French Door Refrigerator Review

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French door refrigerators are in high demand because of their striking appearance and food storage capacity. On top, a french door refrigerator has two side-by-side doors that lead to a spacious refrigeration compartment that keeps your fresh food at eye level. Underneath the refrigerated section is the freezer compartment. The freezer is easy to access and can hold more food and weight than other bottom-freezer refrigerators.

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French Door Refrigerators: What to Look For

There are several things to evaluate when shopping for a french door refrigerator. Getting the most for your money is of course paramount, but there are many other features to consider. Below we have listed other features and information to consider before you make your purchase.

Capacity
Look for a refrigerator that will hold all of your groceries. Larger refrigerators are better, as long as they fit in your kitchen. Check the total capacity and then look to see how that capacity is divided between the fresh food and freezer compartments. If you eat a lot of produce or fresh food items, look for a refrigerated compartment with enough room to store everything you pick up at the grocery store. If you live out of your freezer, look for a fridge that focuses on more storage capacity in the freezer compartment.

Storage & Features
The best french door refrigerators are equipped with adjustable, spill-proof shelves. Even better are shelves that can accommodate odd-sized and tall items. Humidity-controlled crispers and a full-width deli drawer with an adjustable temperature are other items worth evaluation.

When you open the fridge, cold air escapes and the cooling system has to work harder to restore the ideal temperature. Door-in-door compartments combat this by placing the items you most commonly access right inside the door so that you don't have to open the entire refrigerator. Look for a door-in-door compartment that includes a gallon-sized area for storing milk and juices, bins for condiments, dairy compartments and more.

Also look for refrigerators with plenty of in-the-door storage, including gallon-sized bins and a dairy center. Some refrigerators keep the dairy compartment a few degrees cooler than the rest of the refrigeration compartment.

The freezer compartment in a french door fridge is accessible via a pullout drawer. The best models will have more than two tiers of durable plastic bins, while some are constructed of plastic-coated wire. Most refrigerators have an automatic defrost feature.

The best french door refrigerators have the control panel on the outside of the refrigerator with either a touchscreen or electronic touch controls. Electronic touch controls are different from buttons, because they only require touch rather than pressure to activate. From the control panel you should be able to customize temperature settings.

Water & Ice Dispenser
The location of the icemaker is important. Although icemakers in the refrigerated section are notorious for having problems, the quality has improved in recent years. The best french door refrigerators have the icemakers mounted in the door rather than in the refrigerated compartment. This saves space and tends to have fewer issues with freezing over. Dual icemakers are also preferable if you go through a lot of ice on a daily basis.

Some refrigerators only have a water dispenser, whether internal or external; however, the best models will have an external water dispenser that also produces cubed and crushed ice. Look for refrigerators with water filters – this will ensure that your ice and water taste clean and lack contaminants.

Warranty & Energy Usage
The best refrigerators are energy efficient. Look for appliances that consume small amounts of energy, cost little to operate and still deliver high performance. The U.S. government requires all new home appliances to have an energy guide that details the estimated yearly operating cost and estimated yearly electricity use of any major home appliance.

Most manufacturers guarantee the moving parts and sealed parts of the refrigerator with some type of warranty. In addition, the manufacturer agrees to cover the labor costs associated with the repair and replacement of defective parts and materials. Some french door refrigerators have a limited one-year warranty, while others have protection for a longer period.

Help & Support
The best french door refrigerators come with a diagnostic tool that makes it easier for the technician to identify a problem. Some refrigerators use a fault code, while the best use a tonal signal that can be transmitted over the phone to a customer service agent. These diagnostic tools save time because you can find out whether you can fix the problem yourself or if you need a technician.

You should also be able to find a digital copy of the user manual on the company's website. Look for a company that offers multiple ways to connect such as by email, phone and live chat.

Be sure to select a french door refrigerator that meets your family's needs and complements the design of your home and kitchen. Use our reviews to find a fridge that has the appearance and features you're looking for.

