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Are Top Freezer Refrigerators Out of Style?

by Pam Silva

Black top freezer refrigerator in a kitchen

At a Glance:

Are Top Freezers Out of Style?

Pros and Cons of Top Freezer Refrigerators

How Much Capacity Do They Have?

How Much Do Top Freezer Fridges Cost?

Recommended Top Freezer Refrigerator Picks

Are There Other Alternatives for Top Freezer?


Why Trust Us?

If you’re like many people looking for a space-saving yet functional refrigerator that keeps food fresh and long-lasting, the chances are that you may need to buy a top freezer refrigerator. Still, there’s a catch!

Top freezer fridges are traditional-style refrigerators designed with a freezer unit on top and a refrigerated section underneath. Their traditional design puts them at a disadvantage, as many homeowners feel they won’t fit into their modern homes. But don’t fret — if you’re considering buying one for your modern home, they definitely aren’t out of trend!

Discover what features make them a great option for modern homes with the help of interior experts at Colder’s. In this guide, we highlight the pros and cons of top freezer refrigerators, their capacity, price, and some popular models recommended by verified buyers. 

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Top Freezer Refrigerators

Are Top Freezers Out of Style?

French, side door and side-by-side freezer refrigerators are different styles of fridges commonly found in modern homes. They look flashy with their glass-like metal exterior and chic smart. Plus, they have smart tech features that promote convenient living. While these features are common in modern refrigerators, they are particularly scarce in top freezer refrigerators. Still, does it mean that current homeowners prefer them to other traditional models like the top freezer?

The simple answer is NO.

When it comes to choosing a refrigerator for an apartment, top freezer refrigerators have been a favorite among many homeowners for years. The reason is due to their extra freezer space, affordable price, and minimalist design that fits seamlessly into any home décor.

A refrigerator with freezer on top won't add much value to your kitchen in terms of visual appeal, but they are quite dependable for preserving food, especially in small-sized kitchens. Homeowners also find them a more affordable option compared to most modern fridges. More than this, this type of fridge offers decent storage space for its traditional style. This way, you have enough room to store your food items.

So, although they lack the flashy appeal of smart modern refrigerators and their convenient tech components, a top freezer fridge is the most sought-after refrigerator for anyone looking for an affordable product to handle their refrigeration needs.

Pros and Cons of Top Freezer Refrigerators

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Top freezer refrigerators have several qualities that give them an edge over other refrigerator styles. Then again, no electrical appliance is without its con.


✅ Budget-friendly

✅ Perfect for small spaces

✅ Cheaper to operate

✅ Easily accessible freezing compartment

✅ Timeless appeal


✖ Not suitable for people looking for large capacity refrigerator

✖ Lack the high-tech, smart features of modern fridges

✖ Few organization options

✖ Looks simple compared to current designs

How Much Capacity Do They Have?

Depending on the brand and size, top freezer fridges will have different interior spaces, with each model typically having more fridge space than freezer space.

Regardless, top-freezer fridges typically have an average freezer capacity ranging from 2 to 6.2 cubic feet and a fridge capacity between 7.5 to 18 cubic feet. Overall, that equates to an average capacity of 17 to 23.8 cubic feet, which is ideal for a household of three to five.

How Much Do Top Freezer Fridges Cost?

Top freezer refrigerator models are more cost-effective and budget-friendly than most models in the market. However, their price may depend on their size and finish.

French style and four-door models typically range from $2,000 to $5,000 or higher, making them some of the most expensive models and unsuitable for shoppers on a budget. Luckily, top-mount refrigerators cost as low as $500 for simpler designs and range up to $1,500 for the bigger side models with more features.

Recommended Top Freezer Refrigerator Picks

Still not sure whether a top-freezer fridge will cramp your kitchen’s style or not? Just in case, take a moment to consider these beautiful refrigerators our experts have selected from our stock.

➤ LG 20.2 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Top Freezer Refrigerator

Front view of the LG LTCS20030S refrigerator

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At 20.2 Cubic feet and 30 inches wide, this LG 20.2 cubic feet model offers one of the largest capacities out of any pick in our line-up. The classic fridge ditches the typical handles found in this style of fridge in favor of a recessed grove above the fridge door and below the freezer door for a modern twist on the top-mount design.

Together with its 14.7 cubic feet fridge space and 5.5 cubic feet freezer, this LG appliance delivers a spacious room for groceries. Not to mention its LED light feature that helps illuminate its interior and stainless steel finish that heightens its visual appeal to fit into modern kitchens.

This LG top freezer refrigerator even has an automatic built-in icemaker to make ice cubes during the hot summer days, or when entertaining guests at home. And, thanks to its digital temperature controls typically found in modern refrigerators, this traditional-style refrigerator keeps your food fresh all day.

✔ Featured LG LTCS20030S refrigerator review: “After researching refrigerators for small places, we chose this unit. It was the largest for the space it uses and has plenty of refrigerator/freezer storage for us.”

➤ Frigidaire 18.3 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Top Freezer Refrigerator

Front view of the Frigidaire FFTR1835VS refrigerator

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Who says traditional-style fridges can't hold their own against their modern French door counterparts? Frigidaire refrigerators are known to be quite impressive, and this sleek fridge is no exception.

