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What are Spill-Proof Shelves?

Spill-proof shelves don’t actually stop spills from happening, but they do contain them for easier clean-up.

Spill-Proof Shelves in Refrigerators

Spilling liquid inside your refrigerator used to be cleaning nightmare – liquid seeping into every nook and cranny, descending like a waterfall over the shelf’s edge, ruining food and produce as it collects in a sticky mess at the bottom. The development of spill-proof shelves means no longer having to worry about this catastrophic mess.

Spill-proof shelves use different kinds of methods which essentially contain spills within the shelf perimeter, reducing clean-up efforts. These different methods for containing spills are using a sealed frame around the shelves edge, shelves with edges that curve upwards, and a hydrophobic coating that repels liquids.

The frame border around the glass in this GE refrigerator is a common example of what spill-proof shelves look like.

Framed Border

Shelves with a surrounding frame are most common. Lower-end models typically use a white plastic lining while more expensive models utilize higher-end materials such as stainless steel. While these frames do a good job at containing spills, the opaque border can clash with the sleek design associated with glass shelves.

Also, if not tightly sealed, the space between the frame and shelf can trap spills, harboring bacteria and odors which are difficult to remove.

Electrolux’s Luxury Design Glass Shelves have a slight curve at the edge, containing spills within the perimeter.

Curved Edges

Other spill-proof shelves use a curved glass design which creates a uniform plane with no interruptions to the sleek design. These types of shelves contribute to the overall interior style instead of distracting from it.

The cons of raised edges is that it can eat up valuable storage space. Due to the curved edges, food items cannot be securely stored around the border without sitting crooked.

Hydrophobic Barrier

The latest innovation to spill-proof shelving eliminates the previously mentioned complications of the other methods. Hydrophobic barriers use an invisible coating that repels liquids. The surface of the shelf is coated in a hydrophobic solution in a specific pattern to keep spills localized to one area and makes clean-up a breeze.

Not too many manufacturers are utilizing hydrophobic shelves yet, so this technology is limited to the higher-end market such as Sub-Zero, Monogram, and Perlick.

Perlick’s hydrophobic coating creates an invisible barrier that repels liquids away from the edge.

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Are spill-proof shelves worth it? Seeing as how this feature is starting to become an industry standard, it’s safe to say yes. However, personal tastes, needs, and budgets can influence which method suits you better, as well as the plethora of other refrigerator features to consider when purchasing a new refrigerator.

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