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September 5, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Select the Perfect Kitchen Refrigerator

The kitchen refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home. Today, there is a wide variety available, which can make it difficult to find the perfect one for you.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at some of the kitchen refrigerators available to help you get started.

How to Select the Perfect Kitchen Refrigerator

Refrigerators are such an important appliance which explains why there are so many kinds to choose from. Different colors, different styles, different features, different sizes – when you need a new one, you absolutely must take all these options into consideration to find the perfect kitchen refrigerator for you.

We know it’s a daunting task, so here are some ideas to help you select just what you are looking for.

Starting your Search

Not all refrigerators are created equal. To find the type that you like best, you must know the types available. Keep in mind that while some may seem similar, they each have their own perks and strong selling points.

  • Top freezer. These top freezer refrigerators are perhaps the most financially affordable types on the market. They come with two doors – one to the smaller freezer section up top and the second for the larger (one door) refrigerator on the bottom. All in all, these are not well designed and do not usually offer many premier features.
  • Bottom freezer. A top door refrigerator with a bottom drawer freezer is a fairly popular style refrigerator. However, making sure the kitchen has enough space for the large door to open and close could pose an inconvenience.
  • Side by side. These refrigerators appear like a French door refrigerator, but the smaller side is the freezer and the larger side is the refrigerator. While the doors allow for more ease in smaller spaces, these don’t offer much room at all inside – especially if you are looking to organize the space.
  • French door. French door refrigerators are incredibly popular – and for good reason. You will find that they offer a lot of added convenience. These refrigerators have two French doors up top so you don’t break your back looking in the refrigerator. And, at least one drawer (maybe two) at the bottom – allowing ample storage space.
  • 4-door French door. Perhaps one of the newest refrigerators on the market, this one has two sets of French doors – one for the refrigerator and one set for the freezer.

What Features Are You Looking For?

Recessed handles give you a smooth, sleek finish without any protrusion. As odd as it may sound, this reduces the amount of space needed to install the refrigerator, as you do not need to account for the handles. Depending on the design of your kitchen, this could perhaps be the best option for you.

An automatic icemaker is a relatively common feature. And, while it is not necessarily standard, it is a relatively more common feature.

The LED lighting is energy efficient. It looks nice and is a great touch to any refrigerator. The LED lighting provides just the right amount of light right where you need it.

Having a door alarm is important for those who don’t like to waste food. Just in case that door doesn’t make it all the way shut or if you hold it open too long, having a mild reminder that you are letting all the cold air out of your refrigerator is a convenient, energy-efficient, and money-saving feature.

These are just a few of the most popular features. Be sure to check out all that is available and discover what would add value to your new refrigerator.

Know Your Lifestyle and Needs

If you are someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen preparing homemade meals and baked goods for your family, then you need a refrigerator that can live up to your expectations. It needs to be sturdy and strong, made of a durable metal such as stainless steel.

Because you access your refrigerator all the time – and so does everyone in your family – you can expect that there will be a lot of fingerprints, smudges, and food smears that find their way onto the doors and handles. This means having a refrigerator that allows you to easily clean it inside and out without having to worry about having the proper cleaning materials.

Of course, having a refrigerator that can hold everything you need it to in a nice, convenient and organized manner is important, too. No one likes to dig for food. And, besides, without any sort of organization, you may find that leftovers get pushed to the back and out of sight. Moldy Pad Thai anyone? Gross! You need to be able to easily see everything in your refrigerator.

Measure and Measure Again

Refrigerators come in various sizes. Depending on the size of your kitchen – or at least the size of the area designated for your refrigerator – you will want to make sure what you purchase will fit perfectly within the space.

Never go with your first measurement. Instead, measure the space and then measure again. There are few things worse than buying an appliance that is either too small or too large for the space.

Is This the Perfect Refrigerator for You?

If you are looking for the perfect refrigerator, consider the pro-style refrigerators from Thor Kitchen. For instance, model number HRF3601F. This is a 36-inch freestanding stainless steel French door refrigerator with lots to offer.

  • Counter-Depth French Door
  • 2-Drawer Freezer provides better organization
  • A full-width chiller drawer provides flexible storage
  • Retractable shelf designed to fit taller items with ease
  • Dual cycle and dual air-cooled refrigeration system
  • 2 large humidity controlled fresh food drawers
  • Automatic ice-maker

And these are just a few of the perks you will receive with this refrigerator.

Conclusion

As you begin your search for the perfect kitchen refrigerator, consider all the things that you would like your refrigerator to do for you. But, be sure to find one that is high-quality and made to withstand heavy use.

That way your refrigerator will never look dull or worn but, instead, be a beautiful addition to your home’s kitchen for many years to come.

4 Cool Benefits of 4 Door Refrigerators

4 Door Refrigerators

HRF3603F 36 inch 4 Door Refrigerator by Thor Kitchen

There’s a new trend in the kitchen that combines both classic design and modern technology.

The 4-door refrigerator.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at some of the benefits you’ll find with 4 door refrigerators.

4 Door Refrigerators

Refrigerators keep our food fresh and held at temperatures that make it safe to consume. And, let’s not forget those frosty beverages that taste so good on a hot day. In fact, if we didn’t have refrigerators, our lives would be, well, rather room temperature and stale.

