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Refrigerator and Freezer Buying Guide

How to Shop for a New Refrigerator

Most new refrigerators can last you 10 to 20 years. However, if your water filter keeps failing and your frozen food keeps defrosting, it may be time to think about buying a new refrigerator at Sam's Club!

When you begin your search, first identify what type of fridge you need. If you need a standard refrigerator for your kitchen, there are a variety of sizes and brands at Sam's Club to choose from. If you are looking for a mini fridge for a dorm room, bedroom, or additional wine cooler storage, your fridge criteria will change.

What are the Different Types of Refrigerators?

  • Top freezer refrigerator
  • Bottom freezer refrigerator
  • Side by side refrigerator
  • French door refrigerator
  • Side-by-side refrigerator
  • Counter depth refrigerator
  • Door-in-door refrigerator
  • Wine cooler refrigerator
  • Beer cooler refrigerator
  • Mini refrigerator

What Are Refrigerator Sizes?

Out of all kitchen appliances, refrigerators have the least standard depth! A common size is 70 inches high by 36 inches wide. Refrigerators size will vary depending on the brand you purchase. A Samsung bottom freezer refrigerator will be deeper than a counter-depth Maytag, and the amount of glass shelves and drawers, including crisper space -- will also vary depending on the brand.Each fridge will also have different cubic feet space available for food storage. The standard dimensions and cubic feet of a side refrigerator are 24 to 26 cu ft (cubic foot), while a bottom freezer refrigerator has the average cubic feet capacity of 18 to 22 cu ft.The best refrigerators for you will be the one that is sized to your space and has an ample amount of cubic feet of food storage for your family. Also, best seller models are often stainless steel, feature door ice access and have an Energy Star seal.

What Refrigerator Brands Does Sam's Club Sell?

Sam's Club has a large fridge selection in a variety of price ranges. From a refrigerator that offers a side-by-side fridge and freezer combo, to a space-saving french door refrigerator with instaview, to a fingerprint resistant stainless steel model, there are many styles and brand offerings for you to choose from. The brands that Sam's Club offers are:

  • Samsung
  • LG

Our refrigerators can range in price from a $500 top freezer refrigerator to a $1,000 black stainless steel Frigidaire unit. While both are excellent products, the difference can be found in each unit's upgraded features. A more expensive fridge may be available with features such as an ice maker, a water dispenser or have built-in Wi-Fi.

Other Types of Fridges

There are also specialty refrigerators such as mini fridges, wine coolers and beer coolers. These two types of compact refrigerators are shaped with curved racks and used to hold a variety of bottles.

How to Shop For a Freezer

On average, a new freezer will last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If your freezer is showing any signs of condensation or mold, or you just want the latest freezer chest on the market, then it is time to check out the freezer brands for sale at Sam's Club!

Unlike the refrigerators, there is no standard size of a standalone freezer. There are a variety of more standardized top freezer refrigerators or refrigerator bottom freezers, but standalone freezers are identified by type.

What Are the Different Types of Freezers?

  • Chest freezer
  • Upright freezer
  • Portable freezer
  • Deep freezer
  • Commercial freezer

What Are Freezer Sizes?

Most freezers come in a variety of sizes that range from the large freezer chest at 25 cubic feet (cu ft), to the small upright freezer at 5 cu ft. Larger freezers have storage shelves and drawers that you can manipulate to store your food as you please. Remember, the best fridge for you will be the one that has the freezing storage capacity you need for your family.

What Brands of Freezers Does Sam's Club Sell?

  • Whirlpool
  • Maytag
  • Frigidaire
  • Thor
  • Samsung
  • LG

Why Buy a Freezer or Refrigerator at Sam's Club?

Sam's Club has a large variety of freezer and refrigerator brands in many styles. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the best kitchen appliance to suit your needs. Sam's Club refrigerator prices and freezer prices are some of the most competitive out there, and with such a wide variety of options, Sam's Club is the best place to make your purchase.

FAQ - Refrigerators and Freezers

How long does a fridge last?

Refrigerators with freezers have average lifespans of 14 to 17 years.

How long does a freezer last?

A freestanding freezer has an average lifespan of 16 years.

How much is a new fridge?

Depending on the features, a fridge can cost as little as $350 or as much as $3,000.

How much is a new freezer?

Depending on the features a freezer can cost as little as $150 or as much as $500.

Are fridges and freezers efficient?

Not all fridges and freezers are energy star certified, and older appliances will lose their efficiency after a while and need to be replaced.

What does Energy Star certified mean?

Energy Star is the trusted, government-backed symbol for any product that follows certified energy-efficient practices.

>h3>What smart features do refrigerators and freezers have?

The latest addition for many smart homes is a smart refrigerator, that can coordinate schedules, look up recipes, create grocery lists, set expiration dates for food, cast from a smart TV and more. Smart features vary across appliances. Automatic defrost is a popular feature.

How long should you wait to put food in a new fridge?

Once the fridge is positioned correctly, wait 4 hours then turn the refrigerator on. Once the refrigerator has reached the optional temperature, it is ready for food.

What temperature should my refrigerator be?

Keep your refrigerator temperature at or below 40 F (4 C).

What temperature should my freezer be?

Keep your freezer temperature it should be 0 F (-18 C).

Difference between a commercial freezer and residential freezer?

A residential freezer is designed to hold a quantity of food for the needs of an average family, while a commercial fridge is used for stocking larger quantities of food supplies for business.


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