wanted to create something that could be a simple guide to white wine flavours and pairings at a glance.

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Choosing the perfect wine comes down to taste. There is no hierarchy of wines. All you have to do is drink what you like. Simple, right?

Storage however, is a lot more objective. It’s been quite the journey for your wine all the way from grape to bottle. So it’s important to preserve its integrity so that it can be enjoyed as the winemaker intended. This means keeping the wine away from light and vibration, and keeping it between 11°C and 13°C (52°F – 55°F).

Danby wine cooler in loft

The best way to do this is with a wine cooler like this freestanding Danby 38-bottle wine cooler. With its elegant tempered-glass door designed to protect your collection from potentially harmful ultraviolet rays, you won’t have to worry about light harming your varietals. Equipped with anti-vibration wire shelving, your bottles rest safely inside. And with temperature control between 4°C and 18°C (39.2°F and 64.4°F), your bottles will always be kept at their best temperature.

Store your wine properly and drink what you like. You can’t go wrong.

Frigidaire: Refrigerator Organization Made Easy

Refrigerator Organization Made Easy

Keep your food fresher, your shelves neater, and enjoy stress-free meal preparation! By establishing organization in your refrigerator, you’ll spend less time looking for food and more time making great meals! With our easy-to-follow guide, you’ll enjoy a hassle-free experience in one of your most used kitchen appliances – the refrigerator!

Turn your recreation room into the ‘coolest space on the block’ with a retro fridge with draft beer system

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When the neighborhood bar scene gets old. When your bar buddies are looking for a place to gather. When the big game is on. You turbo charge your man cave or recreation room by adding a retro fridge with a draft beer system. All of a sudden, yours is the ultimate gathering place for the guys to gather and root for your favorite team.

Most people have pretty much the same basement setup. Flat screens. Couches. Maybe even a bar area. But what gives your place the ultimate edge is your keg fridge — with its exciting retro aesthetic and factory-installed draft beer system. Although this fridge almost sells itself, let’s run down some of the benefits of this unique addition to any serious beer lover’s play area.

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What to look for when buying a Whirlpool dishwasher

What to look for when buying a dishwasher

STYLE

One of the first things to consider when buying a new dishwasher is how its design will complement your family’s existing kitchen. What colour would go better with your current appliances: black, white, or stainless steel? Would you rather the controls be hidden on top of the door, or displayed across the front? Bar handle or pocket handle? Here are some popular styles to choose from:

TOP CONTROL

Top control dishwasher

The controls are discretely located on the top of the door to create a sleek, easy-to-clean exterior.

  • The stylish bar handle effortlessly complements any kitchen, while the hidden buttons provide a sleek, clean front panel
  • A top control dishwasher is a perfect fit for your kitchen if you’re looking for a premium look

FRONT CONTROL

Front control dishwasher

The controls are located on the front of the dishwasher, making it easier to select cycles and other settings even after dishes have been loaded.

  • Designed with an easy-to-grasp pocket handle, this dishwasher gives you a little more flexibility

WHAT OUR MACHINES ARE MADE OF

Dishwashers are generally made from two different tub materials – plastic and stainless steel – each of which has its advantages.

Plastic
Plastic Tub interiorPlastic tubs tend to be an affordable option. However, they may be harder to maintain as they can be prone to stains.

Stainless Steel
stainless steel tubWith the introduction of stainless steel tubs, consumers have more options to meet their optimal cleaning needs. For starters, they tend to be quieter because the tub walls help block the sound of vibrations from the water, allowing you to carry on a quiet conversation in your kitchen even while the machine is running. Additionally, stainless steel maintains heat better which allows the water to reach even higher temperatures, ensuring your dishes are sparkling clean. The stain-resistant interior makes long-term maintenance easier, too.

SIZE

Dishwasher size measurement

Every family’s kitchen is different. Make sure that the dishwasher you want is available in the dimensions you need, at the height that is right to fit between your floor and countertop. Additionally, make sure you measure properly because tiled flooring or counter redesign can impact the height of the dishwasher cavity and affect installation.

Helpful Tips:

  • Common widths 18 inches (46 cm) or 24 inches (61 cm), Common depths 24” inches
  • There is a minimum 33.5-inches (85.09 cm) installation height. Pay close attention to the depth requirements of your cabinets – for example, islands are generally deeper
  • Most products will have specific guides for dishwasher dimensions that can be found online that help you confirm the dimensions you need for your space

FEATURES TO LOOK FOR

There are a variety of helpful features available depending on the model of the dishwasher. Here are some important features to consider to get optimal cleaning:

Wash PerformanceDishwasher wash performance

Want a dishwasher that is able to reach every last crumb? After hosting a large dinner party, you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning the dishes. Here are some things to look for to make sure your dishes end up sparkly clean:

  • Heavy & Targeted Wash Zones: A must-have for those who love to bake and cook, dishwashers with heavy wash zones have a well-placed spray zone to tackle your heavy soiled dishes and target deeper and oddly shaped items.
  • Water coverage: Additional features such as flexible wash arms and bottle wash sprays allow for greater wash coverage inside your dishwasher so you can reach every last corner.
  • Filtered-based systems: Minimize sound and optimize water and energy conservation, some systems require maintenance to sustain optimal cleaning performance. You can also find maintenance-free, filtered-based systems to save additional water and time without having to clean the filter.
  • Chopper-Based Systems: The chopper disintegrates stuck-on food particles so they don’t end up recirculating and sticking to your dishes. There is no filter so there’s nothing to clean up afterwards.
  • Cycle options: Different options for different dishes. Shorter wash cycles and cooler water will help preserve the integrity of your favourite china and crystal, while still providing the thorough clean you expect. There are also faster cycle options available for those time you need clean dishes in a hurry.

