Single and Double Fridges and Freezers Tested
There are so many different types of fridges available on the market, that it can be difficult to know which one to buy.
There are so many different types of fridges available on the market, that it can be difficult to know which one to buy. Obviously, you will want to think about the energy efficiency of such a large appliance that will be running every day for many years to come. This is especially important when you factor in that fridges account for around 20% of your total electricity bill each quarter.
Yet, choosing a fridge does go deeper than just thinking about the energy efficiency rating. You may have set your sights on a double-door fridge, but only have space for a single fridge/freezer in your kitchen. Or perhaps you have a large family and need the extra space to store more food in a larger fridge.
No matter what the reason, here is a quick look at the comparisons and differences between single and double fridges and freezers.
Single Fridges Put to the Test
Most people are already familiar with the standard conventional single fridges. These feature one door to open the fridge compartment. They also feature one door to open the freezer compartment, either above or below the fridge section.
Single fridges offer plenty of benefits and advantages over their double-door counterparts. However, there are some disadvantages too.
Top Mount Fridge Freezer
The traditional top mount fridge is the type with the freezer compartment right above the fridge. These single fridges are available in small capacity sizes, right through to large family capacity. This makes it easy to choose the right size to suit any particular need.
Additionally, a single fridge is often a narrower width to a double fridge, which can be ideal for kitchens with limited space.
Single fridges are known to be slightly more economical to run than larger double-door fridges, which use more power overall. However, don’t confuse this with energy efficiency. Just because a larger fridge uses more power doesn’t mean it’s less economical. There may be occasions when the larger fridge can actually draw a small amount more power to refrigerate a much larger fridge/freezer capacity.
The freezer space in many top mount fridges is also somewhat limited. The freezer compartment is usually quite deep and does contain wire shelves. Yet, it is sometimes annoying to dig around in the back of the freezer looking for a particular item.
Upside Down Fridge
The upside-down fridge is still a single fridge, and will fit into a narrow kitchen fridge alcove the same way a top mount fridge does. The primary difference is that the freezer compartment is at the bottom.
As most people access the fridge more often than the freezer, it makes good design sense to have the fridge at a higher level for convenient access. The freezer also comes complete with sliding drawers and shelves to make freezer storage more convenient. Unfortunately, these fridges tend to be more expensive than the top mount fridges.
Double Fridges Put to the Test
Double fridges look as though they offer far more storage capacity than their single-door counterparts do – and many of them can. Unfortunately, they are also much wider than traditional fridges. If your kitchen only has a small fridge alcove, the additional width of a double fridge will not fit.
However, LG do have a narrow version of the double-door fridge that sits at approximately 900mm. This is only marginally larger than a regular top mount fridge. Just be sure you measure your kitchen alcove before you buy anything.
Side-by-side fridges feature two doors alongside each other. The fridge section runs down the full length of one side of the fridge, while the freezer occupies the other side. This offers a larger freezer space than a traditional top mount fridge, so it’s ideal for those who like to stock up the freezer during the sales.
Unfortunately, the freezer section is quite narrow, which can make storing larger items tricky. If you choose a fridge that features an icemaker, this will take up quite a lot of freezer space, giving you even less room to store food.
Depending on the model you choose, it’s possible to find very energy efficient double-door fridges.
Comparing the Pair
The decision between a single door and a double door fridge is all about personal preference. The price tag on single door fridges might be a little more affordable, but there are advantages to double door fridges too.