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Refrigerator Reviews

Here at Fridge Freezer site we strive to present a variety of fair and balanced refrigerator reviews to assist you – the consumer – with the best possible information in making wise appliance purchase choices.
We make it a point to discuss models at all points of the price spectrum, from cheap or discount refrigerators all the way up to the most expensive Sub Zero refrigerators. This breadth of coverage ensures that you will find a model suitable for you discussed in depth.
As well as the various price points, we attempt to explain the pros and cons of different styles of refrigerators. We have articles about freezerless refrigerators, counter depth refrigerators, bar fridges and even chest freezers.
Along with this, we review different appliance configurations – ranging from low-end top mount freezer units, to bottom mount, side-by-side and even the premium French Door style refrigerator freezers that have recently gained popularity in the marketplace.
If you are seeking information about a certain manufacturer’s offerings and do not find them discussed on our site, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our contact page. We will look to get a refrigerator review of their item written and published at the earliest possible opportunity.
Our goal is to serve the refrigerator buying public with the very best and most up to date refrigerator reviews to empower your refrigerated food storage purchases. Help us help you!
 

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Whirlpool Refrigerator Plant to Close in Arkansas

Whirlpool has announced they will be closing their Refrigerator plant – located in Fort Smith, Arkansas – in 2012. The closure of the plant – which manufactures side-by-side refrigerators will be followed by a move of part of the factories production to Mexico.
City and union officials say that the plant closure will result in the elimination of between 1000 and 1500 jobs from the Fort Smith Arkansas area. Members of the United Steelworkers Union – Local 370 – have pledged to do their utmost to convince Whirlpool to reverse the decision.
The  USW district director, J.M. Breaux is said to have offered to Whirlpool to address any problems and help to preserve the impacted jobs, but the company declined his offer.
Here at www.fridgefreezersite.com our thoughts go out to the impacted families, and we hope local efforts to save the plant are successful. We implore Whirlpool to work with the local community to resolve this situation in a mutually beneficial manner!

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Viking Refrigerator – Prices Reviewed

Buying a Viking refrigerator freezer is a major dream for many homeowners. Unfortunately, when shopping around Viking refrigerator prices are difficult to pin down. In this article, I hope to answer some of the questions the typical buyer has about the cost of Viking fridge freezers.
Viking refrigerator reviews have a tendency to highlight the size of these appliances. This is hardly surprising as some of them are an exceptional 48 inches in width, the type of refrigerator size that is going to support a whole lot of capacity. Let us look at the prices for these units first.
48″ Quiet Cool Side By Side Viking Refrigerators

