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Glossary for Refrigerators

Side-by-Side
The vertical design offers several advantages over the same-size top freezer models, including eye-level access to a large freezer section, the option of a water and ice dispenser and a shorter door swing radius for use in compact spaces.
Top Freezer
The freezer is located above the fresh food compartment. The freezer is usually larger in this design and can accommodate oversized items such as frozen turkeys and pizzas. Top freezer models have the most energy efficient layout.
Bottom Freezer
The most frequently used compartment (fresh food) is located at the top of the fridge at eye-level. The freezer is at the bottom and is usually larger than those of the top freezer. Bottom freezer models can come with a freezer door that swings open, or the freezer can be in a drawer style for easy viewing from above.
Built-Ins
The ultimate in kitchen design! Built to fit flush with kitchen cabinetry. Available in a wide range of sizes. Cabinetry panels can be attached to the door trim for a custom look.
Counter Depth/Easy Reach
The body is shallower (24") and about 3"- 4" wider than standard fridges. This makes it easier to reach items stored inside, at the back of the fridge and allows a flush (or almost flush) fit with standard kitchen cabinetry.
Compacts and Specialty
This category includes all refrigerators without freezer sections, small bar and college dorm fridges, and manual defrost models.
Total Capacity (Cu./Ft.)
The amount of space available for food storage in the fresh food and freezer compartments. All space is measured in cubic feet.
Size
Product Width (In.)
A measurement of the width of the refrigerator. Not all refrigerators are the same width, so it's important to note this measurement when buying a replacement to fit an existing space in your kitchen. Some models require extra width (1 to 2 inches) to provide ventilation for the coils on the back of the refrigerator. Before making a purchase, measure the width of all doors through which the appliance will have to pass on it's way to a final location. If the depth of the refrigerator is less than the width, it can be used as a comparison measurement.
Product Height (In.) - Excluding hinge cover
A measurement of the height of the refrigerator from top to bottom. Hinge covers are not included in this measurement, an important factor to note when kitchen cabinetry is being designed around a refrigerator.
Product Depth (In.) - Excluding handle
The measurement from the front to the back of the refrigerator. Door handles are not included in this measurement.
Cutout Width (In.)
Refers to the width of the kitchen cabinetry or counter opening required for installation.
Cutout Height (In.)
Refers to the height of the kitchen cabinetry or counter opening required for installation.
Cutout Depth (In.)
Refers to the depth of the kitchen cabinetry or counter opening required for installation.
Fresh Food Capacity (Cu./Ft.)
The amount of food storage space available in the refrigerator's fresh food section compartment. All space is measured in cubic feet.
Freezer Capacity (Cu./Ft.)
The amount of food storage space available in the refrigerator's freezer compartment. All space is measured in cubic feet.
Defrost System

Frostfree - Ice never builds up in this maintenance-free refrigerator.

Manual Defrost - Turn the refrigerator off to let warm air melt any build up of ice.

Auto Cycle Defrost - The defrost system automatically turns on and off during timed cycles. The freezer compartment must be manually defrosted about once or twice a year depending on usage.

Temperature Control(s)
The temperature control automatically keeps your refrigerator at the optimal cooling temperature.
EnerGuide Rating (KWH/Year)
The EnerGuide rating is your guide to energy efficiency. It tells you how energy efficient a particular model is. The label provides information on the amount of kWh per year the model will use under normal circumstances. The lower the number, the less electricity the appliance uses.
Reversible Doors
Consider traffic flow in your kitchen when selecting a refrigerator. An open fridge door can block an entranceway or interfere with the operation of other appliances, such as stoves and dishwashers. Reversible doors can be adjusted to swing open to the right, or to the left. All top freezer and bottom freezer refrigerators are shipped right hand hinge only. Doors can be reversed by the customer or Sears' Service Department at an additional charge.
Rollers / Wheels
Adjustable rollers on the bottom of the refrigerator make it easy to move it away from the wall for quick clean-ups. Adjustable rollers can also serve as levelers when a kitchen floor is uneven.
Icemaker/Dispensers

There's no need to refill ice trays and risk a spill with an automatic icemaker. A continuous supply of ice is produced until the bin is full. Plumbing hook-up is required. Most icemakers are sold separately.

