Three years ago, we switched from an ordinary refrigerator to a French-door, bottom-freezer model, and the difference in space is nothing short of amazing. If you spend just a little bit of time planning your fridge layout, you'll quickly find that you really can open just one door most of the time to reach your favorite drinks and quick snacks. But when you need to store trays of food for easy access, you have the space, and a terrific presentation. Slide open the full-length deli drawer and wow your guests--really! I have at least two friends who bought a … Read more
We all want to eat healthy. We go to the grocery store with the best of intentions, bee-line for the produce aisle, and load up on fresh fruit and veggies. We cram all of it into the fridge and head off to make dinner. A week later, we learn that maybe we bought a bit more than we should have when we open the crisper and find our lovely butter lettuce has turned brown and begun to stink. It happens a lot; a recent study from the University of Arizona says that the average American household winds up with more … Read more
What do you do when you've treated yourself to a new fridge, even though the old one still mostly runs? A lot of people drag it out to the garage and use it to store food that doesn't necessarily need to be in the kitchen. But that old fridge may not be the best choice for a garage appliance. First of all, it's probably not energy efficient and it may not be reliable. If you do plan to use the fridge in your garage for food, it may be worthwhile to invest in one that won't … Read more
When we remodeled our kitchen two years ago, we chose a bottom freezer French door fridge, a choice we have come to love and appreciate more each day. Storing groceries at eye level in the fridge just makes good sense. The interior deli tray drawer is a great place to store platters for easy serving. Overall, it's easy to find--or put back--what I need.
But my fridge--one of the earliest of these bottom freezer French door beauties--juts out from my counters and interrupts the otherwise clean lines of my kitchen. And it is just a tiny bit irritating to … Read more
I've been searching for a way to store my wine since my downstairs neighbor nixed the idea of me installing a Spiral Cellar in my living room. Seems he wasn't too thrilled about having to walk around a large odd enclosure protruding down into his living room. Ah, well. Such are the perils of apartment based living. I guess installing a large add-on that extends into your neighbors apartment isn't, well, neighborly.
The GE Profile 24.6 cubic foot refrigerator is an Energy Star-compliant top freezer model with plenty of storage options.
Top freezer models tend to be more affordable than side-by-side and bottom-freezers. However, at more than $1,600, this model #PTS25LHSBB is on the higher end of the price scale.
That said, this is an Energy Star model loaded with features including an internal water dispenser with a filtration system, a factory-installed automatic ice maker, and digital climate controls, instead of a dial and electronic sensors, that let you customize how you cool your food.
Inside, there are four adjustable … Read more
This Samsung 24.8 cubic foot side-by-side refrigerator suits a buyer looking for a side-by-side that's roomy, but a bit more affordable.
While not as stylish and feature-laden (high-end lighting, sophisticated drawer temperature controls) as some side-by-sides, this #RS2530BBP model retails at about $1,100, while still including a water and ice dispenser. (Whirlpool also offers a side-by-side model that, for $950, includes an ice/water dispenser and is a Consumer Reports Best Buy).
This Samsung model, which is on the larger side at about 36 inches wide, has a through-the-door automatic ice maker and filtered water dispenser that … Read more
KitchenAid's 24.8 cubic feet refrigerator is an energy-saving model with French doors and a bottom freezer, a feature that's becoming more popular among buyers because it puts the refrigerator at eye level.
This model #KBFS25ETBL is part of the vendor's sleeker Architect Series II. It is an Energy Star model, which uses at least 15 percent less energy than a standard refrigerator. (All freestanding KitchenAid refrigerators are Energy Star compliant.)
The refrigerator offers varied storage options because of its full width that enables storage of larger plates and big pizza boxes. It comes equipped with four … Read more
For some reason, most refrigerators have not been designed with these vertically challenged containers in mind, and when I run out of space in the door, I have to stuff bottles on their sides on the middle shelf in a pyramid of glass and plastic that takes up all of the room and often leaks … Read more