Smaller Side by Side Refrigerators

Variety of food and beverages inside the Smaller Side by Side Refrigerator

Sometimes it is necessary to downsize or look for a smaller appliance to fit your needs. There are a few reasons why you may want or need a smaller refrigerator. Regardless of the petite size, you still want a high-quality product that will serve its purpose and last for years to come.

Comparison Table


Inside the kitchen is the smaller side by side refrigerator

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What Is Good About a Smaller Side-by-Side Refrigerator?

Are There Other Uses for a Smaller Side-by-Side Refrigerator?

How We Came Up With This List

Overall Price Range

The 6 Best Smaller Side-by-Side Refrigerators

Summit Appliance FFRF3070BSS 30" Wide Built-In Refrigerator-Freezer,...
  • Front-breathing system allows the unit to be used built-in
  • Stainless steel handles offer an attractive finish for the appliance
  • Interior LED lighting in both sections offers an attractive and energy efficient presentation

Features: The smallest refrigerator on our list is certainly not lacking in might. The Summit features a frost-free freezer that's just a tad smaller than the fridge. Adjustable shelving on both sides and LED lighting make this a classy and useful refrigerator. There is an alarm that indicates if either side has been left open.


  • Removable wire shelving in freezer portion can be moved around or removed
  • Good depth
  • Energy-efficient
  • Optional lock, including Sabbath Mode


  • Unit may arrive dented
  • Not available in stores
  • Seals on the unit don't always stay in place
  • Can be noisy when full
IGLOO FR551 5.5 Cubic Feet Side by Side 2 Door Refrigerator Freezer,...
  • 5.5 Cu Ft Side by Side Fridge/Freezer Stainless Steel: Fridge Space = 3.27 Cu Ft.; Freezer Space = 2.30 Cu Ft Space
  • Hard Plastic Scratch Resistant Top
  • 3 Removable/Adjustable Glass Refrigerator Shelves

Features: Igloo, the manufacturer of coolers, has made the leap into small refrigerators. This unit can go under a cabinet, or it can stand alone. The top is durable and built to withstand use as a prep station. The fridge includes a crisper and two removable shelves. The freezer has two removable shelves that can adjust to various heights just as the refrigerator shelves do.


  • Shelving can be moved around or removed
  • LED refrigerator light
  • Quiet motor
  • Crisper drawer is clear, so anything you put in is visible


  • Unit has an odor from the motor
  • No LED light in the freezer
  • No door shelves in the freezer
  • Lack of freezer space
  • Trouble regulating temperature
  • Racks on the door of the refrigerator are awkward
Avanti RMS551SS, Stainless Steel
  • Avanti 5.5 cuff compact SXS refrigerator

Features: The Avanti RMS is a great space-saving refrigerator combo. It is energy-efficient and includes LED lights. On the door of the refrigerator are three plastic bins that are great for holding small items and keeping them from rolling around. There is one clear crisper drawer perfect for vegetables or fruit, and three moveable glass shelves for easy clean-up in case of a spill.


  • Shelves are adjustable, including wire shelves in freezer
  • Runs quietly
  • Door seals are tight


  • No basket in the freezer
  • Temperature can be hard to regulate, forming ice in both the refrigerator and freezer
  • Doors can stick and not close easily
  • Poor and unresponsive customer service
LG LSXC22486S 22 cu. ft. Capacity Side-by-Side Counter-Depth...
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 21.7 | Refrigerator 14.34 | Freezer 7.4
  • Counter-Depth Design
  • Door-in-Door

Features: The in-door water dispenser and icemaker offers easy access to fresh filtered water and crushed or cubed ice. Bright LED lights in both the refrigerator and freezer make seeing your inventory easy. A crisper with humidity controls keeps fruits and vegetables at the perfect temperature. A door alarm lets you know if the door stays open too long. The LG SpacePlus Ice System is a unique way of mounting the icemaker so that it takes up the least amount of space.


  • Icemaker performs well and makes ample ice
  • Stylish and sleek design goes with any style kitchen
  • Quiet compressor and water intake
  • Ice dispenser allows you to choose the size of your cubes


  • Shelves are not adjustable
  • Outside finishes can appear tacky and cheap
  • Drawers seem to be shoddy and don't stay on the track
  • No lights on the ice and water dispenser
  • Poor lighting
  • Freezer shelves on the door are spaced too close together
GE GSE23GSKSS Side Refrigerator
  • Temperature management system combines electronic controls, multiple electronic sensors, and a multi-flow air system to...
  • Integrated shelf support system provides strong, flexible support
  • Factory-installed icemaker eliminates the need to fill ice trays and ensures you have a steady supply of ice on hand

Features: The Artica icemaker is designed to allow you to either get ice through the in-door dispenser or an access door inside the freezer, making it simple to get the perfect amount of cubes whenever you need them. The water filtration system is designed to filter out 98 percent of pharmaceutical trace elements typically found in water. TOUCH controls in the front help you set the perfect temperature for your refrigerator and freezer; no more guesswork with knobs that don't make sense.


  • Crisper with humidity control
  • Spill-proof glass shelves are adjustable
  • Bins on doors are transparent and flexible
  • Freezer has wire basket and shelves
  • Limited one-year warranty on parts and labor
  • Runs quietly


  • Water dispenser is at an odd angle
  • Power strip is necessary for installation
  • Light takes up too much space
  • Ice and water dispenser is not lit
  • May be difficult to maintain temperature on both sides
Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ 21 Cu. Ft. Stainless Side-by-Side Refrigerator
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...

Features: Innovative interior design makes the most out of the smaller space, including the patented can caddy on the refrigerator door. Clean bins and shelves make it easy to see just what food you have in what drawer or on what shelf. The in-door water dispenser utilizes the EVERYDROP filtration system to filter water properly. Large frameless shelves make using every inch of the shelves an integral factor to this product. There is automatic monitoring of freezer temperature and an alarm sounds if the environment is too cold. LED lights inside and on the dispenser are convenient, and door hinges are placed out of sight to maximize the look of the refrigerator.


  • Ice maker produces a lot of ice
  • Door shelving is more than ample
  • Separate levers for ice dispensing and water dispensing
  • Whirlpool has an excellent reputation for making high-quality products at reasonable prices


  • Placement of the refrigerator light makes it difficult to see everything inside
  • Loud compressor noises
  • Can't adjust all the shelves or bins on doors
  • Smaller freezer

The Verdict

Summit Appliance FFRF3070BSS 30' Wide Built-In Refrigerator-Freezer,...

In our quest to find the smaller side-by-side refrigerators for our list, it became clear that there aren't a ton of options. However, that doesn't mean all hope is lost! We were able to find some solid contenders in the small and smaller refrigerator/freezer categories. While they all have similar features and functions, there were many standouts and some fails along the way. The biggest fail was the LG 33-inch model, which had promise with its space-saving ice dispenser. However, it lost a lot of ground with the stationary shelving and lack of height. It makes standing a wine bottle up much more difficult when the shelves can't adjust to varying heights. On the flipside, the GE 33-inch model packed a real punch, even for its petite size. With adjustable shelving baskets in the freezer and an icemaker that allows you access to all the ice you need from inside the freezer, it came out as the clear winner in our ranking for the small size category. In the smallest group, while there aren't many bells and whistles, there were also some fails and wins. The clear winner was the Summit model, with adjustable shelving, digital thermostat and door alarm. These were significant upgrades for such a small appliance.

When it comes to versatility, you can't go wrong with downsizing to a smaller fridge or adding a second under-the-counter mounted one. The refrigerator is, after all, at the heart of the home.

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Last update on 2021-09-25 at 10:29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


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