Why a refrigerator is an investment? Does it provide any return or appreciate in value? Anyway, French door or side by side are personal choice and everyone has different taste/opinion. Wife first liked the side by side style which we have for the last 10 years and now she wants a bottom freezer type.
Are you speaking of buying one for resale value on your home? We will be selling our home in the next year and had to get a new fridge. I ended up going large capacity side by side with door water and ice maker and same color and brand as the rest of my appliances( I had to wait a while for a deal on the brand). While the French door might be a trend of look prettier to some buyers, after using one I hated the freezer organization and the lower cost models had no or poorly rated ice makers. I think no one is going to be turned off from buying a home with a new(er) large side by side fridge but some buyers might not like the French door especially older buyers. My mom had to get rid of hers after knee and hip surgery.
What you should look at is from a best performance perspective.
Cold air goes low, hence the best type would be those that have a freezer on the bottom. Therefore a french door would perform better. Also, you only open half of the top, keeping more of the cold air inside.
Having the freezer on the bottom of a combination fridge-freezer has been the standard in the EU for several decades, and that's for a reason -- bottom freezers are more efficient with electricity.
I recall that Consumer Reports said the same thing about the "freezer on the bottom" vs. "freezer on the top", the last time I read a report of theirs on refrigerators, which was about 5 years ago.
----- ANYWAY -- OP, I would suggest that you locate and read the most recent Consumer Reports magazine article about refrigerators. They will look at a wide range of the current models, and they will generally discuss the purchase price, electricity usage, the lifespan, the spatial organization of the inside, the repair history, etc., of the various types of refrigerators.
The design of refrigerator is a matter of taste, as each one has its own pros and cons. Refrigerators with freezer portions at top and bottom of the standing unit are considered to be most energy efficient. But if we look in deep, refrigerators with freezers on top are much efficient than bottom freezer models.
====== As I said, I definitely read in Consumer Reports a number of years ago that bottom-freezer models were more efficient than top-freezer models.
Maybe that was because, at that time, bottom-freezer models were pretty rare in the US, and were mainly made by the higher-quality, more-expensive manufacturers, because they sell them in Europe in countries where bottom-freezer models are MUCH more common and are actually the norm, like in Germany and the UK.
======= I know that when I was buying fridges for my personal use in Germany and the UK, several times in the last 25 years, all the salespeople in numerous retailers (and my local work colleagues in several companies) told me that the bottom-freezers on the market were more energy-efficient than the top-freezers on the market.
Maybe they were all talking off the top of their heads; however, I expect that, at that particular time, the bottom-freezers available for purchase probably were were more energy-efficient than the top-freezers available for purchase.
====== I would be quite surprised that the EU would not be heavily promoting top-freezer models, if they were massively more energy-efficient than bottom-freezer models.
===== "I keep hearing that those with freezers on the bottom are more energy-efficient than top-freezer fridges, with something about how heat rises and cold air sinks along with a behavioral argument that people will open the freezer less frequently if it’s not conveniently located at eye level. I was pretty surprised, therefore, when the ClearlyEnergy team ran the numbers and discovered that, amongst today’s newest EnergyStar models, the average mid-size freezer-on-top models are actually slightly more efficient as an appliance. Both top and bottom freezers are more efficient than side-by-side models, but even those notable energy bad boys are closing the efficiency gap and now cost on average $15 per year more in electricity than a top freezer." https://www.clearlyenergy.com/blog/posts/fridge-facts-scrapping-the-old-saves-on-keeping-things-cold
===== OP, this seems to be the most recent Consumer Reports buying guide for fridges:
OP, I completely understood your use of the word 'investment' to mean something that costs quite a sum of money, but which isn't an "investment" in a strict sense. The word is often used like that in American English.
Also, someone earlier said that you might mean it to be an investment in the sense that you might be getting ready to sell or rent the house, and you want to have a nice, new fridge which can be a selling point for the property, which also would make sense.
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