If you are shopping for a new refrigerator, you want to be sure to look at all of the top refrigerator brands. There are so many brands to choose from that sometimes it's hard to differentiate one from the other. Maybe you are accustomed to the mainstay US brands that you grew up with like GE, Whirlpool and Frigidaire - which are all great options. Or maybe you've been hearing lots about the recently popular Korean brands, LG and Samsung - known for their smart appliances.
That said, in this article we want to take a look at two top refrigerator brands that you may not have considered: Bosch and Fisher & Paykel. These lesser-known boutique brands have lots to offer. In this article, we'll give you some great background on their products and delve into some specific models.
Fisher & Paykel Refrigerator Reviews - Two Amazing Models
New Zealand-based Fisher & Paykel has become a popular household name in the kitchen appliance industry (side note: have you heard about their drawer dishwashers?). Cutting edge technology and unique refrigerator sizing can fit the bill if you have a smaller than average opening.
For example, the 17.1 cubic foot bottom freezer refrigerator model RF170WDRUX5N offers a 31.1" width and 67.5" height. Fisher & Paykel’s average refrigerator depth is approximately 27.4" deep, which keeps it tucked away from kitchen traffic paths. For a larger, more robust unit, they offer a 20.1 cubic foot model RF201ADX5N that measures 35.5" wide and towers at 70.5" tall. Both are priced starting at $2,419 and are counter depth refrigerators - They're pictured below for easy comparison!
These platforms are each available in two styles: with or without mounted door water dispensers. Ice makers are available on select units and will only be found mounted in the freezer compartment, which keeps the interior fresh food doors spaciously designed and user-friendly for condiments and other items. In our two model examples, the smaller Fisher & Paykel bottom freezer refrigerator model includes an icemaker freezer bin, while the larger French door refrigerator model has an ice tray but no dedicated icemaker.
The clean square door and body edges appear almost commercial, yet the handles tell a softer designer tale and tie together nicely if you have products from multiple brands in your kitchen. The EZKleen smudge-proof stainless steel is another thoughtful touch to make upkeep of your refrigerator easier.
The interior design department at Fisher & Paykel should certainly get two thumbs up for slimming down bulky shelves and door bins. Each fresh food Spill Safe glass shelf is streamlined and at first glance would seem flimsy, but when you lay your hands on them, you'll realize that they have in fact created a durable and quality shelf and bin system. Sliding freezer drawers with separated compartments and bins seem overwhelming at first, but again, with minor set-up adjustments, food packing and storage is a breeze. If you are looking for something unique, look no further than Fisher & Paykel refrigerators.
Bosch Refrigerator Reviews - Two More Great Models
Bosch refrigeration has always been considered an upper end appliance product, but you might not associate them with top refrigerator brands. Originating in Germany and well known for quality, their refrigerators are available in two capacities as full depth and counter depth body sizes. Bosch just may have what you’re looking for to compliment your remaining kitchen products.
Let's start with model B36CL80ENS, a 36" counter-depth 20.5 cubic foot French door refrigerator with a VitaFresh Pro drawer between the fridge and freezer sections that can be adjusted from 28 to 40 degrees. This marvelous model features LED lighting and plenty of interior storage, including a full-width Chiller Drawer, perfect for extra-cold storage of raw meats and other chilled items. It comes with a premium dual evaporator and dual compressor system as well, which is usually only available for high-end built-in models. Plus, the pocket handles allow it to blend in seamlessly with your kitchen.
This model is 36" wide, 70" tall, and 27.8" deep.
If you need something larger, Bosch's full depth 26 cubic foot extra-large capacity French door refrigerator offers enough space for large families and enough room to stock up for parties or holiday meals. Model B26FT50SNS has the extra-large capacity that many consumers are after when shopping for a new refrigerator (we've written reviews of the largest French door refrigerators of the year if you're looking for more options!).
With its 18 cubic foot fresh food compartment and 8 cubic foot pull out freezer drawer, Bosch has managed to meet just about anyone’s storage requirements. Bonus: it's Energy Star rated, so that huge capacity won't translate to huge energy bills! Temperature adjustments are easily managed via the exterior mounted controls on the left side door surface. An exterior mounted water and ice dispenser is convenient for all users looking for cold, filtered water and cubed or crushed ice. The icemaker can produce 4.2 pounds of ice for drinks or a poolside cooler.
This model comes in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel with tempered glass shelves and the MultiAirFlow cooling system to ensure that the temperature and humidity levels in the refrigerator and freezer compartments are consistent. Measuring at 35.6" wide, 69.75" tall and 33.5" overall depth, this refrigerator is the mammoth of Bosch's family.
Bosch vs Fisher & Paykel Refrigerator Reviews - How to Choose?
How do you choose between these top refrigerator brands? We chose models with similar capacities and pricing to help you easily compare the two brands. Some things to consider include...
Styling: All of the models are premium refrigerators, and the counter depth options are truly counter depth for an integrated look - the refrigerator body will be completely recessed behind cabinetry while only the doors will stick out. Both brands offer fingerprint-resistant stainless steel as well.
Capacity: Bosch wins out on capacity with a full-depth 26 cubic foot refrigerator. Even the largest counter depth refrigerators usually top out at about 23-24 cubic feet, so keep that in mind if you're interested in a counter-depth model.
Energy Efficiency: The smaller bottom freezer refrigerator Fisher & Paykel model and the larger French door refrigerator Bosch model are Energy Star rated. Energy Star appliances are a good option if you want to save money on utility expenses over the lifetime of the appliance.
Warranty: Fisher & Paykel offers a two-year warranty on parts and labor, and a limited five-year warranty on the sealed system. Bosch refrigerators come with one year parts and labor, two years limited on the non-electronic components, and five years limited on the electronic components.
Bonus Features: The Bosch refrigerators include features like SuperCool and SuperFreeze, which you can turn on to boost the cooling power of your fridge or freezer compartment in anticipation of, for example, loading in groceries after your trip to the store. The Fisher & Paykel refrigerators in our review take a more minimalist approach to extra options.
We hope you enjoyed our Fisher & Paykel vs Bosch refrigerator reviews. As you can see, these high-end models have a lot to offer, and one of them may be perfect for your unique needs. Now you can head out shopping and check out these brands in person. Don't be afraid to head off the beaten path a bit and take a look at these two top refrigerator brands!
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Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in November of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.