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Kitchen Design: Which KitchenAid Refrigerator Goes with Your Kitchen?

by East Coast Appliance

The KitchenAid kbsd706mps built-in refrigerator shown in a modern kitchen

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KitchenAid French Door Refrigerators

KitchenAid Side by Side Refrigerators

KitchenAid Counter Depth Refrigerators

KitchenAid Built-In Refrigerators


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If you plan to remodel your kitchen, you need to have a big-picture view of your style and design preferences. It’s easy to get caught up in fun appliances with cool features, but you also need a kitchen that is functional and laid out how you envisioned.

If you’ve had your eye on a KitchenAid refrigerator but aren’t sure whether it will match your design plans, there is good news. KitchenAid produces several different refrigerator models in different styles and sizes, from French-door refrigerators to a panel-ready fridges to match your cabinets — and your design dreams.

Here are a few styles to consider with your kitchen design along with examples of top KitchenAid refrigerator products you will love. 

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KitchenAid French Door Refrigerators: Best for Large Kitchens

A KitchenAid French-door refrigerator is a great option for families and households with different friends and relatives who love to stop by. If you find that your refrigerator door is constantly opening and closing as people search for snacks and drinks, make sure you have an energy-efficient model. With a French-door refrigerator, you only need to open one door at a time, keeping the cool air in and your groceries fresh.

Some of the largest models on the market are also French-door refrigerators. If you need to store enough groceries to feed a small army, this design option is for you.

✅ Our Pick: KitchenAid® 25.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator

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This particular unit stands out above the rest because it has five food storage compartments. In comparison, standard French door refrigerators only have three doors: two on the top (for the refrigeration section) and one on the bottom (for a pull-out freezer). This design style adds an extra level of energy efficiency to your kitchen appliances, as well as greater storage and organization flexibility.

Users love the layout of this KitchenAid 5-door refrigerator and the ability to easily organize groceries, evidence in the reviews they write. One person shared, “We upgraded our refrigerator to this one. It is about the same Cubic Feet as our last one, but it seems like we have much more room now. Or at least it is more efficient with its use of space.”

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KitchenAid Side-by-Side Refrigerators: Best for Smaller Spaces

Side-by-side refrigerators come in a variety of styles and sizes. You don’t necessarily have to buy a small refrigerator if you like this layout. However, the vertical nature of the doors can add height to your kitchen and make it seem more open.

You should opt for a KitchenAid side-by-side refrigerator if you use your refrigerator and freezer equally throughout the day. This way you can keep your most important items at eye level, regardless of which section they are in.

✅ Our Pick: KitchenAid® 24.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel with PrintShield™ Finish Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Front view of the KitchenAid KRSF705HPS side by side refrigerator

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This KitchenAid refrigerator offers almost 25 cubic feet of space for families to store their groceries. It comes with the proprietary Preserva® Food Care System, which uses two cooling zones to protect your food. The FreshFlow™ Air Filter also minimizes the spread of odors, so the various smells from your food won’t comingle.

These features, along with the Produce Preserver, slow down the ripening process, so you can get a few extra days out of your food. This gives you time to enjoy your delicate greens or bite into crispy vegetables for a healthy, satisfying snack.

This model comes in black stainless steel or fingerprint-resistant stainless steel. You can see what people think about this refrigerator by reading customer reviews. One buyer wrote, “So happy with this fridge, keeps veggies fresh for up to two weeks and the stainless steel exterior does not show fingerprints like our old one.” 

KitchenAid Counter Depth Refrigerator: Best for Building Around Cabinetry

A counter-depth refrigerator is designed to rest against the wall and tuck between your existing cabinets and cupboards with just a few inches of protrusion. It is different from a freestanding refrigerator, which, when placed at the edge of your kitchen cutout, can stick out up to 10 inches from the end of the cabinet. Check out counter-depth models if you want a seamless kitchen design where the appliances look like they were made for the space.

You can find KitchenAid counter-depth refrigerator options in a variety of styles, including French door models and side-by-side units. Choose the refrigerator that works best for your needs and then see if there is a counter-depth option.

