The best built-in refrigerators: 7 successful models

The most voluminous is Electrolux ENS6TE19S. The optimal one is Weissgauff WRKI 178 Total No Frost.

Built-in refrigerators are installed in a cabinet or niche and can be fully or partially built-in. A decorative panel is hung on the door of fully built-in refrigerators, making the unit invisible. For partially built-in refrigerators, the front façade remains visible.

The main advantage of built-in refrigerators is space saving and the ability to ensure harmony in the kitchen interior. Built-in appliances allow you to make the space in the kitchen uniform; the refrigerator does not take up an entire corner and does not create obstacles. In addition, it can be placed not only in the kitchen, but also in the hallway, living room and even in the bedroom, without disturbing the overall design style of the premises. It will fit perfectly into the interior of a studio apartment.

It is important that built-in refrigerators are less audible, although they themselves are no quieter than conventional ones. This is due to the fact that the furniture creates additional sound insulation.

But built-in refrigerators also have disadvantages. One of the main ones is that in addition to the refrigerator itself, you will need to purchase a suitable cabinet, if you don’t have one, and pay for installation if you can’t do it yourself.

Another disadvantage is associated with the design of such refrigerators: they require additional thermal insulation for fire safety purposes, since they come into contact with furniture. Therefore, manufacturers make their side walls thicker than those of free-standing units. Because of this, built-in refrigerators are less spacious than freestanding ones.

So for those who are used to storing a lot of food, cooking a lot and who have a large family, the option with a standard two-chamber built-in refrigerator is not suitable – you will need a non-standard configuration.

Selection criteria for built-in refrigerators

Dimensions and configuration of the refrigerator. When choosing the best models, I proceeded from standard parameters that would suit most families without special needs. The most convenient and versatile are two-chamber refrigerators with a bottom freezer.

Most built-in refrigerators on the market are designed to fit standard cabinet sizes. Their width and depth are about 55 cm, height – 177 cm. This refrigerator will be convenient for adults of average height to use.

When choosing the exact size of a built-in refrigerator, you need to not only focus on the dimensions of the cabinet underneath it, but also take into account the gaps between the walls of the cabinet and the appliance – from 3 to 7 cm , depending on whether the built-in refrigerator is located close to the stove or oven.

Almost all refrigerator models in this selection have standard dimensions and a height of 177 cm, but not every family has enough volume of such a unit, so I selected one taller and, therefore, more spacious model.

Total volume of the refrigerator. The selection includes refrigerators with a total volume of 200 to 300 liters. When making comparisons, I took into account the useful volume of each model, which directly affects its capacity, as well as the volume of the freezer compartment, which buyers of built-in refrigerators often lack.

Climate class. The range of climate classes of the refrigerator determines the temperature range at which it can operate normally.

There are four main climate classes:

  1. N – normal, normal: the temperature in the room where the refrigerator is located can vary from +16 to +32 °C.
  2. SN – subnormal, subnormal: from +10 to +32 °C.
  3. ST – subtropical, subtropical: for tropical climates with high relative humidity, from +18 to + 38 ° C.
  4. T – tropical, tropical: for a dry tropical climate, temperature range – from +18 to +43 ° C.

Since the range of summer and winter temperatures in many regions is wide, I preferred models with more climate classes.

Freezing power in the freezer compartment. Freezer capacity is measured in kilograms per day and allows you to understand how much food can be frozen efficiently in 24 hours. It is better not to exceed the norm specified by the manufacturer, otherwise the refrigerator compressor will wear out and the quality of freezing will suffer: food will lose more juice and vitamins in the process.

I chose refrigerators with different freezing capacities, but more powerful models received additional points, all other things being equal.