Since a fridge usually lasts for close to two decades, it’s not a purchase you have to make everyday. When the time does come, however, there are so many refrigerator models on the market nowadays that it’s not always so easy to choose. Although your old fridge was probably a top-mount or a side-by-side, this time around there is a new model out there known as the French door refrigerator which has rapidly become the most popular type of fridge on the market. French doors are a variation on a standard bottom mount refrigerator (add link) with added convenience. We’ve put together a guide to help make your refrigerator shopping experience easier so that you don’t become French toast in the process!
French door refrigerators are the most popular model of the day because they take the best of all worlds by combining a bottom mount freezer with a double door, side by side fridge. The double doors are ideal for smaller kitchens or kitchens with an island, allowing for less clearance room for doors. Unlike a side-by-side fridge, however, the French door possesses standard interior room inside for wide items like pizza boxes and baking trays eliminating the down side of side-by-sides. It’s also possible to open one side at a time, to prevent cool air from escaping, making them the most efficient type of fridge on the market. GE and LG both make French door fridges with four doors, meaning that the freezer has two different sliding drawers. This is ideal for organization and easy access and also helps to conserve on energy, since less cold air is lost each time you open the freezer. Although most French door models come with through the door water dispensers as well, it’s hard to find them with ice dispensers as well except for in the Maytag model.
The only real downside of a French door fridge is the price, since they are substantially more expensive than top mount, bottom mount, and even side by side refrigerators. It is also more and more difficult to find them in narrower widths.