When many people buy refrigerators, they blindly follow the trend and buy whatever they want. They don’t know the specific style they want. When they actually transport it home, they find out that it has problems such as small capacity, odor transfer, and loud noise. They regret it. Too late.
I happened to be choosing a refrigerator recently, so I conveniently summarized these “10 Refrigerators Not to Buy” and shared them with everyone. There is no harm in doing more homework before buying one.
1. Don’t buy a small refrigerator
At the moment, in order to save money or look good, I chose a small refrigerator. When I actually used it in the future, I found that the small refrigerator was really awkward. It was full without putting many things in it. It was piled up layer by layer and it was very inconvenient to take it out.
Especially with the recurrence of epidemics in recent years, the benefits of large refrigerators for stocking goods have become more prominent.
Therefore, I sincerely recommend that as long as the space allows, choose a refrigerator as large as possible. It not only improves the storage capacity, but also the convenience. Large buckets of yogurt, drinks, fruits, etc. can be stuffed in at will, and there is no hassle in taking them. limit.
However, we should also be careful not to blindly think too big. Some people do not consider the size of the door and the placement space. The refrigerator they buy cannot be moved to the appropriate position, or it is too big and awkward, like the picture below, which is also uncomfortable.
Another thing to pay attention to is the issue of reserved sizes. If the size card is not good, the appearance will also stretch your hips:
① If you plan to embed the refrigerator into the cabinet, check the model in advance and reserve space according to the dimensions provided by the merchant.
② If you don’t plan to embed it or buy it in advance, just reserve according to this range:
Reserve a thickness of more than 630mm (the thickness of the refrigerator is about 600mm + 20mm for heat dissipation on the rear side);
It’s Reserve a width of more than 850mm (the width of the refrigerator is about 800mm + 20mm for left and right heat dissipation);
Reserve a height of more than 1930mm (the height of the refrigerator is about 1900mm + 30mm top heat dissipation space).
The above can basically be adapted to most refrigerator sizes, and the selection range is relatively large. Of course, if you have special needs, it is recommended to roughly check the refrigerator size in advance, and reserve space for heat dissipation.
2. Don’t buy a ceramic panel refrigerator
The panel material of the refrigerator directly determines the appearance of the refrigerator and has nothing to do with the performance parameters. However, it is undeniable that the price of panels made of high-end materials is not even a bit different from that of ordinary materials.
The reason why I say not to buy ceramic panels is that for ordinary families, the price/performance ratio is too low. For example, the price of a big-name ceramic panel refrigerator is around 27,000, which is a bit expensive, including the rock porcelain panel.
Going a little further down, you’ll find the tempered glass panel. Those who have shopped for refrigerators offline will find that the tempered glass panels on the market now can hold up half the sky. They are good-looking, high-grade, and easy to take care of.
The only disadvantage is that it is not resistant to dirt, is prone to leaving fingerprints and is fragile, and the cost is not low,
If you have enough budget, of course you can choose any of the above two types of panels, but if you only have a budget of a few thousand yuan, you should honestly choose a metal sheet metal panel.
Metal sheet metal panels are divided into PCM painted panels, VCM metal coated panels, stainless steel panels, etc. The prices gradually increase. If it is a home-made house, it is recommended to choose stainless steel panels, which have good appearance, good texture and are easy to print. Reasonable, durable, and cost-effective.
3. Do not choose a side-by-side refrigerator
Compared with a small refrigerator, the large capacity of a side-by-side door is already very useful, but if you have already decided to buy a large capacity, it is better to improve the comfort a little more, and don’t choose the side-by-side door if you can.
The main reason is that compared with other French four-door, cross-door, etc., side-by-side refrigerators are not easy to use. The evaporator is designed behind the freezer, which shortens the depth of the freezer and reduces the storage capacity.
Moreover, the drawers are all on the inside of the door. Compared with the ones designed directly on the outside, they are inconvenient to pull out and loose. The only thing is that they are cheaper than others.
