Best Side-by-Side Refrigerators

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 20, 2017
Need a space-saving fridge for a big family? A side-by-side refrigerator matches your request perfectly. We have reviewed 5 best side-by-side refrigerators to help you pick the suitable model. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Capacity
Drawers and Shelves
Dispenser
Temperature Controls
Extras
Design
Dimensions (inches)
Annual Energy Consumption
Warranty
 
PROS
The settings are done with the help of the built-in 8-inch Linux-based tablet. The Samsung's innovative Twin Cooling Plus® system ensures no mixing of odors from different foods inside the fridge.
CONS
In-door shelves cannot be rearranged.
OUR VERDICT
Samsung refrigerator comes with the state-of-the-art built-in multimedia system. So, besides food storage, you can monitor the fridge state with your smartphone, listen to music, and find various recipes on the Internet.
detailed parameters
Capacity
Total: 29.6 cu ft Freezer: 11.5 cu ft Refrigerator: 18.1 cu ft
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 5 x Tempered Glass Spill Proof Shelves 2 x Clear Drawers 1 x Fresh Drawer 5 x Clear Door Bins 1 x Wine Rack Freezer: 5 x Glass Shelves 2 x Clear Drawers 3 x Clear Door Bins
Dispenser
Ice and Water Dispenser, Water Filter, Ice Maker
Temperature Controls
Touch control Refrigerator: 34 - 46°F Freezer: -10 - 8°F
Extras
Door Alarm, 8” LCD Digital Display with Apps, Twin Cooling Plus System®, Child Lock
Design
Free-Standing, Matching Handles, Stainless Steel, Hidden Hinges
Dimensions (inches)
34.25" x 69.5" x 30"
Annual Energy Consumption
621 kWh
Warranty
General Warranty - 1 year, Sealed-system Warranty - 5 years
PROS
The Accu-Chill™ temperature management system keeps the climate in the fridge compartments and turns the compressor on when required only.
CONS
The operation of an ice dispenser may seem rather noisy.
OUR VERDICT
Whirlpool efficient ventilation system will ensure clean air and correct temperature circulation in the interior of this refrigerator, so as to keep the freshness of the food longer.
detailed parameters
Capacity
Total: 25.59 cu ft Freezer: 8.93 cu ft Refrigerator: 16.66 cu ft
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 4 x Shelves 3 x Drawers 2 x Adjustable Full-Width Bins 2 x Adjustable Full-Width Gallon Bins Freezer: 4 x Shelves 2 x Drawers 3 x Fixed Full-Width Door Bins
Dispenser
Ice and Water Dispenser, Water Filter, Ice Maker
Temperature Controls
Touch control Refrigerator: 33 - 45°F Freezer: -5 - 5°F
Extras
Door Ajar Alarm, Dispenser Lock, Humidity-Controlled Drawers, Air filter, Accu-Chill™
Design
Freestanding, Matching Handles, Stainless Steel, Hidden Hinges
Dimensions (inches)
36" x 69" x 34.875"
Annual Energy Consumption
709 kWh
Warranty
1 year limited warranty
PROS
SpillSafe® shelves can be positioned at any height you need, so you can use the capacity of refrigerator effectively.
CONS
Temperature controls are located inside the refrigerator compartment, which some users find less convenient.
OUR VERDICT
Due to the energy-saving technologies that allow for decreasing the power consumption up to 582 kWh, this model can be considered as the most energy-efficient.
detailed parameters
Capacity
Total: 25.6 cu ft Freezer: 9.01 cu ft Refrigerator: 16.5 cu ft
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 4 x Shelves 2 x Crispers 5 x Door Bins Freezer: 4 x Freezers 3 x Freezer Shelves 1 x Freezer Basket
Dispenser
Ice and Water Dispenser, Water Filter, Ice Maker
Temperature Controls
Touch control Refrigerator: 33 - 47°F Freezer: -6 - 6°F
Extras
Control Lock Option, Energy Saver Plus Technology, Humidity-controlled crisper drawers, Door closers
Design
Freestanding, Matching Handles, Stainless Steel, Hidden Hinges
Dimensions (inches)
36" x 69.875" x 32"
Annual Energy Consumption
582kWh
Warranty
Warranty - 1 year
PROS
Thanks to the built-in fridge evaporator, the dust doesn't settle on its surface. Consequently, the heat exchange is maintained well and the cooling is effective during the entire service life.
CONS
The dispenser is integrated with an ice maker, so you should choose between ice and water options.
OUR VERDICT
This black refrigerator looks very stylish. The hidden hinges add to the attractive smooth form that appeals to most our customers.
detailed parameters
Capacity
Total: 25.4 cu ft Freezer: 9.7 cu ft Refrigerator: 15.7 cu ft
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 4 x Glass Shelves 2 x Multi-Level Drawers 1 x Snack Drawers 5 x Door Bins Freezer: 4 x Door Bins 2 x Storage Baskets 3 x Cabinet Shelves
Dispenser
Ice and Water Dispenser, Water Filter, Ice Maker
Temperature Controls
Touch control Refrigerator: 32 - 42°F Freezer: -5 - 5°F
Extras
Door Alarm, Child Lock, Humidity-controlled crisper drawers, NeverClean condenser
Design
Freestanding, Black Color, Matching Handles, Hidden Hinges
Dimensions (inches)
35.75" x 69.5" x 34.75"
Annual Energy Consumption
643 kWh
Warranty
Limited 1-year entire appliance
PROS
Door-in-Door™ provides quick access to frequently consumed food without losing the cold, and Smart Diagnosis technology will hep you find and eliminate the fault yourself.
CONS
It has a non-magnetic front.
OUR VERDICT
The intelligent Smart Cooling system adjusts the temperature and humidity with 5 sensors, so the shelf life of food can be prolonged greatly compared to the other models.
detailed parameters
Capacity
Total: 26.1 cu ft Freezer: 9.2 cu ft Refrigerator: 16.9 cu ft
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 4 x Cantilevered Shelves 2 x Crisper Bins 9 x Door Shelves/Bins Freezer: 3 x Cantilevered Shelves 3 x Door Shelves/Bins
Dispenser
Ice and Water Dispenser, Water Filter, Ice Maker
Temperature Controls
Touch control Refrigerator: 33 - 46°F Freezer: -6 - 8°F
Extras
Door Alarm, Child Lock, Auto Closing Door Hinge, Door-in-Door™ Smart Cooling, LoDecibel™, Smart Diagnosis
Design
Freestanding, Matching Handles, Stainless Steel/Coated Metal, Hidden Hinges
Dimensions (inches)
35.875' x 70.125" x 35.75"
Annual Energy Consumption
715 kWh
Warranty
1 Year Parts and Labor, 7 Years on the Sealed System, 10 Years on Linear Compressor

