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Door In Door Refrigerators - Styles, Features, Pricing

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jun 9, 2019, 8:00:00 AM
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A few years ago, LG was the only appliance brand with door-in-door refrigerators. Today, they're offering new versions of this innovative design, including dual door in door and the InstaView door in door. Other brands like Samsung have started to offer their own styles of door in door refrigerators as well. After exploring the benefits of the door in door design, we'll be taking a look at the InstaView door in door as well as checking out what other brands have done in this area. One thing's for sure: LG has some competition!


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What is a Door in Door Refrigerator?

How many times do you find kids or even an adult family member standing in front of the refrigerator with the door wide open rummaging through the entire fresh food compartment looking for one of their favorite items? This can be frustrating for them and extra frustrating for you as you watch the frosty cold air waft out of the fresh food compartment into your kitchen! The door-in-door refrigerator is designed to help you keep your most-used items in easy reach, so you can access them without wasting so much cold air from the refrigerator's interior. (For other great features to look for in a new refrigerator, check out our refrigerator buying guide.)


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Luckily, the name is pretty self-explanatory: a door-in-door refrigerator has the righthand door split into two sections: the inner section that we're all familiar with, and an outer section that you can access without opening up the entire fridge. This outer section is usually relatively narrow, so you usually won't be able to fit gallons of milk into it, but it's perfect for bottled water, beverages, yogurt cups, and other snacks. Some models include shelving on both sides of this outer section, while others only place shelving on the side backing the interior shelving.

In addition to their original style of door in door refrigerators, LG has come out with the InstaView Door in Door refrigerator. However, they're no longer alone in this section of the market: Samsung, GE, and Whirlpool have come out with their own versions of the door in door that we'll take a look at below.

We'll review the following:

  1. An inexpensive LG side by side door-in-door model

  2. An LG InstaView smart door-in-door French door model

  3. A Samsung side by side with the Food ShowCase dual door design

  4. A GE door-in-door French door

  5. A Whirlpool door-in-door French door


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1. The LG LSXS26366S - Basic Door in Door, 26 cu. ft. Side by Side Style - $1,799

A great example of LG's earlier door in door innovation is the 26 cubic foot capacity LG LSXS26366S pricing at $1,799. It's built with LG linear compressor technology - this type of compressor has fewer moving parts and is more efficient, so it requires fewer repairs. It also comes with a 5 years parts and labor on the compressor followed by a parts warranty on years 6-10! With extra door bins and shelf space as well as the door in door, you have tons of room in this 36" wide refrigerator!

This model features a basic door in door design with shelves on both sides of the compartment ideal for holding beverages and cans of soda. The ColdSaver panel keeps the interior of the refrigerator cool while you use the door in door section. Some newer options have adjusted the door in door style for more shelf space or have it set up to back the inner door shelving rather than being an entirely separate compartment. 

LoDecibel quiet operation keeps this fridge from disturbing the peace. Smart Cooling with Multi-Air Flow Cooling and five temperature sensors ensure that the interior remains at a consistent temperature. If you're looking for a cheap LG door in door refrigerator, this side by side model is a great option since the French door models start at around $3,000 and go up from there.

There is also a smart counter depth InstaView version of this model that offers 22 cubic feet of capacity and prices at around $2,299, model LSXC22396S



  • Energy Star rated

  • Door in Door with ColdSaver panel

  • External ice and water dispenser

  • Smart Cooling system with linear compressor

  • SpacePlus Ice System on the inside door frees up shelving

  • LoDecibel Quiet Operation



  • Width: 35.77"

  • Depth: 36.31"

  • Height: 70.25"


Click here to read over 220 real customer reviews of this product!


LG LSXS26366S - $1,799

LG LSXS26366S Door-in-Door Side by Side Refrigerator



2. The LG LMXC23796S - InstaView Door in Door, 23 cu. ft. French Door style - $4,299

Next up, let's check out LG's new InstaView door in door refrigerator. This 22.5 cubic foot refrigerator starts at $4,299 in stainless steel. It also comes in black stainless steel at $4,499 and matte black stainless steel at $4,549 - Learn more about black stainless steel and matte black stainless steel here! The counter-depth design is perfect for getting that premium built-in look. It's also a four door refrigerator design featuring a CustomChill Drawer. 

The InstaView design with ColdSaver panel uses a glass panel that is tinted when not in use. Just knock on that panel and it will light up to reveal the contents of the door-in-door section and the main refrigerator section behind it as well. It's a great way to browse your refrigerator without wasting cool air! This model is also equipped with LG SmartThinQ technology, helping you communicate with your refrigerator and troubleshoot problems with your smartphone.

The Slim SpacePlus ice system takes up minimal space while storing 3.0 pounds of ice. The Integrated Tall Ice & Water Dispenser looks sleek and offers extra vertical space for filling tall items like water bottles with ease. If you're looking for a premium refrigerator with all of the latest features, this model is a must-see!


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  • Energy Star rated

  • SmartThinQ Technology

  • Smart Cooling Plus with Linear Compressor and Dual Evaporators

  • Counter-depth design

  • External ice and water dispenser with LED display

  • CustomChill Drawer lets you chill meats and other items



  • Width: 35.75"

  • Depth: 32.125"

  • Height: 70.25"


Click here to read over 95 real customer reviews of this product!