The high end of the Viking fridge range consists of the professional series. A great example of one of these models is the VISB548SS. This cabinet depth ‘Tru-Flush’ refrigerator is loaded with features, but does not come cheap. You should expect to pay in the neighborhood of $8000 for one of these models.
Fans or colorful appliances have a great option with this particular model, as it can be had in a variety of different finishes apart from the default stainless steel. These range from a pumpkin orange hue to a lemonade yellow; this wide range of color is great for fans of a retro look.
There are many other 48-inch Viking professional models available with an assortment of minor features added. These include the VCSB548D-SS, and the  lineup. These range in price from $8000 to $11000.
The slightly cheaper VISB548X and VCSB548X lack door mounted water and ice dispensers – an oddity for such an expensive cooling appliance – but are an alternative that allows you to purchase for roughly $1000 less. Quite a savings if you can live without that feature.
As well as the Professional models discussed above, Viking also offers some designer options. The Viking Designer DFSB548D, DDSB548X and DDSB548DX lines sell for close to $9000, and they are clearly targeted at the very high-end consumer. Another option is the Designer FDSB548 panel ready model at $7800, but with additional charges for the custom panels.
42″ Built-In Side-by-Side Viking Refrigerators
The VISB542DX (integrated) and VCSB542DX  (built-in) American style refrigerator freezers are great options for kitchens that have insufficient floor space for the massive 48″ models. At 42 inches in width, these units are priced between eight thousand and ten thousand dollars.
They are similarly equipped to the wider models, and also include the custom colors option for those who really want to create a splashy effect in their homes kitchen. Note this option will set buyers back an extra thousand or two, but it is certainly a vibrant feature for those who value that type of thing.
The Viking Designer collection in the 42 inch width range category include the DDSB542DB for just over $8500, the DDSB542X for $7500, and attractive wood finished DFSB542D is priced at eight thousand dollars.
36″ Viking Bottom Freezer Refrigerators
With these slightly smaller refrigerators, Viking gives up on the side-by-side layout and opts for the bottom mount freezer configuration. This is an understandable choice, as things can get tight when side-by-sides are made to narrow.
The top-end Viking refrigerator of this type is the Professional VIBB536LX/VIBB536RX range. These left hinge door/right hinge door swing models are priced at a little over $7000, but judicious shopping will enable you to find priced for a little less than that for the base models.
Note again, is you want the attractive custom colors with brass accent option you will have to pay for it. At an extra $1500 it can push the cost of one of these units up to the eight thousand dollar price point.
The VIB models discussed above are integrated refrigerators. Buyers preferring the built-in look also have access to the VCBB536LX/VCBB536RX range at a similar price point.
For about $7200, the Designer DDBB536 bottom-freezer refrigerator collection is available at this refrigerator size point. Alternatively, the panel ready Viking Designer DFBB536X starts at $6500.
Viking Mainstream Refrigerators
With a price point of $4000, the 36″ Viking Professional VCFF136DSS appears to target wealthy consumers who want the Viking brand but are not willing to pay for their more expensive models.
This particular counter-depth French Door refrigerator is somewhat similar to those produced by more mainstream brands in its feature set, but still offers the status of Viking for buyers who value it. Another option, similarly equipped but without water/ice dispensers in the door, is the VCFF136SS, which sells for a little over $3500.
Also in this category falls the Viking Professional Side by Size fridge freezer, the VCSF136DSS. At $3700 the benefits of this model are debatable. It does not look that much different to a high end Maytag of Whirlpool model, so you pay a lot for the brand name with this particular unit.
36″ Viking All-Refrigerators
When you are looking for a freezerless refrigerator option, this manufacturer has several offerings. First is the built-in VCRB536LX/VCRB536RX selection. Prices for these models range from $6000 to $7000 dollars, depending on the finish chosen.
Again, this refrigerator without freezer lineup is also available with an integrated design for a similar price – these are the VIRB536LX and VIRB536RX models.
A cheaper option in this range is the Viking Professional DFRB536X. While not as feature packed as their more expensive brethren, at a price point of roughly $5000 it is a more affordable Viking freezerless refrigerator option.
30″ Viking All-Refrigerators
Viking does not even bother with combination fridge freezers at this size point. Clearly, they wish to maintain their reputation for spaciousness and not to try to cram too much into too small a footprint.
In a familiar pattern, these are available in both integrated (VCRB530LX/VCRB530RX) and built-in (VIRB530LX) models. While still very expensive, Viking refrigerator pricing for these units is slightly more affordable, with the entry-level unit retailing at just over $6200 – but sometimes being available for less than $6000 with Viking sales or the occasionally available Viking rebate.
At an even lower price, the Viking Professional DFRB530X – comparable to the DFRB536L/DFRB536R, but slightly smaller – also will set buyers back in the general vicinity of five thousand dollars.
Viking Refrigerator Prices
Clearly, Viking refrigerator pricing is relatively high, and thus they are not suitable for every buyer. However, if you value what the brand offers, and have the finances to afford them, they are a great option.
Unlike Sub-Zero, Viking is a little less secretive about their pricing, but they do have strict control of sales. Products must be purchased through an authorized dealer, and dealers serve strictly defined sales areas – for example, you cannot buy from a seller in California is you live in New York. We do not sell Viking refrigerators direct here at www.fridgefreezersite.com.
Similarly to Sub-Zero, however, is the brand premium in the prices Viking charge. This manufacturer has been very successful as positioning themselves as a premium brand in the minds of consumers. When performing major kitchen renovations to take their home ‘up market’ many homeowners consider Viking refrigerators their best choice for improving their home in a manner that also increases the properties resale value.
Viking Refrigerator Parts and Repair
One important thing to keep in mind is that when you purchase a premium refrigerator brand like Viking you really should invest the time and money into properly maintaining it. Have any repairs or maintenance performed by your dealer, rather than having an unaffiliated third party work on your Viking refrigerator.
By doing so you will accomplish a couple of important items; firstly, you will avoid invalidating the warranty, and secondly, you will ensure that any work done is of good quality. Also, be sure to only use – or have the maintenance man use – genuine Viking refrigerator parts. It makes very little sense to go cheap on replacement parts such as water filters.
When buying a premium brand refrigerator, you should be prepared to pay a little extra for authentic parts and quality maintenance work. If you enjoyed this article be sure to visit this page  on Viking appliances for more.
 

