Differences Between Top Freezer and Bottom Freezer Refrigerators
Dec 12, 2016
Choosing a new refrigerator is something that happens infrequently, and styles tend to change. The features available in both top-mounted and bottom-mounted freezer styles have likely improved since the last time you purchased one.
Top-mounted freezer styles typically use less energy than refrigerators with freezers on the bottom. In some models, the difference is only slight, but this varies based on the size of the unit, the defrost mechanism, and whether or not there is an ice maker installed. Look for each model's Energy Star rating as a reliable indication of efficiency. Purchase price for each style is similar, but savings can show up in monthly utility bills.
Bottom freezers require bending and lifting, which is difficult for anyone with physical conditions that limit movement. The storage potential, however, makes them very appealing. Pull-out drawers, bins and baskets create customized room for different foods. Top freezers are harder for young children to reach, but are popular for multiple shelving in the swing-out door.