7 Types of Refrigerators You Need to Know

types of refrigeratorsWhen a home is being remodeled, chances are the kitchen is involved. And of course, new appliances are added.

And the most important appliance is the refrigerator. You need one that can handle your families needs but you also want one that looks good, too.

Luckily, there are plenty of choices available to savvy consumers today. And we’re sharing our favorite choices with you.

Here are our favorite 7 types of refrigerators.

1. Types of Refrigerators With Bottom Freezers

The location of the freezer is what usually varies when it comes to types of refrigerators.

With a bottom freezer, the refrigerator is located on the top.

They also tend to be:

  • Hold about 30 cubic feet capacity
  • Cost between $1,000 and $1,800
  • Basic design

These kinds of refrigerators tend to hold more than a top freezer.

If you buy more frozen food than fresh, you’ll have to bend down more often and it may not be a good choice for you.

2. Top Freezers

As you can imagine, these refrigerators have their freezer at the top.

They also:

  • Most popular choice
  • Most economical choice ranging from $500-$800
  • Holds about 22 cubic feet

If you buy fresh foods more often than frozen, then you’ll be bending down more often with this kind of refrigerator.

3. French Door

These types of refrigerators have side-by-side doors with the freezer located on the bottom. They work best in kitchens with an ample amount of space to work in.

  • Costs range from $1,500 to $2,700
  • Holds up to 30 cubic feet
  • Perfect style if you entertain often- the wide space allows for placing platters into it easily
  • May also contain a 4th door in-between to hold fruits and vegetables
  • Multiple drawer freezers
  • Can match to kitchen cabinetry

Only being able to view half of the contents of the refrigerator when you open a door has its drawbacks. However, the double door feature also means your refrigerator is more energy efficient.

4. Side-by-Side

Side-by-side refrigerators are similar to the french door in that there are two doors next to one another.

However, these types of refrigerators have their freezer next to the refrigerator portion.

  • Great for narrower or smaller kitchens as they take up less space
  • Freezer is slightly smaller than the refrigerator
  • More expensive than basic models
  • Tighter space in which to store larger items
  • Convenient to have both doors side-by-side and at eye level – no bending

5. Built-In

These refrigerators are built according to your needs and specifications. They are also more expensive and are often found in high-end homes.

  • Comes in various styles
  • 25 cubic feet
  • Can be customized so that the refrigerator matches the cabinetry
  • Runs $7,000-$10,000 in price

6. Freezerless

There is no freezer with this refrigerator.

  • Used only for fresh foods
  • Often owners purchase a stand-alone freezer

7. Mini-Fridges

Most likely to be found in college dorm rooms, offices, and man-caves.

  • Often has a very tiny freezer or no freezer at all
  • Cost effective
  • Takes up very little space

Don’t forget that there are other things to consider when buying a refrigerator such as:

  • Shelving
  • Icemakers
  • Lighting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Warranty

Remodeling your kitchen can be a time-consuming project, but it doesn’t have to be when you work with the right professionals.

Visit our showroom or call today. We’ll be happy to show you our past projects. Then we’ll work with you to design your kitchen based on your needs and budget.

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