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Choosing Products: refrigerators

April 21, 2018

Thanks to the variety of design styles and storage options available, it’s easy to find a model that matches the way you work in the kitchen

 

 

Today’s refrigerators are designed to maximize organization and connectivity. Models with LCD screens and apps on the front, for example, allow you to listen to music, check the weather, update grocery lists, or find out the latest news. Fingerprint-resistant door finishes can help ease cleaning chores. Inside the refrigerator, flexible storage options can help make your life easier. Look for removable condiment caddies, customizable dividers, and adjustable door bins and shelves. Some models include features to help moderate temperature and humidity to keep food fresh longer. Thanks to more efficient compressors and better insulation, new refrigerators are more energy efficient than older models. Refrigerators are available as either freestanding, counter-depth, or built-in units. Here’s what you need to know when shopping:

 

FREESTANDING

Standard refrigerators measure 27–32 inches deep, so they stand out from standard 24-inch-deep base cabinets. They’re available in four configurations: top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, or French-door. They’re less expensive than built-in models and offer the most usable storage space, but they make it more difficult to achieve a custom, built-in look.

 

COUNTER-DEPTH 

Get the upscale look of a built-in for less money with a counter-depth refrigerator. These models extend just a little past surrounding countertops to allow space for the doors to swing open. Most are side-by-side models, but bottom-freezers and double-door models are also available.  
Thanks to the variety of design styles and storage options available, it’s easy to find a model that matches the way you work in the kitchen.

 

TOP-MOUNT FREEZER

A budget-friendly option, this configuration places the frozen food compartment at eye level and the fresh food compartment below.  

 

BOTTOM-MOUNT

This configuration places the freezer below the fresh food compartment, so the more oftenaccessed fresh food compartment is at a userfriendly height.

 

SIDE-BY-SIDE

These units are split vertically, with frozen food on the left and fresh food on the right. When open, the slender doors occupy less floor space but can block countertop access on both sides. Narrow compartments make bulky items difficult to store.

 

DOUBLE-DOOR

These armoire-style models store fresh food behind twin doors at eye level and frozen food in a drawer below. Pullout baskets in the freezer compartment enhance convenience, and wider door openings make it easier to store bulky items.

 

UNDERCOUNTER

These refrigerators slide under the countertop (most at counter depth) and are ideal for storing snacks and beverages outside the main work triangle or produce near the prep sink. High-end wine refrigerators offer multitemperature storage zones and pullout shelves tilted to help keep corks moist. DRAWER Refrigerator and freezer drawers install under a counter, in a wall, or in an island. They’re ideal for storing fresh produce near the prep sink or afternoon snacks for kids.  

 

BUILT-IN

More expensive than freestanding units, these 24-inchdeep models fit flush with cabinets and can match surrounding cabinetry when outfitted with custom front panels. They’re generally available in bottom-freezer and side-by-side configurations. Full-size all-freezer and all-refrigerator units are another built-in variation for a custom kitchen. Because built-ins are wide but relatively shallow, they’re not the most space-efficient option. 

 

Source: https://www.bhg.com/kitchen/remodeling/planning/remodeling-kitchen/

 

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