Ever try to put 10 lbs of potatoes in a 5 lb bag? Then you know what it’s like to design a small kitchen in NYC. We are always seeking ways to maximize use and storage while staying within our very real (real estate) limitations.
We’ve been on the hunt for the proper refrigerator for a new project with a small footprint. Here are some of specifics of what we found:
SubZero is back! They are once again making a 24” refrigerator-freezer. It’s built-in with plenty of space (although the freezer may be small for some), all behind a single door for a very clean look. The height is 84″ as are many of the integrated units.
Bosch is offering a 24″ refrigerator-freezer, also 84″ high and they’ve added an ice-maker.
Fisher Paykel (left) offers a shorter appliance if you don’t have room for the 84” height of some other brands. They also offer an option for a space-saving recessed handle, an ice-maker, and water in the door.
Liebherr offers integrated and freestanding models and a variety of heights. The freestanding 24″ x 80″ has a little more space, but not the clean look, of the built-in.
Miele also offers a unit with a single door and ice.
In addition, there are good options from Blomberg, Smeg and Summit.
Built-in vs. freestanding – Built-in is certainly more cohesive, especially in a small space, but it comes at a square foot cost. Freestanding (for most brands) definitely gives you more storage.
Ice – Luckily many brands have updated and we found ice-makers at every price point.
Water – Only one brand, that we saw, had an option for water in the door, a possible alternative: add an instant cold-filtered water system at the sink.
Special features – Many brands had systems to filter internal air and keep food fresher longer.
Price – Quite the swing from a high of $6,000+ down to $1,900 – there is something for every budget.
What’d we pick? We’ll show you when the project is complete!