Refrigerator: built-in or freestanding

Which type of refrigerator to choose?

The refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in the house and is certainly the most used, in fact it always remains in operation and is opened and closed several times a day.

One of the most frequently asked questions when buying a new refrigerator is this: better one built-in refrigerator or a frigo freestandig?

This represents the first criterion to be evaluated for the choice of the refrigerator.
Choice that depends on the composition of your kitchen and on the space you have available.

Frigoriferi freestanding, Samsung, BESPOKE

Frigoriferi freestanding, Samsung, BESPOKE
Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, model RCB73821TY

Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, model RCB73821TY

Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, model RCB73821TY
Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, detail model RCB73821TY

Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, detail model RCB73821TY

Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, detail model RCB73821TY
Frigorifero freestanding, Samsung, Bespoke RB33T3662AP

Frigorifero freestanding, Samsung, Bespoke RB33T3662AP

Frigorifero freestanding, Samsung, Bespoke RB33T3662AP
Freestanding refrigerator, Electrolux, model LNS7TE18S

Freestanding refrigerator, Electrolux, model LNS7TE18S

Freestanding refrigerator, Electrolux, model LNS7TE18S
Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, RCB73821TY line

Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, RCB73821TY line

Freestanding refrigerators, AEG, RCB73821TY line

It is important to know that the choice is not equivalent and not always both types are suitable for the needs of composition and space.

In the case of a new purchase connected to the construction of a new kitchen, it is good to decide the type of refrigerator already in design phase.

In addition to this distinction, due to the importance it assumes in the home, it is also good to remember that to adapt to various needs it is available in many variants: single door, double door, combined etc.

Types of refrigerators

There are various types of refrigerator, here we analyze and deepen the two ways in which the fridge it can be inserted inside the composition of a kitchen.

The two possible modes are:

  • a recessed;
  • free-standing or free standing.

Freestanding refrigerator, AEG, model RCB73821TY
The refrigerator was born as a free-standing appliance, then, starting from the seventies, with the birth of modular kitchens, the built-in model took over.

In recent years, the trend is to choose more free-standing refrigerators as they are larger and more capacious, but above all for fear that the built-in one can break more easily and therefore last less time.

Built-in refrigerator, Electrolux, model LNS7TE18S
Furthermore, from the point of view of the energy consumption there are no notable differences: for both types the manufacturers follow the European directives by proposing models in class A +, A ++ or A +++.

Built-in refrigerators

The built-in fridge it is so called because it is designed to be built into a compartment column of the kitchen and can be installed in two ways.

The most common system consists in fixing the furniture door to the refrigerator door, in order to exploit the hinges of the appliance itself.
Alternatively, the cabinet door is fixed to the refrigerator door with a rail that allows both doors to be opened and closed smoothly.

Built-in refrigerator, Electrolux, LNS7TE18S
Both installations allow one perfect integration, so that when the compartment is closed, it aligns perfectly with the doors of the other columns, base units and kitchen wall units.

This is clearly an aesthetic advantage, creating that stylistic continuity and chromatic, especially if the kitchen is part of an open space with living area and you want to hide some functions.

Advantages and disadvantages of a built-in fridge

A built-in refrigerator is specifically designed for this type of installation and has a time of life analogous to the free standing one, so it is not true that it breaks more easily.

To allow the perfect functioning, the column in which it is to be inserted must have air passage points to allow one correct ventilation.
Furthermore, the sanitary vacuum on the back of the column must not be closed, which is essential to allow air recirculation.

Built-in refrigerator, Electrolux, model LNS7TE18S, spinview
A not simple operation is the replacement of the fridge when it fails, because it may happen that the existing model is no longer produced, and if another model of the same size is not found, changes will have to be made to the column.

Furthermore, it is true that a free-standing refrigerator with the same volume is more capacious, but even this difference is being overcome with the creation of XL models which, by increasing the volume in height, increase the capacity.

