Side by Side Refrigerator
Refrigerators are different - single chamber, dual chamber, black, white and side by side. It should be noted that the latter are very popular in America and Japan. It was there that they appeared. Such models have an increased volume, they are pleasantly surprised by their size and spaciousness.
What it is
The literal meaning is "Side by Side "-" Side by Side", Which speaks of the versatility and a large number of compartments. The constructions have two or three food storage areas, and the doors open in an unusual way - to the sides, like lockers.
The compartments are distributed in parallel, which gives maximum convenience in use and comfortable distribution of products, both in individual compartments and in the freezer. As a rule, an extended and a low model is easier to use than an elongated and narrow one. These are the characteristics of Side by Side. Most often they are purchased both for small apartments and for large spaces - there are also embedded units.
It is interesting that models with swinging doors appeared for the first time in America - it was there that their use was justified: the average American family buys products in large quantities and locates them on all the shelves. Then these models appeared in Japan and Korea. At the moment, almost all foreign manufacturers have a range of Side by Side.
Russian manufacturers do not produce this type of refrigerators yet. At the same time - in the 80s - they released a test three-chamber model with hinged doors. "ZIL-65", Which capacity was 400 liters, but it did not go on sale, and after it was completely forgotten.
Features and benefits
Since such refrigerators are currently popular, their distinctive features should be understood.
- Capacity is first plus, and it is the main reason for the purchase. The refrigerator is suitable for a large family, as well as for those who like to buy food for the future. A large number of compartments allows you to hold up to 400 liters, and due to a special division into zones, odors do not mix.
- Independent temperature control. Models with hinged doors have the function of adjusting each camera individually. In designs the one compressor is presented. But in more modern models - there are two of them, and the load is distributed more evenly. In addition, two-compressor refrigerators have multi-threaded ventilation, and this perfectly removes odors and allows products to keep fresh longer.
An interesting fact: in the Side by Side models there can be up to six doors, they work according to the forced ventilation system, and their walls are protected from ice formation.
- At mechanisms with two compressors there is a special wall that regulates the formation of ice. In such units there is also a unique mechanism, due to which the optimum temperature for storage of any products is maintained.
- For fresh food there are special compartments with a positive temperature, for chilled ones - with a zero temperature indicator., and for frozen ones - a special camera at -18 degrees. In such devices there is sometimes a special coating of antibacterial type - this provides an increased period of freshness of dishes.
- The Side by Side models feature the No Frost feature., which provides automatic defrosting. This ensures fast freezing and cooling of fresh produce.
Interesting fact: the more modern the model, the more working elements it has that improve its use: infrared lamps, odor absorbers, ice generators, special dispensers for dispensing ice or chilled water. There are also unusual models with intuitive controls, self-damage checking and even with computer systems.
The main difference between refrigeration devices is the number of compartments for freezing products.
- Single chamber have a classic depth - about 65 centimeters, and their height varies from 55 to 165 centimeters. If the freezer is small, it is located at the top or inside the refrigerator.
- Two-chamber (at the same time two-door) the device has division into zones and various adjustment of temperatures. For each such compartment a separate door is assumed. The devices of the European standard - the freezer compartment is located at the bottom. The height of structures can reach 2.6 meters.
- Three chambers Refrigerators are rarely used, they are purchased more for professional purposes - models can be found in restaurants and on marketplaces. The units have a large number of partitions, and this prevents the comfortable placement of products inside.
By way of installation, individual models and embedded. The latter can be optimally accommodated in the kitchen. The model does not stand out and saves working space, shallow, and its volume is less than that of a standard hinged refrigerator. From the outside, only active control sensors and doors are visible.
Embedded design is more expensive than conventional Side by Side models.
Models have a unique arrangement of additional cameras on the sides - next to each other. Their sizes are expanded and can be from 90 cm to 125 cm. Sometimes there may be additional functions that contribute to their better work. American units are represented by great functionality. They can be:
- with ice maker - A special compartment that allows you to get ice cubes directly from the refrigerator. As a rule, one hour is enough to form 1 kg of ice;
- with a zone of freshness - a certain box, the temperature inside which is above zero. Extends shelf life of products;
- with wine rack - such refrigerators have a separate area inside for cooling wine and other liquids;
- with automatic noise reduction system - models work silently and absorb less electricity. You can find them in class A and A +;
- with foreign odor absorption function - The internal space is covered with a special antibacterial film, which eliminates unpleasant odors;
- with the possibility of self-diagnosis - A more modern type of model that has a touch-type control and allows you to automatically detect damage
- with internet access and built-in computer - With such a function, it is possible to purchase products online through special online stores.
