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Best Top/Bottom Mount, Side By Side Refrigerators (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

April 2nd, 2013 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Top and bottom freezer refrigerators are the least represented products. Manufacturers have focused on the more glamorous side by side, French door, integrated and professional categories. Part of the reason is more stringent energy efficiency standards. Most companies simply stopped producing products instead of reinvesting in new tooling to build new ones.


For French door refrigerators click here.

In top mounts, there are still a few products worth considering

Top Mount Refrigerators
frigidaire top mount refrigerator FFHT1513LW black friday frigidaire top mount refrigerator FRT21G2NW black friday frigidaire top mount refrigerator NFTR18X4LS black friday frigidaire top mount refrigerator FRT21G2NS black friday

Frigidaire FFHT1513LW

Frigidaire FRT21G2NW

Frigidaire NFTR18X4LS
$499 after $100 in rebates 

Frigidaire FRT21G2NS
$699 after $100 in rebates 

Frigidaire really dominates the top mounts. Most companies do not even manufacture the category any more, so it's hard to understand who they are actually discounting against...perhaps other types of refrigerators.

The 15 cubic foot is perfect for 2-3 people or as a sizeable second unit. The best refrigerator of the bunch is either the popular stainless 18 cubic foot at $499 the family sized 21 cubic foot, because it still fits within a standard 30 inch cabinet. The 21 cubic foot is $599 for white and just $100 more for stainless.

I also like the company. They are one of the most reliable according to our service department.

Bottom Mount Refrigerators
amana bottom mount refrigerator ABB1924WES black friday amana bottom mount refrigerator ABB2224WES black friday maytag bottom mount refrigerator MBF1958XES black friday maytag bottom mount refrigerator MBF2258XES black friday

Amana ABB1924WES
$1239 after $80 in rebates 

Amana ABB2224WES
$1169 after $80 in rebates 

Maytag MBF1958XES
$1219 after $80 in rebates 

Maytag MBF2258XES
$1269 after $80 in rebates 

Bottom mounts are dominated like top mounts, but only by a different manufacturer, Whirlpool. Amana and Maytag are both labels of Whirlpool. Buy whatever is less expensive or in this case, buy if there is a package with other appliances.

Side by Side Refrigerators

In full size, non cabinet depth side by sides, the Frigidaire is very strong at $999 with the upgraded KitchenAid at $1269.

Frigidaire manufactures the least expensive counter depth refrigerator at $1339. Also look at the nicer looking Bosch, which is usually part of aggressive promotional packages

Additional Resources

Read the Yale Refrigerator Buying Guide with features of every brand and tips to help you with your decision.

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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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