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What to Look For in a Professional Style Refrigerator

Professional Style Refrigerators - For a while stainless steel was the domain of professional equipment, but now virtually every appliance has a stainless steel finish option. Professional appliances also were the units that looked like they came from a restaurant kitchen, but that has changed too. True commercial equipment is designed for heavy duty use and is essentially frill free. The equipment marketed to consumers is professional in "style". It has many of the appearance cues taken from commercial equipment and some of the more powerful features, but it also has some advantages over commercial equipment. Consumer pro-style appliances also have all the frills you would expect, frills that are not offered on true professional equipment.

In some ways the "pro-style" genre has been blended into high end appliances. Many appliances are no longer referred to as pro-style, even though they have all the styling details of what are thought of as restaurant style. Many lower cost appliances are picking up these styling cues and can be had at very affordable prices.

All that being said, whether an appliance is labeled as pro-style or it has the styling of professional equipment, the bottom line is buy what you need. Select features and styling the suit your needs. Pro-style appliances are not necessarily better than other equipment, in fact, many have a higher repair frequency according to consumer journals. The higher cost of equipment that has pro-style cache does not always translate into better value or yield better results in the kitchen.

The manufacturer list below reflects those companies known to produce Pro style refrigerators at the time of writing or recent update.

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Refrigerators by Manufacturer Refrigerators by Type Major Retailers

Bosch $2,199 - $8,149
Dacor $3,080 - $9,600
Electrolux $2,199 - $3,699
Fisher & Paykel $1,429 - $3,319
Frigidaire $1,600 - $2,499
Gaggenau $ not available
General Electric $1,799 - $7,539
Jenn-Air $ not available
Kenmore $2,465 - $5,499
KitchenAid $1,499- $8,799
LG $1,399 - $3,499
Maytag $1,549 - $2,799
Miele $7,295 - $13,489
Monogram $ not available
Samsung $1,499 - $3,099
SubZero $ not available
Thermador $8,599 - $9,149
Viking $ not available
Whirlpool $1,599 - $2,899
Counter depth $1,379 - $4,239
Built-in $5,719 - $13,489
Side-by-side $999 - $4,239
Freezer on top $388 - $2,199
Freezer on bottom $807 - $3,080
French door $1,099 - $8,199
Cabinet panel refrigerator $2,349 - $13,489
Refrigerated Drawers $2,099 - $3,399
Compact fridge $89 - $324
Beverage center $159 - $2,059
Wine storage $349 - $6,995
Outdoor fridge
Undercounter $209 - $4,500
Professional Style $1,399 - $13,489
Commercial $1,099 - $16,999

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