Close your eyes and picture your kitchen without a refrigerator. How would it feel? What would it look like? Now, picture your kitchen without your current refrigerator and replace it with a shiny new stainless steel 4-door refrigerator. How does that look? How does that new refrigerator make you feel? Imagine all the benefits.

Believe it or not, adding a 4-door refrigerator into your kitchen can bring along with it some cool benefits.

Benefit #1: You won’t Lose Anything

How many times have you thought you had something, say, mayonnaise. You go to reach for it in the refrigerator – where you always keep it – and it is no longer there. But, you know you just opened a new jar. It is totally impossible for someone to have finished it off. Did someone take it? Did it get thrown away? What in the world happened to the mayo? A few bends, the shuffling of a few items, and there it is – shoved all the way in the far corner behind the coffee creamer and coconut milk. Who would have put it there?

Well, with a 4-door refrigerator, you won’t have to worry about losing anything ever again. This type of organization can only come with four doors. You have drawers, adjustable shelves, adjustable door shelves and so much more. In the freezer, you have ample space to stay organized. Between frozen leftovers, frozen treats, frozen veggies, and frozen meats, everything will have a place – and you won’t have to worry about finding it.

Plain and simple, the 4 door refrigerator is organization at its finest.

Benefit # 2: Cleanup is Easy

How often do you clean your refrigerator? If you are like a lot of people, it probably is not the first thing you think about when it is time to clean, right? Yet food gets dropped in there, containers leak, produce goes bad, and, before you know it, your refrigerator becomes a breeding ground for all things disgusting.

Depending on how full your refrigerator is, though, you may pull everything out and clean when things like this happen. Or, you may just offer up a slight wipe down of the affected area because that is a simpler solution.

With a 4-door, French door refrigerator, cleaning up is easy. You won’t have to hurt your back bending over for extended periods, as the doors open around waist-height. Wiping down with a soft cloth, warm water, and mild soap is all you need to get a clean refrigerator.

All this holds true for your freezer, too. Keep it clean – and allow your food and your family to remain healthy.

Benefit # 3: Germs Can Find a New Home.

When you bring a stainless steel 4-door French door refrigerator into your home, you are telling the germs in your kitchen to find a new home.

Did you know that your refrigerator door handle is one of the most germ-infested places in your kitchen? Gross, right? After all, you use that handle to open the fridge, reach in and grab yourself something to eat, then put it in your mouth. Yuck!

What happens when your refrigerator doesn’t have a handle? Thor Kitchen’s 4-door stainless steel refrigerator has recessed handles. This means that, while they don’t stick out, they are essentially still there. Thankfully, getting rid of the germs is a simple, simple task.

Wipe your refrigerator handles (or recessed handles) down with a soft cloth, some warm water, and mild antibacterial soap. Then dry with a clean soft cloth. It is important to note that stainless steel is a non-porous surface. So, you don’t have to worry about germs and bacteria building up in the grains of the metal. They will simply be found on the surface.

Add this task to your regular cleaning schedule so you don’t let the germs buildup.

Benefit # 4: Keep it Shining Bright

Did you know that the refrigerator is one of the most popularly-used appliances in the kitchen? And everyone can use it. That means, there is a good chance that you have accessed it with dirty hands in the middle of cooking, using your foot to close a drawer. Also, there is a high chance that your kids, teens, and their friends have used your refrigerator, too. Who knows where their dirty hands have been!

What does all this mean?

It means that the outside of your refrigerator probably tells a story of all these individuals. And it also likely houses their fingerprints, smudges, spills, food particles, and more. Gross.

But here is the good news: stainless steel refrigerators are simple to clean. And, each time you clean them – with very minimal effort – you will have the refrigerator sparkling and shining bright – just as it did when it was brand new.

Here’s how:

Use a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. Gently wipe down the entire surface of the refrigerator and freezer. You may also use white vinegar and a soft cloth. Once you are done, using a dry soft cloth, begin gently buffing out the surface while drying – preferably going with the grain. If you prefer to use chemicals, rather than the homemade version, there are many stainless steel cleaning agents on the market to choose from.

Either way, your refrigerator will always be a shiny and bright spot in your kitchen.

Conclusion

Convinced of how much you need a 4-door, stainless steel refrigerator? Transforming your life by changing the way you use your refrigerator may not be something you have ever thought of. But, it is sure to be something that you’ll never want to lose again.

Stainless Steel Undercounter Refrigerators Save Space

24 inch under counter refrigerator

Thor Kitchen TRF2401U 24 inch under counter refrigerator

If you’re like most families, you probably moved your old refrigerator to another room when you upgraded to a new one. If you live in a smaller home, two freestanding refrigerators can take up a lot of space and energy.

Today, we’re taking a look at how a beautiful stainless steel undercounter refrigerators save space and energy.

How Stainless Steel Undercounter Refrigerators Save Space

It is fun to be different. Individuals who think outside the box are often viewed as being more full of joy and having a tighter embrace on life. Whether it is in the classroom, in the boardroom, or while decorating the home. This outside of the box way of thinking can be reflected everywhere. It’s a way of thinking, creating, and imagining – and it doesn’t have an on/off switch.

So, it is no wonder that this unique way of thought has poured over into kitchen designing. And, guess what? When it comes to designing a kitchen, it is ok to think outside the box, too. In fact, many individuals have been using a new idea that is both functional and design-savvy: undercounter refrigerators.

