The trustworthy refrigerator has been keeping things cool in the kitchen for over a century. The layout of a traditional fridge is tried and tested, with a fridge compartment up top and a separate freezer section down the bottom. This type of fridge has served us well for a long time, but it has some big limitations.
A normal fridge’s door will take up the whole front of the fridge, meaning the bigger the fridge, the bigger the door will have to be, and a as result the larger, the single fridge cabinet will be. When a fridge gets bigger, we run into problems keeping it all cool and supporting the weight of a big sealed door.
Cheap fridges are everywhere, it’s not difficult to pick up a small single door fridge from your local department store. Harvey Norman stocks an impressive array of fridges and for most people with modest needs, this design will do just fine. But for those that need more space, a French door fridge could be the best choice.
A French door fridge has split doors (like French doors in a building). This split door design not only looks great, but also alleviates some problems larger fridges face. A French door fridge will have a larger fridge compartment with split vertical doors on top and a traditional horizontal freezer compartment on the bottom.
The change from a single heavy door to two lighter ones saves stress on the door hinges, as well as keeping the fridge compartment cooler, as only one of the doors needs to be open at any one time. Keeping the temperate stable in the fridge compartment saves the fridge trying to keep itself cool and saves you money on your electricity bill.
French door fridge’s like this one from Harvey Norman are a far cry from a boring old fridge, but they aren’t the only type of fridge doing things differently. Side by side fridges share a vertical door design with key differences. A side by side fridge essentially splits the fridge in half, with one side being a freezer compartment and one side being the fridge.
This design is better for those who want a larger freezer compartment, or for those who accesses the freezer often. Unlike a normal fridge, the freezer section runs parallel the fridge compartment, meaning the goods in each compartment will be as easily accessible as each other.
A distinct advantage to the French door vs. side by side design is horizontal space. Because a French door fridge maintains one large fridge cabinet, you can fit larger items vertically, something you will struggle to do in even a large side by side. If you prefer the freezer to be kept on the bottom or would like to be able store larger items, a French door fridge is the ticket.
Ice makers, controlled cooling zones and high-tech construction materials. All features you can find on any configuration of fridge if you are willing to spend the time and money. The advantages of a French door fridge only come into play with larger sized fridges, meaning a French door fridge will usually contain flagship features as the standard ones.
If you are in the market for a larger fridge, you have probably seen or heard the term ‘French door’ before. The advantages they possess over a traditional fridge are great, and if you have a big family and/or tight kitchen space, one would make a mighty fine addition to your home. There’s a lot to be excited about with a French door fridge!
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