Type of refrigerator: Bottom freezer
Bottom-freezer refrigerator models are designed similarly to top freezer models except that that food you grab most often--the items in the fresh food compartment--are at eye level and easier to reach. Some bottom freezer models have a freezer drawer. Compared to top freezer models, bottom-mount refrigerators come in fewer styles. The freezer is either a drawer or a swinging-door compartment.
Price:$1389 to $1,599
Average dimensions for freestanding unit: Width: 29 inches; Depth: 32 inches; Depth with door open 90 degrees: 59 inches; Height: 66 to 69 inches
Who it's best for: The foodie who wants fresh food to be easy to reach and doesn't mind bending down to get into the freezer.
Type of refrigerator: Side-by-side
With side-by-side refrigerators, the freezer and the fresh food compartment get equal real estate. And traditional side-by-side models don't need as much clearance for the doors, so they can be a good fit in galley-style kitchens. They can come with in-door water and ice systems or other gadgets such as TV screens. The average dimensions for standalone refrigerator units are: Width: 35 inches; Depth: 30 inches; Depth with door open 90 degrees: 45 inches; Height: 71 inches. Space-efficient cooks who also want in-door extras will like side-by-sides best.
For tastier ice and water, many refrigerators come with filtration systems. You can get ice makers that make ice in all shapes and sizes. There are models let you make extra ice fast for your parties and holiday feasts, and some put the ice-maker inside the door to save valuable freezer space.
Read more in the Refrigerator Buying Guide