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March 18, 2019 | Uncategorized

What is a French Door Refrigerator?

Thor Kitchen HRF3601F – A French Door Refrigerator

Not all refrigerators are created equal. They come in many different sizes, shapes, and designs. And, as they have transitioned over the years, various traits and characteristics have stood out in popularity. Currently, one of those traits is a refrigerator with French doors.

If you’re not familiar with this style, you may be wondering … what is a French Door refrigerator?

What is a French Door Refrigerator?

French doors are double doors that, when found in a home, offer a lot of light and open space to the area. They date back to the French Renaissance when symmetry was prominent in architecture, which is likely why they are referred to as β€œFrench doors.”

what is a french door refrigerator
Thor Kitchen TKF3601U – 36 Inch Freestanding Refrigerator

Initially, these types of doors were found in prestigious homes, but have become increasingly popular in the most extravagant – and least extravagant – residences everywhere.

Now, the concept of the open space French doors has made its way to your refrigerator.

An Overview of One of the Most Popular Styles

French door refrigerators are the latest trend in refrigerator design. These refrigerators have two refrigerator doors that open outward, with the split in the middle. They can open individually or both together. The idea is that by opening both, you are opening up the entire space – making everything clearly visible.

Thor Kitchen HRF3602BS French door refrigerator in black stainless steel

Most French door refrigerators come with one or two freezer drawers on the bottom. This is handy, as most people access the refrigerator more frequently. And, the larger bottom freezer drawers allow for more organized space.

A Range of Sizes and Colors

When choosing a French door refrigerator for your home, you want to consider the size. Unlike other refrigerator models that have one door swinging in one direction, this refrigerator has two doors that will affect the space on either side of the refrigerator. However, keep in mind that because the refrigerator door is cut in half, the amount of space required on each side will be less than if a full door was opening – technically making it a great candidate for a small space.

In addition, the bottom freezer drawer/s are often as deep as the refrigerator, so pulling them out is going to require space. You will want to make sure you measure correctly before you make a purchase. And, of course, allow for a little wiggle room.

Its All About the Layout

Whether they are truly bigger or not, French door refrigerators give you a great visual when you open the doors. It is all about the layout. There is no need to bend and twist and move stuff around. Instead, you will have everything openly visible and organized.

Most French door refrigerators have movable shelves, too. This allows you to pull them out and get a deeper view when necessary. It is also a great help when it comes to reaching hard-to-reach items.

The chiller drawers, produce drawers, and wide door bins provide lots of space for organizing your refrigerators. They allow you to easily see what you have – and help you to avoid gathering moldy items in unseen places.

Save Energy with Two Doors

French door refrigerators are a bit more costly than regular refrigerators. However, it is important to note that they can save you energy as well. Every single time you open the refrigerator door, you are letting out cool air and forcing the refrigerator to work harder.

But, with a French door refrigerator, you do not have to open both doors. This means you are releasing less cold air and, in turn, causing the refrigerator to not have to work as hard to replace it. This is a win for your wallet that will follow you as long as you have the refrigerator.

A Timeless Style

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen or just trying to seek a new refrigerator, French door models are the go-to refrigerator for designers. Simply put, they look good. But, they are also fit in nearly every design style. Sleek and shiny enough for the modern or industrial look, elegant enough for a traditional design style, and bright enough for a fun, contemporary kitchen, and so forth.

They are aesthetically pleasing, but that is not all that makes them desirable. The fact that they are incredibly functional takes the cake. It makes kitchens everywhere want to have a French door refrigerator.

Popular Features

Most French door refrigerators come with options that you may not see on other models. Here are a few examples for you to check out:

  • Many have door alarms which come in handy if you are often guilty of forgetting to shut the door (wasting energy).
  • Another feature is LED lighting that looks great, new, and fresh. Plus, this type of lighting is eco-friendly.
  • An inside camera that connects to your Wi-Fi and helps you remember what you need if you are at the grocery store and can’t remember.
  • Movable trays and bins. You can literally rearrange the layout of your refrigerator very easily whenever you want. Depending on your grocery purchases, you can increase or reduce space between shelves, etc.
  • One or two bottom freezer drawers allows you plenty of space to organize. And, unlike most freezers, these large drawers offer you ample space for large items. In addition, you are often able to change their layout as well, for added convenience.

Features vary from model to model, but, with the technology always increasing, so will the available features.


French door refrigerators are very popular and found in kitchens everywhere. The most popular come in shades of stainless steel and now, growing in popularity is black stainless steel. These functional, nice looking refrigerators can give you everything you are looking for.

  • Space
  • Layout control
  • Energy saving
  • Eye-pleasing design

And so much more.

The French architects knew what they were doing when they created this wide-open, bright, symmetrical door design. In fact, it is so versatile that it works well on doors, windows, and refrigerators.

Welcome to your future refrigerator – organized, easily accessible, and beautiful: the French door refrigerator.