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Siemens Appliances

Siemens is a German company that while famous for many things, also makes home appliances. Siemens is well known company for its kitchen appliances, and is one the best-ranked manufacturers in this field due to its engineering expertise.
This great firm has over 160 years of experience in manufacturing. Siemens appliances are built according to the needs of customers, and are carefully built to the highest standards.  They carefully test each product to ensure high quality. Siemens appliances have a reputation for being long lasting, and they are considered by many to be one of the best brands.
Siemens manufacture cooking appliances, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerators, freezers, etc… They were also manufacturing mobile appliances but they exited that business in 2005. Siemens appliances are part of the BSH group of companies, which includes Neff and Bosch. There are some factors that lead to appliances such as Siemens refrigerator reviews being quite positive, they include:

  • Experience – over 160 years
  • Testing – products are quality tested
  • Great Designs – easy to use models
  • Energy Efficient – designed to limit current draw and save electricity
  • Cooking expertise – produce quality ovens, cooker hoods, microwave oven and warming drawers.
  • Cooling appliances – Siemens refrigerators and fridge freezers are known for their high quality.
  • Dish washing appliances – production of reliable dishwashers that provide an excellent wash.
  • Washing appliances – wide range of washing machine, washer dryers and tumble driers.

With this wide range of Siemens appliances in production, it is quite possible to fully equip a home solely with branded appliances from Siemens.
 

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Chillers from McQuay International

McQuay international is a member of the Daikin group, and is well known for its selection of chillers.
McQuay water-cooled chillers are available with a variety of compressor types, and are suitable for any budget and application. Their chiller sizes start as small as 30 tons – 35 kW – and range as large as 2700 – 9450 kW. Rely on efficient, reliable and silent McQuay chillers for your job.
The large Dual Compressor Centrifugal chiller ranges in capacity from 400-2700 tons. They offer substantial installation savings as they basically provide commercial customers with two chillers in one. By utilizing positive pressure R-134a refrigerant, this hardware requires much less install space than comparable R-123 dependent designs.
On the small end, a McQuay Scroll compressor is ideal when your needs range between the 30 and 200 ton range. These units are small enough that a 130-ton model can be taken inside through a standard door, which proves very hand for interior installs. Operating as low as 72dbA, these units also have the lack of noise necessary for indoors operation. As well as this, they have the advantages of modern R-410A refrigerant, which will never require retrofitting due to phase-out schedules.
In between these two models is the McQuay Single Compressor Centrifugal. With output between 200 and 125 tons – depending on model chosen – this is a good midrange selection  This range features unparalleled tonnage per square foot, which is ideal for optimizing usage of your equipment room. Also includes are variable speed drives which provide partial load efficiencies during operation. McQuay also offers Air Cooled Chillers. The Daikin McQuay Pathfinder chiller is noted for its innovative screw chiller design. With a capacity of 550 tons, it features the RapidRestore option allowing for quick restarts after brief power outages ; the compressor can fire back up in as little as 30 seconds. Available with three different efficiency levels – premium, high or standard – buyers can choose variable frequency drives, which allow lower energy usage when the cooler is operated at partial load.
As well as coolers, McQuay offers many other related products. They also deal in Air Handlers – both indoor and outdoor models, condensers, and water source heat pumps. Also worthy of note, for those in earthquake prone areas, is that many items in the McQuay equipment line have been granted IBC seismic qualifications by the International code council.
 