What is a Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Side-by-side refrigerator is a two-section fridge with an upright freezer placed next to the fridge section. This arrangement of sections is recognized pretty convenient since the food is kept at the same level in both compartments. The design of side-by-side fridges benefits most big families who need to keep plenty of food but don’t have a lot of space in the kitchen. The way the doors are opened allows consumers to save some efficient space. That’s another reason why side-by-side fridges are so popular among consumers worldwide. Besides, they look really nice and can decorate any kitchen easily.

If you need a device for a long-term food storage, we've comprehensively reviewed upright freezers that would help you freeze a large amount of foodstuff.

What Features to Compare

Shelves and Drawers

You should know shelving and capacity of the chosen refrigerator to use free space effectively. Plenty of shelves and drawers will help you store your food in the fridge effectively. The possibility to substitute, remove or adjust shelves allows you to put various items like bottles and jugs. The door shelves let you conveniently position food stuff that you most frequently need and have them within easy reach. The wide door shelves allow for convenient storage of gallon bottles of juice or milk. The drawers for fruit and vegetables with humidity adjustment let you choose the optimal climate for various types of food. Big, capacious fridges should be considered by big families. Contrarily, if you don't usually keep a lot of food at home, it is more expedient to choose a refrigerator with a smaller capacity.

Control

The way you’re going to set and adjust a temperature in the fridge is also important. Most modern refrigerators allow temperature adjustment in each compartment, so you can pre-set different temperatures for fridge and freezer and be confident that your food is stored properly. There are also refrigerators with additional control features for your ultimate comfort, so, make sure to consider whether these functions work out for you. A Child Lock is going to be a helpful feature for a family with kids who love changing settings and trying everything new. With a Child Lock on, you wouldn’t worry about water spillage on a floor or wrong temperature settings. Consider side-by-side refrigerators with water dispensers and ice makers. There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than to have a glass of iced cold water with a couple of ice cubes in! Check also whether the fridge has got a filter indicator so that you can replace a cartridge in the filter on time.

