Comparing Common Refrigerator Door Styles

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Refrigerators with a side-by-side door system are convenient for narrower kitchens.

The refrigerator is the most essential appliance in any home kitchen. It’s what keeps your food adequately chilled and safe to eat for an extended period of time. Still, every household is different and a family’s refrigerator needs can vary a great deal. Here’s a quick look into common refrigerator styles to help you determine which type of refrigerator will fit your space, lifestyle and budget.

Top Freezer

Top freezer refrigerators are the most common and traditional style of refrigerator. They are particularly popular for their economical price points, making them an excellent choice for homeowners with basic needs. The disadvantage, of course, is that top-freezer fridges aren’t particularly ergonomic. You will have to bend down to get into the refrigerator section, and the freezer can be difficult to reach for shorter individuals. Despite this, top freezer refrigerators are still a great fit for your basic kitchen or garage.

Bottom Freezer

A bottom freezer refrigerator is essentially the reverse style of the top freezer, with a freezer located on the bottom. These refrigerators are also very popular and nearly as affordable. Bottom freezers keep the most commonly used fridge items at eye level, making them a very convenient choice. Many of them also feature slide-out drawers that allow for better space management than with a top freezer refrigerator.


Split right down the middle, the side-by-side refrigerator has become increasingly popular due to its many features and added convenience. These refrigerators typically give a little more space to the fridge side, and also provide easier access to the freezer section by providing shelving units in the door. They can also feature ice and water dispenser units. Side-by-side refrigerators are particularly nice for homes with narrower kitchens, as the clearance area for the doors is significantly less than with a traditional refrigerator.

French Door

The French door style refrigerator offers the most versatility and boasts many fancy features. These refrigerators combine the convenience of a bottom-freezer with the flexibility of a side-by-side. If you have plenty of kitchen space to work, a French door refrigerator might be the way to go. They feature multiple drawer freezers and a double door refrigerator unit. This option is also great for elderly people as it puts the refrigeration compartment at eye level. While they may not be the most economical option, French door refrigerators provide ample space, style, and energy saving benefits.

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