 

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Queen City Appliance

Queen City is a chain of appliance stores located throughout North Carolina, which has also expanded into South Carolina.
Founded in the early 1950s as the Queen City Television Service company in Charlotte, NC; the founder Woody Player soon saw the potential of this new industry, and soon expanded into the realm of television sales.
In the 1960s Mr. Player expanded the business into appliance sales, today selling a range of brands such as GE, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, SubZero and Wolf – to name but a few. With appliance offerings including refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and washing machines, they have become a one-stop shop for Carolina shoppers looking to equip their houses with the latest and greatest white goods.
The late 1960’s also saw the expansion of the business from the original Charlotte location. Today there are queen City appliance stores to be found in Monroe, Mooresville, Salisbury and Morganton. In addition, they feature a builder’s showroom on Queen City Drive in Charlotte.
Recent innovations at Queen City have been design centers highlighting full working kitchens, which provide clients a lifelike full immersion experience when shopping for their new kitchen furnishing.
Now offering not only appliances, Queen City stores are well regarded across the Carolina’s for their wide selection of electronic solutions, including the best in home audio and video equipment. Shoppers seeking a full high-end audio setup can find a great selection of receivers and speakers from manufacturers such as Klipsch, Sony and Polk.
If you live in – or near – the Carolinas, a visit to Queen City Appliances is well worth your time the next time you are in the market for Audio, Video or Appliances.
 
 

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An Introduction to Foster Refrigeration

Foster refrigeration is the forerunner in European commercial appliances, offering products that range from walk in coolers to drinking fountains. Exactly which appliances does the company offer? Does Foster manufacture the piece of equipment that your company needs? Take a look at all of the different cooling and freezing options available from Foster – they may have precisely what you’re looking for.
About the Brand

Foster Refrigeration Company is Europe’s leading brand in commercial refrigeration appliances, priding themselves on competitive pricing and quality mechanics. Specifically designed for commercial kitchens, many different sectors of the economy have come to purchase their appliances from Foster. This company provides government approved models for use in colleges, hospitals, and even in military applications. Though they mainly deal in the United Kingdom, Foster appliances are available overseas and abroad.
Different Models of Foster Appliances

If you’re wondering whether or not Foster makes an appliance that works for your kitchen, take a look at the following models that the company manufactures. With a variety of different cooling mechanisms, features, and even warranties, there is sure to be a model to fit your needs.

  • Cabinets and Counters: Cooling cabinets and countertops from Foster can reduce operation’s cost by up to half. You can even choose designs with several different size and cooling options. From under-counter cabinets to cooled prep stations, there is a cabinet or counter to fit your needs.
  • Cold rooms: For those who need walk in coolers or freezers, Foster offers structural coolers that can maintain temperature and save money by being energy efficient.
  • Display Cases: A number of different styles of display cases are available to suit any situation. These can include lighting, mechanized display, and even multi-temperature cases.
  • Blast Chilling and Freezing: Choose these units for items that require rapid temperature reduction.
  • Bakery Products: Foster provides a number of dough retarders, proofers, and storage refrigerators for the needs of bakers.
  • Drink Service Items: Water fountains and countertop water dispensers can all be purchased from this company.
  • Ice Makers: Choose from a number of different styles of ice makers that can produce anything from flecked ice for fish display to cubed ice for beverages.

