5 Best Side-by-Side Fridges in the UAE, for 2022

With a traditional top-freezer refrigerator, you have to crouch repeatedly to reach for items in the refrigerator compartment. It doesn’t help that the crisp drawer, where most fresh produce goes, is at the very bottom. A spacious side-by-side refrigerator solves this problem – it provides easy access to dinner ingredients by placing them at eye level.

This brand of fridges opens from the center outwards, where one door is dedicated for freezing items and the other works like your regular fridge. Ali Akbar Abdul Rasheed, a 13-year-old technician at Buashwan AC and Refrigerator Maintenance in Dubai, says side-by-sides are a better deal.

“They have plenty of room for groceries and cool more than tall freezers. In some side-by-side fridges, freezing temperatures can go as low as -23°C,” Rasheed said.

Each door is an opportunity for more organized storage, where each item has its own corner.
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When it comes to electricity consumption, the US energy standard Energy Star reports on its website that side-by-side refrigerators use more energy. But Rasheed points out the savings you can make with their inverter compressors. Unlike conventional compressors, inverters do not suddenly stop and start throughout the day, but cool at variable speeds and operate continuously.

Ideally, says Rasheed, you should keep in mind that more expensive brands like Samsung, Siemens and Bosch have more expensive spare parts. “Maintaining expensive models can become expensive. But, after the purchase, you will get five to seven good years of use from it, without the need for maintenance,” he added.

We scoured Amazon for the best side-by-side fridges and listed them with pros and cons. Some of them come with a professional installation service which you can also book separately. Ordering as a Prime member will ship your device faster with free shipping.

1. Best Overall: Samsung 640L Side-by-Side Refrigerator, Grey/Black

Advantages

  • Save energy with digital inverter compression
  • More space with thin walls
  • Automatic ice box
  • Integrated water dispenser
  • Seamless design without door handles

The inconvenients

  • Crisper bins are downstairs

Enjoy ample storage space in this Samsung side-by-side refrigerator with Space Max technology. Despite a net capacity of 617 litres, the unit has a slim build, with the addition of an integrated water dispenser on the left door. It runs on a quiet digital inverter that adjusts cooling speed based on ambient temperature, saving you more on your electricity bills. When soft drinks and juices require immediate cooling, press the Power Cool option. For quick freezing, there’s the Power Freeze button that solidifies your ice cream on demand. And all your ice needs are met by the automatic ice maker, which is located inside the freezer door. Stack everything you need on the four-tier double shelves in front of you, while fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meat go in their respective twin crisper drawers below.

Prime: Buy with zero percent installments and pay Dh355.11 for 12 months with select banks. Add professional installation for free.

Guarantee: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh256 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh363.

2. Best Budget: Gorenje Side-by-Side Refrigerator, 566L

Advantages

  • Easy-access refrigerator shelves
  • Prevents freezing in the freezer compartment
  • Includes bottle holder
  • Freezes and chills on demand
  • Inverter compressor

The inconvenients

This small 516 liter (net capacity) refrigerator from the Slovenian brand Gorenje is a good entry-level choice. Its exterior lacks a water dispenser, but you still get a classic twist ice maker inside. Everything is at your fingertips, as the refrigerator has a sleek, counter-depth design. The freezer’s NoFrost Plus technology ensures your frozen foods don’t stick together and keeps the area tidy. You can also use the Fast Freeze function to quickly preserve food at -24°C, and once the 26 hours are up, the freezer returns to its optimal temperature without any manual tinkering. At this price, enjoy an essential bottle or can in the refrigerator compartment.

Prime: Buy with zero percent installments and pay Dh216.58 for 12 months with select banks. Add professional installation for free.

Guarantee: The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty. Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh171 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh242.

3. Best for Storage: Hisense French Door Refrigerator, 749L, Silver

Advantages

  • Three compartments – refrigerator, freezer and refrigerated section
  • Lots of organizational possibilities
  • Refrigerated section converts to additional fridge or freezer
  • Inverter compressor
  • Integrated water dispenser

The inconvenients

A cross between a bottom-mounted French door and a side-by-side, this Hisense unit offers ample storage space. It divides the bottom half into two areas, frozen and chilled, each with its own door, like the fridge compartment above. You can easily convert the refrigerated part into an additional fridge or freezer, as the cooling can be adjusted for all main compartments. There are three spacious shelves and six sturdy drawers in total that offer around 583 liters of net capacity, enough for a family member or two to call dibs on their own sections. And the icing on the cake is the integrated water dispenser on the outside for quick access to drinks. Note, however, that this model comes without a cooler.

Prime: Buy with zero percent installments and pay Dh302.08 for 12 months with select banks. Add professional installation for Dh54.

Guarantee: The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty and a five-year warranty on the compressor. Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh227 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh323.

4. Best for Design: LG Instaview Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Advantages

  • Window view of the items inside
  • Door-to-door function
  • Bottle holders
  • Inverter compressor
  • Ice and water dispenser

The inconvenients

  • Dear
  • Few door shelves

Here’s an alternative that brings more to the table for its higher price tag. The LG Side by Side is a premium home appliance with a smart door-in-door feature. Give the fridge panel two taps from the outside to quickly see what items you have and don’t have before you go shopping. Wait, like what you see? Open the mini door without opening the entire compartment for a quick snack. This clever design prevents cold air from escaping from the refrigerator. LG also promises seven days of product freshness from the time of storage, thanks to its inverter technology. Inside, you no longer need to stack bottles sideways – there’s a dedicated rack to slide your drinks in and out. The refrigerator dispenses ice and water from the same system, also with the option of crushed ice.

Prime: Buy with zero percent installments and pay Dh624.92 for 12 months with select banks.

Guarantee: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for the Dh426 and a two-year extended warranty for the Dh605.

5. Best Way: Hisense 562L Fridge-Freezer, Stainless Steel

Advantages

  • Control refrigerator and freezer temperatures
  • Large storage capacity
  • Chill and freeze instantly
  • Integrated water dispenser
  • Bottle holders

The inconvenients

  • No inverter technology
  • Manual ice maker

This is one of the best rated and most affordable side-by-side refrigerators. Featuring a unique stainless steel finish, the Hisense 562 liter has 10 shelves and four drawers in total, with the addition of a special bottle holder for extra drinks on the go. Chill vegetables and freeze meat as soon as you store them using the Super Cool and Super Freeze functions. It has an outside water dispenser that does not need plumbing; it gets its water from an internal refillable tank. Next to the dispenser is a touchscreen that gives you full control over the fridge and freezer temperatures. It has a fairly large build (908mm diameter), so double check your alcove measurements before purchasing.

Prime: Buy with zero percent installments and pay Dh224.92 for 12 months with select banks.

Guarantee: Amazon offers a one-year extended warranty for Dh171 and a two-year extended warranty for Dh242.

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Karl M. Bailey