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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Default Need Opinion on Side by Side or French Door Refrigerator?

Hello,

I wanted opinion on buying a french door refrigerator or a side by side?
What are the pros /cons ?
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: North Carolina; former New York Stater
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I love our side by side. Don't know any cons. I'd never want a freezer drawer at the bottom. Ouch back. Ouch knees.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We just replaced our 15 year old side by side with a french door fridge.
We find the bottom freezer and the top fridge more accessible and easier to stock and take food from. And the width of the top is great.
Where the old one always seemed full, we seldom think the new one is packed. The cubic footage rating is very similar.

The EnergyStar french door model had a slightly lower cost to operate rating on the yelow DOE label. I am sure it will cost us less than the old model.

ETA: All in all, we would say we like our new refrigerator very much.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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You might want to try the house general forum on city data. I personally didn't like my side by side. I felt like there wasn't enough room for food when we had parties, pizza boxes, etc. I think it depends on your lifestyle. It just didn't work for me. I use the refrigerator much more often so need that to work for me. I will be hopefully be buying a french door next time.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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We recently bought a french door and will not go back pretty much due to reasons already posted. The freezer seems much more accessible for some reason and since we primarily utilize the fridge throughout the day the french door layout really is convenient.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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i got a side by side
cant get a pizza in the freezer

nuff said
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We sprung for a counter-depth french door fridge so we wouldn't have to walk around the darn thing to get to the pantry.

I've never owned a side-by-side but my sister-in-law who does talked us out of one. She shops at Costco, as do we, and always complained about not being able to fit anything into the narrow freezer compartment.

My previous fridge had the freezer on top, fridge on the bottom. That was a pain, always bending over. It is sometimes annoying to have the freezer on the bottom, but we use the fridge portion more.

Now, my dream fridge would be a double glass door fridge with separate freezer drawers under the counter.

Someday....
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I *love* my french door fridge - much more room than the last two side by sides I had!
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Originally Posted by adlnc07 View Post
I *love* my french door fridge - much more room than the last two side by sides I had!
I restrained myself and said "like very much." Trying to rein in my appliance passions. But "Love" is understandable...

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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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I've always had side by side but my next one will be french doors. I like the way they look.
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