Water and Ice Dispenser - The refreshing taste of nature's best is always on hand with a built-in chilled water dispenser. Also dispenses cubed or crushed ice. To keep kids and pets from playing with the dispenser, some dispensers have a lock out feature. Dispensers vary from electronic to manual.

Filtered Water
Nothing beats an ice-cold glass of water for refreshment. You and your family will be drinking safe, clean water with the addition of a built-in water filter on a refrigerator dispenser. The filter should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, depending on use.
Sound Reduction Package
Extra insulation is added to the refrigerator to reduce noise. Specially designed fan blades also reduce the sound.
Cooling Coils Location
The zig-zag shaped coils located on the back or bottom of the refrigerator are part of the cooling system. Coils located underneath the refrigerator are out of sight, allowing you to move the refrigerator closer to the wall. For best performance, clean the coils twice a year by lightly running a vacuum brush over them.
Door Trim Kit
Factory-installed trim kits let you create a custom look to compliment your kitchen cabinetry.
Door Panel Options
A variety of panel kits are available to give your appliance a custom look.

FRESH FOOD SECTION

Shelf Type

Wire Shelves - Coated with rust resistant paint. Offer durability.

Glass Shelves - Tempered glass shelves

Spill Proof Shelves - A spill-proof ledge on the tempered glass shelves keeps liquids contained, preventing a small mess from becoming bigger.

Shelf Suspension

Fixed Shelf - Glass or wire shelves that cannot be moved.

Adjustable Shelves -Customize the interior by adjusting the shelves. Some limitations apply. With this kind of flexibility you can make the most of your storage space.

Cantilever - Oversized containers can easily be accommodated when these bracket-supported shelves are adjusted for a custom fit.

Crank Adjusted - A turn of a crank quickly changes shelf height to accommodate large food and beverage containers. Shelf height can be adjusted without removing the food.

Number of Shelves
Refers to the total number of shelves included in the food section. Full, partial width and a combination of the two may be provided so you can customize the look and function of the refrigerator.
Crispers
Crispers keep perishable fruits and vegetables fresher for a longer time. Optional humidity controls are available. Clear crispers offer easy visibility, while white crispers must be opened to view the contents.
Meat Keeper
Compartments keep meats fresher for a longer period of time. Some models offer temperature controls.
Snack Bin
This multi-purpose plastic bin holds a variety of food items.
Dairy Compartments
Storage for butter, cream cheese and other dairy products.
Food Storage Accessories

Wine Rack - This rack attaches under a shelf to provide convenient storage for large wine bottles or pop bottles.

Can Rack - No more moving pop, juice or beer cans around to make room for other food. This rack attaches to a shelf to provide storage for up to 8 cans. Many compact refrigerators have can dispensers built in the door.

Egg Bin - A plastic storage container designed to hold eggs.

Interior Lights
Lights automatically turn on when you open the refrigerator or freezer door. Not all refrigerators have interior lights.
Adjustable Door Bins
Whether it's a carton of milk or hamburger fixings, door storage space can be customized to fit your family's needs. Bins are adjustable and can be taken to table or to the sink for cleaning.

FREEZER SECTION

Door Shelves
Fixed shelves cannot be moved. Available in a variety of depths.
Number of Shelves
Refers to the total number of shelves included in the food section. Full, partial width and a combination of the two may be provided so you can customize the look and function of the refrigerator.
Number of Pull Out Baskets
Pull-out baskets store more food and provide easier access to items.
Number of Door Bins/Shelves
Refers to the number of door bins and shelves.
Can Rack
No more moving pop, juice or beer cans around to make room for other food. This rack attaches to a shelf to provide storage for up to 8 cans. Many compact refrigerators have can dispensers built in the door.
Freezer Light
An interior light automatically goes on when you open the freezer door.
Miscellaneous Features
Any other feature (s) the product offers.
Storage Accessories
Any other storage accessories the product offers