Now that we know they are a winning choice, how can stainless steel undercounter refrigerators save you space in your kitchen? Let’s talk about it.

You Don’t Need Just One

That’s right – you don’t need just one refrigerator. Think about it. Many people have more than one full-size freestanding refrigerators. Therefore, it is surely okay to have more than one undercounter refrigerators, right?

You can decide to have two in your kitchen. Space them out, based on your cooking flow or the way you use your kitchen. Or, keep them in a straight line. Add a third or a fourth, even. Because that fits directly in the cabinet space and don’t require a huge bulky space like a full-size refrigerator does, having more than one in your kitchen just, well, flows well.

And, the best part is that you can organize them however you choose!

Talk About Better Organization

How many times have you tried to organize your full-size refrigerator? When you do, this is usually what happens: You clean out and organize your refrigerator on a Sunday after doing your weekly grocery shopping. Monday is always a rough start to the week, but you are feeling good and keep your organization. By about Tuesday night, there is a good chance there is a little clutter and de-organizing going on. And, but Wednesday night, forget about it. All hopes of maintaining the neatly organized fridge for weeks to come has officially flown out the window.

Face it- a full-size refrigerator is big and bulky and it can swallow up food items in its deep, dark corners that you won’t notice until a stench starts filling the air.

But, now, you have an idea to use undercounter refrigerators – and you won’t ever have to worry about that again.

By having more than one undercounter refrigerators, you can organize yourself accordingly. For example, you can have one for drinks, one for produce, and another for meats. Or, perhaps you want one for snacks. You get the idea. While it may take you time to remember what is behind door 1, 2, and 3 – you will eventually remember and it will become second nature.

And, the best part, is that you won’t have to worry about maintaining the organization ever again.

Undercounter Refrigerators Increase Available Space

Initially, you may think that having smaller, undercounter refrigerators would only benefit smaller kitchens. However, this is not true. Believe it or not, by choosing to give up the large, freestanding refrigerator, you are creating a more open space – and this is welcome in kitchens of all sizes, big and small.

Consider how removing the full-size refrigerator can free up space. First, the space itself would be freed up. But, what about those doors? They require a space in your kitchen that allows you to open and close them freely, without disrupting the flow of the area. This always requires so much room. Imagine if you didn’t have to worry about it? Your kitchen would be more spacious and be more open.

Gives Your Kitchen a Flowing, Streamlined Appearance

Nobody lines hard lines. Nobody likes big things that stand out and disrupt the contented flow of a space. Nobody likes bulk. The common theme these days is maintaining a minimal approach to kitchens, whether that is a streamlined appearance or small, less noticeable appliances, it is what is trending.

Why waste space on something so big when you can get the same thing from something smaller? Besides, there is a good chance that it requires less energy, too. Which is better for the environment – and better for your bank account.

By placing these small refrigerators under your countertops, you are allowing yourself to have open space flowing throughout your kitchen without anything to get in the way. This allows for a very streamlined cooking experience.

Spotlight: Thor Kitchen TRF2401U

Let’s take a closer look at the Thor Kitchen TRF2401U – a 24-inch under-counter refrigerator that saves space.

Thor Kitchen TRF2401U-1

Thor Kitchen TRF2401U

  • Convection cooling system provides a quick cool down and consistent temperature
  • Digital touchpad control with blue LED display
  • Stainless steel cabinet
  • Bright white LED light for both drawers
  • Two full-extension stainless steel drawer
  • Built-in or freestanding
  • Four adjustable leveling legs
  • Indoor/Outdoor
  • Noise Level: 41db
  • Anti-fingerprint surface
  • Come with a stainless steel basket and a silicone pad

Whether you’re looking for a new under counter refrigerator for indoor or outdoor installation, the Thor Kitchen TRF2401U provides the power and beauty you will enjoy for years to come.

Conclusion

Smaller, undercounter refrigerators do not require you to stretch up to find anything and they surely won’t let anything get lost in the back. They are a great way to keep your kitchen flowing smoothly and openly – while also maintaining an open appearance.

Bring back the joy being in your kitchen and cooking with friends and family without anything getting in your way. Including a full-size refrigerator.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Of all the appliances in your kitchen, your refrigerator is likely the one that takes the brunt of fingertips and smudges. After all, it is touched more than any other — and by every member of the family!

Making the decision to purchase a stainless-steel refrigerator was a smart choice. Not only do they look incredibly nice and sleek in your kitchen, but they are also a breeze to clean.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

If your new stainless-steel refrigerator has lost some of its pizzazz, let’s help you get it back. We’ve got some great ideas to help you clean just about anything from the surface of your stainless-steel refrigerator without even breaking a sweat.

From homemade to store-bought solutions, you will find the one that is just right for your kitchen.

Mild dish soap and water

Perhaps one of the simplest methods you can use to clean your stainless-steel refrigerator is a combination of mild dish soap and water. And, it is highly likely you already have both of these in your kitchen.

Add a drop or two of mild dish soap to warm water. Using a soft cloth, dip it in the water and wring out so that it is damp. Begin to gently wipe down your refrigerator. Don’t forget to overlook your door handles.

Club soda

Club soda is an odd choice for cleaning your refrigerator, but it works beautifully. You can either pour some in a bowl, dip a soft rag into it, and wring it out. Or, add club soda to a spray bottle and do a spray-and-wipe method straight on the surface. Both methods will help you remove fingerprints and smudges, leaving you with a nice shine.

