French Door Refrigerators?

French door refrigerator owners: Is there any thing you would change about your fridge?

Holly from Richardson, TX

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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

I dislike Side by Side doors immensely, BUT I have one cuz' my husband likes them. I've always had or my family had the top freezer bottom fridge ones. #1 You can get bigger things in the top and bottom ones #2 They are easier to clean (more wiggle room in there). #3 Bigger space for freezer items etc.

I would buy a top and bottom if my husband would let me, he likes the ice dispener in the side by side, but I can easily open up the door and get my own!

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By Noreene (Guest Post)
July 2, 20070 found this helpful

I have had a french door, bottom freezer for a little over a year and love it. All of the people in my household are on the tall size and having food at eye level is terrific. I actually believe it has saved me money because I can see what is in the fruit and vegetable drawers plus what I have in the back! Granted the bottom freezer is not quite as good as a top freezer but it still holds plenty. I can't think of anything I would change.

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July 2, 20070 found this helpful

I have one too and like other poster only cuz husb.
insists on it he is attached to the ice/water dispenser/
The down side is the freezer it is a pain not enough
room and akward/

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By Deb (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

I love using the French door style refrigerator. It's a money saver (electric) for me because I don't have to open the doors to get ice or water. My water filter is easy to get to. All I have to do is open the freezer side and right there at the bottom the filter is exposed. All I do is push it in, give a turn and out it pops. The inside shelves pull out for easy access.
I must confess that I have a large top/bottom refrigerator freezer in my garage that I use for platters and family pack size meats or rectangular cake pans.

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

I love our side x side, especially the water and cubed or crushed ice in the door. I can fit frozen pizzas in the freezer section, no problem. I really have no complaints about ours.

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By denise w (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

i hate mine i have back problems and cant see into bottom and it seems to slim to me my husband and i have to remove things from packaging to fit it in freezer but the fridge is fine oh and ps we bought ours at a scratch and dent to get a better price i would not recomende this to any one

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By jasablack (Guest Post)
July 5, 20070 found this helpful

I have a Sears Kenmore Coldspot side by side and love it. I would, however, change two things: the position of the water filter from bottom front outside to 4 to 4 1/2 feet from the floor and inside. I would also extend the shelves (which do pull out and are easy to clean) all the way to the back of the refrigerator so that nothing falls down to the shelf under it. Presently, there is a space at the back of the shelves and small things fall through or get stuck there.

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By Cathy from Townsville, QLD (Guest Post)
October 5, 20070 found this helpful

I've always loved the side by side fridges, especially as I bulk shop and needs lots of freezer space. However, the new fridges now are awesome and I want one! They have a cheater door in one side where you keep drink bottles, so you don't open the whole fridge up, just push on a small door. There are also ones that have the side by side fridge doors on top, with the freezer underneath. The space for fridge items is much better than the side by side small shelves. At present, they are incredibly expensive though, but that will definitely be my next fridge/freezer.

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October 6, 20070 found this helpful

I just had to buy a new Fridge and thought I would go back to the up and down kind because I didn't like the thin width of my old side by side. When I got to the store I did not like the way I had to bend down to get into most of the fridge area, I remembered, when I was young "hanging" onto the door while I looked in and getting my mom quite mad at me. So I bought another Side By Side. I did like the new kind that has the freezer on the bottom and fridge on the top but the cost was to high for that option.

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By Paolo DLR (Guest Post)
November 29, 20070 found this helpful

I think almost everyone here has misunderstood the question. French Door refrigerators are NOT the same as Side By Side refrigerators. The French Door style is essentially a Bottom Freezer, but the top has two side-by-side doors instead of one swing-out door. Also, many French Door fridges have a pull-out freezer bin instead of a swing-out door.

