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  • Are Side by Side refrigerators accessable?

    I'm splurging for a new fridge, and wondering what the most accessable type would be. Right now we have a regular one with the freezer on top. My hubby can get into it - sort of- but not so much the freezer, so I was thinking a side by side would be better. Hate to get one if he's gonna hate it. Anyone have one of these and love it?

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    Forgot to say that he is C6/7 and in a WC full time

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    • #3
      They make refrigerators with the freezer being a slide out compartment on the bottom. I have one and it works well for me.
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      • #4
        I'm guessing...because I use a wheeled walker most of the time...but I would think that one of those with the freezer on the bottom and double doors would be best, particurlarly one with big shelves in the doors where you could most of the stuff he uses.

        Because of the seat on the walker (which I use to carry stuff) I can't go at my single door fridge straight on. I have to come at it from the side. If he has foot pedals that stick out in front of him, he'd have the same problem. And, because the freezers on top, I can't reach stuff on the referigerator shelves unless its right in front.

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        • #5
          We just had to buy a new fridge and I opted for the freezer drawer on the bottom and the two doors on top, with deep shelves in the doors, this is all good but the problem hubby has now is the things on the shelves is too far back in there to reach. There is always a downfall to everything it seems.

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          • #6
            We have a side by side. I like it. We have a long narrow kitchen. So the smaller doors take up less space when I swing them open.
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            • #7
              Whatever's at the top of a full size fridge will be inaccessible, and if you live with a walker, they're always putting stuff up there out of reach.

              An alternative might be two undercounter units - one freezer and one fridge.

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              • #8
                There really are a bunch of designs. Probably be best to go to a few places and actually "try." Going to actually see wil allow you to see cost.

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                • #9
                  I have a side by side and it works great. Only the very top shelf cannot be reached. Go with a counter depth frig so it isn't too deep.

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                  • #10
                    I love my Kenmore PRO side by side but i'm looking at the Fridgeidaire pro for the new house

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                    • #11
                      We have a fridge with a pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom. I can get into it no problem.

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                      • #12
                        We are two wheelers and last refrig. purchase the best one so far. Freezer drawer on the bottom and one door above. We did not get double doors on top as it appeared we couldn't reach a lot of stuff on top shelves.

                        With the one door above, we put light stuff on the top shelf, then grab a long dowel stick I put together with a hook on the end to pull items forward until they drop or we can grab them.
                        We place a lot of items in the several shelves in the door and can reach to the top ones.

                        Just to the side of the frig. I attached one of those magnetic clasps to hang the reacher.
                        Didn't want ice maker. It's easy to make ice cubes with bottom freezer.

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                        • #13
                          Ok do you wanna splurge or do wanna really splurge?.

                          You can get a fitted under counter fridge and or freezer drawer system. But I bet you will be paying double what you would on a big side by side job. If money were no object i would have one of these fitted beauties in my house, you could roll up beside it and pull it out and get at everything.
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                          • #14
                            I ended up opting for the side by side .. It works pretty well for us, though of coarse the thing is about 9 feet tall and there are things on the top he can't reach. I like it though- The doors have space for Gallon Jugs, so I put his juice & protein shakes in there and he can get to them easily.. I just put the things he needs to get to on the lower shelves & it has worked out well. He loves that he can get into the freezer now too. The skinnier doors are way easier to work ..

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                            • #15
                              i injured c/3,4,5,6 and i am doing a complete home remodel for accessibility and i bought a wall-mount/countertop mount refrigerator. it has sliding glass doors and it's almost 2' deep, they are about 2' tall and come in 3'/4'/5'/6' widths(mine is 3' and stores enough for 2 people that shop weekly). this is a commercial unit that is often called a pie display case. i like it because i can get underneath and pull items out on my lap or the counter. they make a freezer unit too. you may have to reconfiguire your kitchen layout but that might be worth the independence.

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