If you have sufficient budget, it is recommended to choose the French four-door refrigerator. It has large horizontal space and is more convenient for storing large-sized vegetables, meat, and seafood. The freezer has two tiered drawers, which are easy to pull out and the food is easier to access.
If you feel that the French four-door is too expensive, you can also choose in descending order according to this order. The price order is basically: French four-door > Cross-bifold door > T-shaped three-door > Bi-fold door. Bi-fold door is the last resort.
In addition, the current Japanese multi-door refrigerators are also very popular. The advantages are more partitions and better refined design. However, they are expensive, the configuration is not high, and the freezer area is too small, and the price/performance ratio is slightly lower. Of course, if you If you really like it and can adapt to your home’s food storage habits, it’s optional.
Tips for new residents:
In view of the problem of unreasonable storage design of the refrigerator at home, you can try to use kraft paper bags to improve storage. Paper bags come in various sizes and can be adapted to different refrigerator spaces. They are not as expandable as plastic boxes and have outstanding fruit and vegetable storage effects.
The price is also very cheap, only one or two cents each, and it doesn’t hurt to replace it later. The key is that it can super improve the storage effect.
4. Don’t buy a direct cooling refrigerator
The biggest advantage of direct-cooling refrigerators is that they save electricity, but the disadvantages are also obvious. If there is frost, you have to defrost it manually after a while, which is relatively troublesome. It has basically been eliminate now. This is not recommend to use it at home for a long time. It is okay to rent a house occasionally to transition. , after all, the price is cheap.
Nowadays, most of the air-cooled refrigerators on the market are air-cool. They are cool by air-conditioning. They are frost-free, have fast cooling speed and more accurate temperature. Moreover, the power consumption of 300L and 500L is not much different. You don’t have to worry about the large capacity consuming too much power. It is more convenient to use. Comfortable.
The disadvantage is that air conditioning will take away the moisture of the food, making the food dry more easily than direct cooling.
In addition, there is also a mixed cooling type. The freezing area is air-cool and the refrigeration area is direct cooling. This design is more conducive to preserving meat in the freezing area and locking the freshness of fruits and vegetables in the refrigeration area. It is more worry-free and labor-saving to use, but The price is slightly expensive, but you can consider it if you have enough budget.
5. Don’t buy a fixed frequency refrigerator
Whether the refrigerator is fix frequency or variable frequency mainly depends on the compressor. The compressor is fix frequency, the refrigerator is fix frequency, the compressor is variable frequency, and the refrigerator is variable frequency.
The main reason why it is not recommend to buy fixed frequency is that in terms of power consumption, temperature control ability, and noise, variable frequency is far superior to fixed frequency. It has good performance and the price is naturally higher, but if you have a budget Don’t be nervous. If you consider long-term use, it is recommend to choose a frequency converter.
6. No payment cycle
The flavor transfer and freshness preservation capabilities of the refrigerator have a lot to do with the circulation system, which is divide into single cycle, double cycle, and three cycle. The principle is to choose the latter two and never single cycle.
The main reason is that the single-cycle evaporator is share between the refrigerator and freezer. This results in that when one side needs to be cool, the other side will also follow suit. The temperature control is not accurate and the odor phenomenon is also serious.
My house used to have a single cycle, and the smell of leeks from the refrigerator often drifted into the freezer, which often affected ice cubes, meat, etc., which made people feel very depressed.
The dual cycle has one evaporator for refrigeration and one for freezing, which work independently, so there is no odor transfer and the temperature control does not affect each other.
Higher-end refrigerators also have three-cycle models. The refrigerator itself is equipped with a variable temperature chamber or a zero-degree chamber, and also has an independent evaporator. The three evaporators allow the three spaces to operate independently, giving a better experience.
However, when choosing, you should also be careful not to just listen to the merchant’s words, because there are many names for this circulation system, such as dual system, dual air circulation, etc., which are not necessarily true dual circulation.
