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How to choose the best American fridge freezer

American fridge freezer buyers guide

Practical and stylish, American fridge freezers are becoming an increasingly popular choice. An American fridge freezer has a bigger capacity than a standard fridge freezer and a wider range of features to choose from. If you’re wondering which American fridge freezer to buy, this guide will help you to choose the best American fridge freezer for you.


American fridge freezers come in three standard widths – narrow (70-84cm), standard (85-95cm) and wide (96+cm).

An American fridge freezer is much wider than a standard fridge freezer, so you’ll need to measure your kitchen carefully to check you have space. It’s also a good idea to think about access – will your new appliance be able to fit through any doors or narrow hallways to get into your kitchen? ​

Door configuration

American fridge freezers have a variety of different door configurations, with two-door, three-door and four-door amongst the most common designs.

Two-door (side-by-side)

A two-door American fridge freezer, also known as a side-by-side, is the most common type of American fridge freezer. They usually come with an upright freezer on one side and an upright fridge on the other, both neatly hidden behind two full-length doors.

Three-door (French-style)

A three-door American fridge freezer, also known as a French door, has a double door fridge at the top and a large freezer drawer at the bottom.


A four-door American fridge freezer is very similar to a three-door fridge freezer. The main difference is that it usually has two freezer drawers at the bottom. This means you can keep one door shut while the other is open to minimise cold air escaping unnecessarily.

Common American fridge freezer features explained

Water and ice dispensers

You’ll find a lot of American fridge freezers come with a water and ice dispenser. This will keep your drinks fresh and cool, which is especially good in the summer months. It’s useful to know that some models will need to be plumbed into your water supply, whereas others need to be filled up manually.

Convertible zones

A convertible zone is a third compartment that you can choose how to use. You can either set it to be an extra compartment for all your fresh goods or, if you’re stocking up on frozen treats, you can convert it to a freezer zone for additional storage.

Glass viewing panel

Some more modern models, such as LG’s InstaView Door-in-Door™ fridge freezers, have a glass viewing panel. This means you can see what’s inside the fridge without even opening the door. In turn, this helps to keep food fresher as you can see exactly what is in the fridge without letting cool air escape.

Door alarms

Many American fridge freezers have door alarms installed which will alert you if a door is accidentally left open or hasn’t been closed properly.

Fast freeze function

A fast freeze function is great when you need to freeze large amounts of unfrozen food. The faster the food is frozen, the better quality it will be when thawed.

Frost free

When you open your freezer door, warm air enters it. Frost-free technology works by having an automatic fan to remove the warm air before it has a chance to condense into water and freeze into ice. This means you won’t have to waste time manually defrosting the freezer.

Smart technology

An American fridge freezer with smart technology is one that you can control from your phone remotely for ultimate convenience. Many even come with a built-in camera so you can quickly see what you need to stock up on when you’re at the supermarket.

Installation & delivery of your American fridge freezer

As well as delivering your new American fridge freezer, we can also remove your old appliance for a small fee. If you need help installing your fridge freezer, just let our team know and we will arrange this for you (additional fee applies).

For more information on our delivery costs please visit the delivery services page here.

Shop for American fridge freezers at Knees Home & Electrical

We stock a wide variety of American fridge freezers from top brands including LG, Fisher & Paykel, Liebherr, Samsung and Smeg.

We have two stores in Wiltshire; one in Trowbridge and one in Malmesbury. We have a range of American fridge freezers on display in-store, so you can take a look before you buy.

But you don’t have to live locally to buy your fridge freezer from us. We deliver across mainland UK using our delivery partner, and you can see and buy our entire range online.

If you need any help or advice, our helpful customer service team will be happy to assist you.


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