Built-in refrigerator models

Electrolux proposes the Fridge freezer TwinTech® NoFrost model LNS7TE18S. This has been designed to preserve the freshness of food, enhance its taste and ensure optimal organization of the interior space.

Built-in refrigerator, Electrolux spinview, model LNS7TE18S
The freezer is equipped with the innovative tecnologia TwinTech® which uses two independent cooling systems by separating the air circulation between the refrigerator and the freezer, ensuring the right temperature and ideal humidity levels in each compartment, so the food does not dehydrate and freeze perfectly in the freezer.

Furthermore, the innovative DynamicAir technology allows you to cool the fridge cell more quickly, while the system No Frost prevents food from dehydrating and the formation of ice in the freezer.

Built-in refrigerator, Electrolux, LNS7TE18S
It features five glass shelves and two vegetable drawers and features the SpinView smart shelf which, by rotating 360 ° in both directions, allows you to easily find each ingredient inside the fridge in order to reduce waste to a minimum.

Freestanding refrigerators

The freestanding refrigerator oa free installation it is so called because it can be positioned freely.

Precisely because it is characterized by a very simple installation and offers greater freedom in positioning, requiring only a connection to the electrical system via a power socket, it is the most common type.

Advantages and disadvantages of a freestanding refrigerator

In addition to boasting a very simple installation, with the possibility of moving, at the same price, freestanding refrigerators can offer better performance and with the same overall dimensions and dimensions, they guarantee one higher capacity.

If you need a very large refrigerator, perhaps because you are in a large family, surely the freestanding one is more suitable.
In the choice, however, we must make caution to the fact that a large fridge size, if placed in a fairly small kitchen, it takes away space from any support surfaces and makes the space less usable and functional.
Frigorifero freestanding, Samsung, Bespoke RZ32T7605APThe range of models and types is much wider than the built-in where you have to adapt to a 60 cm wide and deep compartment, with a height between 180 and 200 cm, in which it must be inserted.

The frigo freestanding is always characterized by a very nice design, with a wide choice of aesthetically appealing models, in steel or colored.

Models of freestanding refrigerators

January 7, 2021 Samsung Electronics has announced the arrival of refrigerators in Italy BESPOKE, the new range presented exclusively at CES 2021 which will include three formats to choose from: Monoporta, combined refrigerator e 4 Door, based on the space available and your needs.

Freestanding refrigerator, Samsung, Bespoke RZ32T7605AP line
BESPOKE refrigerators offer a wide variety of finishes including glass, steel and in addition there are eight exclusive finishes.

The 4-door Flex model has a unique design and special features.

It is also equipped with the new Beverage Center which allows access to the special filtered water dispenser and to the integrated carafe and function Dual Ice-Maker for making ice cubes.
Freestanding refrigerator, Samsung, Bespoke model RZ32T7605APThe 4 Porte Flex BESPOKE model is finally equipped with an advanced Flex Zone, that is a compartment whose temperature can be set, according to the needs, to transform it from refrigerator to freezer, guaranteeing maximum flexibility according to the actual storage needs.

Other freestanding proposals

Another freestanding model is Combined freezer RCB73821TY of TIME, with a height of 2 meters and a width of 59 cm, and equipped with professional refrigeration technologies and innovative functions.

The interior of the refrigerator compartment is made of stainless steel to facilitate the recovery of the temperature each time the door is opened, keeping it stable.

Freestanding refrigerator, AEG, detail model RCB73821TY
The tecnologia TwinTech® uses two independent cooling systems by separating the air circulation between the fridge and the freezer ensuring optimal conditions in each compartment, while the innovative MultiFlow ventilation emits a uniform flow of air throughout the refrigerator / freezer protecting food from sudden changes in temperature or humidity.

The model is made of steel and has an elegant black finish. The doors of the compartments are completely flat and equipped with an integrated and ergonomic vertical handle.

The inside of the refrigerator compartment is more visible thanks to the side LED lighting, while the LCD display with external Touch Control commands allows you to always keep the internal temperature under control and adjust its settings.

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