Additional functions

Additional functions and extras will be an advantage. For example, you can get a fridge with self-closing doors that will tightly seal even if you leave the door open. Another zest to inform a consumer of an open door is an audible alarm, so you can choose either. Some fridges have got air filters that effectively remove unpleasant food smells as well as clean the air from dust. The temperature sensors provide proper temperature distribution in all compartments and this way considerably prolong the shelf life of your food. 

Appearance

Side-by-side refrigerators usually have an elegant design and small width. Yet, before you have your fridge shipped home, make sure that you’ve got enough space for it. The door opening is quite wide, thus, your chosen fridge’s dimensions are important too. Check the space that you need with a fridge wide open and only then, go for one. Otherwise, you may get it wrong and find no place for it afterward. The capacity of the fridge is also quite important, especially for those families who love to cook and usually store plenty of food at home.

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Samsung 29.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Progress Doesn't Stand Still

Samsung has always been famous for its innovative production technologies. And this Samsung RSG309AARS refrigerator is no exception. The fridge settings are managed with the help of the intelligent system that uses the Linux-based OS to turn your kitchen into a real media center. What would catch your eye first is an 8-inch LCD touch screen, which displays information about the current state of the fridge. At a first glance, the controls seem a bit tricky. However, it should be pointed out that this is far from the truth. The comprehensive and user-friendly menu will quickly remind you of using a tablet. And for those who still doubt, manufacturers provide detailed instructions, containing information about all available settings and a simple explanation on how they work. The Internet-connected touch-screen provides an abundance of opportunities that have been unavailable before. The built-in installation services allow you to easily and quickly find the desired recipe while a fully automated monitoring system provides information about the fridge state from anywhere in the world. There are additional apps available: Calendar, Grocery list creator, News, Pandora, Photo Album, Twitter, Weather, which turn your fridge screen into a tablet device for you to keep track of all important events. 

Review of Samsung 29.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

What is There Inside?

So, let's find out what's there hidden behind the fridge door. Sure enough, the benefits of this side-by-side refrigerator move far beyond its intelligent multimedia capabilities. When you open the door, it becomes fairly clear that this model can easily accommodate large quantities of food. Owing to the full-width shelves, ultra-high capacity, and large under-the-counter drawers, the fridge can contain multiple rows of products, allowing you to organize your space efficiently. You'll be definitely surprised by how much stuff, drinks and food you can keep in there. But actually, it's not surprising at all. The useful storage capacity of the fridge is almost 30 cubic feet, which is pretty good for a refrigerator of this class. As an added benefit, the refrigerator comes with high-quality shelves made of high-strength tempered glass. The shelves are designed to withstand heavy loads, allowing you to store heavy food items. Besides, they are extremely easy to clean. Since the fridge is a place where spills are inevitable, spill-proof shelves are designed to prevent spills, keeping your fridge clean. The only issue that should be considered before purchasing your new refrigerator is its size. It's really big! Therefore, firstly measure the width of your hallways and make sure it's going to fit in.

Samsung 29.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator in the use

More Products to Consider

Refrigerator Water Filter will help keep your water and ice dispenser clean. Don't forget to replace your filters on time.

Detailed review of Samsung 29.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


Samsung 29.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator
Samsung 29.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator
 

Whirlpool 25.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Shelves and Drawers

The capacity of this side-by-side refrigerator is 25.59" that is more than enough to organize fresh or frozen food. The In-Door-Ice Plus system increases the usable capacity of the freezer by 30%; the ice maker and removable ice bin are located in the freezer door. This feature allows for arrangement of 4 full-width shelves, 1 full-width drawer, and the slide-out basket in the freezer. Moreover, the freezer features 3 adjustable full-width shelves, so you can arrange them in a way to keep and store frozen food appropriately. The refrigerator compartment incorporates 2 adjustable full-width bins for fresh fruit and vegetables. The humidity level can be adjusted in both bins, hence, the herbs and greens remain crisp for a long time. The sliding-bulk storage basket and 4 shelves are located over the bins, and 3 shelves can be removed or rearranged. The door features 3 shelves for 1-gallon bottles, 2 shelves for 2-liter bottles, and 1 shelf for dairy products. All door shelves can be removed and swapped, except for the top one.

