To a lot of us fridge-owners, a fridge is just a fridge. We’ve probably had the same one for the best part of a decade and it’s nothing more than the big white or silver box that keeps our food cold. But a fridge is a costly equipment, so if you are looking for a new one, it is a good idea to know a thing or two about what’s on offer, and the differences between them. So whether you’re newly out young’un buying your first fridge, for a grown -up looking for an upgrade, this is your guide to different types of refrigerators.
Some people may think that all refrigerators are the same when in reality they are not. There are so many things to consider before buying one. You should choose a fridge that is the right size and capacity, you have to choose one that does not consume energy like a monster and you also have to choose which features you need and which you can do without.
It is simple enough to look at the considerations but what happens when you are already in the department store? How do these idea and guidelines translate into something tangible, like your refrigerator? To avoid panic moments and fretting while buying a refrigerator, here are some of the best-rated refrigerators you can never go wrong with.
To start with, there are four basic parts of refrigerators- top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side and French door. Let’s quickly go over the basic details of each.
Top freezer is the model that most of us will instantly imagine if anybody says the word ‘fridge’ to us. It’s a single column refrigerator, with the top third (approximately) dedicated to a separate freezer compartment. This type of fridge is the most usual, meaning it’s also generally the inexpensive and has the widest range on offer.
The downside of this is that top freezer models are generally rather low on features, and less thought is given to their appearance. However, if you don’t care about features and don’t really mind how your fridge looks, this type of fridge is a good option.
Also definitely worth noting is that this is usually the most energy-efficient type of fridge, being about 10-25% more efficient than fridges with the bottom or side-mounted freezers. So if electricity bills are a concern, this could be the fridge for you!
A bottom freezer fridge is just like a top freezer fridge, with the explicit exception being that the freezer compartment is at the bottom. That’s all there is to it. Generally speaking, these models are less common, which means less variety or range, and as mentioned earlier, they tend to be less efficient than a top freezer model, meaning they could cost you more to run in the long term.
These fridges are essentially wider-than-usual fridges split in half, with one-half being the fridge side and the other being the freezer side.Unlike the two previous type of refrigerators, the side by side fridge has two doors left and right. The freezer and the body are located on either of the two doors. Some side-by-side fridges allocate slightly more room for the fridge section, however, the freezer will still be larger than that of any top or bottom freezer model.
Also worth noting is that side-by-side models often come with features such as water, ice dispensers, and external user interface panels, which some may view as desirable features.
French Door Freeze
French door fridges are similar in width to side-by-side models, and have the entire bottom third devoted to freezer space, just like a bottom freezer model. As with side-by-side fridges, the fridge door is split into two, opening the center for the fridge section.In the upper part, it has two French doors for refrigerator, while at the bottom it has a freezer like a standard French-door refrigerator. It also has an extra door above the freezer which can work as a refrigerator or freezer.