If you buy online, you can ask customer service how many evaporators there are. Two means double cycle. Don’t believe any other terms.
If you are in an offline store, you should also ask the shopping guide to make sure you buy two or three evaporators.
7. Do not buy energy-efficiency products with level 2 or below.
The refrigerator energy efficiency labeling system is divided into 5 levels. From level 1 to level 5, the power consumption increases in sequence. Level 1 power consumption has reached the international advanced level, level 2 means that the product is more energy-saving, and after level 3, the energy efficiency labeling system is divided into five levels. Below the market average.
Therefore, it is not recommend to buy one with energy efficiency levels of 3-5. If you have enough budget, buy one with level 1 energy efficiency, which will save more electricity in the long run.
It doesn’t matter if you have a tight budget and choose level 2. There is currently a lot of data showing that the difference in power consumption between level 1 energy efficiency refrigerators and level 2 energy efficiency refrigerators is very small. Plus, the price difference between level 1 and level 2 when purchasing. Taken together, Maybe level 2 is more cost-effective.
8. Don’t buy a refrigerator without antibacterial and deodorizing functions
The refrigerator stores raw fruits, vegetables, meat, etc., and bacteria and odors are inevitable. Therefore, antibacterial and deodorizing functions are a must.
At present, most of the refrigerators on the market have sterilization functions, but they have different names: nanoe sterilization, silver ion sterilization, epp full-space ultra-clean sterilization, T·ABT sterilization and odor removal, etc. Different brands have their own names.
But among them, most of the sterilization functions are limit to the refrigerator compartment, and the freezer is not involve. Therefore, when we are purchasing, we must ask whether the freezer has antibacterial and deodorizing functions. Both spaces have it. The effect will be better.
9. Don’t buy a refrigerator with all kinds of functions.
In order to attract attention, today’s merchants, refrigerators are no longer just refrigerators. They have additional large screens that can meet multiple functions such as checking menus, watching TV shows, and checking the food in the refrigerator.
But in fact, most of them are flashy and have no practical effect. The price is too high, so it is not recommended to buy it.
The core function of a refrigerator is to store things + keep things fresh. If you have the money to design a screen, it is better to add some core fresh-keeping configurations, such as more precise temperature control and gas regulation (suppressing the transpiration of vegetables), rapid ice making, etc. function, it may be easier to attract users.
Tips for new residents: If you don’t use ice cubes frequently at home, there is no need to spend a lot of money. Buy a refrigerator with an ice-making function. You can put a small ice tray like this one, which is enough to make drinks every day.
It is make of silicone and is very soft. After the ice cubes are frozen, they will fall off as soon as you squeeze them, which is convenient and easy to use.
10. Don’t buy 3 built-in refrigerators
The built-in refrigerator mentioned here is not the real built-in one that costs tens of thousands, but the fake built-in refrigerator that we commonly use to lock the refrigerator into the cabinet. We should pay attention to these 3 when choosing.
①Don’t buy left and right cooling
If it is built-in, be sure not to choose left and right heat dissipation. The gaps between the sides of the refrigerator and the cabinet are too large and not beautiful enough.
It is recommend to choose one with bottom heat dissipation. There is no need to consider the heat dissipation space on both sides and top. It can be more perfectly embedd in the cabinet and has a better appearance.
②Do not open the door at 135 degrees
For built-in refrigerators, if the door is open directly to 135 degrees, it will hit the cabinet on the side. Therefore, be sure to choose a cabinet door with a special hinge design that can automatically hover at 90 degrees, so as not to affect the inside of the refrigerator. When the drawer is open, it won’t hit the side cabinet door, so it serves multiple purposes.
③Do not buy a refrigerator with a cabinet thicker than 60cm
The thickness of the cabinets at home is usually up to 60cm. Once the refrigerator exceeds this size, it will protrude from the cabinet and make your hips look slimmer.
Therefore, try to choose ones with a thickness within 60cm, so that the visual effect will be better when placed.