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French Door Refrigerators: The Maytag Man is No Longer Lonely

French door refrigerators, equipped with cutting-edge technologies and advanced food storage capabilities are the hottest and most sought after kitchen appliance. Their stunning, streamlined appearance makes the bottom-freezer refrigerator a decorative kitchen accent. Most refrigerators of this type are available in a variety of colors: black, white, bisque, stainless steel, faux stainless steel and more. Owners report that all of their friends express admiration upon seeing their bottom-freezer refrigerator.

The top portion of a bottom-freezer refrigerator has two side-by-side doors. The French door refrigerator works well in both small and large kitchens because the doors of the appliance are narrow and require less swing-out room than a traditional refrigerator freezer. The side-by-side doors open to reveal a spacious refrigeration compartment. The lower section of the appliance has a pullout freezer compartment. This pullout drawer contains both upper and lower sliding bins.

The refrigeration compartment of the best French door refrigerator has multiple storage options. Full-width, adjustable, sliding or tilting, spill-proof shelves can accommodate pizza boxes, sheet cakes and leftovers. Constructed from thick tempered glass, the versatile shelves allow the owner to customize the storage area for their own food storage needs.

In general, the refrigeration compartment has one or more humidity-controlled crisper drawers that keep fruit fresh and vegetables crisp. A full-width deli bin preserves luncheon meats and cheeses. Moreover, these types of side-by-side refrigerators usually come with in-the-door bins for storing eggs, butter dishes and condiments. In most models, the appliance has a gallon-sized area for storing milk, juices and other large containers. The temperature of this dairy section is often a few degrees cooler than the rest of the refrigeration compartment.

Some bottom-freezer refrigerators come equipped with external water and ice dispensers. These dispensers deliver great tasting, cold, filtered water and ice cubes in seconds.

The bottom-mount freezer compartment of the refrigerator freezer opens like a drawer. This section of the freezer compartment has sliding wire or durable plastic bins that move to provide access to upper or lower storage areas. In most models, the bottom-freezer refrigerator is frost-free or comes equipped with an automatic defrost capability.

Commonly, the French door refrigerator has an external LCD control panel. This electronic digital touch-pad is intuitive and easy to use. Through the control panel, owners can customize the bottom-freezer refrigerator's settings. Configurable options include temperature, humidity, dispenser settings and more.

The Whirlpool Corporation makes side-by-side refrigerators, traditional refrigerator freezers and is the leading innovator and manufacturer of French door refrigerators. Brands under the Whirlpool umbrella include Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Bauknect, Brastemp, Consul, Roper and Gladiator.

There is no question that the Whirlpool Corporation is a giant within the refrigerator freezer and home appliance industry. However, this mega-corporation has a powerful sense of social responsibility and exerts their corporate power in a worthy charitable cause.

Not only does the Whirlpool Corporation make French door refrigerators and other appliances, it is also the principal supporter of Habitat for Humanity   a non-profit organization that builds housing for those who may otherwise go without shelter. To date, Whirlpool's commitment to this cause exceeds $50 million. Through their involvement with Habitat for Humanity homes, Whirlpool has globally donated over 90,000 home appliances. In addition, the Whirlpool Corporation also makes cash donations and does complete home sponsorships.

Whirlpool has delivered their side-by-side refrigerators, refrigerator freezers and other home appliances to Mumbai, to victims of hurricane Katrina and to other areas around the globe. Moreover, this manufacturer of French door refrigerators has sponsored entertainment legend Reba McEntire's music tours in an attempt to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

Now the world knows the startling truth. You learned it here because at TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.  It is a revealing fact that the Maytag man is now a Whirlpool Corporation employee! Further shocking, the sad guy is no longer whimpering and whining because he is lonely. No, he is not spending time repairing Whirlpool-brand appliances. Instead, the Maytag man's once-idle hands are happily busy serving those in need by installing appliances in Habitat for Humanity homes around the globe.

No matter what brand you choose, the best French door refrigerator is the one that meets your storage needs. In our review of bottom-mount side-by-side refrigerators, our top three products all fall under the Whirlpool umbrella. However, all of our reviews are unbiased, objective and manufacturer- independent. Our top-rated bottom-freezer refrigerators are the Whirlpool Latitude, the KitchenAid Architect, and the Maytag MFT2776DEM.