This Frigidaire 18.3 cubic feet fridge offers impressive storage without issues for its size at 18.3 cubic feet with a 4.9 cubic feet freezer space and 13.4 refrigerator capacity. It features an EvenTemp Cooling System that ensures consistent temperatures in the fridge. Still, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The Frigidaire top freezer refrigerator also has unique features like smart auto-close doors that prevent your food from spoiling, a single humidity-controlled crisper drawer that keeps food produce fresher ad long-lasting, and customizable interior storage you can use as you wish.

The best part is this classic fridge comes in three different finishes: black, stainless steel, and white to suit your personal style.

✔ Featured Frigidaire FFTR1835VS refrigerator review: “Excellent refrigerator looks great has a lot of room inside and the shelving is very nice.”

➤ Whirlpool 19.2 Cu. Ft. Monochromatic Stainless Steel Top Freezer Refrigerator

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This 19.2 cubic-foot stainless steel Whirlpool fridge is one of the best deals on our list. Efficient and energy-saving, with 5.15 cubic feet of freezer capacity and 14.08 cubic feet of refrigerator capacity, this Whirlpool top freezer refrigerator provides enough room to store a full stock of fresh and frozen food. You also can’t go wrong with its frameless glass shelving feature that provides more convenient storage.

This Whirlpool fridge is a must-use if you need more organizing options, as it strongly dishes out two unique organizational features you won’t typically find in most top freezer refrigerators; a Flexi Bin and an additional door bin.

✔ Featured Whirlpool WRT549SZDM refrigerator review: “We are very pleased with this refrigerator because it is high quality, spacious, and energy efficient. Our electric bill has decreased since purchasing this refrigerator.”

Are There Other Alternative Styles to Top Freezers?

Refrigerators are designed with special features that make them stand out. Top freezers remain in trend thanks to their affordable price, ease of use, and decent storage capacity. However, in cases where they seem too large for your space, a bottom freezer or freezerless refrigerator may be a better alternative.

Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Bottom-mount refrigerators take a 180° detour from top freezers by taking the refrigerator with freezer on top to the bottom. The most significant advantage people enjoy from this alternative is that it eliminates height challenges. With that said, bottom freezers can sometimes cause organizational hazards as your food items keep falling on the ground when you overstock them.

If you're considering this alternative, a good model buyers recommend is the LG 12.0 cubic feet PrintProof Stainless Steel Counter Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerator.

Front view of the LG LRBCC1204S bottom freezer refrigerator

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This LG bottom freezer refrigerator looks like a classic beauty while serving functional purposes. It has a 3.8 freezer capacity and 8.2 refrigerator capacity with awesome interior features like a chic cooling system and an automatic ice maker that saves your food from spoilage. The thoughtfully designed hinges and reversible contoured doors also mean they fit into a space with ease.

Freezerless Refrigerators

As the name suggests, this type of refrigerator is designed completely without a freezer section. Instead, these models are meant to be paired with column freezers, allowing homeowners to customize the layout of their kitchen. While they may not have a freezer compartment, freezerless fridges provide anyone considering this option enough space fridge space to keep food items space.

A good example buyers recommend is the Danby 11.0 Cu. Ft. Scarlett Red Metallic Apartment Size All Refrigerator.

Front view of the Danby DAR110A3LDB freezerless refrigerator

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This model is truly unique compared to other tip picks in our list. At 11.0 cubic feet, this model features a retro design and red metallic frame that looks good in a colorful, modern kitchen. It also boasts of five fully integrated door shelves and three chrome-trimmed tempered glass interior shelves that provide enough room for maximum storage. To top it all, its rubber grip chrome handle ensures easy accessibility.

Simple, sure. But outdated? We disagree. In fact, the clean, refined look of a top-freezer refrigerator is often the perfect complement to modern kitchens with minimalist designs, so if you’re still on the fence about one of these models, give the another chance. Looking for more inspiration? Then head over to Colder’s to shop top freezer refrigerators Milwaukee homeowners can find at the best prices around!


Want to know more about top freezer refrigerators? Here, we answer some popular questions about top freezers to help make your choice a lot easier.

Is It Better to Have a Freezer On Top Or Bottom?

Top freezer compartments are more energy efficient than their bottom counterparts. According to the US Department of Energy, top freezers use only 10–25 percent of energy compared to bottom freezers. Hence, they are a better deal.

Are Top Freezer Refrigerators More Reliable?

While modern refrigerators are flashy, functional, and convenient, they tend to damage fast when used frequently. Plus, they require consistent upkeep. Top freezer refrigerators won’t break easily and require less maintenance, making them more reliable.

Why Trust Colder’s?

Since 1942, we at Colder's pride ourselves on offering value, selection, and service. Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with four showrooms that stock quality name-brand furniture, appliances, and mattresses, Colder’s is sure to house exactly what you are looking for. And if you can't find it on our floors, chances are, we can order it for you. As a local, family-owned company, we are always doing our best to provide the highest value at the lowest cost to everyone who walks through our doors.

Colder’s is committed not only to continuously offering can’t-miss sales but also to working with each customer, making sure that you take advantage of every possible markdown — that’s our best price guarantee.

Shop Top Freezer Refrigerators at Colder’s

Don’t put off happiness — and shop refrigerators online for unbeatable prices at Colder’s. Our friendly experts are always happy to help you explore the best top freezer refrigerators around, whether you call us at 414-476-1574 or use our online chat feature. Better yet, stop by one our Colder’s locations in West Allis, Oak Creek, Delafield, and Grafton, Wisconsin to touch, see, feel, and experience home products that fulfill your dreams. Visit us today!

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