LG LMXC23796S - $4,299

Door in DooR Refrigerator_LG LMXC23796S InstaView Refrigerator



3. The Samsung RH22H9010SR - Dual Door Food ShowCase, 22 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator - $2,999

Many door in door refrigerators come in the French door style. Samsung offers door in door French door models as well, but we thought we'd shake things up with one of their side by side door in door models. The 21.5 cubic foot Samsung RH22H9010SR is available in stainless steel at $2,999 or fingerprint resistant black stainless steel at $3,199. 

Samsung's Dual Door Food ShowCase design is incorporated into the righthand door of this side by side refrigerator. The shelving and storage backs the interior of the door, while the outer side is backed with stainless steel paneling using Samsung's Metal Cooling technology to reduce cold air loss. The ShowCase section offers flip-open bins as well as traditional trays so you're not limited to storing small snack packages and condiments. 

The in-door icemaker saves space, and a there-way adjustable shelf in the fresh food compartment adds storage flexibility. Plus, it's counter-depth for a premium look and has a very shallow overall depth including the handles for a flush fit with your cabinetry. Explore our reviews of the largest counter depth refrigerators and largest Samsung refrigerators for more great products!


A Quick Demo of Samsung Food ShowCase Dual Doors - Under 20 Seconds!




  • Energy Star rated

  • Food ShowCase door-in-door with Metal Cooling

  • External ice and water dispenser with LED display

  • Automatic in-door ice maker

  • Counter-depth design



  • Width: 35.75"

  • Depth: 28.25"

  • Height: 69.75"


Samsung RH22H9010SR - $2,999 

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4. The GE GFD28GSLSS - Basic Door in Door, 27.8 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator - $2,599

While Samsung has released a number of door-in-door refrigerators featuring its Food ShowCase design, GE has been slower to enter this niche market. One of their door in door models is the GE GFD28GSLSS, a 27.8 cubic foot French door model available in four colors. These options include stainless steel starting at $2,599, GE's proprietary slate and black slate at $2,599 and $2,699 respectively, and black stainless steel at $2,699. Learn about slate and black slate finishes here!

GE aimed to make the door in door model more flexible with swing-out bins, space for taller items, and even room for a gallon jug of milk. This door in door offers three larger main compartments for these items rather than the smaller, narrower stacked shelves and bins you'll find in the LG and Samsung models. Check it out in person to see if you prefer this style of door in door refrigerator.

This higher-end model includes dual evaporators for improved cooling performance, advanced water filtration, an external ice and water disepnser, and Showcase LED lighting. It's at the lower end of pricing for door-in-door French door models and comes in four premium finishes to boot!



  • Optional second icemaker

  • TwinChill dual evaporators

  • Turbo Cool and Turbo Freeze settings

  • Space-saving icemaker

  • External ice and water dispenser



  • Width: 35.75"

  • Depth: 36.25"

  • Height: 69.875"


Click here to read over 110 real customer reviews of this product!


GE GFD28GSLSS - $2,599

Door in Door Refrigerator_GE GFD28GSLSS French Door in Door Refrigerator



5. The Whirlpool WRF974CIHZ - Basic Door in Door, 23.6 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator - $3,999

Our last door in door refrigerator review comes from Whirlpool. The Whirlpool WRF974CIHZ is a 23.6 cubic foot counter depth French door refrigerator with a door in door design, available for $3,999 in fingerprint resistant stainless steel or $4,099 in black stainless steel. The pantry-inspired layout gives you the ability to store up to 30% more items with plenty of customizable storage options.

Rather than splitting the door storage between the interior and the exterior door, Whirlpool's design basically gives you access to traditional door shelving from the other side. This may not offer as much insulation to the interior fresh food area as other designs with a fully separated door-in-door section, but it's still reducing the cold air loss from opening the door. 

Nice storage options include the Platter Pocket for wide, flat items; the freezer Pizza Pocket for storing frozen pizzas upright; and the deli drawer with customizable temperatures. Panoramic LED lighting makes it easy to find what you're looking for. This model also addresses the common issue of door storage areas being warmer than the rest of the refrigerator with the Cold Space cold air delivery system right into the gallon door bin. If you're looking for a refrigerator with some seriously adjustable storage options, be sure to check out this model from Whirlpool!



  • Energy Star rated

  • Cold Space cold air delivery to gallon door bin

  • Platter Pocket for wide, flat items so they can be tucked away without stacking

  • In-Door-Ice Storage

  • Counter-depth design

  • Easy to access touch control panel on door frame

  • External ice and water dispenser



  • Width: 35.81"

  • Depth: 31.5"

  • Height: 71.875"


Whirlpool WRF974CIHZ - $3,999

Whirlpool WRF974CIHZ Door in Door Refrigerator 


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We hope these reviews gave you a broad look at the innovations in door in door refrigerators available today! LG still offers the most options for door in door refrigerators, but other brands are catching up. What do you think about the door in door design? Would you rather have more space for larger items and fewer shelves overall, or plenty of shelves for compact items?

Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!


Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in November of 2016 and has been completely updated and revamped for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

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