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Side by Side Refrigerators

Choosing a New Side by Side Refrigerator

While French door refrigerators seem to be all the rage these days, side by side refrigerator still hold a significant share of refrigerator industry sales. Reasons for customers preferring side by side refrigerators include the better access to the freezer compartments (i.e. no digging to find the ice cream), less critical space used for ice storage, and overall better organization and visibility. Whatever your reason, if a side by side is your choice here are three fundamental choices you need to make. Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center can help you choose the configuration that works best for you.


Built-In Refrigerator

A built-in side by side will fit flush inside your cabinet space, and could even be “integrated” with matching cabinet panels and hidden hinges. Depending on the brand, size, and features this refrigerator could cost $10,000 or more.

Counter depth

Counter Depth Refrigerator

A counter depth side by side refrigerator is going to fit nearly flush with the countertops (25″) not counting the door. While they’re not built-in, they’re attractive looking, and blend into the surrounding cabinets nicely.

Full depth

Full Depth Refrigerator

A full or standard depth refrigerator will protrude from the kitchen cabinets. This style refrigerator offers more capacity, but can often be 35″ deep or more. Consumers often complain about having to navigate around the refrigerator.

As you can see, there are tradeoffs among the 3 basic refrigerator configurations. In addition, you’ll need to decide among models featuring dispensers and non-dispenser models.

You may also have a brand preference. Leading manufacturers are Bosch (BSH), Frigidaire/Electrolux, GE, and Whirlpool. Each of these 4 manufacturers offer side-by-side refrigerators in all three configurations in familiar brands such as GE, GE Profile, GE Cafe, GE Monogram, Amana, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Bosch, and Thermador. Other specialty refrigerator brands include Sub Zero, Miele, and Liebherr.

If this all seems overwhelming, help is on the way. Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) has a great selection and low prices on the side by side refrigerator that will fit your needs. Call today.

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July 19, 2014
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