When refrigerators first began to appear in homes, they were equipped with a single door, and there wasn’t even an option of a freezer. Once the freezer started to become in demand, there was the standard option of a French door style with the fridge on one side and the freezer on the other or the freezer on top. Today, the bottom freezer has become an increasingly popular design. This provides a single wide door or two french doors for refrigeration with the freezer in one or two drawers underneath. So, here we’ll explore the advantages of this type of design and why it may be the right choice for your kitchen.
Putting Your Favorite Foods in Easy Reach
In most households, frozen food is used less frequently, while the refrigerator door seems to be continually opened and closed. So, putting the freezer at the bottom leaves you lots of room for all your fresh and chilled food at eye level, preventing the need to kneel down to get access to your vegetable drawer. This can be invaluable when you are trying to prepare dinner with fresh produce and avoid items being forgotten below eye level to spoil.
Double Width Design
A side by side freezer and refrigerator can be limited in terms of the cooling and frozen capacity, as each side occupies only a portion of the total appliance width. So another advantage to this type of design is that it offers a double width fridge portion. This makes it easier to chill and store your larger items such as party trays or pizza boxes. This flexibility means that whether you’re using your appliance for everyday groceries or food for a special occasion, you’ll have the fridge space you need without requiring to squash items in and potentially damage them. You can also enjoy a double width freezer capacity, making it easier to freeze trays of items before they can be put into smaller bags or freezer safe containers. So, if you enjoy making pastries or other delicate items, you can lay them out on a tray and place the full tray in the freezer, to ensure that they are frozen properly before transferring into the appropriate container.
A bottom freezer drawer can also offer a little more efficient compared to a French door unit. Warm air rises, so it seems smart to have the coldest items at the very bottom of your appliance. Older style refrigerator models with the cooling area below the freezer means that the warmer air will rise into the freezer area and the appliance will need to work a little harder to maintain the optimum freezing temperature. When you have a bottom mounted set up this scenario is avoided as the warmer air created by the refrigerator operation simply rises above the appliance into the kitchen.
While you may pay a little more initially, this type of freezer can be an excellent addition to any home and offers some excellent advantages, but the final purchase decision will ultimately come down to personal preference and your kitchen layout. You may find that your particular kitchen layout is more suited to a French door style unit and you lack the space for a bottom mounted freezer model. If you are unsure, it is worth taking accurate measurements of your available space, but remember to take the space needed for the doors and drawers to fully open into account.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your refrigerator, you can explore your options with this online refrigerator collection that includes French door and bottom mounted freezer models. If you need more help and guidance, be sure to speak to a home appliance expert for a more specialist service.