Is your top mount refrigerator on the outs and beyond repair? It may be time to consider investing in a new one. But with so many options on the market, how do you choose the best fit for your family, lifestyle, and budget?
Let’s explore some of the most popular refrigerator styles available and see how they compare!
TOP MOUNT REFRIGERATOR
Thanks to its no-fuss dependability and accessible price point, this classic refrigerator style has proven its staying power. While they may not come with some of the modern features available on newer styles, a top mount refrigerator still has a lot to offer and people love them because of:
- The affordability
- Ample interior space
- Convenient freezer access
- Streamlined appearance
Moreover, because they don’t come loaded with techy features, there is less potential for things to go wrong. If something does break or malfunction, TOP MOUNT REFRIGERATOR REPAIR is less expensive than fixing a double-door built-in refrigerator.
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BOTTOM DOOR (OR DRAWER) REFRIGERATORS
Like a top mount refrigerator, a bottom freezer refrigerator offers simple styling, basic features, and lots of space at a very affordable price. They remain a very popular choice because:
- They are available at an entry-level price point
- Some people prefer a bottom drawer freezer
- They offer a good amount of fridge space
- No-fuss appearance
Much like a top mount refrigerator, the simplicity of a bottom freezer refrigerator means there are fewer parts to potentially break down. If it does malfunction, repairs are typically minor.
FRENCH DOOR REFRIGERATORS
Off all the refrigerator styles, a French door refrigerator typically offers the most space, making them a good option for larger families or those who like to stock up. This refrigerator style offers side-by-side opening fridge doors and a large pull-out freezer drawer at the bottom. They also typically come loaded with features like ice and water dispensers while some even offer smart home touch screens.
People buy this style of the refrigerator for:
- Large storage capacity
- Space for wider items
- Extra features
- Customizable shelving options
French door refrigerators are usually seen as a higher-end upgrade to a top mount or bottom freezer and come at a higher price point.
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If you want easy access to all your most frequently used items – fresh and frozen, then a side-by-side refrigerator might be your best option. This refrigerator style offers two side-by-side swinging doors with the refrigerator side typically a little larger than the freezer side.
Most don’t have quite the same capacity as a French door refrigerator but they still provide ample space for even larger families and all the features you would expect from a high-end product.
A side-by-side might be the right choice if you:
- Live in a narrow space with reduced door clearance
- Like having eye-level access to fresh and frozen food
- Want convenience features like water and ice dispensers
Like a French door, a side-by-side refrigerator is considered a premium product and thus costs more than a bottom freeze or top mount refrigerator.
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In addition to several styles of refrigerators, you also have a few options for installation styles such as freestanding, counter-depth, and built-in.
Freestanding is the most common refrigerator style, and you’ll have the most options of brands, features, and finishes to choose from. They provide the best of both space and affordability and don’t require any special cabinetry.
Built-in refrigerators offer a high-end finish and a higher price point. This refrigerator style is built into custom cabinetry and provides a seamless, streamlined finish. To make up for the lost depth, built-in refrigerators tend to be taller and wider than their counterparts.
Between a standard refrigerator and a built-in option, you have counter-depth refrigerators. This fridge style is designed to sit flush with your cabinets without requiring custom cabinetry. Since a counter-depth fridge is technically just a freestanding fridge, you can benefit from a custom appearance without the custom price tag. The cost, however, is the loss of interior space.