You are probably trying to decide to go with a traditional side by side refrigerator or wondering if you can keep things organized in the freezer drawer of a modern French door refrigerator.
Side by side refrigerators have been popular since the 1960s. Up until recently, we have not seen any design innovations in this category of refrigerators; the freezer on the left side and the fridge on the right.
Luckily, Samsung and LG introduced new design ideas to this segment. We now have LG's InstaView door which illuminates the interior with a gentle knock so we can quickly scan what's inside without opening the door. Also, the door-in-door (a.k.a. FoodShowcase) design provides easy access to family favorites.
These innovations are not only convenient from the usability point of view but also help us save energy as the doors don't have to remain open.
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Overview of our Best Side by Side Refrigerator Picks
|Best Entry Level||Frigidaire FFSS2615TS Affordable price point, Ideal price vs. performance, Proven reliability, 36" Full Depth 25.6 cu. ft. Under $1,049|
|Best Mid Level||LG LSXS26396S InstaView - Knock Twice to illuminate the Contents of the Fridge, Door In Door - Put your favorites to the front for easy quick access, 36" Full Depth 26.1 cu. ft. Under $1,999|
|Best Premium||Samsung RH22H9010SR Stylish, Food ShowCase Door for Easy Access to Go To Items, LED Lights, 36" Counter Depth 21.5 cu. ft. Under $2,299|
|Best Luxury||Sub-Zero BI36SSTH True Luxury, 84" Tall, Built-In Refrigerator that blends with your kitchen, Best Air Circulation, Humidity Control, Dual Compressors help preserve food longer than other refrigerators Under $9,499|
Pros and Cons for a Side by Side Refrigerator
Currently, there are over 100 different choices (excluding color options) when it comes to side by side refrigerators. You can guess that the selection process is difficult among so many choices.
We also noticed that most review sites rate and review discontinued models. This guide is up-to-date with current models and offers a simple classification "Entry-Level, Mid-Level, Premium, and Luxury."
You can check our blog or the rest of our website to refine further your selection based on your specific needs and budget.
Pros Here are the most critical advantages of side by side refrigerators:
- This efficient design is excellent for families that want to keep their freezers organized and easily accessible. Think of the bottom freezer models where food may get buried under the new arrivals.
- Each door-wing is narrower compared to that of a wider swing single door refrigerator. This makes a side by side refrigerator fit in tight spaces easier.
Cons Main disadvantages of side by side refrigerators:
- The fridge area is smaller in size. It might be hard to fit pizza boxes, larger pans, etc. to fit.
- The refrigerator is always on the right size which may present usability issues in some kitchen designs.
4 Best Side by Side Refrigerators in 2020
36-inch Full Depth 25.6 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator under $1,049 (Color options in Black Stainless, White, Black or Stainless Steel)
Why we like it:
- Great price vs. features
- Reliable with hundreds of positive customer reviews
- Well designed interior gives you space (adjustable shelving, gallon door storage)
- Fresh filtered water and ice dispenser on the exterior with filter change alert
- Over 100 ways to organize the interior thanks to its adjustable edge to edge shelving
- Deli drawer and clear dairy door
- Width 35 5/8", Height 68 5/8" to top of the case (69 7/" with hinges), Depth 2 3/4" for the box (31 3/4" without handles) - Approximate Dimensions
36-inch Full Depth 26.1 cu. ft. InstaView Door In Door Refrigerator Stainless Steel under $1,999
Why we like it:
- You can now place your favorites strategically on the door in door section. This way you don't need to let cool air out when reaching for them. Both convenient and an energy saving feature
- Great connectivity for smart-living. Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant. You can get alerts or even use voice commands
- This LG has the multi-air flow system to regulate humidity and temperature for longer storage of your groceries
InstaView - Gently knock on the door to illuminate the interior
Door in Door design saves energy since it eliminates the need to open the set of doors to reach for popular items
SlimSpace Plus ice system to provide more interior shelf space
Width 35 7/9", Height 69 3/8" to top of the case (70 1/4" with hinges), Depth 29 1/16" for the box (34" without handles) - Approximate Dimensions
More Information: We covered the LG refrigerator lineup in our earlier review article.
36-inch 21.5 cu. ft. Counter Depth Food ShowCase Refrigerator under 2,299 (Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel)
Why we like it:
- Most people like to place items to the back of the refrigerator for better cooling. Samsung, introduced "metal cooling" doors that make the front of the refrigerator as efficient as the back
- ShowCase is Samsung's door in door technology that allows you to place high velocity items in the front shelves for easy access without letting cool air escape
- Counterdepth design allows this fridge to blend with your surrounding cabinets
High efficiency LED lighting illuminates every corner
Flexible interior with an adjustable shelf system
Twin Cooling Plus maintains humidity to keep fruits and vegetables fresher longer; minimizes freezer burn
Ice Master system produces up to 8.8 lbs. of ice per day
Width 35 7/8", Height 68 1/2" to top of case (69 6/8" with hinges) x 24" for the box (28 1/4" without handles) - Approximate Dimensions
More Information: We covered the Samsung refrigerator lineup in our earlier review article.
36-inch Built-In Side by Side Refrigerator Classic Stainless, Tubular Handles (Stainless Steel, Different Handle Options, Custom Panel Ready Option)
Why we like it:
- Your fruits and vegetables will live longer in a Sub Zero thanks to the microprocessor controlled air quality, temperature and humidity. The patented door seal is so efficient that even when the power goes out your food will hold out for an extended period of time
- This is a direct replacement of the old 561 Series. So if your old Sub Zero quit after 20 some years no need to worry about fitting the new built in version
- True dual compressor system serves the fridge and the freezer separately. This prevents odor transfer and minimizes freezer burn effect
- You will save money with Sub Zero in the long term due to its 20 year life-span design. Not to mention that a Sub Zero kitchen will increase the value of your home and it is the darling of the real estate marketeers
Built-in luxurious look with 84" height
Design flexibility with panel ready or stainless steel door panel. You can even customize the top louvered panel. Install flush to cabinets or stand slightly proud
Interior Illumination with LED lights
Crispers and deli drawers maintain lower temperatures and capture humidity to ensure freshness
More Information: We wrote extensively about Sub Zero refrigerators in our earlier post.
If you are in the market to replace an old refrigerator, and would like to keep it organized, a modern side by side fridge might be a great fit. Side by side refrigrators typically do not come with many bells and whistles therefore they are reasonably priced. Just make sure to measure your cabinet opening, check out the specifications of the new fridge you are eyeing and off you go.