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

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


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.



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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Universal Design Appliances at Arizona Wholesale Supply

5 Universal Design Appliance Trends

Making appliances work for Universal Design

Kitchen designers have been working on Universal Design kitchens for years now. There are some who even specialize in this area. For an appliance, this may be as simple as locating the appliance at a certain height. Unfortunately sometimes, appliances are just not as suitable for Universal Design as they could be. The good news is that more and more new appliances have features and capabilities that make the appliance more Universal Design friendly.

Here are some emerging trends in the way designers specify appliances and in the growth of certain appliance features and types that are more Universal Design friendly.

1. New trends in microwave ovens. We recently wrote about the growing popularity of microwave drawers 2013 Appliance Sales Trends. In addition to the trend for microwave drawers, we're seeing traditional built-in microwaves at or below counter height to make them more accessible.

2. French door refrigerators have become enormously popular, and they are very accessible. We especially like the more recent models that feature convenient, accessible pantry drawers.

3. Slide-in Ranges have been around for years. Their easy to reach upfront controls make operation a breeze. However, overhead ventilation can be a problem with any range. Jenn-Air offers a selection of electric and gas slide-in ranges that have downdraft ventilation which can be controlled from the front.

4. Refrigerator and freezer drawers are now offered by a host of appliance brands. Not only are they accessible, they can be located nearly anywhere in the kitchen. Since a convenient location can be critical for Universal Design, the value of this trend cannot be overemphasized.

5. Dishwashers are being raised. Ovens are being lowered. Dishwashers are the one kitchen appliance that is often too low to be accessible – not too high. Designers have fixed this by raising the dishwasher off the floor a few inches. On the other hand, wall ovens have typically been located with their controls at eye level for a standing adult. Now, we're seeing ovens placed in wall cabinet at a much lower height with convenient controls for everyone and an oven door at waist level. New steam-convection ovens are ideal for these installations.

In general, appliances themselves also have better designs. Induction cooktops are super safe and run cool. Child lockouts are now commonplace in appliances, just as auto-shutoff features. According to a recent article in Housing Zone,

There have been incredible technology and design improvements in the kitchen that make accessories, lighting, and appliances more intuitive and easier to use. Smart design helps to make the space more accessible and safe for all users.”

It also helps to deal with professionals such as those at Arizona Wholesale Supply who are experienced in providing appliances for all needs. They can help you select just the right appliance for your specific situation and budget.

What trends have YOU seen or would like to see to make kitchens accessible to all? Add your comments below:

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Jenn-Air’s new Under Counter Wine Cellar

Jenn-Air® goes luxury with new Under Counter appliances

Jenn-Air Undercounter

New Jenn-Air Undercounter Appliances

Four years ago, the Jenn-Air® brand was re-positioned from a premium brand to a super-premium brand, and re-launched led by high-end cooking products including an exclusive wall-oven with a full-color touch screen.

But they haven't stopped there. Now, Jenn-Air® has brought to market a new line of undercounter appliances rivaling those in the luxury class. Anchored by some stylish and beautiful wine storage units, the undercounter category is among the most complete in the industry with refrigerator and refrigerator/freezer drawers, an icemaker with several exclusive features, a beverage center, and more. Most models are available in Eurostyle, Pro-style, or overlay configurations and offer flush installation in a standard cabinet depth.

Read about the Jenn-Air® JUW24FRAR Under Counter Wine Cellar below. Call or visit Arizona Wholesale Supply for details and pricing.

Jenn-Air Wine Cellar

Jenn-Air Wine Cellar

This distinctive Under Counter Wine Cellar safeguards your favorite vintages and keeps them stylishly close at hand. It features dual temperature zones for red and white wines, and six pull-out, beechwood racks that store up to 46 bottles.


  • 46 Wine Bottle Capacity
  • 6 Pull-Out Wine Racks with Beechwood Tines
  • Dual Temperature Zones
  • Fully Flush, Built-In Design
  • Automatic Interior LED Marquee Lighting
  • UV-Resistant Thermal Glass Door
  • Display Lighting Option
  • Automatic Defrost
  • Concealed External Controls
  • Soft-Close Door
  • Pro-Style® Stainless Handle Kit (available)

Points of Distinction

 Articulating hinge allows for Fully Flush, Built-in Design
 Soft-Close technology ensures doors and drawers
close softly, quietly and securely — every time
 Soft glow of Automatic LED Interior Lighting illuminates interior

 Elegance Shelving creates a beautiful appearance as hors d’oeuvres, beverages and other food items seem to float within the interior
 UV-Resistant Thermal Glass Door preserves temperatures and wine from ultraviolet rays
 Pull-Out Wine Racks gently cradle wine bottles on natural, beechwood tines

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