The key with club soda is to make sure you are rubbing your soft cloth in the same direction.

Flour

Yes, you read that right – flour is another option for cleaning your stainless-steel refrigerator. It may get a bit messy and leave you with additional kitchen cleanup, but you will be surprised at how well it works.

All you need to do is simply pat the flour onto the surface of your refrigerator. Then, buff it out with a soft cloth.

Dish soap and baby oil

Looking for a shiny, sparkling refrigerator? If so, then you need dish soap and baby oil. This combination works very well. Just as we’ve mentioned before, using a couple of drops of dish soap in warm water with a soft cloth can help you remove unwanted fingerprints and smudges from your refrigerator. And, it works very well. But this option comes with a second step: baby oil.

Once you wash down your refrigerator, let the surface dry. Then, using a fresh, dry soft cloth, begin buffing the surface with the baby oil. Try your best to buff with the grain of the refrigerator.

Keep in mind that a little baby oil goes a long way, so don’t overdo it or you may end up with a bit of a greasy mess.

Lemon oil furniture polish

As you probably know, lemon oil furniture polish is designed for wood finishes. However, it has been shown to work well with stainless steel appliances, too. If you are looking for something to give your refrigerator its shine back while giving your home a fresh scent, this may be a great option for you.

White vinegar and olive oil

Two things most families have on hand in their kitchen are olive oil and white vinegar. If you are interested in using these to clean your stainless-steel refrigerator, you won’t be disappointed in the outcome.

To initially remove the fingerprints and smudges, use a soft cloth and the vinegar – without water. Once you have successfully completed that step, you will then use the olive oil. Just as you could do with baby oil, place a little olive oil on a clean, dry soft cloth and begin buffing the refrigerator. Again, try your best to go with the grain.

Store bought cleaners

For those individuals who are not into homemade remedies and are just looking for a quick solution that will do the trick, leaving your refrigerator looking brand new again, then there are a few store-bought cleaners to choose from.

Here is a couple of the most popular:

  • Affresh Stainless Steel Cleaning Mousse. This product claims to clean off all the fingerprints and smudges. The thickness of the mousse keeps it from dripping – and making it easier to work with.
  • Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes. These are handy wipes that can be used regularly – or in between cleanings for a quick shine.
  • Magic Stainless Steel Aerosol. Magic claims that this magic potion removes fingerprints, smudges, and other messes while also leaving behind a protective coating.

Stainless-steel refrigerators, as well as stainless-steel appliances in general, are incredibly popular. So, there are tons of options for cleaning the stainless-steel in your home. Just be sure to do your research and confirm that they are highly effective and worth the cost.

What you should avoid

Well, now that you know all of the things you should be placed on your stainless-steel refrigerator. But, what about the things you should never touch your refrigerator? Believe it or not, there are a few of those. The surface of your refrigerator is sensitive and can be damaged by using the wrong equipment.

When it comes to cleaning your stainless-steel refrigerator, avoid:

  • Harsh abrasives
  • Scouring powders
  • Ammonia
  • Steel wool
  • Bleach

All of these items can cause damage to the finish and destroy the natural beauty of the metal.

Conclusion

Your stainless-steel refrigerator adds elegance and shine to your kitchen – despite the easy collection of fingerprints and smudges. After all, it’s a busy appliance! Choose the method that works best for you – whether homemade or store bought – and add its upkeep to your regular cleaning schedule. You will be surprised at how a little care can have your refrigerator remaining shiny and bright for years to come.

 

February 5, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Refrigerators with Recessed Handles Add A Modern Touch

If you’re looking to purchase a new freestanding refrigerator that will maintain its style for years to come, you may be interested in refrigerators with recessed handles.

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at these stylish new refrigerators and providing a comparison of two specific models offered by Thor Kitchen.

refrigerators with recessed handles

Refrigerators with Recessed Handles Are Simply Modern

According to a recent article published by ProBuilder, the pro-style kitchen is one of the things homebuyers want most today.

A pro-style kitchen often involves updated cabinets, new countertops, and professional kitchen appliances. The demand for pro-style kitchen appliances grew in response to the popularity of cooking shows on television.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the features of refrigerators with recessed handles.

freestanding refrigerators recessed handles

How Recessed Handles Work

What a minute – how do you open a refrigerator door if it doesn’t have any handles? Ah, but it does – you just don’t see them. That is the point behind the recessed handles. They give your refrigerator a sleek look without anything protruding, including the handles.

Thor’s recessed handle refrigerators come in a French door style. You will find enough space between each of the doors to use your hand, grasp the door, and open it. It’s a simple and sleek design that looks stylish and elegant in any kitchen.

The dirty on fingerprints

We know what you are thinking –If there are no handles, there will be fingerprints everywhere! This is not necessarily true so let’s stop worrying about that right here.

Having recessed handles means that yes, you do have to touch the metal of the refrigerator more than you would if you had handles, but that doesn’t mean you will have more fingerprints. Here’s why: the area in which you will be grabbing the refrigerator door to open it is in between the two doors. That means if fingerprints show up, they will not be noticeable on the front of the doors.

