A refrigerator drawer can add much-needed storage space, but buying any ol’ one isn’t good enough.
Whether you need some extra space for groceries to feed your perpetually-hungry family or you simply need space so that you can buy your food in bulk, a refrigerator drawer can be a life-saver.
Here’s how you find one that gives you the most bang for your buck:
1. See If It Will Blend in With Your Existing Appliances
A good refrigerator drawer will come with a stainless steel finish. But if you want a truly custom look, see if your manufacturer can give you an integrated panel that will match your kitchen cabinets.
2. Make Sure It’s Energy-Efficient
All of the extra storage space in the world doesn’t do you any good if it makes your utility bills skyrocket. As compact as a refrigerator drawer is, it shouldn’t make a major impact on your energy usage.
That wasn’t always the case, though. Some of the older refrigerator drawers actually used more energy than their full-sized counterparts!
Today, it’s much easier to find an efficient refrigerator drawer. For example, the Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer comes with an Energy Star rating. That way, you get the convenience you need, without paying an arm and a leg to power it.
3. Look For One That Acts As a Refrigerator AND a Freezer
If you think a combination refrigerator-freezer drawer is impossible to find, think again. In fact, Fisher & Paykel offers the best of both worlds. With the touch of a button, you can go from having an extra refrigerator to an extra freezer!
4. Get As Many Compartments As You Can
The average refrigerator drawer isn’t huge, so you’ll have to make the most out of every inch. If your potential drawer only comes with one or two compartments, that’s not good enough!
Remember, a good refrigerator drawer is designed to make your life easier. If it adds too much — in the way of clutter or energy bills — you can do better!
This guest post was written by Olivia Slamut, a cuisine addict who enjoys sharing her last findings in home appliances.