 
Foster also supplies a number of different supplemental items to keep you food cold and safe. One of these items is Foster’s temperature monitoring system, Icespy, that provides continuous temperature and operating condition monitoring for specific regulation standards. You can also purchase a two year labor and parts warranty on almost all Foster parts. Just be sure that if buying overseas that you are aware of different dealers in your area who can supply parts and services.
Choosing a Foster Product

The Foster Refrigeration Company, the leading producer in commercial cooling appliances in the United Kingdom, offers a wide range of different commercial kitchen appliances and technologies. From under counter coolers to blast freeze appliances, this company will more than likely have just the piece of equipment that your company is looking for.
 
 

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Dacor Refrigerator Ranges and Kitchen Styles

When it comes to choosing Dacor Refrigerator Ranges, the question is all about the style. Dacor is a little unusual in that they create designs for both the actual refrigerators as well as the oven ranges in a kitchen to make sure that the whole kitchen set up matches. Because of this, often times when someone looks to buy a kitchen set up from Dacor, it comes with at least a fridge and a range. Beyond these combos, it’s all about the style. There are five major styles commonly offered by Dacor, which can vary greatly. If you want to know all about what this company can offer, then you need to learn about dacor, distinctive, epicure, integrated, and millennia styles.
Dacor Style
This style is the basic standard that comes with the Dacor company, and the early Dacor Refrigerator ranges are energy star efficient and come with a stainless steel appearance. There is an external ice and water dispenser, and this style displays a double door fridge style on top with the freezer on the bottom. The shelves on both doors are more than big enough to store liters of soda or other large containers.
Distinctive Dacor Style
The distinctive style of refrigerator range set ups not only include these two appliances, but also microwaves, cook tops, and wall ovens all in matching stainless steel design. There are even dishwashers offered in the matching Dacor style. If you’re looking for a complete kitchen aesthetic set up then the distinctive Dacor style of fridges, ranges, and other appliances might work perfectly for you.
Epicure Dacor Style
There are three different types of refrigerators offered in the epicure style offered by Dacor, and that’s not even including the wine cooler or beverage cooler. A 36 inch French Door style comes in both stainless steel and black while the 48 inch built in refrigerators follow the stainless steel aesthetic. Epicure style Dacor fridges emphasizes stainless steel building with chrome, copper, and brass accentuation. The company describes the epicure style as emphasizing bold lines and elegant curves in their design.
Integrated Dacor Style
The integrated style offered by Dacor emphasizes custom paneling to allow all the ordered kitchen appliances to fit in with any kitchen by blending in nicely as opposed to sticking out. For a wood based kitchen, this would mean wood paneling on the fridge, the warming drawers, or even a dish washer. The refrigerators following the integrated style come in both 42 and 48 inches. These also come with electronic controls which allow for easy access to coolness settings and monitoring.
Millennia Dacor Style
The Millennia Dacor style refrigerators emphasize stainless steel background off set aesthetically with black glass panel for additional beauty. The idea here is to have a modern design without the coldness that some people complain about with many modern designs and set ups. The Millennia style perhaps offers the most options with fridges, wall ovens, ranges, cooktops, warming drawers, microwaves, and ventilation all offered in this style. An entire dream kitchen can be created all following the Millennia style by Dacor, which makes it an attractive choice among many consumers. The refrigerators themselves are 36 inch models in the vertical standing style, with the freezer at the bottom. These fridges also boast “intelligent drawer storage” meaning that different drawers can be set to different levels of humidity and temperature to be ideal for whatever food is being stored.
In Conclusion
When it comes to Dacor refrigerators, ranges, or other household appliances, there’s no question at the high level of quality being offered. Even knowing that, consumers need that information on the various styles available in order to make the best decision for their home.