- with a special external coating - for example, many models have black glass, different reflective surfaces and protection from contamination and dust accumulation.
How to choose
In order to choose the right Side by Side refrigerator, you need to pay attention to some indicators:
- model width and height. Dimensions should be related to the sides of the room so that the use is comfortable;
- internal filling volume, as well as the capacity of individual compartments for products;
- zone distribution function - the choice of design with zone division will ensure maximum shelf life of products;
- presence of drawers and additional zones in the freezer;
- availability in a set of models special clamps and limiters;
- functionality internal mechanism.
Also consider the power consumption mechanism. It is better if it belongs to class A ++ or class A +.
The dimensions of side-by-side refrigerators, even the largest, are excellent for domestic apartments. As a rule, “American standards” are much more than European ones. The classic height of the latter can be 175 cm in height and up to 95 centimeters in depth. Width is an unstable indicator that depends on the model and design. Large sizes can significantly affect the installation, so before buying you should:
- measure the area perimeter, on which the refrigerator will be installed;
- get measurements of doorways and access stairs through which the device will be transported;
- should be temporarily removed interior doors with hinges.
Large type models have a special heat generator, which is allowed to be placed close to the wall. It is necessary to measure the legs of the refrigerator with the floor - their adjustment is easy, and for fixing the device in a stable position it is quiet enough to tighten up.
After installing the refrigerator, switching on should take place only a few hours later - during this time the coolant will completely move to a special compartment.
Next - it is necessary to determine the areas for storage of products. For example, there are:
- freshness zone - intended for the storage of fruits, vegetables and herbs at zero temperature;
- moisture compartment - used to conserve food moisture;
- temperature adjustable drawers - used for individual adjustment of degrees;
- special department for drinks and bottle cooling.
After determining each of these zones, it is necessary to set a certain mode in the circulation system for a favorable microclimate.
For freshness zone characteristic temperature of +3 degrees Celsius: it is suitable for dairy products, meat products and vegetables. Freeze them in this case is not required.
To the refrigerator was stable, and there were no failures in the work, you need to use restrictive devices and clamps (they are included). Since when opening the door of the refrigerator, the radius can reach up to 120 degrees, this is fraught with damage to the adjacent walls and the protective coating. Clamps should be installed in special compartments.
After that, the doors are closed automatically, and special closers allow you to save electricity.
It is necessary to activate the freezer separately (as a rule, hinged refrigerators have two generators, and this means that each compartment is adjusted manually). It should be remembered that the volume should be filled only by one third.
Large freezers are used for fresh products that need to be frozen for a long time. Standard temperature is -18 ° C. Boxes should be arranged and ranked products. Activation takes place through a panel that regulates the temperature. After switching on, the temperature in the compartment drops sharply, and products can be immersed after only 30 minutes.
Modern models make an indelible impression on several criteria: functionality, size and design. The last criterion is extremely important in the performance of the kitchen in a certain style. There is the following range:
- high-tech style models. As a rule, they have silver and black colors, differ in an elongated shape and are suitable for rooms with a minimum of technology in soothing shades;
- modern - imply white and beige models. Such have mirror surfaces, the built-in control panels. Refrigerators are suitable for industrial style of the room and will easily fit into any modern and classical design;
- portable - have mesh coatings, the surface can be decorated with a pattern and even backlight.
Also on the external surfaces there may be special devices, additional handles and several tones of color. When choosing, it is necessary to rely only on individual preferences.
Top models rating
The best models in the segment of swing refrigerators are manufactured by American manufacturers. The top popular also includes Japanese and European designs. The review presents the best quality Side by Side refrigerators.
Beko GNE 114610 FX
The total volume of such a refrigerator is 385 liters. The internal structure consists of three main shelves of tempered glass. Width - 80 cm. It is possible to rearrange them, to change the dimensions of the total filling area. Also present special boxes for fruits and vegetables, several containers.
