(WKOW) -- Buying a new refrigerator used to be simple, but not anymore.
With all of the bells and whistles available, it's important to know which ones really matter and remember to be practical.
Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, reminds us to make sure the fridge you like will fit the space you have. "The first thing you want to do is get out the tape measure. You want to make sure that the refrigerator you buy is going to fit in the space you have as well as fit through the doors on the way into the house," says Hicks.
A new refrigerator can run between $500 and $5,000 or sometimes more. With that kind of investment, you probably will want to take time to assess the food you typically keep in the house and how it's best stored.
"Budget is typically the biggest driver for decisions around refrigerators, but capacity of the refrigerator is also really important," says Hicks. "Many people also consider the type and style they might choose. For example, the top freezer is the most popular, but the other styles like the four-door refrigerator is gaining traction."
"A lot of consumers like to fit the biggest capacity that they can get in their dimensions," says appliance store manager, Ryan Wagner. "After that you have features like twin cooling or door-in-door that will just add convenience to your fridge." Door-in-door models only have been around a few years, but continue to grow in popularity. They save energy by allowing you to open a smaller door to retrieve the milk or ketchup without opening the entire fridge.
Other features to think about include adjustable shelves, temperature-control compartments and problem-solving software.
"Some of your high-end brands will have what's called a smart diagnostics. So in this case with LG, you have a little sensor up here that in case the fridge had a failure, you would hold your phone up to it while you're talking to LG and it will tell the repairman on the other end of the line what's wrong with the unit so he can come out and have the right parts with him," says Wagner.
The more features you add, the more likely you'll pay more. If you're going to go all out, the linear compressor might be a better idea than the traditional compressor because a linear compressor actually saves energy since it keeps the temperature steady. Also, the linear compressor keeps food fresher for longer.