Please don’t call them iceboxes. Some refrigerators today are home-information centers with LCD screens for watching cooking shows, while others are customizable storage units that might change from fridge to freezer with the push of a button. Whatever the bells or whistles, the first step toward deciding which model to buy is to figure out how much space you need: Multiply the number of people in the household by five, and that’s the number of cubic feet you require. Multiply by six or more if you buy in bulk at warehouse clubs; multiply by four if you shop for produce daily.
It seems that every appliance company is now making a wine fridge as well. Our wine-refrigerator buying guide explains why some models are better than others for storing a serious collection.
LG’s TV refrigerator includes a small LCD screen that shows real-time weather forecasts and contains a recipe database. An HDTV version is due out this spring ($3,600; 800-243-0000 or www.lgusa.com).