A column refrigerator is a great way to add charm and elegance to your kitchen. Having a single large door enables you to store a lot of bulky food and still access it easily, and keeping a refrigerator separate from your freezer gives you increased freedom of placement. If you've decided a column refrigerator is right for you, have a look at our list of the best 30-in. column refrigerators of 2021. Matching column freezers are also available here.
Miele is known for bringing precision German engineering and professional-grade quality to the home, and the K2802SF (part of their MasterCool series) is no exception. At 20.55 cu. ft. of capacity, it's the largest refrigerator on this list. You can control it on your smartphone using WiFiConn@ct and the free Miele@mobile app or use its TFT touch display to effortlessly change its settings from inside. Opening the door doesn't involve a bulky handle: just push gently on the side and the Push2Open door will crack open, allowing you to open the door on its SoftClose hinges easily regardless of its weight. This refrigerator's internal functions are equally high-end. For example, Miele's MasterFresh drawers allow you to customize the humidity and temperature of each drawer to keep your produce and meat fresh longer, and the DynaCool fan keeps air circulating within the machine to ensure even cooling throughout. It even has a removable overflow-protection tray to help keep spills from damaging your kitchen.
As part of Gaggenau's professional-grade 400 series, the RC472705 has a spacious (16.8 cu. ft) interior and a modern, minimalist exterior that can be equipped with custom panels for an integrated look. The stainless steel interior houses clear glass shelving while adding a sense of modernity to the unit, and the solid anthracite aluminum door racks almost seem to slide around on their own rather than on nearly-invisible rails. It has an illuminated fresh cooling drawer that keeps its contents at 32° F (0° C) and a MultiFlow air system that dynamically distributes charcoal-filtered air within the fridge. You can control it using the TFT touch display (which can show messages in 44 languages) or via your smartphone using the Home Connect app.
The MRB3000 is part of Liebherr's Monolith series, which treats German engineering and attention to detail as top priorities. In addition to a 15 cu. ft. capacity and full color 2.4-inch InfinitySwipe touch screen controls, it has seamlessly integrated side-wall InfinityLight LEDs that can be adjusted based on the time of day (which means no more glare when you're getting a midnight snack). Its included SmartDeviceBox technology allows you to not only control your refrigerator from a mobile device, but to figure out what items you'll need to buy for a recipe and even order them using your voice. Of its three BioFresh drawers, one comes built with a BioFresh-Plus design, allowing you to store fresh seafood and meat at 28° F.
The Italian-designed Bertazzoni REF30RCPIXR is designed to maximize ease of use. Its digital touch control interface lets you customize your temperature and humidity settings with a swipe, and it also boasts the largest usable depth in its category. It uses its Lateral AirFlow system to keep the internal temperature consistent in the 17.44 cu. ft. interior even when the door is open, and that door will sit perfectly flush with your counters. Its white aluminum interior is durable and efficient as well as easy to maintain, and the variable speed compressor runs so quietly you'll hardly ever hear it. It can even harmonize with an entire suite of Bertazzoni appliances when equipped with custom handles.
If you want a panel-ready column refrigerator to integrate seamlessly into your decor, the Fisher Paykel RS3084SR1 is an excellent choice. Not only can you set its 16.8 cu. ft. interior to any of three sets of temperature zones (Fridge mode allows temperatures between 32 °F and 44 °F, Pantry between 52 °F and 56 °F, and Chill between 29 °F and 32 °F), but Fisher Paykel's ActiveSmart™ foodcare technology targets its energy use only when it's needed based on patterns of use. This means more efficiency and lower power bills. It has super-bright LED lighting in the walls, shelves, and doors, so you can clearly see what's hiding in the back corner of your fridge. The glass shelves even slide out effortlessly so you can customize the interior for any size item, and if the unit's door is left ajar or interior temperatures rise too high, an alarm will notify you before your food spoils.
Does a refrigerator work better full or empty?
Running an empty refrigerator for very long can waste money, as the compressor has to cool the entire space of the fridge without any food items to absorb the cold.
What is a column refrigerator?
A column refrigerator is any refrigerator that extends to its full height without including a freezer chamber. These are often meant to coordinate with separate column freezers and even wine coolers.