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By Mirador (Guest Post)
January 28, 20080 found this helpful

My two cents: I do understand the concept of a French door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. The posters who confused it with a side-by-side can be forgiven, though, because the two doors on a side-by-side are similar to French doors in that there are two doors for one opening, so it could be confusing if they haven't seen the ones you're writing about. I currently have an 8 y.o. side-by-side, the only side-by-side I've had in nearly 40 years, and since buying it I have never liked it. (I should have listened to my mom's advice!) I've had mostly the traditional top freezer, bottom refrigerator models. Interestingly, though, when we were married in 1969 and on a strict appliance budget, the model we bought was a bottom freezer (a drawer), top refrigerator, so the idea is by far not a new concept! We bought that one because it was a floor sample, on sale. At first I balked because it was not the "usual," but the salesman pointed out the value of having the refrigerator part, the most frequently used part, at a "stand-up" level. He was correct in pointing out that a freezer is typically used much less frequently than the fridge part. Also, since cold air naturally stays at the lowest place, a bottom freezer model was said to keep the coldest air in the freezer and thus use less energy, and be cheaper to run. We bought it and I LOVED it for many years, until it wore out. By then, bottom freezers became basically impossible to find again, until recently. I'm in the market now for a new fridge, and now that they're available again, I plan to RUN, not walk, to a good sale on a French door, bottom freezer model! Everything old is new again, as the old saying goes!

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By T-money (Guest Post)
February 11, 20080 found this helpful

I love them. They look great and they look cute in my kitchen.

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

I love having the freezer on the bottom which isn't used as often as the refrigerator. The refrigerator is so accessable being higher and not having to bend or squat to get things in or out. I have had both single and french door models that have the freezer below. Honestly I don't it makes much difference in function. It is probably more of a style issue, if you like one better than the other. I guess I would add it is faster to close one door instead of two.

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June 13, 2011

I am interested in buying a new french door refrigerator. I am older and tired of bending down to clean lower refrigerator. These have bottom freezers and we enjoyed a similar one years ago. I don't know if it is too much of a fad, the french doors, since you can buy a solid top door. Vanity or what?


By Barb


June 13, 20110 found this helpful

I have a friend that has one, she loves it, but for her it is also a vanity item, just like her stove with a smooth top. She lives in rentals and has an awful time finding rentals that will let her bring her own appliances with. Myself I wouldn't do that in a rental, because I figure if the landlord furnishes the appliances he is responsible for repairs. Also the french door refrigerators are larger than the standard refrigerator. Whenever she goes to look at a rental, she takes a tape measure with to measure the space. I don't know that I would consider them a fad, as much as you have to make sure you have enough space, both width and height for one. Other than that it is get what you want.

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

I just bought a french door fridge. I am not as happy with it as I thought I would be. This one has the large skinny drawer under the crisper and meat keeper (for deli trays and who uses those very often?). It is hard to open sometimes and things slide around and get hidden at the back of that drawer. The shelves are not as movable as I'd like either. Can't make the shelf I put a gallon of milk on any higher so I can put a bottle of wine on it. I use a lazy susan to hold lots of my smaller bottles/jars. You can see most of what you have in it (good view all around, except the deli drawer). I do like the thing, just not exactly what I expected. A regular refrigerator would have done just as well (and much cheaper). Good luck!

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

I wanted one for the same reason you do, Barb-for the ease of use. I'm getting to a point in life where bending to get something out of the bottom part of the fridge is not the sort of stress I want to put on my back.

But when I was remodeling my little house in north GA, I couldn't afford even the least expensive of those fridges. So I looked around, and realized I would be really happy with a freezer-less compact counter top 4.7 cu-ft fridge, and a compact counter top 5 cu-ft upright freezer.

I spent $150 on the fridge, $350 in the freezer, and I got just what I wanted! I was alone and didn't need a big fridge, but entertained fairly often; the freezer-less fridge held a lot! It even had a crisper bin. I was very happy with the freezer, too, made my life really easy to simply open the doors on either unit to see what was in there. Both units sat on the counter and looked rather posh! The woman who bought my house thought I'd spent a lot of money for the set, lol!

Four years after I hoisted those two up on the kitchen counter, I remarried and moved to Scotland. We are remodeling the kitchen, and yes, the compact style is on our list-when my soon to be husband saw how nice it was to have everything at eye level in my American kitchen, he said we'd do it in our Scottish one. :)

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

I have a bottom freezer single door Samsung fridge. Milk fits in door deli meat drawer crisper drawer and another drawer. I love it! Freezer has 2 pull out drawers and ice maker. Cleaning is easy.

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