Does anyone know why refrigerator shelves are not solid?
I wonder when something too thin falls off through the crack in the self. They bring the shelf out, stop, and then put a bit of a "fence" sticking out from it. This leaves a space and things slip through if they are too thin.
Metal shelves with holes are probably marginally more sensible especially when someone decides to put a hot pan into the fridge.
Actually my fridge has plastic shelves which are next to useless, They don't like hot pans and crack easily under weight.
Cold air probably circulates better too.
I forgot to state in the question that I meant the shelves in the door - not the internal ones. Where I wrote "...crack in the shelf" - 'crack' means 'space'.
Ha, even in the UK crack means space. Guess you could have edited this question! I, think you can. I can only assume that a man invented your shelves:)
I simply wanted to make sure that any others answering understood the question since I did not write clear enough.
My fridge has solid glass shelves. I suspect most refrigerators have openwork shelving so light can get through, and air can circulate.
So does mine. I was not clear in my question because I meant in the door. My apologies.
My fridge has solid plastic modular shelves in the door, built in one solid piece. They can be moved around with the contents safe inside. I think you just have to look before you buy your next fridge.
Unfortunately it came with the house which is a rental. I believe that it is a moderately old fridge. The space bars slip on/off but only in one spot. I did notice that the top shelf has a smaller 'gap' than the other two.
I read your clarification below. I know the fencing at the shelves on my snap out and there is a 1" or so gap. It is easier to clean for me. That doesn't really answer why they could not be solid. Expense for manufacturing? Duplication of parts for different models using the same fencing?
I just Google 1950 fridges. They were very mixed for door storage. Many had solid fencing. In fact many the whole shelf snapped in and out with solid fencing. That leads me to think today the door inside must be injected molded as a manufacturing process and cost less. The fencing gap is a puzzle for sure.
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