Review of Whirlpool 25.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Control

The management of the refrigerator functions is executed via a control panel. This panel allows you to adjust the temperature from 33°F to 45°F in refrigerator, and from -5°F to 5°F in the freezer. Moreover, you can choose the desired form of ice, activate, deactivate or set the backlight to automatic. Additionally, the control panel and ice and water dispenser can be locked to prevent accidental pressing the buttons. Lastly, you can choose the Fast Ice feature that drops the freezer temperature to increase ice production.

Whirlpool 25.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator in the use

Extras

Whirlpool WRS576FIDM comes with the PUR® Water and Ice Filtration System and FreshFlow™ Air Filter. The first filters the water for an ice maker and dispenser, while the latter prevents a penetration of dust and eliminates unpleasant odors. Both filters feature status indicators that signal when it's time to replace cartridges. The Accu-Chill™ Temperature Management System measures the internal temperature using the sensors and activates the cooling only when necessary. The automatic adaptive defrost function saves energy and ensures prolonged food preservation by reducing formation of ice crystals on your frozen food. The adaptive defrost monitors performance of the compressor and activates defrosting only in proper cases, reducing energy consumption and consequently your money.

Detailed review of Whirlpool 25.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Appearance

The front of this side-by-side refrigerator is made of the matted stainless steel resistant to contamination and fingerprints. Both handles are painted to match the color of the body, and their shape and location allow you to open the doors conveniently. To install the refrigerator properly, you will need the free space of 36" wide, 69" high and 51.125"deep, considering the opened doors. Still, you can demount the doors to carry the refrigerator into your kitchen; the depth will be 29.625" if you do so.

Whirlpool 25.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator
Whirlpool 25.6 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator
 

Frigidaire 25.6 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Shelves and Drawers

The usable capacity of the fridge is 25.6 cu ft, where you can easily store bulky items inside. The adjustable interior allows you to set up to a hundred various versions to organize the space in the fridge. The refrigerator features 4 shelves; one is fixed and 3 SpillSafe® shelves can be adjusted. So, you can set the needed distance between them and remove any if you need. Two transparent bins at the bottom allow you to store fruits and vegetables. One of the bins may be divided into two compartments where you can adjust a different humidity level for each separately. This way you can store different items in a single bin. The door has 5 separate shelves, with 2 of them adjustable. There are 3 shelves, 1 basket, and 4 door shelves in the freezer cabinet. A nice bonus is an individual ice maker fitted in the freezer most customers are glad to have.

 

 

Review of Frigidaire 25.6 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Control

The fridge control is performed via 2 separate consoles. The touch panel is located on the freezer door and allows to control the dispenser and ice maker. Meanwhile, the Ready-Select® Electronic control is located in refrigerator interior and allows you to set the temperature modes. The temperature can be adjusted for each compartment individually. The refrigerator compartment maintains the temperature within the range from 33°F to 47°F, and the freezer from -6°F to 6°F. The settings of the dispenser allow you to choose the type of ice, activate or deactivate the backlight and lock the dispenser.

Frigidaire 25.6 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator in the use

Extras

This model boasts the Energy Saver Plus Technology that reduces the power consumption of refrigerator if the door hasn't been opened within 24 hours. The built-in PURESOURCE® water filter purifies water for dispenser from impurities and particles, so you can be sure the ice is crystal clear. The built-in indicator will notify you when you need to replace the cartridge of the filter. The design of hinges provides for a tight closing of the door in case it hasn't been shut in a due manner.

Detailed review of Frigidaire 25.6 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Appearance

The body of this refrigerator is made of stainless steel with a special fingerprint-resistant coating. This model is available in three colors: black, white and iron-gray. The handles have the same color as the body. The dispenser and control panel are located on the right. The depth of refrigerator with doors and handles is 34.5", and 28.75" without doors. The width amounts to 36", and the height with hinges and feet is 69.875".

Frigidaire 25.6 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Frigidaire 25.6 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator
 

GE 25.4 Cu.Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge, Black

Shelves and Drawers

The refrigerator compartment of GE side-by-side refrigerator allows for storing diverse food items thanks to 4 tempered glass shelves, 3 of which can be adjusted in a wide range. The humidity level in the middle and bottom drawers can be adjusted, so the crispness of your food is guaranteed, and the 2 drawers will let you stock multiple snacks. The refrigerator door features a dairy compartment and 4 shelves, including 3 adjustable. The freezer features 2 slide-out storage baskets, 3 shelves, and an ice maker. Lastly, the freezer door is equipped with 4 shelves, 2 of which are adjustable for convenience of use.

