Refrigerators are made in a few different body types; top- freezer, bottom- freezer, side-by-side, french door, freezerless, built-in, and compact. As convenience and style goes up, so does price and storage. You get what you pay for, so make sure it suits your home and your style.
Top-freezer - Not ideal for busy families who entertain often and are always rushing. Theses models offer roughly 16-22 cubic feet of interior capacity. With the fridge area being located below the freezer, bending over and aching backs are something that will come along with buying a top-freezer refrigerator. These usually range between $350 and $700.
Bottom-freezer - More convenient than top-freezer types because the main fridge is located at eye level. No bending over. Also, there’s plenty of freezer space for those who like to buy in bulk and/or store frozen items for long time periods. These range from about $750 to $1,200.
Side-by-side - With more interior space and convenience, side-by side refrigerators are very popular. These are most suitable for smaller spaces, and are great for grabbing things quickly with the two doors making everything super accessible to anyone reaching in. These range anywhere from $700 to over $1,800.
French-doors - If you entertain often this is a great pick for you. This body offers plenty of space to store large items such as platters and trays. These refrigerators offer ample door storage so you can quickly grab whatever you need while cooking. These are usually available in three-door options with bottom freezer compartments, and four-door options with dual freezer compartments. This style has skyrocketed over the last few years, and for good reason. Because of the storage and convenience of this fridge, they range from $1,600 to over $2,000.
Freezerless - A perfect secondary option for places other than the kitchen, such as the basement or garage for your ultimate convenience. These refrigerators have a generally thin design, making them very easy to squeeze into any desired location.
Built-in - Made to blend in with the rest of your kitchen, instead of being installed as a separate unit. These usually don’t have as much depth as a free-standing unit, but can be wider. They generally have unfinished tops and sides, but custom made panels provide stylish options.
Compact - Small units made for tight spaces. These are ideal for dorms, offices, bedrooms, and smaller units can even be stored on top of counters. Glass door options are also available so you can see when you need to restock. These small units save space in your main refrigerator and are super convenient.
Door-in-door - French doors open to reveal a door-in-door design in the upper refrigerator compartment. These save tons of energy because you only open one panel to access commonly used items.