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What are the Pros & Cons of a French Door Refrigerator?

Like the regular French doors it’s named after, the French door refrigerator has two doors standing side by side that open out from the middle to reveal the refrigerated compartment. Because of this configuration, the freezer is at the bottom of the unit.


  • French door refrigerators usually have wide shelves and larger bins in the doors making it easy to store large meats, turkeys, casseroles, stews and gallon jugs of milk or juice. The door bins themselves are spacious enough to hold those gallon jugs and big pitchers. The top shelf in a French door refrigerator is also adjustable.
  • The layout of the French door refrigerator is also more logical than that of a traditional refrigerator, so you can easily see and access everything in your fridge. That way there is less of a chance of some forgotten food moldering all the way in the back of a shelf.
  • The doors don’t need the same range of motion as the door of a regular refrigerator, which allows the unit to be placed in a tight space.
  • Because the freezer is at the bottom, you won’t have to bend down as much to retrieve items on the lower shelves as you would with a fridge which has the freezer at the top. You’ll have to bend down to rummage through the freezer drawer, but most people don’t open their freezer nearly as much as they do their refrigerator. Because single freezer drawers are deep, they are perfect for boxed items like frozen vegetables or TV dinners.
  • Some French door refrigerators also have a chill drawer just above the freezer. This adjustable drawer can hold items that need to be a bit colder than the temperature would be in the refrigerator such as fresh fish or deli meats.
  • French door refrigerators are also very aesthetically pleasing, and many are made of stainless steel or brushed metal. They are excellent to place in a modern or contemporary kitchen.


  • If the freezer lacks a pull-out bin, this makes searching for food in the very back more difficult. One way to make this easier is to buy a French door fridge with the freezer drawer that can pull all the way out. Another solution is to buy a refrigerator that has two freezer drawers at the bottom, one on top of the other.
  • Some consumers find ice dispenser units in the freezer drawer inconvenient. Because it cuts back on the amount of storage space in the drawer. On the other hand, some French door freezers have a water and ice dispenser on the front of one of the doors.
  • French door refrigerators costs more than traditional refrigerators.