Whether you choose a recessed handle refrigerator in stainless steel or black stainless steel, you will find that cleaning it is a breeze. Should you discover that fingerprints make their way on your doors, wiping with a soft, dry cloth can whisk them away very quickly and without much effort at all.

The Benefits of Recessed Handles

You may decide that you prefer refrigerators with recessed handles for a variety of reasons. However, the most common reasons for choosing to forego the handle are:

Refrigerators with recessed handles offer a variety of features and benefits. With that said, there are a few that people tend to desire above all else.

Some of those features include the following:

Great for small spaces – If you have limited space in your kitchen, you may find the refrigerators with recessed handles actually save space. It may not be much but every little bit helps.

A modern look for the modern kitchen – If you’re interested in creating a modern kitchen, doing away with protruding refrigerator handles will support your vision. Recessed handles offer a sleek, flush look other styles can’t match.

One less thing to clean – Refrigerator handles requires regular cleaning in order to avoid fingerprints and germs. In addition, handles may require maintenance if they loosen over the years.

Comparing Two Beautiful Refrigerators with Recessed Handles

Thor Kitchen has two great options for you when it comes to refrigerators with recessed handles.

Let’s take a look at them in detail.

HRF3602 – Recessed Handle Refrigerator

The HRF3602 recessed handle refrigerator in stainless steel features a modern design and clear appearance. It is a freestanding refrigerator with French doors and a two-drawer freezer that will easily fit nearly every style from modern and contemporary to traditional and elegant.

HRF3602

Specs

Size – This refrigerator 35.8 inches wide, 28.7 inches deep, and 69.9 inches in height. It has a capacity of 16 cubic feet in the refrigerator and 6.5 cubic feet in the freezer.

Shelving – There are a total of six shelves in the refrigerator.

Baskets – There are a total of four baskets within the freezer.

Features

  • Door alarm
  • LED lighting
  • Ice Maker
  • Silver interior
  • Adjustable temperature control

HRF3602BS – Recessed Handle Refrigerator

The HRF3602BS recessed handle refrigerator in back stainless steel features one of the most sought-after finishes available today. This is a sleek, matte appearing finish that is becoming increasingly popular in high-end kitchens. The black stainless steel is versatile, and it is easier to maintain it clear from smudges and fingerprints.

HRF3602BS

Specs

  • The size: This refrigerator 35.8 inches wide, 28.7 inches deep, and 69.9 inches in height. It has a capacity of 16 cubic feet in the refrigerator and 6.5 cubic feet in the freezer.
  • The shelves: There are a total of six shelves in the refrigerator.
  • The baskets: There are a total of four baskets within the freezer.

Features

You will find many features with this refrigerator, such as:

  • Door alarm
  • LED lighting
  • Automatic Ice Maker
  • Silver interior
  • Adjustable temperature control

Conclusion

If you are in the market for a new refrigerator, you will not want to count out refrigerators with recessed handles.

Seeking a kitchen that appears high-end without any unnecessary sharp lines or jagged edges needs this type of refrigerator. Plus, with its wide capacity and two-drawer freezer storage, you will find that you can keep things as organized in the refrigerator as you do in your kitchen.

If you’re interested in creating a modern kitchen, be sure to check out the other modern kitchen appliances by Thor Kitchen.

January 23, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Clean a New Refrigerator

If you recently purchased a new refrigerator, it’s important to the health and safety of your family that you give it a good clean before storing food.

In this article, you will discover how to clean a new refrigerator to ensure it keeps your food fresh and safe to eat.

How to Clean a New Refrigerator

How to Clean a New Refrigerator

When you first get your new refrigerator, you may be quick to believe that there is nothing you need to do. Just plug it in, add your food and fill your cup full of newly frozen ice. After all, it is brand new, right? Wrong!

While it is fresh out of the box, that doesn’t mean you should assume it is in perfect working order. Think about it – your brand new refrigerator comes to you from the factory where it was built and boxed. That leaves the possibility of residue from the manufacturing process being left behind, which could transfer onto your food or beverages.

When you receive your new refrigerator, you will want to wipe it down with a soft cloth and soapy water. Avoid using any chemical products– soap and water will work best. Wipe the inner walls and all the shelving. If your refrigerator comes with an ice maker or water option, you will want to run some water through the lines before ingesting it. This will remove any particles that may have been left behind due to the building process.

Routine Maintenance

Your refrigerator is a non-stop machine. If you’d like to keep it that way, then you will want to consider performing some routine maintenance that will keep it running in an efficient manner.

Here are a few examples:

  • Check the temperature at regular intervals. Consider doing so every three or four months. For optimal usage, you want to make sure that your refrigerator and your freezer are cooling at the best temperature.
  • Clean the coils behind and/or underneath the refrigerator. These can get bulked down with dust. The dirtier they are, the harder your refrigerator will have to work. Use a vacuum extension to suck up these dust particles and keep your coils clear.
  • Confirm that the door seals are functioning well. If they aren’t, you could be losing cool air and requiring your refrigerator to work harder. Using the dollar bill test, you should be able to determine how well your refrigerator seals are working. To test it, open the door and place a dollar bill half in and half out. Then, close the door. Try pulling the dollar bill out. If it is easy to pull out, you may want to have your seals checked. If not, then you are good to go.

Daily Care

Your refrigerator works hard for you. So, providing a little bit of daily care is worth the effort. Each day you should wipe down the inside and outside of your refrigerator. This will keep small spills from becoming big messes. It will also give you a chance to remove spoiled food before it stinks up your entire house.

