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Which Side by Side Refrigerator is Best for Your Home?

by The Experts at Johnnies Appliance

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Today, our homes are filled with a wide range of appliances that cater to our needs and lifestyles. And there is no doubt that the refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in every kitchen. Although there are many refrigerator brands and models on the market today, many people favor side-by-side refrigerators when it comes to refrigerator designs. Because these refrigerators can store frozen and fresh items at eye level and keep unused items at higher or lower levels. 

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Besides this, side-by-side refrigerators are a great option for modernizing your kitchen on a budget. In addition to being simple and aesthetically pleasing, they are also energy-efficient. The wide availability of these appliances and the variety of finishes they come in―will likely match your existing kitchen design.  

Also, their layout makes it easy to organize your food. You can easily access all of your most commonly used frozen and refrigerated items conveniently, unlike refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer. People who dislike bending over to get items out of the freezer will appreciate this feature. Because side-by-side refrigerators are easy to organize, it is much less likely that you will lose track of something that would otherwise get buried under other items in a pull-out bottom freezer. 

Features to Look for while Picking a Side by Side Refrigerator 

A side by side refrigerator appeals to many. However, figuring out which one is right for you can be challenging. From the size to the door style, energy efficiency, brand, and price, there are many factors to consider.  

Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking a side by side refrigerator:   

Consider the Cost of a Side by Side Refrigerator

It goes without saying that price is a crucial factor in choosing a new refrigerator. Estimate your budget before you begin. Prices for basic side-by-sides start at around $1,400 and $2,100. So, it is important to keep that in mind when planning the budget since this is a long-term investment. Side-by-side fridges are generally less expensive than French-door refrigerators or refrigerators with smart features. However, they still offer the same storage capacity. Hence they are an excellent choice if you want a stainless steel finish and a modern aesthetic on a budget. 

Pick the Right Side by Side Refrigerator Size 

Typical side-by-side refrigerator dimensions are 67 to 70 inches high, 30 to 36 inches wide, and 29 to 35 inches deep. Depending on the brand and your requirements, side-by-side refrigerators can have different sizes and capacities. Nevertheless, side-by-side door refrigerators typically have a capacity of 531-700 liters. You should choose a refrigerator with a capacity of 600L to 650L if you have 5 to 6 members in your family. 

Additionally, some of the side-by-side door fridges have water and ice dispensers on the door, which can make a difference. Also, to maximize your fridge's storage capacity, you should look for adjustable shelving. 

Generally, the larger the refrigerator, the more energy it will consume. By choosing carefully, ensure that the fridge you purchase is the right size for your household. However, it is always better to choose the larger size if you are tossing up between two sizes since there is nothing as frustrating as not being able to fit everything in your refrigerator. You will also benefit from some additional space if you expect guests. 

You should also measure your kitchen before purchasing any significant appliances. It is also important to consider access points; will it need to fit through a door, or will it need to go up a staircase? A new refrigerator won't be worth it if you can't actually install it in your kitchen after purchasing it. 

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Check the Side by Side Refrigerator Energy Rating  

Usually, all refrigerators come with a rating for energy efficiency. The higher the number of stars, the less energy a refrigerator uses. The cost of a 5-star refrigerator is obviously more than that of a 2-star refrigerator. However, in the long run, this will reduce overall costs. So it is essential to choose the right size fridge for your needs. 

If you are not going to use the fridge as often, look for models with Eco or Holiday modes for conserving energy. 

Stainless Steel Side by Side Refrigerator Door

Since stainless steel is sleek and clean, it has recently gained popularity. While stainless steel is durable, it collects fingerprints and smudges over time. So, some brands utilize brushed stainless steel or stainless steel that is 'fingerprint-resistant' to counteract this problem. There are also models that offer a stainless steel cleaning kit to keep your fridge looking magnificent and shiny. 

Since stainless steel fridge doors are non-magnetic, magnets won't stick to them, so keep that in mind when choosing a model. Also, the doors of most refrigerators are slightly curved. Higher-end models, however, have flat fronts to create a more elegant appearance. 

Because stainless steel looks don't appeal to everyone, some side-by-side door models are also available in white, Inox, Pacific Silver, Metro Silver, Satina, and black. 

Ventilation/Insulation of a Side by Side Refrigerator

There is quite a bit of heat produced by side by side refrigerators and freezers. This heat will have nowhere to go if you fit your fridge into a small space, and it will overheat. So, depending on the model and manufacturer, remember that the required ventilation space varies. However, 2cm on either side and 3cm at the top and back are good guidelines. 

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Also, an insulated refrigerator will run more frequently with less insulation. And in the refrigerator or freezer, if it runs frequently, vegetables may freeze, or food may become frostbitten. Due to the door's thinner insulation, food can spoil if placed there. These things can become a major problem for you if you own a refrigerator for a long time since you will be storing food that costs more than the fridge itself. 

Humidity/Temperature Controls of a Side by Side Refrigerator

The humidity level affects the freshness of your fruits and vegetables. While most fridge models have crisper bins to prevent vegetables from drying out, the more advanced models let you control the humidity levels specifically for what you're storing. Low humidity is better for things like pumpkin, onions, and garlic, while high humidity is better for leafy greens (otherwise, they will wilt). 

In most models, the temperature controls on side-by-side fridges are electronic so that they can be controlled very precisely. And LED displays make these devices easy to use. Certain fridge areas can be set to different temperatures on more advanced models. It is ideal for keeping meat and other perishables fresh for longer if a refrigerator has a 'chill' compartment. Some refrigerators have a 'drinks chill' feature to chill the champagne and other drinks quickly. Some freezers also offer 'turbo freeze' options for quickly freezing recently added food. Choose according to your needs. 

Side by Side Refrigerator Lighting 

When a fridge is poorly lit, we know how frustrating it can be to search for an item that is missing. Unlike a roof light, some refrigerators include interior lighting that runs right down the back panel. Compared to traditional lighting, LED lights are more energy-efficient and emit less heat. It is an advantage since even slight variations in temperature can shorten a food's shelf life. Several models come with a freezer light, a feature that is incredibly useful. 

Adjustable Glass Shelves 

Providing flexible storage options and being easy to clean, choosing a model with adjustable glass shelves is highly recommended. The durability of glass and its ability to retain cold air make it a more suitable material than plastic. It's a good idea to look for shelves that prevent dripping spills up to 1 liter from dripping onto the below shelves. 

Water and Ice Dispensers 

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Having a water and ice dispenser in front of a refrigerator is very convenient, but it increases the price of the fridge and takes up storage space. You can also purchase a refrigerator with an ice storage box above a rotating ice cube tray. If you throw parties frequently, you'll appreciate the stylish bucket and scoop that come with some models! 

Replacing Side by Side Refrigerator Filters 

Often, people forget that refrigerators with ice makers and water and ice features also require maintenance. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting the visible parts, you must also change the filters.  

When your refrigerator has an integrated filter, replacing it can be difficult and expensive compared to changing an external filter that is not part of your refrigerator. So, take a look at everything that might need replacing and find out how much it costs. It is a good idea to ask the salesperson how to remove the part when you are at the store to pick a refrigerator so that you can practice on your own. 

Do your research 

While picking up an appliance, be sure to read reviews and look at testing sites online: Find out which brands are most trusted and what features and benefits each model has to offer. It's important to keep availability in mind - some brands and models might not be available where you live. 

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