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The Best Top Mount, Bottom Mount and Side by Side Refrigerators

February 8th, 2012 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

It is amazing how sparse these three categories of refrigerators have become, all for different reasons. In 2007, there were new energy efficiency standards for all refrigerators. Most, with the exception of Frigidaire either curtailed or stopped manufacturing top mounts due to these more rigid standards.

In the bottom mount and especially the side-by-side category, french doors have become more popular. French doors offer split refrigerator doors of a side-by-side which is more convenient for islands as well as being more attractive. More refrigerator space and more lateral storage are the other attributes versus a side-by-side.

Click here for the best French door refrigerators.

Still, there are very good reasons to buy a top mount, bottom mount or side-by-side refrigerator.

The Best Top Mounts (freezer on the Top)

frigidaire top mount refrigerator NFTR18X4LW frigidaire top mount refrigerator FGHT2144KF

Frigidaire NFTR18X4LW

Frigidaire FGHT2144KF

This segment is dominated by Frigidaire almost exclusively.

  • Frigidaire NFTR18X4LW $499: Nothing much has changed. An 18 cu. ft. refrigerator is adequate for a family of four. This refrigerator was $599 when I started in 1986.
  • Frigidaire FGHT2144KF: 21 cu. ft. refrigerators have changed over the years to be slimmer and taller versus wider, so now this refrigerator can fit with in a 30 inch cabinet. This is the largest refrigerator to fit within this standard cabinet.

The Best Bottom Mounts (freezer on the bottom)

maytag bottom mount refrigerator MBF1958XES maytag bottom mount refrigerator MBF2258WES

Maytag MBF1958XES

Maytag MBF2258WES

Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag and KitchenAid are manufactured in the same facility. I've always advised to pick the least expensive logo or package opportunity if warranted. This month it's Maytag.

Side-by-Side Refrigerators

ge side by side refrigrator GSH25JSCSS frigidaire side by side refrigerator FGHC2342LF bosch side by side refrigerator B22CS30SNS


Frigidaire FGHC2342LF

Bosch B22CS30SNS

Regular Depth

  • GE GSH25JSCSS $1049 After Rebate: Most 25 cu. ft. refrigerators in stainless cost between $900 and $1200. I like the GE for aesthetics and reliability.

Counter Depth (body of the refrigerator does not protrude from the cabinet)

  • Frigidaire FGHC2342LF $1349 after rebate: Frigidaire is a good value manufacturer, and $1349 is the least expensive full-size counter depth refrigerator in the market.
  • Bosch B22CS30SNS $2049 After Rebate: The beauty of this Bosch is not the product itself, but the rebates and package opportunities available with purchase of other Bosch products.

For more information about refrigerators download the Yale Refrigerator Buying Guide. This guide is packed with dimensions, features and differences between the six major types of refrigerators.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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