Choosing a Built-In Refrigerator

Built-In Refrigerators at Arizona Wholesale

Types, Styles, and Look

In the early days of built-in refrigerators there were very few choices. Sub-Zero gets credit for creating this category in the mid-late fifties. It took a while for the category to grow into what it is today. At one point Sub-Zero was synonymous for built-in refrigerator, and even today they are clearly a market leader. However, many other brands now offer a variety of choices in built-in refrigeration. Here are a few:

Bosch, Dacor, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Miele, Monogram, and Thermador

Sub-Zero pioneered the traditional built-in refrigerator which, for our purposes, is a refrigerator with a cabinet depth no more than 24″. Early on the brand offered a choice of stainless steel fronts or models that would accept slide-in cabinet panel fronts to match adjacent cabinetry (overlay models).

Eventually, built-in refrigerators were developed that had hidden hinges and accepted cabinet panel fronts that were flush with adjacent cabinets. These refrigerators were fully-flush “integrated” refrigerators.

Sub-Zero-Fronts

Sub-Zero Fronts

Click below for a short discussion on integrated appliances from Houzz:

INTEGRATED APPLIANCES

Today, column refrigerators with cabinet panels have doors that go from bottom to top (no horizontal panel at the top), and when the doors are closed are truly not discernible from the adacent cabinets.

Columns

Columns

Configurations of built-ins includes side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, bottom freezer refrigrator/freezers, and separate column refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers. In addition, some brands offer built-in under counter refrigerators and wine coolers; as well as under counter refrigerator and freezer drawers. The configurations for your kitchen are endless.

Click on the link below to review some of the choices in built-in refrigerators on our Houzz page:

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The Basic Kitchen Appliance Package

Refrigerator, Range, Hood, and Dishwasher

Kitchen Package

White Ice Collection

Standard Four Piece Kitchen Package

This is the common appliance configuration for most kitchens across America. It seems simple doesn't it? Cooling (1.refrigerator), cooking (2. range, and 3. hood), and cleaning (4. dishwasher). Yet, within those product categories there are millions of appliances sold each year in a variety of brands, styles, finishes, and colors so that the choices seem infinite.

French Door Refrigerator

French Door Refrigerator

 

For example, freestanding refrigerators (excluding built-in and undercounter variations) can be loosely classified into top mount, bottom mount (including French door), and side-by-side. Seems simple enough. But some refrigerators are cabinet depth and fit somewhat snugly in the surrounding cabinets, while full depth refrigerators will stick out from the cabinets a good six inches or more. Also, you need to consider whether you want an icemaker in your refrigerator. If so, do you want a model with an ice and water dispenser?

The Stainless Steel Decision

Stainless Steel

A major decision will revolve around what type of finish you want on your appliances. Stainless steel is popular, but even in stainless steel there are options. Some manufacturers have “faux” stainless steel, while others have stainless steel that is coated to make it smudge-proof. If you wish to change up from stainless steel, major appliance manufacturers are back to touting white and black, perhaps with stainless trim such as the white or black “ice” collection from Whirlpool.

If you can't make up your mind among the variety of colors and finishes, you may consider no finish at all by purchasing panel ready models. This choice entails putting cabinet panels on your refrigerator and dishwasher to make them blend in with the surrounding cabinets.

Chimney Hood

Chimney Hood

When it comes to the vent hood, it should be very simple right? WRONG. You must choose among a standard hood, a designer model such as a chimney hood, or a microwave hood combination. Even among these three hood categories there are hoods that are ducted outside, or those that recirculate.

Does all of this begin to sound overwhelming? Well, help IS available. The professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply deal with these issues on a daily basis. Call the location nearest you to schedule an appointment for help in selecting the appliances for your new kitchen.


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