Review of GE 25.4 Cu.Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge, Black

Control

The freezer door includes a touch panel with LED lighting located above the dispenser. The digital display shows the current and preset temperature in both compartments. By default, the temperature is set to 37°F in a refrigerator compartment, and to 0°F in a freezer. You can easily increase or reduce the temperature in each compartment by 5 degrees. Moreover, the controls let you set the dispenser to get water, crushed ice or cubed ice. After all, you can also switch the lighting off and lock the panel.

GE 25.4 Cu.Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge, Black in the use

Extras

Due to the built-in water filter, GE GSE25HGHBB Side-By-Side Refrigerator uses only clean water for making ice and water dispensing. No need to buy any extra filters, the manufacturer has thought through all details carefully. The light indicator on the front panel will inform you when it’s time to replace your filter so there’s no risk you’re going to keep on using a non-effective one. Just like most other fridges in our review, GE GSE25HGHBB Side-By-Side Refrigerator guards closing the doors. If you happen to leave the door open, the fridge will alert you with a beep to return and shut it tight. The cooling capabilities of the fridge are also great thanks to the ClimateKeeper2™ system with two evaporators. The cold is distributed throughout all compartments evenly and your food is stored just fine.

Detailed review of GE 25.4 Cu.Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge, Black

Appearance

The smooth shape and black color of this side-by-side refrigerator makes it more outstanding above the other models. Convenient handles are easy for grip and comfortable to open with one hand. This refrigerator is quite compact, so it will be a good fit for most kitchens. The width of this refrigerator is 35.75", the height is 69.5", and the depth is 34.75". If the total size of the fridge seems rather big to get through your door, remove the doors and this way, reduce the depth up to 28.5".

GE 25.4 Cu.Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge, Black
GE 25.4 Cu.Ft. Side-By-Side Fridge, Black
 

LG 26.1 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Shelves and Drawers

This side-by-side refrigerator features the Door-in-Door® technology allowing you to get access to the items you use most often without opening the door. This feature provides keeping the set temperature mode. The refrigerator door comprises 6 removable shelves, 1 fixed shelf for storing snacks and beverages, and 2 removable shelves at the bottom. 4 shelves in refrigerator section are made of tempered glass, so they are durable and long-lasting. Besides, you can easily change the distance between shelves, so as to conveniently store bulky items. 2 crisper bins in the refrigerator section allow for convenient storage of fruit and vegetables. The freezer door features 3 removable shelves, 2 bins for fruit and vegetables. 3 shelves are located in the freezer compartment. The ice maker is built into the door, and such a smart design offers more space in the freezer compartment.

Review of LG 26.1 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Control

The touch control panel with LED indicators is located next to the ice and water dispenser on the freezer door. The temperature can be adjusted in freezer and refrigerator compartments separately. Thus, you can set the temperature from -6°F to 8°F in the freezer, and from 33°F to 46°F in the fridge. Such a broad temperature range is more than enough to prolong the shelf life of food. The temperature can be displayed in both °F and °C. The settings of the ice maker allow you to get the ice in cubes or particles, and even deactivate the ice maker at all. Moreover, you can lock the control panel to prohibit the access for mischievous kids.

LG 26.1 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator in the use

Extras

The Smart Cooling® technology monitors the temperature using 5 sensors and adjusts the humidity and proper temperature mode for each compartment. This feature will let you retain the freshness of food for a long time. The hinges are designed so as to provide the automatic closing of doors, if not closed tightly. Should you leave a door opened, the Door Alarm will remind you to close it. The built-in LT800P water filter will clean the water from mechanical impurities. The water filter indicator on the control panel will tell you when you need to replace the filter cartridge. The special design of the compressor reduces the level of noise, so this refrigerator works quietly. The Smart Diagnosis will let you troubleshoot the problem in the fridge remotely and quickly.

Detailed review of LG 26.1 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Appearance

The door is made of stainless steel providing durability and resistance to outer damages, and side panels are painted in silver. Two handles are located alongside, so you can easily open both doors easily. The adjustable feet will help you install the fridge properly even on uneven floors. The width is 35.875", the depth with doors 35.75", and 28.5" without it. The height of the fridge is 70.125". You should measure the dimensions of the door aperture before making a purchase be sure the fridge fits.

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LG 26.1 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator
LG 26.1 Cu.Ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator
 

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