Whirlpool introduced the first French door refrigerator in the 1980s, but discontinued them. They returned about 10 years ago and are now the most popular refrigerator on the market.
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.
Manufacturers will make it either refrigerator or freezer, not both. Following are the best of each.
Refrigerator Drawer Models
Samsung RF31FMEDBSR - $3,499
Jenn-Air JFX2597AEM - $2,699
Freezer Drawer Models
GE Profile PGSS5RKZSS - $3,199
LG LSMX211ST - $3,399
Which is Best?
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. I like the refrigerator drawer better, because most people use more refrigerator than freezer (at least I do).
From a product perspective, I like the size of Samsung, but Jenn-Air has better rebate opportunities and the ability to package your whole kitchen. GE has a decent product (we don't sell GE at Yale) and LG is a French door company.
In terms of reliability, although LG and Samsung tend to be a bit more reliable, Jenn-Air is better at handling issues.
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