Spring Lake Customer Raves About Sub-Zero Refrigerator

Sub-Zero Refrigerator in Spring Lake

benefits of a sub-zero refrigerator and freezer

Patti in Spring Lake chose a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer from Bekins for her remodeled kitchen. What is her favorite feature? She immediately talks about the climate control.

“It has no freezer burn,” Patti said. “My ice never clumps. You can put a ton of food in and it doesn’t seem to vary in temperature. It’s worth the money.”


Changes in humidity can create freezer burn, so it helps that Bekins installed Patti’s freezer as a separate column next to her refrigerator. It also helps that Sub-Zero’s pioneering food preservation heritage gives her frozen and convenience foods exactly the dry, frigid climate they need to stay fresher.


Patti and her husband considered stainless steel, but they thought the look would stand out too much in their kitchen design. They wanted to keep the refrigerator and freezer hidden, so they chose the custom-panel option. With expert custom-panel installation by Bekins, their refrigerator and freezer integrate seamlessly with the cabinetry in their kitchen.

“That’s why we use Bekins to install it, they know what they’re doing,” Patti said. “Bekins installed a dishwasher in my daughter’s house, it took them 45 minutes. When I had a dishwasher installed by one of our maintenance men, it took two days. Bekins is in and out. They do it all the time, and they are very professional.”



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…



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


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.


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


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


• 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


• 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


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.


• 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.


• 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.


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


• 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


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

Column Refrigeration


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.


• 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


• 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


• 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.


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