Six steps to choosing the best refrigerator

6. Make your decision

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Ann Premdas, left, an appliance saleswoman, assists two customers shopping for a refrigerator at Best Buy in 2008 in Los Angeles. If possible, visit a showroom to interact with your preferred models – and don't forget to nail down the details of the purchase, delivery, and installation before you sign.

Now that you’ve narrowed down your options, it all comes down to price and aesthetics. If you can, visit a few showrooms to see if you prefer the look and feel of one brand over another. If you’re in the market for a premium model, seek out more targeted appliance retailers as opposed to big box stores geared towards the budget shopper. Then begin shopping around for the best price, and don’t forget to consult the Internet. While some places offer in-store specials and model markdowns, others show their best prices online with free shipping included.

“Make sure to confirm that the price includes all the features you want, such as that icemaker, as well as delivery and installation, including hooking up that icemaker to a water line and disposal of your current refrigerator,” says Steve Ash, senior repairman at PartSelect. He also recommends that you verify that warranty repairs can be performed by a reputable local company as well as the availability of extended warranties.

 

– Jessica Snow is a community coordinator at PartSelect.com, a company that offers do-it-yourselfers the parts and know-how to fix their appliances and electronic devices. 

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