Refigerator and Freezer: two separate units?

hmiziaSeptember 28, 2013

Hello GardenWeb users!

I'm researching appliances right now for my new kitchen, and am vacillating between one larger refrigerator/freezer combo, and two separate standing units next to each other. I went to a show room recently and felt that getting two units was cost prohibitive, but after looking at other places, like Sears, I'm feeling a bit more optimistic about it. Either way, I'm hoping to stay around $2,000 and under.

My needs in these units: large veggie storage capacity in the fridge, on top of feeding a family of four with two growing kids (and soon enough, their friends), and the ability to store a tall bottle or two. Large freezer capacity for things like homemade broth, tomato sauce, frozen fruit and veg. I have a chest freezer for large quantities of meat, but would like a shelf in the kitchen freezer for this as well.

So what do you think? Could I get two separate units that stand next to each other for more capacity at the price I want with solid performance, or is a combined unit going to be better? Space for the unit(s) isn't so much of an issue, as the kitchen is still being designed. Thanks for your thoughts and brand recommendations!

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Sophie Wheeler

With your budget, you're in budget to mid range refrigerator/freezer combo territory. The cheapest separate units are the Frigidaire, and they're about $1500 each on sale, and require around 70" of space by the time you add the surrounds. Even with someone with a more robust budget may not be able to afford the space needed to design them into a regular sized kitchen and not overwhelm it.

Your best bet is to look at overall capacity, and get a French door model, as it has more shelf capacity. The Korean brands get good ratings and tend to have larger capacity models. With Black Friday coming up, you might find a deal on a discontinued model for around your budget. But, you also want to plan for an auxiliary refrigerator and possibly separated freezer in a laundry room or pantry. We've got both, and use both, together with the standard sized fridge in the kitchen. And we're just two old farts who like to freeze garden produce and buy meat from a local farmer who butchers what he raises.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 6:49PM
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Can the Electrolux Icon all refrigerator be opened from left or right side ie the handles are interchangeable?

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 12:52AM
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