Whirlpool introduced the first French door refrigerator in the 1980's, but discontinued them. In the 90's, the choice became side by side or top freezer. Then bottom refrigeration became popular, then French door refirgerators and now French door double drawers refrigerators.
Double drawers are a bit harder to buy then a regular French door, because the inside and extra drawer differs between manufacturers. It can be confusing. We look at the four most popular and then compare.
But first lets talk about the popularity of the French door.
French Door Refrigerators
French door refrigerators offer the benefit of easier, waist high access to refrigerator items. They are easier to open in island kitchens and offer more refrigerator space than a side by side refrigerator.
Double Drawer French Door Refrigerators
A double drawer French door is an extra drawer compartment between the fridge and freezer. It can be either a fridge drawer or freezer drawer depending on the brand. Although it is purchased for looks and curb appeal, the double drawer is also convenient with immediate access to certain food items rather than opening the whole refrigerator.
For example, the second drawer is great for kids yogurts and snacks. It’s also great for fruit, veggies, and meats as the drawer is temperature adjustable.
For the freezer drawer option, it will better organize ice cream, popcicles and smaller items.
Best Double Drawer French Door Refrigerators
Jenn-Air JFX2897DRM - $3,599
- Ramp-Up LED Theater Lighting
- Under Shelf LED lighting
- TwinFresh Climate Control System
- Glide-Out Refrigerator Drawer with Electronic Pantry Settings
- Adjustable Glass Shelves with Spill Shield Technology
- Adjustable, Lift-Off Door Bins with Metallic Trim
- Ingredients Bay
- Fast Ice Option
- Ice/Water Filter
- FreshFlow™ Air Filter
- Produce Preserver
- Glide-out Freezer Drawer with SmoothClose™ Drawer Track System
Samsung RF28JBEDBSR - $3,699
- 27.8 Cubic Ft. Capacity
- Food Showcase Fridge Door
- Metal Cooling
- Metal Cooling Flexzone Drawer
- Twin Cooling Plus System
- LED interior lighting
- Ice Master ice maker
- External filtered ice/water dispenser
- Power Freeze and Power Cool options
- Tempered Glass Spill Proof Shelves
LG LMXS30786S - $3,699
- 30 Cubic FT. Capacity
- Slim Space Plus Ice System
- Custom Chill Drawer
- Smart Cooling Plus technology
- Premium LED lighting
- 3 Tier Freezer Shelf Organization
Kitchen Aid KRMF706ESS - $3,999
- Two soft close drawers
- 25.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity
- External Ice/Water Dispenser
- 3 Tier freezer drawer with divider
- LED Interior Lighting
- Adjustable Spill Proof Shelves
- Satin Glide Crisper Drawers
- Twin Independent Cooling Systems
- Herb Storage
Which is Best?
In many ways, they are very similar in terms of overall cubic footage, LED lighting and shelving. It's very tough determining the best, because the innovation has been copied.
Ultimately, it really depends how you use the refrigerator or freezer. The most convenient part of the refrigerator really is the second drawer, so your selection should be whether you store more ice cream or yogurt for example. Some models, like the LG, let you choose either fridge or freezer temps in the drawer. The refrigerator drawer option may be better generally, because most people use more refrigerator than freezer (at least I do).
As to which is better; LG is the largest at a massive 30 cubic feet. Jenn-Air is a decent refrigerator with plenty of rebate opportunities. The KitchenAid (owner of Jenn-Air) is the same refrigerator as Jenn-Air, so it'll be smarter to buy the less expensive one unless you want the two seperate drawers that the KitchenAid offers.
Look at Samsung. They are one of our most reliable brands for service and repair as was LG based on roughly 30,000 service calls. Samsung is far better than LG once there is an issue.
Here is a tip: Korean companies reduce their pricing around holidays like July 4th, President's Day, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and Labor Day.
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