Counter depth side by side refrigerators could be the most economical way to improve the look and value of your kitchen. A counter depth refrigerator with side by side doors is normally 24 inches deep by 36 inches wide by 70 to 72 inches tall with about 20 to 22 cubic feet of refrigeration space.
These refrigerators provide a much nicer appearance from standard refrigerators with top freezers or bottom freezers because the sides of the refrigerator can be hidden by the custom designed cabinet structures in your kitchen.
If your kitchen cannot accommodate a 36″ wide side by side refrigerator, a refrigerator with a top freezer or bottom freezer would be a better choice because side by side doors for 24 or 30 inch models are very small and there is a reduced amount of cubic foot space in the refrigerator.
Refrigerators with side by side doors have become a very popular style in refrigeration and modern kitchen remodels. They come in two different forms.
French Door Side by Side Refrigerators
By definition, a french door refrigerator is a side by side refrigerator with a bottom freezer. This is an improved design over a standard refrigerator because it leaves you at eye level with most of the food, shelving and crisper drawers. Accessing the food in your refrigerator is much easier and more convenient than a standar refrigerator with a top freezer. And, your refrigeration space is full-width unlike a standard refrigerator that either has a top freezer or splits the width of your refrigerator with the full-height freezer on the opposite side.
The downside of a french door side by side refrigerator, however, is that there is less accessibility to foods in the freezer. As a compromise to more accessible refrigeration space, frozen foods in the freezer often must be stacked on top of each other unlike the more organized side by side refrigerator space.
Traditional Side by Side Refrigerators
Most homes built in the 1970s to the 1990s with counter depth refrigerators were installed with a traditional side by side refrigerator. These refrigeration units offer easy access to both the refrigerator space and the freezer and contain more freezer space than do refrigerators with french doors.
The advantages to this type pf refrigerator configuration are much easier access to the freezer section and more organized storage in both the freezer and refrigerator sections. Additionally, the ice dispensers in a traditional side by side refrigerators take up considerably less space than in a french door side by side refrigerator. Of course, one major advantage to the traditional side by side refrigerator configuration is the considerably less expensive price tag!