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Latest Trends: The Integrated Fridge

Updated on July 26, 2010

I think most people would agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where all the meals are prepared, where everyone goes to fetch a snack or a drink, and where family members often gather. It’s a room you spend a lot of time in. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that this room is receiving a lot of attention when it comes to building and remodeling. Lots of new trends have come along for kitchens in the past few years. One of the most dramatic is the fully integrated kitchen, including an integrated fridge.

What’s an integrated kitchen?

An integrated kitchen is one in which everything matches – cabinets and appliances. There’s a seamless flow, with no metal appliances visible. An integrated refrigerator is part of this decorating scheme. Integrated refrigerators are fitted with a wooden panel over the door that’s crafted to match your cabinetry. An integrated fridge door is stained or painted and routed or fitted with molding and hardware to completely match the wooden cabinets in your kitchen.

Standard refrigerators have to be placed where they have enough air space around them for proper ventilation, but integrated refrigerators are different. Most of them are ventilated from the front instead of from the back like older refrigerators, so they can be placed anywhere.

Types of styles of integrated refrigerators

Integrated fridges come in several different styles. Homeowners might choose an appliance that’s all refrigerator space, or one that’s a combination integrated refrigerator freezer. Configurations can include models with the freezer on top or on the bottom. Side-by-side units are also available, along with slide-out refrigerator or freezer drawers.

The bottom freezer refrigerator is a very popular model with homeowners. A bottom freezer refrigerator is especially convenient in a home with small children. The kids can reach into the bottom freezer refrigerator to help themselves to popsicles, ice cream bars, and other frozen snacks.

If you decide at some point in the future that you need more cooling area, it’s easy to add an under counter fridge or freezer that will match your existing kitchen décor. You can even add an ultra chic wine cooler!

Many homeowners are using the integrated fridge freezers in other rooms in the house, too. They make great additions to family rooms, home bars, game rooms, and mother-in-law suites. They’ll fit in practically anywhere!

The specifications

Integrated refrigerators come in several different sizes, and most of these new units are very energy efficient, which will save you money on your power bill. Some have handy alarms that alert you when the door or refrigerator drawer is left ajar – another energy-saving characteristic. Many integrated fridges also have electronic controls upfront that are super simple to use.

Another wonderful point about most integrated fridges or integrated fridge freezers is that they have specific temperature zones for different types of foods. This allows different foods to be kept at their optimum storage temperatures, increasing their storage life – yet another money-saving feature.

Why you should consider an integrated fridge

If you’re building or remodeling, consider adding a fully integrated fridge or integrated fridge freezer to your kitchen or other rooms in your home. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a difference this type of appliance will make in the appearance of the room, and you’ll love all the handy functions an integrated refrigerator offers.

Integrated refrigerators blend perfectly into a room.
Integrated refrigerators blend perfectly into a room.

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Earnesto! Thanks for visiting!

    • earnestshub profile image

      earnestshub 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Now that is the first good looking fridge I have seen! Great hub!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Now you know, Quildon! Don't feel bad - I didn't know until recently, either!

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      Angela Joseph 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I've seen the new-look refrigerators on the home and garden network, but didn't know there was a special name for them, apart from fancy of course. Great hub!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Maggie! I do, too! I'm working on it.

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      MaggieKubicko 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I love the look of and integrated kitchen. I wish that I could re-do my kitchen to look like this.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Msannec, so do I! Thanks for reading!

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      msannec 

      8 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Thanks for sharing, I love the look of the integrated kitchen.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      TOF, I love your sense of humor!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Techno, thanks for reading!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Eth! I don't know if you can get in on our HP group discount since you're in the UK. LOL!!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Sis, read above comments! lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, see what I wrote to Pamela!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Pamela, we all seem to want this. Maybe we could buy in bulk and get an HP discount?? lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Isn't it cool, Cay!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Exactly, Veronica! You get it!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Well, HH, when we get rich from writing, we can both get new houses!!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it, Nancy!

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      The Old Firm 

      8 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Hi habee.

      My fridge is definitely integrated. It's old (but not enough to be a fashion item) it leaks a bit, it has a few dents and scratches; but it's quiet, still functions adequately and it cost nothing as it was thrown out by someone else for a new one.

      It integrates perfectly with the rest of my furniture and its description sounds like my CV.

      Cheers,

      TOF.

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      techno geek 

      8 years ago from calafornia

      very informative hub ...........

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They are good if you can afford them and have enough space.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      SEO, funny - I've thought the same thing!

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      Angela Blair 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      It's way past time for integrated appliances -- wish I could re-do my kitchen; I'd really go all out! Thanks for a good Hub. Best, Sis

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      I love this look and I'm sorry I don't have it!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love that look. What a beautiful kitchen. I wish I could get it done in mine. Thanks for a good hub.

    • Cay profile image

      Cay 

      8 years ago from America.

      This is a really cool idea! If I ever get a house, I would love to look into this.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I love this concept. It's the perfect marrying of function and style. Much like hiding your appliances in plain sight.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That looks beautiful and I wish I had the money to completely overhaul our kitchen. Oh well, back to writing hubs.

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      nancy_30 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for this very informative hub about integrated kitchens and refrigerators. It was a very interesting read.

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      Karla Whitmore 

      8 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      It took them long enough to do this! I love the new integrated appliances, but I'm sure that when I end up taking advantage of them, I'll be opening the wrong doors all the time. :)

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      Karla Whitmore 

      8 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      It took them long enough to do this! I love the new integrated appliances, but I'm sure that when I end up taking advantage of them, I'll be opening the wrong doors all the time. :)

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