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Side by Side vs French Door Counter Depth Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings)

A counter depth refrigerator is 24 inches deep for the refrigerator body. Counter depth has become the refrigerator of choice in remodeling, because it looks much better than looking at the black textured sides of a standard refrigerator

One of the first decisions you will have to make when buying a new fridge will be what size is best for you?

Many customers who are remodelling their kitchen are opting for counter depth fridges. Most openings for this type of fridge are 36” in width and about 72” tall. Generally the cubic capacity is about 20 – 22 cubic foot for counter depth refrigerators.

When purchasing your new fridge consider what is important to you as far as everyday use.

Short on time? Get our free Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide with features and comparisons of all the best brands »

French Door Refrigerators

French door has become the most popular style in refrigeration.

A french door by definition is a side by side top with a bottom freezer. This style is better than a side by side for the refrigerator, because you will be eye level with most of the foods, shelves, and crisper drawers. Accessing the fridge will be much easier, and it will be full width unlike the side by side.

Although the freezer is also full width with a more accessible pull out drawer, it is the compromise of a French door refrigerator. Frozen foods have to be stacked on top of each other unlike the more organized side by side.

jennair french door refrigerator comparison JFC2089WEM

The Jenn-Air JFC2089WEM model (above), normally priced at $1999.00 but rebates can vary up to $300. Energy efficient fridge with icemaker in freezer below with a filtered water dispenser inside. The dispenser feature will save you money from not having to buy filtered water at the grocery store.

Side By Side Refrigerators

Any upscale house from the 70s, 80s and 90s with a counter depth refrigerator invariably will have a side by side. Side by sides offer easy access for the fridge and freezer section with proportionally more freezer space than a french door.

There are some advantages to this configuration.

There is much easier access to the freezer section with much more segmented and organized storage in both sections. The ice dispenser also uses much less useable space in a side by side than a french door.

bosch side by side refrigerator B22CS30SNS

The Bosch B22CS30SNS (above) is our most commonly sold side by side, an energy effecient model with a nice sleek clean look on the outside.

Right now after all available rebates this fridge is priced at $1999.99.

French Door vs Side by Side Refrigerators

  • Lateral space is better in a french door with more refrigerator room
  • Price is better in a french door
  • More organized space in a side by side
  • More freezer space in a side by side

Additional Resources

Read the Counter Depth Refrigerator Buyers Guide for more detailed information about features, brands and terms.

View our counter depth refrigerator buying guide

Even More Resources:

Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Counter Depth Refrigerators, French Door Refrigerators

About The Author

John Ramsay

John Ramsay V has been in major kitchen appliance sales for over 17 years. John enjoys Theology, politics and sometimes getting into trouble because of it!

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