Buying a new refrigerator is exciting! But the actual shopping for one? Not so much. There are so many options to choose from and you want to make the right choice.

So when it comes to the configuration of your refrigerator, what is the right choice? Do you choose a refrigerator with the freezer at the top or the bottom of the unit?

Below we compare refrigerator configurations to help you decide if you should buy a top freezer or bottom freezer.


Which Is More Convenient For Access?

For starters, we want to evaluate how you will regularly use your refrigerator to see which configuration suits you best on the daily.

Top freezers are typically between 61 - 66 inches tall which puts the freezer right at your eye level. This is convenient if you use your freezer a lot for frozen meals and individual items. It is also convenient for those large, heavy items like a Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham.

However, it is more likely that you use your refrigerator more often than your freezer. This means you will want the refrigerator section of your unit to be at eye level so that items are easier to access and don’t get lost.

Bending over and straining your back to look into your refrigerator can become a real pain in the neck (literally), especially if you are on the taller side.

Today’s bottom freezer refrigerator has a freezer drawer that makes it easier to organize and access your frozen items so you can have the best of both worlds.

Which Is More Affordable?

While this will depend on the model, top freezers are generally more affordable than their bottom freezer counterparts.

Bottom freezer refrigerators make up for all regular bottom freezer and french-door refrigerators which can vary greatly in range of price.

Top freezers are more limited in styles and features so they are more convenient for smaller budgets or second refrigerators.


Which Is More Energy-Efficient?

Refrigerators are able to keep tis contents cool by using exterior coils to dissipate the heat. These coils are placed behind the unit near the bottom.

Typically you might presume that since heat rises, it takes more energy to cool a freezer in a top freezer model. However, because of the coils being located near the bottom of the unit, the opposite is true.

Bottom freezers are next to those coils and require more energy. However, how much energy is used will also depend on the unit’s other efficiencies so be sure to ask an appliance specialist at the store to show you the annual energy use to effectively compare both configurations.

Which Model Has More Features?

Top freezers are notorious for being affordable and fairly basic when it comes to features. While you can get these models in more popular finishes, such as stainless steel, white, and black, they are generally limited in options.

As mentioned above, bottom freezers have a much larger range of models at different price points so you can usually find them with more features and finishes (even panel-ready!) than top freezers.


To serve you best, we carry a wide range of top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators from top brand name appliance manufacturers.

If you have any questions about the appliances we carry, the friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives at Mountain High Appliance are happy to help! Give us a call at 303-665-6850 or stop on by one of our showrooms.