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Styles of Refrigerators

Many homes still use a traditional refrigerator, one in which the freezer is on the top and the refrigerator beneath it, despite the fact that this model is quickly becoming outdated. Not only are trends and styles drifting away from this basic model, the standard since the 1940s, it is also less practical, as it requires more energy for the freezer to be on top rather than on the bottom.

This reversed model is more popular in new refrigerators now, as is the side-by-side versions, but it may surprise you to know that these refrigerators have been around nearly as long as the traditional. A side-by-side (with the freezer on the left and refrigerator on the right) was introduced as early as 1949, but it did not gain much traction until the mid ’60s, and even then, it remained far behind the traditional refrigerator.

Refrigerators with the freezer on the bottom came soon after, in the mid ’50s. The increasingly popular French-door style (commonly used in Viking appliances) is the only refrigerator that is actually fairly modern, not having appeared until the late ’90s. And while most refrigerators came in white since the 1950s, the modern trend toward brushed chrome, as seen in many Sub Zero appliances, isn’t new either–it has been around since the 1960s.

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Posted on: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Posted in: refrigerators, Sub Zero Appliances, Viking appliances

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