Again, using soapy water is all you need to clean the inside of the refrigerator. For the outside, you may want to consult the manufacturer for the best method. For stainless steel refrigerators, a dry soft cloth should be all you need.

What You Should Never Do

Now that you know all the things you should be doing, it only seems fair that you know what you should not be doing to your refrigerator, right?

You may be tempted to use various cleaning products on your refrigerator. To remove the grime from previously-spoiled produce, you might feel the need to use a cleanser inside the refrigerator. Or, you could think that there is no way a soft dry cloth can make the outside of your stainless steel refrigerator look fresh again.

Are you ready for this? Never use cleaning products – especially abrasives –on or in your refrigerator. First, you will smell that cleaning product every time you open the refrigerator door. Second, abrasive cleaning products can scratch and damage the outer shell of the appliance.

Don’t do it!

Tips and Tricks

For those who are serious about your cleanliness, we’ve got a few tips and tricks that will allow you to have a healthy refrigerator for years to come. Check these out:

  • For tough stains and stuck-on spills, pour some salt into warm water and then wipe down the area. The salt water will help lift the sticky spillage, making cleanup a breeze.
  • If you are trying to keep odors at bay in your refrigerator, consider keeping an open box of baking soda inside it at all times. This is a tried and true trick. However, if you are looking for something more, put a dab of your favorite extract – such as vanilla – on your sponge as you are doing your daily wipe down. This will keep your fridge smelling delightful every time you open it.
  • Keep a Sharpie in, on, or near your refrigerator. Any time you place leftovers, produce, or meats inside, mark what it is and the date you placed it in the fridge. Keeping track this way allows you to throw out food before it gets nasty.
  • Never take your cold shelves out and wash them in hot water. Always let them come to room temperature first.

There you have it – all the tools you need to get the most out of your brand new refrigerator. Enjoy!

January 15, 2019 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

Ideal Refrigerator Temperature for Energy Efficiency

If you’re concerned about conserving energy in the kitchen, you need to know how to properly configure the settings of your kitchen appliances.

In this article, you will discover what the ideal refrigerator temperature for energy efficiency is so you can cut back on wasted energy.

Ideal Refrigerator Temperature

Ideal Refrigerator Temperature for Energy Efficiency

Going green is very important.

We waste so many resources without giving a second thought. And, many times, we may not even realize it. For instance, did you know that keeping your appliances running efficiently has a great impact on how much energy they use? Not only does this benefit your pocket over time, but it also reduces the number of resources being used to provide your home with energy.

Both freestanding refrigerators and undercounter refrigerators can be set to the ideal refrigerator temperature for energy efficiency, so be sure to take a look at your configuration and make changes necessary.

Where You Position Food Matters

Where you place your food inside the refrigerator makes a difference. It is easy to stuff things in until you find where they fit. Unfortunately, that is not always the best method. The door, for example, is an area of the fridge that is exposed to warmer temperatures every time you open it. For some homes, this happens a lot, leaving a greater chance for food in the door to spoil faster. The place that maintains the coldest temperature is the back of the refrigerator.

Your freezer will benefit more when it is full. The more frozen items it contains, the easier it is to maintain its temperature. The items packed in close together work to keep each other cold. However, when it comes to your refrigerator, the opposite is true. Having too many items crammed in on the shelves can cause a disruption in the delivery of air. The refrigerator requires air to circulate throughout. If it is too full, then there is no way for the air to flow through. This will result in some food items being too warm, others too cold, and some even freezing.

Keep Your Refrigerator Set at the Right Temperature

The proper temperature is important in keeping your refrigerator and freezer working as efficiently as possible. Buy two inexpensive digital thermometers, and place one in the back of your refrigerator and the other in the back of your freezer. Then, close the door tightly and wait at least two hours with the doors shut before checking the thermometers.

So, what is the ideal temperature you are looking for? Your freezer should fall somewhere between 4 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Your refrigerator should range between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once you check your thermometers, adjust your refrigerator and freezer settings accordingly. If the thermometer reads the proper temperature, then you are in luck. If it does not, you will need to make some changes. Move the dial between 1 and 10, whether you need it cooler or warmer. Then, wait another two hours – or longer – before checking the thermometer again. Continue this process until the desired temperatures are reached.

Keep in mind that some refrigerators offer digital tuning for the temperature. Some newer models even come equipped with a digital thermometer. Sometimes, however, it is best to also use your independent thermometer to make sure the refrigerator and freezer are running properly.

Because climate changes and things get bumped or moved around, you will want to repeat this process 3 or 4 times each year. This is the best way to ensure your appliances are running most efficiently.

Regularly Maintenance Ensures Your Settings Work Properly

Your refrigerator and freezer are both wonderful inventions. They are meant to keep your food chilled without you having to lift a finger. However, sometimes you may want to help out and keep your refrigerator running well. Doing so can increase the efficiency of your appliance – and even increase its lifespan.

One of the best pieces of routine maintenance you can perform is cleaning the coils. These are most often located in the back of the refrigerator (or underneath) and they work hard to keep things running cool. Because of their location, they are often subject to a lot of dust. You will want to clean them on a regular basis to keep them working their best.

Pull out your refrigerator and use your vacuum extension (or something similar) and run it on and around the coils. The more dust you take off, the more efficient these coils can cool.

