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When was the last time you really thought about your refrigerator? These hardworking devices are the unsung heroes of our kitchens. They simply stand there, doing their job, waiting for their owners to put something in for storage or to take something out for use. There is not much else to it from our perspective.

But just think where you’d be without your refrigerator. Or imagine what you would do if your refrigerator was not up to scratch. How would you store food? How would you prevent produce and other perishables from going bad? How would you be able to prepare the great meals you love?

When we think about it like this, it becomes clear just how important our refrigerators are and how much of a debt we owe them for the smooth running of our kitchens.

So, what happens when we need to buy a new French door refrigerator? How can we be sure that the device we have chosen is the perfect one for us, for our family, and for our home? The team at Appliances Connection has put together this handy buying guide to help you make the right choice. Take a look and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today if you have any questions during the buying process.

Important Considerations for Buying a French Door Refrigerator

There are different choices available to buyers when they come to select a French door refrigerator. This is great, of course, because it means there is a perfect option available for everyone. 

However, such a diverse array of choice can also be overwhelming and it can be easy to get lost in all the different features and functions. In this section of our buyers’ guide, we aim to help you understand exactly what you want from your refrigerator so you can select the perfect French door fridge for your needs. Read through each item on the checklist, understand what you need, and then make sure the unit you select will meet your requirements.

Storage space

First and foremost, your refrigerator is a storage unit that you will use to temporarily keep food and other items cold. With this in mind, you need to consider the kind of storage space you need. 

Start by thinking about your current fridge unit. Does this suit your storage needs? Is it big enough or could you do with more space? This will form a good starting point for understanding how large you need your French door refrigerator to be.

Next, you need to consider your household and your food-buying habits. Perhaps you and your partner are newlyweds and you are expecting to welcome new additions to your family in the near future. Maybe your children are growing up and are about to leave the nest. Either way, this could mean your household needs are changing. Consider this when deciding on which unit to buy.

Layout

Of course, storage space is very important but equally important are the layout and storage solutions contained inside the French door refrigerator. Remember, your refrigerator will not be an empty box – it will be filled with shelves, compartments, and other features designed for the storage of food. While these features reduce the overall available volume of the unit, they make it far easier to store the things you need to use.

Once again, consider your needs and those of your household. Think about how these needs may change in the near future. This will give you a good foundation on which to base your decision.

Living space

Space is limited in your home. This is a fact of life, regardless of whether you plan to house your refrigerator in your kitchen or in a utility area of your home. Before you commit to a specific unit, you need to make sure that the fridge you choose matches your living space.

This means measuring the area that will be occupied by the fridge and making sure that the dimensions of the new unit are compatible with this space. This also means considering the French doors. While standard fridge units will have a door which opens and closes on one axis from right to left, French door fridges open and close in both directions and have hinges on both sides. You need to make sure that you will be able to open both doors easily once the unit is in place.

Energy rating

The nature of a refrigerator and of the job it is intended to do means that the unit is always on. This also means it is always using power in order to keep your food cold. With this in mind, you need to make sure that the unit you choose has a good energy rating and will not cost you too much money in energy bills. Energy efficiency is also a reason not to purchase a unit that is too large for your needs. The larger your fridge, the more energy required to power it.

Check the Energy Star rating before you purchase. This will tell you how efficient the machine is and how kind the fridge is to the environment.

Finish and aesthetic

In this section, we have looked at some very important practical considerations which you need to make when you purchase a French door refrigerator, but aesthetic concerns are also important. The fridge will be in your home after all so it needs to look right with the rest of your kitchen design.

Consider the decor you already have in your kitchen or utility area. Will this decor suit a metallic color, a matte texture, or maybe something different? In some cases, a striking statement piece created by a block color unit might be the best option. You need to know this before you make your choice and select a unit which reflects the look and feel of your home.

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The Advantages of a French Door Refrigerator

There are many different kinds of fridges available to the modern buyer. However, the French door refrigerator is one of the best choices for consumers. These units are always big sellers in the Appliances Connection range.

In this section, we’ll be taking a look at some of the advantages French door refrigerators have over other types of units. 

Ease of access

Thanks to the two opening doors with the central handle, French door refrigerators are some of the most practical units available, affording great access to users. When combined with internal storage options such as drawers, bottle holders, and vegetable crispers, this door configuration contributes to a highly practical unit suitable for the modern home.

If ease of access is high on your own list of priorities when selecting a fridge, then a French door unit is something you should seriously consider.

A smart and sharp aesthetic

French door refrigerators look great. With modern designs, clean and attractive finishes, and fine attention to detail, the units we stock in our range have proved extremely popular with buyers who are looking for stylish home equipment.

What’s more, French door refrigerators are symmetrical, with two handles which meet in the middle. If you are looking for that extra aesthetic detail that a symmetrical unit brings, take a look at the Appliances Connection range.

Improved efficiency

Earlier in this buying guide, we took a look at the Energy Star rating of a fridge unit, and how this is something you really need to look out for. It is also worth noting that French door refrigerators are generally more energy efficient than other types of fridges simply because of the door configuration.

If you want to access something quickly and easily from the fridge, you can do so by opening a single door. You don’t need to open both doors and let more of the cold air out. This, in turn, means the motor does not need to work so hard to maintain the temperature. 

Better food preservation

The door configuration, as noted in the last section, leads to increased energy efficiency, which will help you keep your energy bills low and do your bit for our environment. However, this also has another benefit.

The whole reason for keeping your food in the fridge is to control its temperature. This reduces the growth of bacteria and keeps food fresh for consumption. By only opening one of the doors when you need to quickly access the fridge, you will be able to achieve this food preservation more effectively than if you had to completely open the unit every time.

Safer from homes with small children

Small children have a habit of getting themselves into trouble, as well as being drawn to areas they shouldn’t go. To a toddler, a fridge is something interesting and is a new thing to explore. If you have a standard fridge unit with a single door, this is relatively easy for a child to open, which can pose a risk to their health and safety.

French door units will typically be more difficult for a small child to open. Their handles tend to be higher up, out of reach of small hands and arms. This makes a French door unit a much safer proposition for your home and for your family.

You can enhance this level of safety even further by adding features such as door locks. These additions to your fridge provide high levels of safety, not to mention peace of mind.

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Top Rated French Door Refrigerators from Appliances Connection

LG LFX S28566S

This freestanding LG unit includes features such as an ice maker, SmartThinQ technology, automatic defrost, a locking door, glass shelves, and more.

Fisher Paykel RS36A80J1N

The Fisher Paykel French door model is one of our most popular units, thanks to a range of different features and a large storage capacity.

French Door Refrigerator Buying Guide: Fisher-Paykel-RS36A80J1N

Bosch B21CL81SNS

Renowned manufacturers Bosch are among the most popular brands at Appliances Connection. This frost-free, defrost-equipped, stainless steel unit in their 800 series is no exception thanks to impressive storage capacity and a wealth of features including a dual evaporator and ice maker.

French Door Refrigerator Buying Guide: Bosch B21CL81SNS

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