Your perfect refrigerator. It's the right style and has all the features you're looking for, but the perfect fridge also needs to fit in your kitchen. A few simple measurements done before you buy will help you make the right choice. Measure the space your new refrigerator will occupy, starting with the width. This may vary from place to place so take several measurements and write down the smallest one. Next, measure the height, going from the floor to the lowest points of the upper cabinet. Remember that for some models, you'll have to leave room for a top hinge. Then measure the depth to make sure your fridge won't stick out too far into the kitchen. Measure from the back wall to the front edge of your counter or adjacent wall. You also need to leave a little breathing space to create airflow around your refrigerator. Generally, you want to leave an eighth of an inch on each side. An inch on the top and a two inch gap between the fridge and your back wall.
Also, think about how the doors will open. You don't want them hitting any obstacles. And if you're installing your refrigerator next to a fixed wall, leave three and three quarters inches to allow the door to open. Last but not least, walk the path that your fridge will take when it's being delivered. Measure doorways around kitchen islands and any other areas where there might be a tight fit. Use these measurements when you shop online or bring them into a Best Buy store. With our huge selection of products and knowledgeable blue shirts, we'll help you find the perfect refrigerator.