✅ Our Pick: KitchenAid® 23.8 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Steel with PrintShield™ Finish Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

Front view of the KitchenAid KRFC704FBS French door refrigerator

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This KitchenAid refrigerator is a favorite option with customers and happens to offer counter-depth solutions. It is a standard French door model that comes with three doors and an exterior water and ice dispenser. It’s even possible for the refrigerator to remember your settings and fill up your water to the exact level you need.

The interior is one of the highlights of this unit. It comes with premium wood finish accents that add an element of luxury to everyday grocery storage. The refrigerator itself comes in black stainless steel or fingerprint-resistant stainless steel.

Overall, the customer reviews for this KitchenAid counter depth refrigerator equate to a solid 4.1/5. One of our favorite reviews says, “The temperature settings seem to be the most accurate in keeping the refrigerator section and freezer section where they need to be. This is the first refrigerator I have owned that I did not need to set the temperatures lower than the recommended settings to keep things cold and frozen.”

KitchenAid Built-In Refrigerators: Best for High-End Kitchens

Like counter-depth refrigerators, built-in appliances are meant to be tucked into your kitchen. You might notice how the siding lacks the same design and quality appearance as the front of the appliance. This is because no one is supposed to see it once one of these models is placed in a cabinet cutout.

A KitchenAid built-in refrigerator will feel natural in almost any kitchen design. Whether you want a farmhouse-style kitchen or a mid-century modern home, you don’t have to sacrifice when it comes to technology. You can still buy the latest refrigerator while sticking to your design aesthetic.

✅ Our Pick: KitchenAid® 10.0 Cu. Ft. Panel Ready Built-In Bottom Mount Refrigerator

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Panel-ready refrigerators are a form of built-in kitchen appliances. They essentially aren’t meant to be seen and are most commonly covered by a panel that matches the other cabinets in your kitchen. As a result, your refrigerator looks like one large cabinet rather than an appliance.

This KitchenAid refrigerator comes with two doors and separate refrigeration and freezer sections. The freezer is on the bottom, so the majority of your refrigerator food is at eye level. This is a smaller unit that is designed for guest houses, living room bars, and screened-in decks. Read customer reviews to learn more about this appliance and what people think about it.

When it comes to trends and innovative technology, KitchenAid is part of an exclusive group of appliance manufacturers that continuously push the envelope on the status quo. We love the exciting looks KitchenAid refrigerators come in, but we also recommend them to our shoppers because they work well and are made with quality in mind. See for yourself by shopping KitchenAid fridges online or at one of our East Coast Virginia appliance stores throughout the area today!

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Learn a little more about refrigerators and how the shop for them as we answer a few questions we get from our buyers.

Are panel-ready appliances more expensive?

You might find that panel-ready appliances are more expensive than their freestanding counterparts. However, it doesn’t usually cost more to make these units. The extra cost comes from installing the units and placing the panels you bought on them. Most appliance companies don’t sell cabinet panels and you will need to add this to your kitchen remodel budget.

Where are KitchenAid appliances made?

KitchenAid is an American company, and the majority of its appliances are made in the United States. The company has plants in Ohio, South Carolina, Iowa, Mississippi, and Arkansas. However, many refrigerators are not made in the United States. Most KitchenAid refrigerators are made in Mexico and then imported into the country.

Who owns KitchenAid?  

KitchenAid has been part of the Whirlpool family of products since 1986. Even though it maintains its own name, KitchenAid is managed and supported by Whirlpool. The Whirlpool Corporation also owns brands like Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, and Consul.

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Locally owned and operated since 1988, East Coast Appliance is the largest independent appliance dealer in Virginia. We sell it ALL — from new name-brand appliances to scratch-and-dent appliances to our very own refurbished appliances. Aside from our huge selection of every major brand and everyday low prices, what sets us apart from our competitors is that we service what we sell and that we are locally owned and operated with factory-trained associates. And if you’re a local, great news: East Coast Appliance is committed to providing the absolute lowest prices on the same available brand and model — simply bring in the ad of the local retail competitor while the lower price is in effect and you'll receive your price match.

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There is a reason we are dubbed “The Discount King” — for unbeatable deals, shop KitchenAid refrigerators online at East Coast Appliance. Our friendly associates are always happy to help you find the perfect KitchenAid refrigerator for your home, whether you call us or use our online chat feature. Better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to see why we are the best appliance store in Virginia. Visit us today!

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