Make Sure the Doors Close Properly

It is easy to open your refrigerator door and stand there with it open, checking out your food options. Deciding what you want to eat is difficult sometimes, but holding the doors open too long make cooling difficult for your refrigerator. Instead, open the door, see what is there, then close them. Once you decide, open them back up and grab it.

The longer the doors are open, the more energy you are wasting. Remember that the next time you find yourself staring off into the chillness.

Simple Energy Saving Tips

We’d like to leave you with a few simple energy-saving tips that can both extend the life of your refrigerator and save your money.

  • Make sure the seals of your refrigerator are sealing properly. If they aren’t, your refrigerator will be working double time trying to keep things cool. To test the effectiveness of the seal, place a dollar bill between the seal and close the door. Then, pull the dollar bill. If the refrigerator is sealed correctly, this should be a difficult task. If the dollar bill comes right out, you may want to have a closer look at your seals.
  • Always keep food and liquids covered while storing them in the refrigerator. Any extra moisture makes the refrigerator work harder.
  • Avoid keeping your temperatures too cold. Too cold is not better than too warm – they both cause issues. Follow the instructions above to maintain the proper temps.

Conclusion

Your refrigerator and freezer are both an investment and a necessity. It is important that you do your part to care for them as best as you can. Doing so can increase the life of your refrigerator – and save you money.

November 16, 2018 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

How to Choose a Refrigerator (5 Questions to Ask)

How to Choose a Refrigerator

Finding the right refrigerator can be overwhelming due to the variety of models, styles, and features available. It’s in your best interest to take the time to review your options before making a purchase.

Today, we’re taking a look at five questions that will help you understand how to choose a refrigerator that fits your lifestyle.

How to Choose a Refrigerator (5 Questions to Ask)

  1. What size refrigerator do you need?
  2. What refrigerator style do you like most?
  3. How much space do you have in your kitchen?
  4. What color and finish do you like most?
  5. What finish compliments your kitchen decor?

Asking these questions will help ensure you purchase the refrigerator that accommodates your needs, fits your style, and provides the utility you need for years to come. If you have the luxury of time, you may also be able to save some money by timing your purchase for the times of year when kitchen appliances are more affordable.

Related: When Is the Best Time to Buy Kitchen Appliances?

Let’s get started!

What size refrigerator do you need?

Just as every kitchen is different, so is every family. Some are large with many frequent visitors. Others are small and quiet. Some are just so. But truth be told, when it comes to purchasing the right refrigerator, you need to take into account the size of your family and your needs.

Consider this: someone who lives alone will likely more often than not cook dinner for one or find their refrigerator loaded with leftovers. He or she likely won’t be buying several gallons of juices and milk. And, the produce, meat, and cheese drawers will probably be emptier than they are full. However, a family six is going to require at least six times the amount of space as the single person. This means bigger shelves, bigger drawers, and a bigger refrigerator.

Typically, refrigerators are often 30 to 36 inches in width, 67 to 70 inches in height, and 29 to 35 inches in depth. This brings the normal volume to 22.5 to 31 cubic feet. Choosing whether you will go on the smaller or the larger end of these numbers will be solely based on your family size and needs.

What refrigerator style do you like most?

What type of refrigerator suits your style?

There are several types to choose from. Choosing the one for you can be based on the size needed, the layout of your kitchen, and the design. The most popular styles are:

  • Top Freezer – Refrigerators with a freezer on top are perhaps the most common model. They seem to be very economical but generally, fall on the smaller end of refrigerators.
  • Bottom Freezer – The refrigerator with a bottom freezer makes accessing the refrigerator much more comfortable.
  • Side by side – This type of refrigerator offers more freezer space. For those who use the freezer to store a great deal, this may be the best type to choose. Because the doors cause a split down the middle, each side – the refrigerator and the freezer – takes a beating to its size in width.
  • French Door – A French Door refrigerator features side-by-side doors with the freezer situated at the bottom.

How much space do you have in your kitchen?

As you are discovering, all refrigerators are not created equal. Don’t grab quick measurements of your space and think that you are set to go. The smallest of space can mean the difference of your refrigerator fitting within your cabinet space – and not fitting at all.

Be sure to measure carefully – and then double check your measurements. Remember to allow space behind the refrigerator, too, for its required ventilation. You will want to take into consideration space you will need to bring the refrigerator into your kitchen, so take a look at doorways and hallways.

What finish compliments your kitchen decor?

Refrigerators come in all sorts of styles and finishes. Some have a modern look, while some are bringing back styles from years gone by. To determine which refrigerator with the best suit your space, you will need to know the design style you desire to implement in your new kitchen.

Stainless steel is perhaps the best finish for kitchen appliances – especially the refrigerator. It offers a sleek and shiny look that fits many design styles, such as modern, contemporary, industrial, traditional, and so forth. Stainless steel can be elegant, and it can be rustic country. It is likely its versatility that makes it so easy to incorporate into a kitchen.

Looks is not all that stainless steel is good for -it is durable and won’t corrode. But, if stainless steel doesn’t fit the vibe you are going for, then you could always choose a refrigerator with a black or white finish. Or, of course, one of the brightly colored trends that have hit the market.

