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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Appliances that match your cabinets

Integrated Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

What are Integrated Appliances?

Sub Zero Pro Grand

When speaking about appliances at design community events, I always make a point to distinguish between appliances that are meant to stand out versus appliances that are designed to fit in. Sub-Zero’s Pro Grand Refrigerator above is a perfect example of an appliance designed to stand out. Customers proudly show this giant refrigerator as a centerpiece in their kitchen. At the other end of the spectrum are fully-integrated appliances such as the refrigerator/freezer below.

fully integrated refrigerator
Fully integrated refrigerator 2

I took these two photos at the recent Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS 2015) in Las Vegas. In the first photo, you cannot tell that this is a refrigerator. In the integrated refrigerator category, there are significant differences among what is considered fully-integrated and partially-integrated.

Fully-Integrated Appliances

If you’ve ever seen a kitchen such as in the photo above, where appliances such as refrigerator, dishwasher, icemaker, etc. were fitted with cabinet panels and installed so that they could not be distinguished from the surrounding cabinets, they are fully-integrated appliances.

There would be no hinges, no toe-kick, nor any grill showing on the refrigerator exterior. Similarly, there would be no visible toe-kick, nor visible controls on the dishwasher, etc. Of course, all the appliances need to have a narrow depth (24″) so that when installed with a cabinet panel they would be flush with the adjacent cabinet panel. The appliance handles (pulls) would match the cabinet hardware.

Partially-Integrated Appliances

Appliances that do not meet all these strict requirements, yet still have matching cabinet faces are partially-integrated. A refrigerator’s hinges might show; perhaps even a grill to allow air movement. Dishwasher controls, or toe plates might be visible. Of course, there are even some standard refrigerators that are built to accommodate cabinet panels, such as the KitchenAid counter-depth refrigerator below.

partially integrated refrigerator

As you can see, there are considerable variations from a pure fully-integrated built-in appliance to a standard full-depth appliance. To make sure that you get the exact appliance you need for your new kitchen, consult the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply. It’s always important to coordinate with designers, contractors, etc. when doing a new kitchen, but it’s especially important if your planning to have fully-integrated appliances.


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An Integrated Appliance Solution

Do you want your kitchen appliances to stand out or do you want your kitchen appliances to fit-in? It’s a fundamental design option that you need to answer at least in your own mind. Another way of phrasing this is – Do you want to show off your kitchen appliances or would you rather have your kitchen appliances blend in and even hide themselves in your cabinetry?

Some prefer everyone to know and see what they have chosen, and want to display their appliances in all their stainless steel glory. However, fully-integrated flush appliances are an increasingly popular option in upscale kitchens. One of the most common appliances that you’ll find in a fully-integrated application is the dishwasher (See picture below).

A design concept based on an entire kitchen filled with fully integrated and fully-flush appliances can be quite stunning indeed (see below).