French Door Refrigerator

french door refrigerator unit
French door refrigerator with doors of cooler compartment partially open

A French Door Refrigerator is high-end, having many similarities with side-by-side refrigerator. Its design combines features of side-by-side refrigerator together with its own unique ones: Two doors opening from the center like a cabinet, and a single door compartment accessed like a pull out drawer. In most cases, the upper compartments are the coolers, and lower compartments the freezers. A French door refrigerator’s buying price is above average owing to the quality of material used to construct it, and some of its features.

  • Stainless Steel Body. Its outer surface is usually made of stainless steel metal sheet or other polished materials. This gives it a sleek, attractive look. Steel also makes the firm to sustain the weight of its full capacity.
  • Water and Ice Cube Dispenser. This is a feature french door refrigerator identifies with. It conveniently dispenses cold ready-to-drink water and ice cubes. This dispenser is ideal for use in both family and corporate setting.
  • Coffee Maker. Similar to how water and ice cube dispenser is built on the refrigerator, this coffee maker is also crafted on the surface. It is another wow! that technology advancement has treated us to. One exciting part of this “coffee maker technology” is that it has an electronic control system that you can synchronize with your smartphone, enabling you to even initiate coffee-making process from your bedroom.
  • Electronic Control System. A Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) on the upper part of the door displays, in digital form, the inner condition of the refrigerator – temperature, compressor state (running or stopped), defrost process etc. Some models are fitted with wireless electronic technology for adjusting settings using a remote control device.
  • Flexible Storage Area. Trays inside the refrigerator can be rearranged to accommodate varying sizes of food items like barbecue turkey, wider pizza plates, pitchers and milk containers.
  • Two Compressor System. This is a design favorable for business settings, or where electricity cost may not be a critical factor. The refrigerator has two inbuilt compressors that serve the freezer and cooler compartments separately. If one compressor connected to one compartment kaput, rendering one compartment non-functional, the other one goes on.

These extras, of course, come at a price. A one-time price that’s included in the buying price, and recurrent cost of maintenance e.g. electricity. For example, in a two compressor refrigerator, running the two compressors has the advantage of you remaining afloat in case one compressor accidentally dies. But there is the disadvantage of double consumption of electricity by the two compressors because each compressor is connected to either the freezer or cooler compartment. Nevertheless, this high-end French Door Refrigerator has places where it serves perfectly, that other types of refrigerators may not. Examples are: Executive boardrooms that are always busy with meetings, restaurants hosting executive conferences, and home-stays. In such places, unavailability of cold drinks is unimaginable.

As Dan Diclerico says in the above demo clip, “We may soon see a French Door refrigerator crafted with a device that dispenses freshly squeezed juice.” This means that the farthest technology can go is only limited by human imagination. Who knew, a few years back, that a Smart Fridge with a 29-inch LG Windows 10 tablet could exist, today?

With all the commendations french door refrigerator receives, it’s interesting to note that it doesn’t work the same (well) for everyone; it’s a nightmare to other users. But that’s why there are a variety of tastes that everyone can choose from.

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