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What is a Built-In Refrigerator

(Ratings, reviews, and prices 2019)
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What is a built-in refrigerator?

Built-in refrigerators are refrigerators that are secured into cabinetry and offer a luxurious high-end look. Built-in refrigerators can either be stainless or covered by custom cabinet panels to blend seamlessly into your kitchen. One of the best ways to increase the value of your kitchen remodel is to plan for a built-in refrigerator in your kitchen design.

Types of built-in refrigerators:

There are three types of built-in refrigerators.

Traditional built-in refrigerators usually come in a side-by-side or bottom freezer configuration. If you were shopping for a high-end refrigerator 8+ years ago, chances are you bought a traditional built-in refrigerator. This style of refrigerator is characterized by the motor at the top and the door and handles protrude from your cabinetry 1-2 inches.

This style is great for:

  • Consumers that prefer easy-access to high shelves
  • A large refrigerator (42’’ to 48’’ widths) at a more affordable luxury price
  • Replacing an older built-in refrigerator
  • Consumers that prefer a more industrial look to their kitchen

Integrated refrigerators are a top choice among luxury appliance buyers today. Integrated refrigerators can either have a stainless steel or custom panel front to match your cabinets. Integrated refrigerators come in a variety of sizes and styles such as a bottom freezer, french-door, side-by-side, and columns. When you open the door to an integrated refrigerator you’ll notice that the shelves feel higher than in a traditional built-in refrigerator. This is because the motor is at the bottom instead of at the top. Integrated refrigerators are the most desirable style because they install completely flush with your cabinets.

Great for:

  • A perfectly panel-ready flush inset look
  • Handleless door (on select models)

Column refrigerators are a type of integrated refrigerator. Columns are all-refrigerator and all-freezer appliances that can be installed together or apart and are fully customizable based on your needs.

Great for:

  • A tight delivery path - since columns are shipped separately it’s easier to deliver 2 x 24’’ columns than a large 48’’ refrigerator
  • Customizing how much space you want to allocate to fresh food, frozen food, and wine storage
  • Since columns could be installed together or separately, columns give you more freedom to customize your kitchen design

Let’s review the styles more closely

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Bottom freezer refrigerators have the refrigerator on top and pull-out freezer on the bottom. They are made in 30’’ or 36’’ widths.

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French door refrigerators have two refrigerator doors on the top and pull-out freezer on the bottom. They are made in 36’’ or 42’’ widths.

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Side-by-side refrigerators have the refrigerator on one side and freezer on the other. Unlike columns, the refrigerator and freezer are stuck together. Integrated side-by-side refrigerators come in 36’’, 42’’ and 48’’ widths.

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Columns became popular about five years ago. They are all-refrigerator, all-freezer, and wine-storage appliances that can be installed together or apart. Refrigerator columns are made in 24’’, 30’’, and 36’’ widths. Freezer columns are made in 18’’, 24’’, 30’’, and 36’’ widths. Wine columns are made in 18’’, 24’’, and 30’’ widths.

Conclusion

Opting for a built-in refrigerator is a great way to elevate the appearance of your new kitchen. Regardless of your space or preferred refrigerator style, there are many built-in refrigerators to choose from.