Refrigerator Style Guide

Bekins Refrigerator Style Guide

The refrigerator is arguably the most important appliance in any kitchen. If it’s been a while since you’ve purchased one, chances are there are many styles and features that you are unaware of in today’s market.

Below is a brief overview of each style of refrigerator and the pro’s and con’s associated with them.

Luckily, each of our showrooms provides a wide range of models in each style, and our Sales Professionals are happy to help you sort through them all. After all, it is a personal decision and what worked best for our last customer, is unlikely what is best for your space and family’s needs.

Be Prepared

Even more important than which style you like, is which style will work best for your space.

Before you head out shopping, gather the following…

 

DIMENSIONS 

Accurately measure the OPENING where your new refrigerator will go; as well as the current unit’s dimensions.

PICTURES

When provided pictures of your space, our Sales Professionals will look for issues or concerns that may affect which appliances you select.

Top Mount Refrigerator

Top Mount

A top mount refrigerator is a free-standing unit where the freezer is on top, and the refrigerator on bottom.

Bottom Mount Refrigerator

Bottom Mount

A bottom mount refrigerator is similar to a top mount, just reversed. The refrigerator is now on top and the freezer on the bottom.

PRO’s

• Typically the most cost effective style
• Good amount of wide storage

PRO’s

• Frequently used fresh items are now at eye level for easier access
• Good amount of wide storage

CON’s

• Wide door swing
• May be crouching down to reach lower level drawers or to see into the refrigerator
• Built-in water & ice rare with this style

CON’s

• Freezer goods are often stacked into a bottom drawer and may be difficult to access
• Fewer models offering built-in water and ice

Side by Side Refrigerator

Side-by-Side

A side-by-side model offers a full freezer on the left, and a full refrigerator on the right.

French Door Refrigerator

French Door

The french door style offers two narrow doors on top, and  a freezer drawer below. Some models even offer a few extra drawers in the middle.

PRO’s

• Water and ice dispensers typically an option with this style.
• Narrow door swings are better for tight spaces
• Both refrigerator and freezer have eye level storage for frequently used items.

PRO’s

• Offers a symmetrical look
• Narrow door swings are better for tight spaces
• Easier to store wide or large items with adjustable shelving
• Water and ice dispensers typically an option both internally and in the door.

CON’s

• The narrow space doesn’t always allow for larger items to be stored (ex. Large pizza boxes)

CON’s

• Unlike all other refrigerator models, you may find yourself needing both hands free to open the two refrigerator doors
• The doors must be closed a specific way to fully seal, and closing one may cause the other to pop open
• If the model has an ice maker located in the refrigerator, the ice has a tendency to clump more, and food near the ice maker could freeze. It also stores and produces less ice. The better option is to choose a model with an ice maker in the freezer drawer.

Built In Refrigerator

Built-In

A built-in refrigerator is made to seamlessly build into your cabinets and offer a concealed or built-in look.

Column Refrigeration

Column

A column refrigerator is a full size, single-purpose unit that is built into your cabinetry. You can then pair the refrigerator column with a freezer or wine column for a side-by-side look.

PRO’s

• Choose from bottom mount, side-by-side, and french door
• Optional panels to match your kitchen cabinetry for a hidden look
• Many models offer water & ice dispensers
• Long lasting
• Larger sizes available
• Quieter operation
• Longer warranty

PRO’s

• Customization – Easily pair any size refrigerator unit with any size freezer
• Flexibility to place a refrigerator and freezer in separate areas of the space
• Each unit is on its own cooling system, minimizing cross contamination of air and odors
• Optional panels to match your kitchen cabinetry for a hidden look
• Long lasting
• Quieter operation
• Longer warranty

CON’s

• One of the most expensive refrigerator options
• Unit depth is typically smaller limiting storage space
• Requires custom cabinetry modification before and after installation and again down the line if the unit is ever replaced.

CON’s

• One of the more expensive options
• Additional unit must be purchased if you need freezer space

NO COMMERCIAL NEEDED: PRO STYLE APPLIANCES FOR HOME

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Want to cook like a pro at home? We suggest you test pro style appliances in our Bekins showrooms instead of buying a commercial appliance for your home.

COMMERCIAL APPLIANCES BELONG IN COMMERCIAL KITCHENS

Commercial appliances will likely fail a home inspection. Even if they did pass inspection, they do not work well at home for a variety of reasons:

  • VOID: Most commercial products void the warranty if used in a residential setting.
  • LOUD: They make a lot of noise.
  • LOOKS: Manufacturers often build commercial appliances deeper than residential cabinets and counter tops. They also require more space to vent. So commercial appliances will likely leave ugly gaps and extend into your working space.
  • HOT: Commercial ranges produce more heat which means you will need a commercial grade vent. Prepare for costly makeup air and more noise.
  • NOT COLD ENOUGH: Commercial refrigerators only need to keep food fresh for a day or two. So if you want your food to last longer, choose a home refrigerator.
  • SERVICE: Many commercial companies will not service appliances in a home. Residential appliance companies do not have the proper training or access to the right parts. Which means, you will likely struggle to find someone to fix your commercial appliance in the home.
  • AND THAT’S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG!

A BETTER FIT FOR YOUR HOME: PRO STYLE APPLIANCES

Pro style appliances offer a commercial look and feel but do not present any of the problems listed above. Many brands found in our Bekins showrooms offer pro style appliances:

  • WOLF
  • SUB-ZERO
  • JENN-AIR
  • KITCHENAID
  • THERMADOR
  • AND MORE!
JennAir Pro Style Appliances Range
This large commercial-style Jenn-Air® Pro-Style® LP range offers exceptional versatility.

TEST THEM IN OUR SHOWROOMS

We can endorse pro style appliances all day, but we prefer you test them in our showrooms. Visit us in Grand Rapids or Grand Haven to see how they will perform in your home.

Pro Style Appliances Showroom Test