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Refrigerator Types Uncovered

A fridge, is a fridge, is a fridge, right? Wrong. There are more types of refrigerators in this world than there are hockey teams. Okay well maybe not, but there are many types of refrigerators you can choose from in order to fit your exact needs. We have broken down the various types of refrigerators for you, so you can determine which type is the best for you, your lifestyle and your family. 

French-Door Refrigerators

You could call this style the ‘top trending’ refrigerator. There are two smaller doors at the top that both open outwards, with a freezer underneath. They’re great for smaller kitchens and energy conservation. Most brands make French-Door, so you can typically find one to fit any budget.

 Side-by-Side Refrigerators

 The name says it all, this refrigerator has a fridge on one side (top to bottom) and a freezer on the other (top to bottom). This style can be great for narrow kitchens, but for people who need a lot of storage space (think avid meal-preppers, big families, left-over keepers) and provides great aesthetics for the space, since they’re usually nicely balanced. Aim for the widest model that fits your space and budget.

Top Mount Refrigerators 

To clarify, this means the freezer sits on top of the fridge area. Likely the most traditional and basic of the fridge models, this one is probably the least appealing aesthetically. It gets the job done for a good price and if you’re not vertically challenged or care about the look, top-mount refrigerators can be a great budget-friendly option.

Bottom Mount Refrigerators

These are the opposite of Top Mount. This fridge has the freezer on the bottom. It doesn’t differ much from Top Mount, but it can save you from always having to lean over to get your food from the fridge. The downside is, you typically have to dig through the freezer to get things, though some brands now make 2-3 drawer freezers, so you can be more organized.

 Built-In Refrigerators

Ah the beautiful Built-In fridge. These refrigerators come in any style listed above (top mount, bottom mount, French door, even column..) and quite literally look like they’re built in to your cupboards, so they fit completely flush. They’re very customizable in terms of their look – you can make them blend into your décor completely. A big trend in 2018 was camouflaging your appliances so you couldn’t tell what was what. These are great if you have a more flexible budget and if your main focus is aesthetics.


 Column Refrigerators

This style of refrigerator is also very customizable. Columns are basically one whole unit that’s a fridge and one whole unit that’s a freezer, completely independent of each other. You can set these up in any way you can imagine. Have them next to each other as built-ins, put them across the kitchen from each other, put a wine fridge in between… the options are endless. They usually require a larger kitchen and a larger budget.

Under Counter Refrigerators

Under counter refrigerators are exactly that; they fit under your counter. Sounds a bit weird, right? Maybe, but they’ve added another level of flexibility and customizability to kitchen design that fits any heart’s desire. You can have a fridge under the kitchen island, secretly store wine and beer or keep things cool in your outdoor kitchen AND you can customize the front so they look like regular drawers and blend in to the décor. There’s a ton of flexibility with these ones, but your budget has to be a bit flexible too.

Wine Refrigerators

The perfect fridge for the wine lover in your life. These fridges keep your wine collection expertly cooled and stored. You can buy them in various sizes (if you have a certain amount of bottles) they can also have dual temperatures, to keep red and white together but at their ideal temperatures simultaneously. You can have them as columns as well, which fit side by side with the column refrigerator or freezer. Depending on your needs, they vary in cost from reasonable to quite expensive.

So there you go! That's the down-low on refrigerator types. We hope this list has narrowed things down and made the decision making process easier for you. Don't forget to download our Refrigerator Buying Guide to help address any additional questions you may have related to refrigerators and the entire buying process.


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Published by Sharon - Your Tasco Pro on Wednesday, October 2nd