The model has a built-in blue coloring, which increases the shelf life of products, air flow ionizer, bacteria filtration and a silver ion-based disinfecting coating. According to the standard there is a function Nо Frost.
- energy efficient class A;
- sound alert when the door is open;
- lock control panel.
- one compressor;
- noise in the work;
- high price.
Sharp beige SJ-EX98FBE
This model is ideal for a large family. The total volume is 394 liters, it has two chambers, and the doors are convenient to use and close automatically.
- inverter type compressor - consists of several degrees of work, due to this, maximum energy conservation, uninterrupted operation and reduction of work noise are achieved;
- Extra Cool feature - allows you to cool drinks at the maximum freezing point, but does not freeze them;
- unique lighting - presented in the form of LEDs in both chambers. They do not heat departments with products and are resistant to sudden temperature changes.
- too elongated model - not suitable for narrow spaces;
- small warranty period - 1 year.
Daewoo Electronics FRS-U20FET
The side-by-side fridge from Daewoo Electronics has its differences. For example, a triple type antibacterial coating. All compartments and storage chambers are ion-coated. The average volume of the refrigerator - 356 liters. Shelves are presented in glass, and from plastic - only their design. There is an area for cooling wine drinks, which opens from the inside.
The freezer is equipped with a shock freezing function, and inside the system there are special temperature sensors, due to which automatic temperature control takes place, while electricity is saved several times.
- electronic control of the system through the display;
- container for storing fruits in the lower tier - cooling of products takes place according to individual criteria: you must enter information about the product in a special field. Thus, products are stored several times longer;
- energy efficiency - class A +.
- the lower chamber closes too tightly;
- average capacity;
- long cooling products.
Hitachi R-W662PU3 GBE
The model from the Japanese manufacturer has a particularly stylish design: the doors of tempered glass, high surfaces, and protection from scratches and corrosion. Due to the unique coating, the model is easily cleaned of impurities.
- low power consumption - There are several modes that can be individually controlled. On departure - the refrigerator goes into the background, and energy consumption is reduced by 20 percent;
- shock freezing products - due to this, the taste and aroma is preserved, and the cellular structure of dishes does not undergo decay;
- Twist individual ice making function;
- huge boxes, a large number of additions, partitions and compartments for food storage.
- inconvenient location of the shelf for cooling liquids;
- small egg holder.
The model has a nice price and small size. It has two doors, and the freezer is on the left. The total volume is 540 liters. Refrigerator SHRF-600SDW has a touchscreen display, has an intuitive control. Suitable for small spaces - has an elongated shape.
- touch display on the outer case;
- LED lightening;
- power saving mode;
- sound alert when the door is open.
- one compressor;
- inconvenient arrangement of shelves inside the refrigerator;
The model is distinguished by large capacity and a unique storage area for products. The total amount of food storage is 616 liters, there is a touch control and child protection function. The model is presented in black beautiful color with a matte finish. Benefits:
- increased performance;
- reduced noise at work;
- ice generator with direct access to the water supply;
- several zones of freshness;
- A large number of shelves and drawers.
- does not have antibacterial coating;
- complex management system.
According to reviews Sharp SJ-EX98FBE model has several advantages over the others - the freezer is installed at the bottom and not at the side, as in standard ones, it has a pleasant beige color, four doors, a huge number of compartments and additions. Some also emphasize that due to the compressor, the model works almost silently. However, there are significant drawbacks: the temperature on the display does not correspond to the figures, and the plastic has an unpleasant smell.
Some people do not like the lack of an electronic control panel - this slows down the control of the device.
Many celebrate model Daewoo Electronics FRS-U20FET large capacity and quiet operation. The refrigerator quickly freezes food and removes foreign odors. Users like the zone of freshness of products - it can be stored not only fruits and vegetables, but also cooked dishes.
The disadvantages include tight doors and the inability to self-adjust the temperature in some compartments.
Refrigerator Hitachi R-W662PU3 GBE has a large number of positive reviews, the main ones are confirmation of quick freezing, convenient use and the possibility of automatic temperature control. However, many complain about the lack of a freshness zone.
According to reviews, customers are satisfied Russian refrigerator SHRF-600SDW - the model has excellent value for money. Many emphasize that you can use a huge number of shelves, rearrange and change their places. Others say that the refrigerator has a pleasant sound alert, is convenient and easy to use. Also marked touch screen and noiseless operation.