What are the Different Types of Refrigerators?
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|Top-Freezer Refrigerator||Classic design; most budget-friendly|
|Side-by-Side Refrigerator||Budget-friendly; efficiently-sized|
|Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator||Energy-efficient; generous storage|
|French Door Refrigerator||Energy-efficient with generous storage and small swing space|
|Counter-Depth Refrigerator||Low-profile build to maximize kitchen space|
|Mini Fridge||Compact refrigerator for smaller-scale storage|
A refrigerator is a serious purchase – after all, it’s not often you buy something you intend on using every single day for at least the next ten years. We understand that anyone who’s been out of the refrigerator-shopping game for a while may feel overwhelmed by modern icebox options, and we want to make sure you’re well-informed before taking the (refreshingly cool) plunge into refrigerator commitment. Here’s a breakdown of today’s most common refrigerator styles!
Top Freezer Refrigerator
Tried and true, this is the classic refrigerator style that’s been a kitchen mainstay for decades. While the top freezer refrigerator is less energy-efficient than other options, and having the refrigerator at a lower level may not be ideal for some customers (i.e. the taller ones), the low cost of these models may be an agreeable tradeoff. This style is hands-down the most affordable option, making it a great choice for buyers on a budget. It’s also available in a variety of sizes to fit into kitchens large and small.
If you’re looking for a slim style, side-by-side refrigerator models feature a vertical freezer and refrigerator that sit directly next to each other. The slim profile does limit the sizes of the foods that can be stored, and these models aren’t as energy-efficient as other available refrigerator styles. However, it’s another incredibly budget-friendly choice. In addition to the attractive low cost, Side-by-Side refrigerators also have the benefit of requiring a small door swing space, making them ideal for kitchens with limited area. Most models also feature an external ice machine and water dispenser.
Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
The bottom freezer refrigerator is extremely popular with good reason, and energy efficiency is at the top of that list. These models also provide a large block of storage space for both the refrigerator and freezer sections, allowing easy accommodation of contents in a variety of sizes and widths. Many people also prefer the convenience of having the refrigerator section directly at eye level, making it easier to quickly find what they need.
French Door Refrigerator
Très jolie - the French door refrigerator combines the efficiency of Bottom Freezer models with the benefits of Side-by-Sides. Not only is the lower-freezer setup energy efficient, but the ability to open only one door at a time minimizes the escape of cool air and allows you to conserve even more energy. Many models include a drawer-style freezer, but some include French doors on the freezer area as well. The French doors require a small swing space, and just like standard Bottom Freezer models, there’s lots of versatility in accommodating wide or large items.
If you're looking for a low-profile fit for your new refrigerator, shopping our selection of counter-depth models is the perfect way to narrow the field! This category of refrigerators usually hovers between 27" and 30" deep, making them easy to blend into your kitchen layout and make the most of your space. If you're looking to conserve room and create a fully-integrated look, a counter-depth refrigerator may be the perfect choice for you.
Not looking for a full-sized fridge? Let a mini fridge be your solution! Mini fridges provide the cooling power you need in a much smaller package, making it a perfect choice for smaller kitchens, offices, rec rooms, and more. Mini fridges are available in a variety of sizes and configurations, with options like a separate freezer compartment, double doors, or a glass front. Some models are designed to be freestanding, while others are made for installation within a cabinet setup.
We know that’s a lot of information to take in, but don’t lose your cool. There’s a refrigerator out there for everyone, and we offer an amazing selection in every style. Find the one that’s perfect for you today by shopping online, or visit any one of our P.C. Richard & Son showrooms!