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Arcelik Refrigerators: A Brief History of the Company

If you haven’t heard of Arcelik refrigerators, don’t feel too bad.  This isn’t a brand name you hear too often when it comes to American or Far East Asian markets, but the Arcelik Company is a Turkish based company that specializes in home appliances and sells heavily in the Middle Eastern and Asian markets, even expanding recently into Russia.  Founded in 1955 in Istanbul, Turkey; this company has a long history of producing durable goods and various consumer appliances to their markets.
The modern standing of Arcelik refrigerators is impressive, as the parent company is considered by sales volume to be the third largest provider of home appliances in Europe, behind only Electrolux and Indesit.  There are two main brands from this company, with Arcelik being one and Beko being the other.  While Arcelik might get a lot of attention, it’s also important to know that they’re not the company all the way at the top.  Arcelik is owned by Koc Holding, Turkey’s largest industrial service group.
A brief history of Arcelik
The first appliance Arcelik produced was actually a washing machine, made in 1959.  The first model of refrigerator came the very next year in 1960.  The company continued to expand, bringing out new models and continuing to produce inexpensive but reliable home appliances for every part of the home.  1999 was a major reorganization year, and the merger of Beko and Arcelik happened in the wake of some major changes.  Plants were opened in other countries like Romania, Russia, and China to increase its reach into other markets.
In modern times, when it comes specifically to the refrigerators produced the two largest Arcelik refrigerator plants are currently located in Eskişehir, Turkey and Kirzhach, Russia, respectively, although the plant in Russia also produces washing machines.
What’s the future?
While no one can ever predict the future for sure, Arcelik is not only one of the largest manufacturers of refrigerators and home appliances in Europe, but their creation of plants in China and Russia show every intention of continuing to expand and refusing to just stand pat.  In addition, the gaudy sales numbers make it very unlikely that the company is going to crash any time soon.  People will continue to need reliable and affordable household appliances, and this company isn’t going to cut them out of production any time soon.
There’s every reason to believe that as long as this company keeps doing what they have been that Arcelik refrigerators will be around for a long time to come.
 

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Choosing the Right Brand of Commercial Refrigerators

Restaurant owners, convenience store operators, and home owners alike have all come to appreciate the importance of commercial refrigerators for a number of different needs. Since home grade appliances can only do so much, many turn to the reliability and sturdy construction of a commercial grade machine. But how do you make the best investment for your business? What tips should you keep in mind to get the best fridge for your money?
Finding Brands of Commercial Fridges
Whether you’re loyal to a specific brand or simply looking for a quality fridge, finding a reputable brand to buy  is important. But how do you make sure that the brand you choose is the right one. When shopping for a large investment such as a commercial fridge, remember:

  • Consumer and customer reviews count
  • Look at fridges and freezers in kitchens around your area
  • Pay attention to warranty
  • Always be concerned with safety, energy, and inspection ratings
  • Ask your local appliance store for their opinion

 
Frigidaire
Frigidaire is a leader in the commercial fridge industry, offering a wide range of different coolers for a variety of different needs. This company also offers appliances in all different price ranges, backing up their models with warranties (including service and parts). Just be aware that this refrigerator and freezer company offers more than just commercial items. When looking for a Frigidaire refrigerator for your business, always make sure that the specific fridge you are interested in matches safety and inspection specifications.
 
Summit
Summit commercial fridges also receive high reviews in the restaurant and food handling world. Meeting all safety and inspection standards, choose these fridges if you’re looking for a built-in fridge model, as this company produces many under counter and smaller installed coolers. Summit also offers a variety of different beverage merchandisers that can be used for a variety of cold items as well as drinks. All built in models are also tested for heat safety.
Delfield
Delfield is a very diverse company that produces a number of different commercial kitchen appliances. From cooled prep tablesto under counter fridges, you can come to this reputable company for a number of different purchase needs. In the refrigerator and freezer department, look to Delfield for appliances ranging from merchandisers to walk in coolers. But while finding parts for a universal company such as Frigidaire will be easy, you’ll have to rely on an appliance company or store to order parts for this brand of commercial fridge.
Choosing Your Brand of Commercial Appliance
When looking out for the brand to choose for your commercial refrigerators and freezers, choose the right company by looking at customer reviews, warranties, and inspection ratings. As always, there are universal brand that can be a fairly reliable source to come to when making a large culinary investment, such as Frigidaire, Summit, and Delfield.