Sometimes all you can do is look at your old refrigerator and think: “you used to be cool.”
When that happens, it’s time to start planning for an upgrade. In modern houses, kitchens are as much a space for entertaining as they are for cooking. This is especially true in unified kitchen/ dining rooms, where the fridge becomes a kind of center-piece that reflects your taste on the outside, and your lifestyle within.
Finding the best refrigerator is always going to be a matter of personal choice. If you eat lots of fresh produce then you’ll want a fridge with plenty of shelf space to store it. Like-wise if you’re lifestyle is just too busy for cooking, then a larger freezer is called for. Whatever your eating habits, there’s a fridge out there that meets your needs.
We’re going to run down some of the best fridges on the market today. If you need any extra help, don’t forget to check out our buyer’s guide, advice and FAQ’s section found at the bottom of this page.
|Product Name||Capacity (Cu Ft)||Energy Star?|
|GE Profile French Door Refrigerator|
Best French Door Refrigerator
Best Side-by-Side Refrigerator
|Kenmore French Door Refrigerator||29.6 ft||Yes|
Best Budget Refrigerator
|LG Black Diamond Series Refrigerator (LMXC23746D)|
|Whirlpool French Door Refrigerator|
Best 4-Door Refrigerator
|SAMSUNG RF28HMEDBSR||28.0 ft||Yes|
Best Top/Bottom Fridge
|LG Electronics Instaview Refrigerator||24.0 ft||Yes|
|Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator||24.2 ft||Yes|
1. GE Profile PFE28PSKSS – Best French Door Refrigerator
This french door refrigerator offers a generous 27.8 cubic feet of storage room for your fresh and frozen goods. The GE Profile is fitted with two coil evaporators to create independent climates in the fridge and freezer sections. If your household is a busy one with lots of snackers, the turbo chill function keeps the fridge cool despite the doors being opened regularly.
The GE Profile is a smart fridge, which means it can be connected with other devices in your kitchen; including your phone. A delightfully unexpected feature is the in-built coffee maker from Keurig. Better still, is the ability to program your fridge to respond to voice commands via a mobile app. Finally, you can ask your fridge to make you coffee in the mornings.
This space-age technology doesn’t come at the cost of practicality. There’s enough room to feed an army in the GE Profile. The shelves are flat panels that are easier to clean, whilst the door panels can be folded away when you’re not using them. What I really like is the attention to detail, with little butter mats, roomy salad boxes and LED lighting.
As far as I’m concerned, this is a top of the range fridge with just about everything you could ask for and more. It looks chic with its stainless steel front and elegant three door design. The only downside is the price which, although good value for money, will be in the upper reaches of most budgets.
- Ice/Water Dispenser Yes
- Capacity (cu. Ft.) – Freezer 9.2
- Capacity (cu. Ft.) – Fresh Food 18.6
- Capacity (cu. ft.) – Refrigerators 27.8
- Brand Name GE
- Item Weight 390 pounds
- Product Dimensions 36 x 35 x 69 inches
- Energy Star Yes
- ADA Compliant
2. Kenmore 50023 – Best Side-by-Side Refrigerator
If frozen food is your thing, then look no further than the Kenmore 50023 side-by-side refrigerator. Although the Kenmore is slightly smaller than GE profile with 25 cu. ft capacity the clever design means you won’t really notice the difference.
The top to bottom storage space means you arrange your storage that little bit easier with enough room for party platters. All the shelves are adjustable so you fit your food just the way you like it. The gallon door shelves are adjustable too, so you can fit wines or juice jugs in with ease. Technology wise it’s more functional than futuristic but the frost-free freezer is a useful, low-maintenance addition.
Its front facing water cooler filters out mercury and other chemicals from your drinking supply, whilst the stainless steel panels look sleek and modern. Design-wise I particularly like the long one piece handles which come in useful given the fridges mollusk like sealing doors. Of course, the seals have the added benefit of keeping the climate in your fridge fresh and cool.
The only thing I don’t like is the efficiency. Unlike the GE profile which has far more functions, the Kenwood 50023 doesn’t have an Energy Star certificate. Aside from that, it’s a well designed storage space for your fresh and frozen food.
- Item Weight 242 pounds
- Product Dimensions 34.6 x 49.8 x 69.1 inches
- Item model number 50023
- Freezer Capacity (Cu Ft) 9.17
- Overall Capacity (Cu Ft) 24.68
- Refrigerator Capacity 15.51
- ADA compliant No
- Energy Star compliant No
“Are you looking to cool the entire neighborhood?!” I’m sure most of us have heard that saying from time to time, as we stared into the fridge looking for a quick nibble or two. However, with the Kenmore with the Grab-N-Go door, that now becomes a thing of the past. When you get the urge for that late night treat, the Kenmore 74039, 29.6 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer with the Grab-N-Go door makes snatching that snack a quick and easy affair. Kenmore’s very own Grab-N-Go door gives you easy access to foods you use on a regular basis and do so without having to open up the entire refrigerator.
