What is a door-in-door refrigerator?
This new type of fridge has layered doors. An outer door lets you grab frequently accessed items like drinks, sauces and snacks, while an inner door hides everything else and blocks cold air from escaping when the outer door is open, to conserve energy.
Samsung RH57H90507H Food Showcase Refrigerator
$5,099, from major electrical stores Net capacity: 570 litres Energy rating: 4 ticks Dimensions (Wx Dx Ht): 91.2 x 72.1 x 177.4cm SPACE
This fridge is not as deep as regular ones because the compartments on the inside of the inner door take up space. But they make it easier to organise different types of food, and I like that bottles and containers won’t get lost at the back of the fridge.
Rave INNER DOOR The top compartments can hold alcoholic drinks and glass jars, out of the reach of kids, while the lower ones can be filled with snacks, milk and juice. OUTER DOOR Its full length gives immediate access to six baskets and pull-out drawers. ACCESSIBILITY A large space in the middle of the inner door means that even when it’s closed, I can reach in and grab items from the middle shelves in the chiller. On the downside, the wide gap could also mean that more cold air can escape through it. VERDICT This is the sleeker of the two, and is my pick since my main concern is having easier access to more items in the fridge.
SHELVES These are removable, but there’s not much flexibility for adjusting the height between them. However, the sliding shelf in the middle can be flipped up against the back of the fridge cavity to create more vertical space (above).