Traditional refrigerators feature a freezer on top and fridge on the bottom, but side-by-side fridges are becoming more common. With a side-by-side refrigerator, the refrigerator and freezer sections are placed adjacent to one another. There are a few advantages to this design, which we will explain in detail below.
1. Easy to Organize
A side-by-side model provides more flexibility in terms of what level you can store items on. You can store more frequently accessed snacks and drinks within reach. There’s no need to bend down and strain to get the food you use every day. Items you store for the long term can be placed on lower shelves. And if you want to keep certain items out of reach of children, just place them higher up.
2. More Freezer Space
Compared to traditional models, a side-by-side fridge has significantly more freezer space. You can therefore store more items at once and organize them so you’re not likely to lose anything. Items are easier to locate and reach, meaning you can access them more quickly. It’s also less likely you’ll deal with freezer burn and need to throw out food.
3. Less Room Required to Open Doors
The doors are typically not as wide as on a traditional model. This is beneficial if you have a small and/or narrow kitchen. Side-by-side fridges, therefore, afford more design flexibility. And, since you need less time to keep the door open, given improved organization and a narrower opening, you can keep your refrigerator cool and conserve energy.
4. In-Door Water and Ice Dispenser
Most side-by-side refrigerators have built-in water and ice dispenser. The mechanism remains out of sight, and it is convenient to obtain water or ice on demand. It’s also energy efficient because you don’t have to open the door to get either of them.
5. Sleek Design
Traditional fridges don’t always provide the ideal design, depending on your home décor. A side-by-side fridge has a cleaner, sleeker look. Its aesthetics yield a less cluttered feel, which is a plus in a contemporary home.
Is a Side-by-Side Fridge Perfect for Every Home?
These refrigerators have notable benefits. But since they’re a little wider than standard units, they may not fit in every kitchen. They also tend to have more shelves, which can make storing larger items challenging. Installation can also be more challenging since these fridges often require a plumbing connection, while water line repair, filter replacement, and other maintenance may be needed. Also, expect to spend more on a side-by-side fridge than comparable models. If you’re on a tighter budget, do your research to find affordable options with the features you need.
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If you live in Southern California or Las Vegas, you can count on Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance for help with Sub-Zero refrigerators. These side-by-side fridge models are unique in that each compartment has its own compressor and evaporator. They also feature microprocessors, digital controls, tight sealing via magnetic doors and heavy insulation. To schedule repairs or maintenance, you can request service on the web. Also, feel free to call us directly at 800-427-3653.