For large families, a roomy refrigerator is a must. With it, you can buy food for a week or in advance for the holidays. Products will remain fresh for a long time. If there is enough space in the kitchen, pay attention to Side-by-Side refrigerators. These are refrigeration units with two doors and with independent chambers.
Large double-wing refrigerators of domestic and foreign production are presented in equipment stores. The choice of such a unit should be based not only on the price, but also on the technical parameters of the device.
The main feature of the Side-by-Side models is the presence of several doors, and that the refrigerator and freezer are located vertically and parallel to each other. When choosing a device, you need to take into account such characteristics as its dimensions, chamber capacity, defrosting technology, energy consumption, operation noise level, equipment, control system, and additional functions. It is also important to pay attention to the choice of the manufacturer.
The two-door refrigerator is larger than a conventional two-chamber refrigerator. It can be from 170 to 220 cm in height, from 80 cm to one and a half meters in width, and from 63 to 110 cm in depth. Swing doors require additional space.
Such a household appliance is well suited for installation in a kitchen of 9-10 m² or more. The ratio of the total size of the refrigerator and its internal volume may differ for different models.
The useful volume of two-door units ranges from 300 to 800 liters. Focus on family needs and the location of individual cooling zones.
In all models of two-door units, a forced air circulation system is installed in the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Each chamber has its own independent defrosting system. But there are two of them – drip and No Frost. The second option is more convenient, since it is automatic. And in the first case, you have to turn off the device and wait for the chambers to fully defrost.
The useful volume of Side-by-Side aggregates is greater than that of the rest; accordingly, more energy is required to keep products in such refrigerators. The most economical device will be marked A +++, A ++ or A+. Alphabetical letters indicate an increase in electricity consumption. Class G is the highest. There are models with an energy-efficient compressor installed. It significantly saves energy by optimally turning it on and off.
Devices with two doors operate more noisily than other models. To maintain the desired temperature in such a large space, additional fans are installed on the outside of the device. Their work creates additional noise. Some models also feature Quiet ZoneTM silent operation. Choose refrigerators with a noise level within 40 dB.
An important advantage of this type of refrigeration unit is the presence of several zones with different climates.
- Dry freshness zone for storing chilled meat and fish products. Here they do not freeze and remain fresh for several days.
- Freshness area for fruits and vegetables.
- Minibar for storing bottled drinks.
The presence of climate sections is convenient, but this always leads to an increase in the price of household appliances.
Shelves and containers
Choose refrigerators with convenient shelf layout. Please note that not all units’ shelves can be removed and interchanged. Determine the required container volumes in the freezer compartment so that the products do not have to be divided into parts before freezing. Lighting of shelves and sections is also important.
In Side-by-Side refrigeration units, one to three compressors are installed. If the device has two compressors, then you can safely turn off one of the compartments for defrosting, and the second one will continue to work. In addition, devices with two or more compressors are more energy efficient, but they are also more expensive.
The device is configured using the electronic information panel, which is located on the door. There you can adjust the temperature for each section. Some models have a self-diagnosis function – in case of breakdown of any part, the corresponding error code is shown on the display.
Additional options worth paying for:
- Dispenser. Using this system, you can get chilled drinking water. It is important to additionally install a filter, since tap water is often of poor quality.
- An ice maker produces ice in cubes or in crushed form. Requires connecting the refrigerator to the water supply.
- Quick freeze mode.
- Sound indicator of an open refrigerator.
- Also, a necessary addition would be the Vacation mode, which saves energy consumption. If the owners leave for a while, it is not necessary to unplug the refrigerator. It is enough to activate this mode and the device will maintain a constantly set temperature.
Models with double doors advantageously differ from the usual modern design. There are units with metal doors, with stylized wood panels, with a variety of ornaments, etc. The color of the doors can also be very diverse.
Manufacturer and price
The first refrigerators with such a large volume and a vertical arrangement of the freezer appeared in the United States, so Side-by-Side units are usually called American refrigerators. It is believed that the best of them are produced in the USA under such brands: General Electric, Jenn Air, Viking and others. With all the positive qualities of these brands, their prices are quite impressive and not so cheap, too.
But these foreign brands can successfully compete with them as well:
- Daewoo Electronics.
Prices for such models are higher than for classic ones. On average, it ranges from 1100 to 4000 $.
You can store a large number of products in a two-door refrigerator, which is necessary for a big family. The main thing is to allocate enough space in the kitchen to install it. Before buying a refrigeration unit for the home, study all the technical characteristics that affect usability and pay attention to customer reviews.