American Buying GuideAmerican style multi door fridge freezers come in a variety of sizes and configurations to match your style, from the classic side by sides, to French Doors and sleek high-end models.

American-style fridge freezers make a real statement. They’re wider than standard fridge freezers, thanks to side-by-side doors that open outwards, with a fridge section on one side and freezer on the other. They range from 70cm to over 90cm in width.

These are the priciest models available, but also tend to have the most high-end features; water filters and ice-cube makers often come as standard, for example.

However, their large capacity can be difficult to fit into a typical kitchen and their larger evaporating units also mean they can be quite noisy and costly to run.

American Fridge Freezer Styles

Side by Side Fridge Freezers

Side by Side

The Side by Side set up is the classic American Fridge Freezer design and provides access to both an upright fridge and freezer behind two full-length doors. This style boasts a large interior with storage shelves and compartments in the doors. You will get a tall fridge on the right and a tall freezer on the left. Open either door for easily accessible food storage and flexible shelving that can be adjusted to the type of food you keep in the house most often.

The side by side style limits bending down as you can see everything in an upright position. There is also less need to rummage through the freezer drawers to investigate the contents as much of the interior is made up of open shelving, giving you easy access to frozen food whenever you need it.

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French Door

French Door fridge freezers combine a freezer drawer-style system at the bottom with a double door fridge at the top. This design provides full width storage space throughout and eye level access to the fridge contents.

This style is perfect for families who want plenty of fresh food storage space and need easy access to everything inside their fridge. The doors open wide for easy unloading when you get the shopping home and for at a glance pre-dinner browsing.

The freezer drawers on these models pull out smoothly so you can see everything inside that compartment and quickly find the item you need. This is perfect for people who easily forget what is at the back of the freezer, want better frozen food organisation and easy access to long term food storage.

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Four Door

The Four Door set up has a large double door fridge at the top, and a slightly smaller double door freezer at the bottom. Similar to the French door design, you’ll get easy access to the large fridge compartment for all your fresh food. This style is also sometimes referred to as a "Multi Door" design.

The four doors give you direct access to the part of the fridge or freezer that you need and streamlined handles or recessed door openers run the height of the appliance for a completely streamlined and stylish finish. 

The immediate convenience of the Four Door design is how easily you can access any quarter of the fridge freezer without having to open wider doors fully, so you don't lose cool air in the process - saving you money on your energy bills. 

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Microwaves with Grill

If you want to make more complex meals at a rapid speed, you can grill and toast with a microwave with a grill function. Ideal for those who use a microwave frequently and want to make a wider variety of meals. They can do everything a standard microwave can do along with the ability to grill that can be used independently. This means on a microwave with grill, you can cook slightly more complex dishes such as lasagna, pizza and crispy jacket potatoes and is great to grill fish and meats.

Microwaves with grill are available in freestanding and integrated models, and with capacities ranging from 17 up to a large 30 litres. 

We stock microwave with grills by Neff, Hotpoint, Bosch, Indesit and more.

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Combination Microwaves

This type of microwave can cook the same as an oven, but quicker. With a variety of features that go beyond basic microwaving, you can produce sophisticated meals in very little time and at a great quality.

Combination or ‘Combi’ microwaves work a bit more like a mini oven. Using multiple ways of heating such as microwaves, grilling and convection heating (hot fanned air) you can brown and crisp your food, but it also lets you roast and bake food. There are some models that even offer a steaming functionality.

A combi microwave is a good solution for smaller kitchens and can provide more convenience than a traditional oven. They can however be the most expensive method of microwaving.

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Fit Types


Freestanding Microwaves

If you have an open and flexible kitchen, a freestanding microwave could be perfect for you. They’re easy to move if you’re moving homes or changing your kitchen.

This microwave is freestanding so it can be placed on any worktop - perfect for heating, reheating, and defrosting food. Simple and easy to use, they are generally lower in price.


Built In Microwaves

Built in microwaves can be a standard, grill, or combination microwave. Built into your wall, they can be at eye level for checking on food, and are out of the reach of children.

Built in or integrated microwave ovens are a practical way to free up worktop space and are designed to fit seamlessly into your kitchen.


Special Features and Technology

Manufacturers are constantly innovating their products. This has lead to some really nifty features being created, expanding the uses of microwaves. Some you should know about include:

Auto Weight Cook – enter the weight of the food and the microwave will calculate the best power and cooking time for your dish.

Drop-Down Door –  this handy design makes it easier to put in and take out food and can also be used to rest hot food / plates while it cools. This is a great feature if the microwave is built in at eye level.

Auto-Cook Programmes – these speed up the cooking process by having pre-set programmes that will automatically cook common dishes.

Defrost Function – this setting makes sure you can get cooking sooner rather than later. Some microwaves let you put in the weight and type of food to make sure everything is defrosted perfectly.

Flatbed – Flatbed microwaves offer more space than those with a turntable. The heat is distributed evenly, the interior is much easier to clean, and you aren't as limited to the size and shape of the dishes you put inside.

Radiant Grill – These grills require slightly longer to heat, but are better for cooking thicker, denser foods, such as grilling meat.


Capacity and Power



Microwave capacities are measured in litres, and they range from a modest 13L to a family sized 45L. The standard solo microwave capacity is around 15-20 litres. Grill and combination microwaves tend to feature capacities of 30 litres and above.

A small household of 1 to 3 people will find a capacity of 20-25 litres sufficient to defrost, reheat and cook meals. A larger household would benefit from a larger microwave with a capacity of at least 25 litres, providing a bigger interior space to cook more than one dish at a time.



The power of microwaves is measured in Watts and they range from 650W up to 1900W. Generally, the higher the wattage, the more powerful the microwave is and the quicker your food will cook. It’s as simple as that!

The wattage is usually adjustable by various functions of the microwave, but usually you can chose from low, medium and high power settings. With combination and grill microwaves there are seperate power levels for the different functions, so the grill could be 900W and the microwave 800W.