A very common dilemma among people arranging their dream kitchen is: should I choose a freestanding or built-in refrigerator? Both solutions have their good and slightly worse sides. A unique freestanding refrigerator can add an individual character to the entire arrangement, and the built-in refrigerator will perfectly maintain the uniformity, minimalist tone and modernity of the interior.

How to make the right choice?

The built-in refrigerator is practically invisible in the kitchen, it does not differ in any way from other kitchen cabinets. Therefore, it is perfect for modern and minimalist interiors.
However, it must be remembered that only a refrigerator model that is specially designed for this can actually be built in. Enclosing an ordinary refrigerator may seriously damage it. The built-in refrigerator is specially designed and constructed so that it can be safely enclosed with a cabinet, without fear of accidental damage to the furniture or the device itself, or the lack of adequate ventilation. The door of such a refrigerator is appropriately adapted to the assembly of the kitchen front, so that it can be opened in the same way as any other cabinet.

Pros and cons
The great advantage of a built-in refrigerator is that it is invisible. At the same time, it is brilliant to integrate into a kitchen arrangement without spoiling the overall concept of the interior. Together with the furniture, it creates a single, coherent whole.
Unfortunately, this solution also has its drawbacks. The special design that allows the device to be built-in means that, despite the same size as ordinary models, the built-in refrigerator has a smaller capacity. Therefore, we may not always have room for this type of solution, especially in small rooms, where the available space should be arranged down to the centimeter.

Freestanding refrigerator

A freestanding refrigerator can be placed anywhere in our kitchen, regardless of the planned or existing furniture. However, it should be remembered that such a refrigerator should be away from heat sources, i.e. a radiator or an oven. A freestanding refrigerator can be large or small, single or double door, Side by Side or French Door. There are many more options than with a built-in refrigerator, and the choice of a specific model will depend on the amount of space in the kitchen, individual preferences and budget.

Pros and cons
In the case of a freestanding device, we can boldly choose the design, and the models of new refrigerators are available in any color, with print, in any finish (e.g. retro or glamour), and even with print or pattern. A wide market offer in this aspect allows you to create, with the help of a beautiful refrigerator, an equally beautiful and interesting interior. Freestanding refrigerators have many decorative elements, such as stylized handles, backlights, colored LED or LCDs. Many modern models are equipped with ice or chilled water filters, which we cannot find in built-in appliances. The disadvantage of freestanding refrigerators is the fact that if we get bored with its appearance, or we plan to renovate or change the interior arrangement, we will not be able to simply build it in – we will only have to replace it with a new, different model or color. A disadvantage for many people may also be the inability to completely adjust the device to the kitchen furniture.

Are you looking for a compromise?

There is a type of freestanding refrigerator that can be safely installed between furniture without having to keep distances between the furniture and the appliance. Enclosed refrigerators differ from freestanding refrigerators in the way of their heat exchange, which occurs at the back and / or the bottom of the appliance, so that the sides of the appliance remain cool.

Both options have their pros and cons. Before choosing a specific model or installation option for the device, you should take into account the size, appearance and style of the room, as well as the budget. Those solutions provide other arrangement and functional possibilities, so the choice should be based on individual needs and expectations.