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The most important criteria for comparing refrigerators is size and power efficiency. In addition, buyers can compare whether refrigerators have water and ice dispensers, the layout of doors and drawers, and whether they have localized temperature and humidity control.


A refrigerator is an electrical appliance used for storing and preserving food at a cold temperature. A refrigerator can also be a cold room used for food storage.


Refrigerators vary in styles, models and sizes.Top-mount refrigerators, which place the freezer over the refrigerator compartment, are considered traditional refrigerators and range from 23 to 36 inches in width, 24 to 33 inches in depth and 65 to 69 inches in height.


A side-by-side refrigerator has a freezer section on the left and a refrigerator section on the right, instead of the traditional top and bottom configuration. These doors run the entire length of the fridge.


Refrigerators come in total volume sizes ranging from 10 to 31 cubic feet. While sizes vary by style, make and model, the most common sizes for sale as of 2015 include 26, 24.5 and 22 cubic feet.


A refrigerator stand is a pedestal designed to elevate a refrigerator. A refrigerator stand provides a base for the refrigerator, and the added height can help improve air circulation as well as increase the accessibility of various shelves in the refrigerator.


Some of the best refrigerator brands of 2015 include Samsung and Kenmore, according to Top Ten Reviews. Samsung’s RSG 309AARS and Kenmore’s Elite 51173 in particular receive excellent ratings.


A fast fill refrigerator is a refrigerator that is designed by Whirlpool or KitchenAid to dispense water at twice the speed of a traditional refrigerator. A fast fill refrigerator contains a high-flow water valve and increased dispenser area.


As of March 2015, the most popular refrigerator handle on Amazon.com is the Frigidaire 218428101, which boasts 4.3 out of 5 stars and 45 5-star reviews. It is closely followed by the Frigidaire 5304486361, which receives 4.4 out of 5 stars and has 30 5-star reviews.


The first artificial refrigerator was invented by renowned Scottish physician William Cullen in 1755. After the cumbersome device produced a small amount of ice through delicate, manual labor, refrigeration technology was deemed impractical and was not further advanced for decades.