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5-4    Average
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9.28
9.23
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8.90
8.53
8.35
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10.00
8.13
9.38
10.00
10.00
10.00
8.13
9.38
10.00
8.75
8.75
9.38
8.75
10.00
9.38
8.75
9.38
10.00
7.50
7.50
7.50
9.38
9.38
10.00
10.00
7.50
9.38
9.38
7.50
7.50
8.75
7.50
9.38
7.50
7.50
8.75
8.75
9.38
2.50
7.50
8.75
7.50
8.75
6.25
8.13
 
Capacity
Total Capacity (cu. ft.) 30.5 30.7 31.6 29.2 28.6 24.5 23.1 28.6 27.7 27.8
Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) 20.5 20.7 21.6 19.6 19.6 16.7 16.1 19.6 19 19
Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) 10 10 10 9.2 9 7.8 7 9 8.7 8.8
Refrigerator Options
Total Shelves 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Crisper Bins 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2
Lighting LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED LED
Adaptable Shelving Sliding Sliding Folding, Sliding Sliding Sliding Sliding Sliding Sliding Folding, Sliding None
Full-Width Drawer
Temperature Controlled Drawer
 
Humidity Controlled Drawer
Spill-Proof Shelves
 
Adjustable Shelves
Total Color Options Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel, Black, White Stainless Steel, Black, White Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel, Black, White Stainless Steel, Black, White Stainless Steel
In-the-Door Storage
Door-in-door Yes    Yes   Yes     
Total Bins 6 6 6 9 6 6 6 7 6 6
Gallon-Sized Bins 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Dairy Compartment
  
 
Freezer Storage
Freezer Style Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer Drawer
Tiers 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 3
Total Bins 5 6 5 3 3 5 6 3 3 6
Portable Ice-bin
Defrost System
Bin Construction Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Wire and Plastic Wire and Plastic
Control Panel & Alarms
Control Panel Location External External External External External External External External External External
Control Panel Type Electronic Touch Controls Touchscreen Electronic Touch Controls Electronic Touch Controls Buttons Electronic Touch Controls Buttons Buttons Electronic Touch Controls Electronic Touch Controls
Display Type LED LED LCD LCD Color LCD LED Color LCD LCD LCD LCD
Temperature Control Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital
Dispenser Lockout
Door Alarm
Water & Ice Dispenser
Ice Maker Location Door Door Dual Door Door Door Door Dual Refrigerator* Dual
Water Dispenser
Ice Dispenser
Water Filter
Cubed Ice
Crushed Ice
Tall Dispenser
  
   
Warranty & Energy Usage
Parts & Labor Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Sealed System Warranty 7 Years 7 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 7 Years 5 Years 5 Years   3 Years
Other Warranties 10 Years for Compressor 10 Years for Compressor 10 Years for Compressor 10 Years for Compressor 30 Days for Water Filter Cartridge 10 Years for Compressor 30 Days for Water Filter Cartridge 30 Days for Water Filter Cartridge   
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use 578kWh 579kWh 753kWh 571kWh 568kWh 548kWh 541kWh 568kWh 564kWh 564kWh
Estimated Yearly Operating Cost $62 $62 $90 $61 $60 $59 $58 $60 $60 $60
Energy Star Qualified
Help & Support
Diagnostic Tools Tonal Tonal   Tonal   Tonal     
Online User Manual
Phone
Email/Contact Form
Live Chat
 
   
Video Guides
 
 
Dimensions
Height (in.) 70 1/4 70 1/4 70 68 3/4 69 7/8 70 1/4 69 7/8 69 7/8 69 7/8 69 1/2
Width (in.) 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 35 3/4 36 36
Depth (in.) 36 1/4 36 1/4 37 7/8 35 7/8 36 1/4 30 7/8 31 1/4 36 1/4 33 3/8 33 3/8
Weight (lbs.) 340 340 343 360 370 300 365 370 356 360
*Dual Icemaker Ready