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Types of Refrigerators and Their Benefits

There are many options to choose from when buying a new refrigerator. This article will give you a quick overview of the different types and the benefits of each.

Top freezer

• Tend to be narrower than side-by-sides of comparable cubic foot capacity (29”-33”), but have a wider door‑swing.

• Offer a tremendous amount of storage versatility.

• Wide items (such as pizza boxes, deli trays and roasting pans) tend to fit more easily in a top freezer model.

• Typically, top freezer models cost less than side-by-sides and are more energy efficient

Bottom freezer

• Pull-out and glide-out features make it easier for you to see, reach and organize foods stored in the freezer.

• Fresh foods are stored at a more convenient height, making them easier to see and reach.

French Door

• The unique armoire doors in this bottom freezer model eliminate the center bar found in other side-by-side models.

• The French Door refrigerator has a larger freezer capacity than any other bottom-freezer model.

• This refrigerator is great for customers with a smaller kitchen or an island since the door opening is so much smaller.


• Tend to be wider than other refrigerators


• Full-height freezer next to a full-height refrigerator (66”-70”).

• Ice and water dispensers are available on most side-by-side models with water filtration.

• Fresh and frozen foods are stored at a convenient height, making them easy to see and reach.

• Come in larger maximum storage capacities.

• Tend to have a wider range of features to enhance performance and convenience.

Counter Depth Side-By-Side

• The built-in look without the built-in price. Over 5”‑shallower than similar width side by sides, fits flush with kitchen counters. This free standing unit can plug into any standard outlet.

Things to consider when Buying a Refrigerator

Looking for a new refrigerator? Here are a few simple questions to ask before deciding what to buy.


What size space do you have available?

• Customers should make sure to measure the width, depth and height of the space where their new refrigerator will be placed.

• In the past, people with smaller cut-outs leaned toward top freezers. However,

options that include smaller versions of side-by-sides, bottom freezers and French-door bottom freezers are available.

• Counter-depth models are designed to be flush with countertops to provide a sleek, built-in appearance. These models are also the perfect solution for kitchens with a limited cutout depth, saving up to 5” of valuable floor space.

Do you and/or your family eat more frozen foods or fresh foods?

• If you eat more frozen foods, you will want a freezer that is easy to access and has a large capacity. Top freezers and side-by sides might be better options. Be aware that the freezer compartment in a side-by-side is narrower.

• Customers who eat more fresh foods may want a fresh food section that has more capacity. Bottom freezers keep all fresh foods at a higher level for easy reach and allow for the storage of wide items like deli trays.

Does your family eat a lot of fruits and vegetables?

• If yes, then you may want features like humidity-controlled crispers or dual evaporators that help keep fruits and vegetables fresh. Some Kenmore Elite side by- side models offer Fresh ’N Ready bins for easy access to produce on the door.

Do you want to get water and/or ice from the refrigerator without opening the door?

• Almost all side-by-sides and most bottom freezers provide filtered water from the door. Few top freezers provide this feature.

Is styling important to you?

• If you want a built-in look, you may want a counter-depth, side-by-side or bottom freezer. These models have less depth, leaving the cabinet flush with the countertops, but have slightly less capacity.

• External dispensers on certain models have a more integrated look with the refrigerator door.

• Some models have smooth, contoured doors.

• Some models have longer doors that hide the hinges.

Are you concerned about energy consumption?

• You may want to select a refrigerator that is designated as ENERG Y STAR® qualified. These models are at least 20% more energy efficient than the Department of Energy standard and can provide significant savings over the life of the refrigerator.

The Forever Kenmore Freezers

It has been 58 years since we drove the 30 miles to Greenvills, SC to shop for a freezer. Our home is in Spartanburg, SC, but this small city did not have a Sears in 1953. It was always worth the trip to Greenville to shop at Sears.

We decided on a Kenmore chest freezer because layered items would be less exposed to warm room temperatures than they would in a standing freezer with doors that open all the way. When our freezer arrived and we stocked it, we were amazed at how quickly every item became solidly frozen. From that time on, our Kenmore freezer has done the same perfect job of freezing and maintaining the temperature. Although it is almost 59 years old,our Sears Kenmore Freezer has never needed to be repaired and operates just as flawlessly as it did in 1953. Our thanks to Sears for selling us a freezer that was totally efficient half a century ago and still runs perfectly now.

product: Sears Kenmore Chest Freezer
Name: Marsha Poliakoff
City: Spartanburg,
State: SC

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Finally - a store that understands my needs. My husband and I purchased the latest and greatest Samsung 28 Cubic Foot Refrigerator w/ Counter Height Freezer Drawer, Stainless Steel (Model RF4287HARS). It'll arrive just before Christmas and make its debut at my Christmas dinner with family and friends. I'm now shopping the Outlet Stores for a washer/dryer set. Sears has always been our favorite choice for home appliances from the 1960's until today. Thanks for being a part of my family.
Love, Cousin Cookie.

product: Samsung 28 Cubic Foot Refrigerator w/ Counter Height Freezer Drawer, Stainless Steel (Model RF4287HARS)
Name: Cookie Irvin
City: Torrance
State: CA

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Just stopped in to browse discount refrigerators for our new house. We lucked up on getting a very knowlegeable and helpful salesperson. Ended up buying a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and washer and dryer set. Salesperson was enthusiastic, energetic, answered all our many questions, if he didn't know something he went and found out. He was very helpful and professional. We will definitely be back when we need anything for our new home.

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My fridge went out and I recently lost my job, so I didn't have alot of money to spend on a new refrigerator. I went to and saw some good looking refrigerators that were reasonably priced. I went to the store and ended up buying a Kenmore Refrigerator for less than I had expected to pay. I am very pleased, and I will definitely recommend Sears Outlet to family and friends.

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I really appreciated everything that the salesperson helped me with. She listened to my needs and wants and I found the perfect product in a very short amount of time. Due to my financial setbacks, checkout took a little longer than expected, but that was because of the different financing options I had to purchase through. She made everything a breeze and I'm now enjoying my new, beautiful refrigerator!

Sierra R. from Dallas, TX

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My refrigator just quit working one day and I headed stratight for Sears Searplus. My daughter had a samsung and I loved the air circulation and fast freeze features. I found expactly what I was looking for and bought it , had it put in my truck and headed home. Love the refrigator. Runs quiet, works great and looks great. Happy with my purchase and the price was half what I would have to pay in a retail store.

product: Samsung Side by Side Refrigerators
Name: Judy Jesse
City: Ringgold
State: Georgia

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Employees were very helpful and quick to assist. I was there for 2 visits and on both occasions, the staff was very friendly and knowledgable. I was also very impressed by the delivery process. The 2 gentlemen that delivered my refrigerator were prompt, courteous, and very careful when removing the old refrigerator and bringing in the new one. They also explained all the features and assured that everything was set perfectly before leaving.

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I went in skeptical about finding a "counter depth" fridge that would meet all of my needs. We've been looking for a specific fridge type for over a year. Sure enough there were multiple options, the sales associate Chris was knowledgable and courteous, and to top it off the great deal I got was made even better when I found the same item on line for $150 less. I called them up, they honored the price. I came back in and the paperwork for the credit was ready to go, all I had to do was sign!! Excellent experience.

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