The average refrigerator will last between 14 and 17 years. That said, the longevity depends on your usage habits and your maintenance schedule.
Even if it’s the best refrigerator you’ve ever had, you’ll likely need to replace it someday.
The trouble is, no one likes to be without a functioning refrigerator. That’s why it’s so helpful to know what type of unit you want before it goes out.
Read on to learn about the most common types of refrigerators so you can choose a great replacement without stressing yourself out or overspending.
Top Mount Refrigerators
Top mount or top freezer refrigerators are the most traditional type of fridge. They get their name because the freezer sits above the fridge.
They’re often the most budget-friendly model, yet they offer ample space. Plus, the layout is familiar and they’re very energy efficient. They also fit easily into small spaces.
A downside is that they don’t come with ice or water dispensers in the door. It can also be a challenge for kids to reach the freezer.
Bottom Freezer Refrigerators
Bottom freezer units are much like top mount except that the freezer is on the bottom. Rather than a door, the freezer is a deep drawer that you pull out.
These units are often just as budget-friendly as top mount refrigerators. The freezer is also more accessible given its lower position. The freezer drawer typically comes with adjustable shelves for better organization.
Bottom freezer drawers are well lit, but the deep drawer can make it difficult to reach some frozen items especially if the freezer is very full.
French Door Refrigerators
French door refrigerators are similar to bottom freezer refrigerators in that the freezer is a drawer on the bottom. The refrigerator opens with two doors that swing open in the center.
These are often the refrigerators you’d notice first in an appliance store. You’ll find them in luxury kitchens and home design TV shows.
Glamour aside, they offer deeper storage in the doors than you’d find in a top mount refrigerator. You can also find models with water and ice dispensers in the door.
A potential downside is that they come with a higher price tag.
Side-by-side refrigerators get their name because the fridge and freezer doors are positioned side by side. Usually, the fridge is on the right and the freezer is on the left.
In terms of price, side-by-sides are less expensive than French door units but are more expensive than top mount or bottom freezer units. They also often come with water and ice dispensers in the door which can be a major selling point.
They offer handy storage for both frozen and refrigerated items thanks to the top to bottom shelving for both sides.
That said, they don’t hold quite as much as other models. It can also be a bit of a challenge to reach foods near the back because of their deep shelves.
Which of These Types of Refrigerators Is Right for Your Home?
There are many different types of refrigerators on the market, from top mount to French door units. You should think about your budget, your lifestyle, and your food habits to pick the right model for you.
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