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What Is a Freestanding Refrigerator?

A freestanding refrigerator is a standalone appliance that is finished on all sides and can be placed almost anywhere in the kitchen. Freestanding refrigerators offer a sleek look with stainless exterior and fine lines but the ability to move the appliance wherever best fits you, your kitchen layout and your lifestyle.


Learn more about how a freestanding refrigerator can transform your kitchen and if it is right for your space. 

The exterior of a JennAir freestanding refrigerator. The exterior of a JennAir freestanding refrigerator.

What Are the Differences Between Freestanding and Built-In Refrigerators?

A freestanding refrigerator is unique in the ways it offers flexibility in your kitchen. These models offer you more options for placement or layout than other types of refrigerators. You also do not need to opt for a custom design in your kitchen like you would for a column refrigerator or built-in refrigerator, as builders and designers account for the standardized sizes of these appliances.

The design allows you to easily relocate your appliance if you choose to move or remodel your space. 


Freestanding Refrigerators - Are designed to be standalone appliances and are finished on all sides. They are able to be placed anywhere in the kitchen and do not require additional cabinetry. 

Built-in Refrigerators -  Are designed to be installed flush with your cabinets to create a more seamless look in your kitchen. These appliances typically don’t have finished sides, as they are meant to be placed within surrounding cabinetry.


Freestanding Refrigerators - These refrigerators tend to be available in a variety of sizes to accommodate different kitchen layouts and configurations. The size you need depends entirely on your unique space. 

Built-in Refrigerators - This type of refrigerator is also available in a multitude of sizes including 24 inch, 36 inch, 42 inch and 48 inch width options. You will need to measure your space accurately before selecting the width that’s right for your kitchen.


Freestanding Refrigerators - This type of refrigerator can be installed more easily in your kitchen, as long as there is access to plumbing and power, you can place your freestanding refrigerator just about anywhere within your kitchen area.  

Built-in Refrigerators - These refrigerators are a bit more challenging to install as they require more planning and customizing. Since built-in refrigerators are installed within cabinets, you will need to ensure there is proper ventilation and clearance available prior to installation. 

The control panel in a JennAir freestanding refrigerator. The control panel in a JennAir freestanding refrigerator.

Advantages of a Freestanding Refrigerator

A freestanding refrigerator has many benefits compared to other makes and models. From the aesthetics and sizing to the inherent design of these appliances, stand alone refrigerators offer consumers more flexibility in many aspects of their kitchen. 

Easy Installation

A freestanding refrigerator can simply be brought in your home and placed anywhere in your kitchen, while other makes and models will require customizations. These types of refrigerators do not require custom cabinetry or specialized installation, making them relatively easy to install without the help of a professional.

Standardized Fridge Sizing

Freestanding refrigerators are available in a variety of sizes making them a great fit for a multitude of kitchen layouts and configurations. These types of refrigerators are generally available in sizes between 24 inches to 36 inches in width.

More Configuration Options

You can choose from different configurations, including french door freestanding refrigerators or fridges that come with a freezer drawer. There are also counter-depth french door refrigerator configurations available, giving you more options to find the best fit for your kitchen.

Flexible Cost

Freestanding refrigerators tend to be more cost effective than other models. This is because freestanding refrigerators don’t require custom cabinetry or specialized installation. Since they are a standalone appliance, freestanding fridges can also be moved from home to home, eliminating the need to purchase a new appliance if you move.

Full & Counter-Depth Models

Additional depth in your refrigerator means more space for all your favorite ingredients – something that can make a considerable difference for frequent entertainers or a larger family.Freestanding refrigerators are also available in counter-depth options to provide more of a flush, streamlined look without going the full built-in installation route.

A JennAir freestanding refrigerator in a modern high-rise condo. A JennAir freestanding refrigerator in a modern high-rise condo.

Freestanding Refrigerator Configurations

A freestanding refrigerator offers much more than some would initially think. The different configurations allow shoppers to choose a refrigerator that fits their lifestyle, whether they need a french door freestanding refrigerator to accommodate larger cookware or a smooth freezer drawer below for quick access. Common configurations of freestanding refrigerators include:

  • Bottom Freezer - This type of refrigerator has flush installation options, precision temperature management controls, water filter included and more. 

  • Side-by-Side - This configuration offers external ice and water dispensers, cinematic lighting, water filter included within the fridge and more. 

  • French Door - These refrigerators offer adjustable glass shelving, counter depth design options, temperature controlled drawers and more. 

The best freestanding refrigerator configuration for your kitchen will depend on the size and layout of your space and your overall personal preferences. 

Things to Consider When Buying a Freestanding Refrigerator

When planning your kitchen remodel or upgrading your current appliances, it is best to be aware of these factors when considering a freestanding refrigerator.

Standard Depth Extends Past Countertops

Freestanding fridges with a standard depth do not offer a fully flush look in your kitchen, as the additional depth may result in it protruding out a few inches from the cabinetry. Counter-depth freestanding refrigerators, on the other hand, can integrate with your cabinetry to provide more of a flush, streamlined look.

Limited Customization Options

Freestanding refrigerators often do not come panel ready, so they might not be able to accept wood cabinetry or other materials used throughout your kitchen. Instead, freestanding refrigerators are available in a wide range of premium finishes that will complement any kitchen.

Is a Freestanding Refrigerator the Best Fit For Your Kitchen?

A freestanding refrigerator might be right for you if you like to remodel your kitchen or update your space. It also offers the option of choosing additional depth in your refrigerator, which gives you more room to organize the interior and a plethora of space when entertaining guests. 

explore JennAir® Freestanding Refrigerators

JennAir® freestanding refrigerators have a modern design and come in a variety of sizes and finishes to seamlessly integrate with your kitchen aesthetic. They also offer a range of features including adjustable glass shelving, counter depth design options, gallon door storage bins and more to enhance your kitchen. 

Explore all the types of high-end refrigerators from JennAir and find the perfect fit for your personal preferences and cooking needs.

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