You’ve selected the perfect refrigerator for your kitchen. It’s spacious, stylish and in need of a refrigerator installation that matches your design and layout.
When it comes to refrigerator installations, there are three main types: built-in, overlay and integrated. Below we’ll explain the differences and advantages of each
Built-in installations are exactly what they sound like. “Built-in” is a general term used to describe refrigerator installations where the unit fits into a cabinet space.
The refrigerator is mounted inside a space fit for the unit that is flush with your cabinets. The unit’s door or doors will stick out from the cabinets. Built-ins are the most common refrigerator installation, so they won’t require any special work or custom designs outside creating the space for the unit.
Overlay installations are those that can be fitted with a panel to match your cabinets. The advantage of an overlay refrigerator installation is that your cabinet design will flow throughout the space, uninterrupted by a large stainless steel refrigerator.
In this installation, the doors will still protrude from the cabinets and the unit will vent from the top. While the panel overlay will match your cabinets, it will still be obvious where your refrigerator is.
Overlay installations are also considered built-in units, but they have the added feature of customizable panels.
Integrated refrigerators are excellent at hide and seek. As the name suggests, the units are integrated with your cabinets and layout. Completely camouflaged, this refrigerator installation is paneled to match your cabinets, but there are no obvious giveaways as to where it’s located.
Fully-integrated designs have no visible compressor vents and an inset door that sits perfectly with your cabinets.
Integrated refrigerators give you a smooth and seamless kitchen design. They are the most popular choice in professionally designed kitchens.
Built-in is flush with your cabinets, but does not have paneling.
Overlay matches your cabinets, but is still visible.
Integrated is flush with your cabinets, has panels and is completely camouflaged.
Now that you know the differences between refrigerator installations, you can make an educated decision when creating your dream kitchen.