Drying Performancedishwasher drying performance

Tired of seeing spots and having to wipe your dishes dry before putting them away? Here’s how the right drying technology can benefit your home:

  • Tub Material: Once the wash cycle is finished, the benefit of a stainless steel tub is that it will transfer heat faster for more efficient drying.
  • Fan Assisted Dry: A fan helps remove humid air and introduce room temperature air to accelerate drying performance. This feature is found on more premium dishwashers and offers optimal drying.
  • Heated Dry: An option that can be manually turned on after the wash cycle to ensure your dishes are dry to your liking.

 

 

Loading AbilityDishwasher loading ability

What’s in your dishwasher? Plates and bowls, pots and pans, wine glasses, or baby bottles?No two families are alike when it comes to the types of dishes they use most. That’s why having a dishwasher with interior flexibility is so important. When deciding on a model, consider a dishwasher that offers these features:

  • Adjustable/Flexible Racks: Racks that move up and down which allow you to customize the wash depending on the size of your dishes.
  • Third Level Racking: A bonus to look for in your dishwasher, a third level rack is a discrete upper rack that allows you to store and wash smaller items, such as cutlery and water bottle lids
  • Silverware Baskets: Organization made easy with dedicated storage compartments inside your dishwasher for flatware. No more having to hunt for missing spoons inside your dishwasher once the cycle is done.

HOW TO UNDERSTAND NOISE LEVELS

How to read Noise levels on a Dishwasher dBA

Families spend a lot of time in the kitchen together, so having a noisy dishwasher is less than ideal. Use this chart to help you identify just how quiet of a dishwasher your family needs.

  • Dishwasher noise is calculated in dBA (Decibel Levels). The higher the decibel level, the noisier the dishwasher. That’s why a low decibel level is important to look for when purchasing your dishwasher.
  • That being said, most people can only perceive an increase in volume every 3 dBAs, so the difference between models can be minimal.
  • If you prefer peace and quiet in your kitchen, most dishwashers offer a “Delayed start” option which allows your dishwasher to start between 2-, 4-, 6-, or 8-hours after you finish loading it. With this option, you can run your dishwasher after you are off to work, the grocery store, or even after you go to bed at night.

Thermador: LET FREEDOM [INDUCTION] RING

Let Freedom® ring! When it comes to cooking, Thermador never settles for the status quo. From ranges to ovens to cooktops, Thermador continues to break boundaries in the kitchen—and the Freedom® Induction Cooktop is no exception. With innovative features that are nothing short of groundbreaking, Freedom® Induction empowers cooks to step up from a traditional round element surface to one with no limits. The cooktop offers more flexibility, effective space utilization, responsiveness, precision and power for when things really start to heat up in the kitchen.

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At 36-inches, the Freedom® Induction Cooktop offers the largest cooking surface in the industry. The sleek design comprises transparent ceramic class with 48 individual three-inch induction heating elements below the surface. With the elimination of predefined elements, the cooktop has a 63% more effective cooking area, allowing for added flexibility to cook with various pots, pans and griddles of many shapes and sizes. In fact, you can place up to 4 pots or pans anywhere on the cooktop surface in any configuration! The design holds more than 30 international patents.

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Featuring the first full-color touch-screen interface on the market, the easy-to-read display allows for quicker access to cooking settings and gives live updates as cookware is moved to a different position. The intuitive, natural-mapping user interface automatically recognizes the size, shape and position of the cookware to deliver heat evenly and quickly to the desired location.

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The Freedom® Induction Cooktop delivers instantaneous and precise temperature control, making it as responsive as gas. With a range of 4,600-watt maximum power output, PowerBoost® technology lets you boil water faster than any other cooking element in its class.

The sleek aesthetic of the Freedom® Induction Cooktop pairs beautifully with the Thermador Masterpiece® Seriesoven collection.

For additional information, explore thermador.com/cooktops.

Happy cooking!

Why Switch to Frigidaire Gallery Induction?

 

Features

Get meals to the table faster

Brings water to a boil in less than 2 minutes with our elements featuring induction technology.

Reduce clean-up time

It heats the pan, not the cooktop – so spills can’t burn on.

Energy efficiency

Reduce your energy bill with our induction cooktop that is 70% more efficient than cooking with gas and 20% more efficient than cooking with electric.

More Responsive

Cooking with induction is more responsive than gas or electric so you can easily go from simmer to boil.

Cooking Versatility

Gentle enough to melt chocolate and powerful enough to boil water, so it’s great for entertaining or getting dinner on the table quickly.

Cookware Compatibility

Most stainless steel and cast iron cookware is compatible with induction elements. An easy rule of thumb: if a magnet sticks to the bottom of the cookware, it’s induction-friendly.

Easy Magnet Test for Induction Cookware Compatibility

For more responsive cooking, Induction cooktops and ranges use the power of magnetic energy. Use this tip to test the compatibility of your cookware with a magnet. If it sticks, it’s induction-friendly. Watch Video

Get Cooking Faster with Induction

Save on cooking time when you make the switch to a Frigidaire Gallery induction cooktop. Watch Video