Keep in mind that a refrigerator is a major purchase. When you change the style of your kitchen, you don’t want to always have to replace your refrigerator. Finding something that will fit many different styles may be the most logical – and economical – way to go.

What features are you looking for?

Refrigerators come with many different features to choose from. Know what is available and what is important to you before you make your purchase. Here are some of the most popular features today:

  • Door alarms to alert you when a door has been left open. This can save you electricity save you electricity– and food.
  • LED displays and digital touch systems.
  • Humidity controlled drawers.
  • Ice and water access on the door.
  • Supercooling features to get things cold fast.
  • Adjustable shelving.

Some refrigerators even have webcams inside, allowing you to see what you need when you aren’t at home!

Of course, each feature comes at a cost so choose the ones that mean the most to you – and leave the others at the store.

The choice is yours

With so many options available these days, it’s important to understand how to choose a refrigerator that will support your style and needs for years to come.

The refrigerator is one of the most important – and frequented – appliance in the kitchen, so it’s worth taking some time to weigh your options. Taking your time will help you make a more informed decision.

October 12, 2018 by Thor Kitchen 0 Comments

What to Look for When Buying A Refrigerator

What to Look for When Buying a Refrigerator

Whether you’re replacing an old refrigerator or purchasing your first, the selection of refrigerators can quickly become overwhelming if you’re not sure what to look for.

This article will reveal what to look for when buying a refrigerator, including the various styles, options, and features available. Discover whether a freestanding refrigerator is best for your needs or if the selection of under-counter refrigerators provides the style and features you need.

Refrigerator Types

Not all refrigerators are created equal. In fact, there are many design types you can choose from when beginning your search.

Top Freezer. This style is a classic, with an easily-accessible freezer above the refrigerator. It has been around for years and tends to be very affordable. It is, perhaps, the most common style of refrigerator. Why? Because they are the slimmest refrigerators, making them a good fit for tight spaces or small kitchens, yet they also provide a lot of space. While they are typically very efficient, they don’t offer a lot of frills or features.

Bottom Freezer. If you don’t want to have to continuously bend when reaching for your gallon of milk, then you may be more comfortable with a bottom freezer. This type – also common – allows for the refrigerator to be easily accessed, while providing a drawered freezer at the bottom of the unit. These refrigerators tend to be a bit bulkier than top-freezers but still offer a great product.

Side by side. Like its name, the side-by-side refrigerator has doors next to each other that open out, displaying a freezer on one side and a refrigerator on the other. This might be the unit for you if you will be content with giving up quite a bit of refrigerator space in order to have a larger freezer.

To make your buying extravaganza a bit more rewarding, it may be best to narrow down the type of refrigerator you are interested in before you get to the store.

The Basics

You know a refrigerator is a fairly big appliance, but before you go buy one, you need to know just how big your space is. Here are some key points to ensure that you are getting a refrigerator that meets your needs.

  • Measure the actual space where you will be placing the refrigerator.
  • Be sure to include extra room for ventilation, as a refrigerator cannot be placed right against the wall behind it.
  • Measure the amount of space you have for a refrigerator door opening. Determine whether one or two doors will work best and which way they should open.
  • Don’t forget that you will have to also measure doorways and walkways that you will have to pass through – with the refrigerator there – to get into and out of your kitchen.

Spending money on a refrigerator without taking the measurements into account may turn out to be a complete waste of money.

Know Your Features

There are many features available to you in a refrigerator. Some may seem worthwhile to you and others may seem like a waste of money for your needs. To prevent your mind from getting swayed on the spot, know about these features before you go – and decide on the ones you would like to have and the ones you want to avoid.

  • Automatic ice maker in the freezer.
  • In-the-door ice and water.
  • An alarm that advises you when a door has been open too long.
  • Speed-chilling option for when you need your non-perishables to get cold quickly.
  • Convertible compartments, allowing you to interchange certain compartments between freezer and refrigerator.
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Live streaming from within your refrigerator to help you see what is available while you are at the store.
  • Touchscreen controls.

Mistakes You Want to Avoid

Do your research. When you make a large purchase, such as a refrigerator, you want to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. And, you will want to make sure you avoid some simple mistakes that could cost you money.

First, know the pros and cons of the styles of refrigerators. Again, this will come with research, but you should know that top freezers rarely offer extra features and that side-by-side refrigerators give you a lot more freezer space, but at the expense of your refrigerator space.

Storage capacity is another factor you will want to consider when it comes to your refrigerator purchase. What is your food buying preference? Do you eat a lot of frozen meals? Do you stock up on meats and require a larger freezer? Do you buy a lot of fresh produce and require large low moisture drawers?

And lastly, to keep your kitchen looking uniform, you will want to be sure that the appliance style you choose matches that of the other appliances in your kitchen. Otherwise, you will find that your refrigerator may stand out – and not necessarily in a good way.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Remember, sometimes it is necessary to sweat the small stuff. Your refrigerator is something that you will use daily. It would be awful to spend money on a large purchase for something that isn’t going to give you 100% satisfaction.

For example, let’s say you are out shopping and you believe you find the perfect refrigerator for you. However, it doesn’t have shelves that easily allow you to adjust their height. Do you buy it?

Absolutely not. Because that one factor of not being able to adjust the shelves is one of those small things – sweat it. And keep searching.

Your perfect refrigerator is out there waiting for you. Do your research and know what you are looking for. Then, don’t buy until you find it.

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