This Kenmore Elite French door refrigerator model comes with an expansive 10.1 cubic foot, bottom freezer with a Tilt-N-Take 3 tier door, ready and waiting to keep your leftovers fresh. The 74039 also comes with GeniusCool Technology. This technology makes certain that your food will remain fresh, courtesy of controlled and constant temperatures. The Grab-N-Go door, spacious pantry area and bottom freezer guarantee that you’ll be able to keep your food items crisp, fresh and well-organized. As for the refrigerator, it has a 19.5 cubic foot capacity with a gallon door storage, 3 refrigerator doors, 9 refrigerator door bins, and 5 refrigerator shelves.
Both the refrigerator and freezer come with interior lighting. Features include a linear compressor, auto defrost system, humidity controlled crisper, integrated ice maker, CleanFlow air filter, venting, adjustable Spill-Proof glass shelves, and dual evaporators. All of this means that your Kenmore will always be able to maintain constant temperatures, have filtered air due to CleanFlow charcoal filter and venting, while the Spill-Proof shelves make routine cleaning and maintenance a breeze! This model is Energy Star Compliant, 115 volts and uses approximately 747 kilowatt hours per year.
- Water Cooler: n/a
- Refrigerator: n/a
- Freezer: n/a
- Total Size: n/a
- Width: n/a
- Height: n/a
- Energy Star: Yes
4. Frigidaire FFHT1514QW – Best Budget Refrigerator
I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the traditional fridge design so I had to include the Frigidaire FFHT151QW. It might seem like a bit of a blunt instrument but the design has a classic simplicity to it, and the price is to die for. It’s US-manufactured which comes in handy should you have any problems over the lifespan of the fridge, plus it’s Energy Star certified for efficiency.
The Frigidaire FFHT1514QW is our best budget fridge winner, but that’s not to say they’ve cut corners anywhere. The features may be simple, but that doesn’t make them any less useful. Things like the crisper draw, which manages humidity to keep your salads fresh and the gallon door shelves are signs of a company that put a lot of thought into their target market.
The biggest advantage of a traditional fridge design is that you don’t need much space to fit it in. The doors of the Frigidaire can be fitted either way so it fits snugly in corners as well. Storage-wise 24 cu. ft. is plenty of room for a smaller family with 13.4 cu. ft for fresh and 3.7 ft for frozen. Frigidaire have hardly broken the bank in manufacturing this fridge but they have spent their money wisely. An excellent fridge available at a low price.
- Water Cooler optional
- Weight 175lbs
- Total Shelf Area (Sq. Ft.): 17.7
- Fresh Food Shelf Area (Sq. Ft.): 13.4
- Freezer Shelf Area (Sq. Ft.): 4.3
- Energy Star Yes
- ADA yes
The LG Black Diamond is about as sleek and sexy as a fridge can be. The french door design does it no harm on that front, but it also offers some excellent features with Energy Star efficiency. The custom drawer, slim water filter and door-in-door mods are similar to the LG reviewed above.
The Black Diamond takes it one step further with automated doors that are operated by running your foot across a light at the base of the fridge. Inside, the shelves are operated automatically too. It’s almost a hands-free fridge. The exterior is textured, black steel which looks great and is scratch proof. Inside, the walls are made smooth stainless steel which is easy to clean.
It’s a smart fridge that can be run from an app on your phone. When you open the doors, a fresh air filter pushes cold air across the front of the fridge that acts as a third wall, sealing the climate inside as well as deodorizing the air. There’s even an Insta view door which becomes transparent at the tap of a knuckle, letting you can see inside the fridge without ever opening the door.
The glass shelves are tempered for easy cleaning and there’s more than enough room to provide for even the largest of households, but this fridge is all about the technology. It’s won five awards already including Tech Radar’s editors choice and CES’ innovation award. A mind-blowingly advanced refrigerator.
- Water cooler Yes
- Item Weight 330 pounds
- Product Dimensions 30 x 36 x 70 inches
- Item Dimensions L x W x H 30 x 36 x 70 inches
- Color Black
- Total 577mm
- Freezer 177mm
- Refrigerator 400mm
- Energy Star Yes
6. Whirlpool WRX735SDHV – Best 4-Door Refrigerator
We couldn’t have a list of the best fridges without an offering from Whirlpool. This neat french four door refrigerator has 25 cu. ft worth of storage space. It’s a clever piece of kitchen ware that uses sensors to detect and normalize the temperate climate inside. The third draw acts as a handy storage space for leftovers plus you can customize the amount of water in the cooler, which will fill and shut off automatically.
Fridge doors are loaded with fully-adjustable gallon shelves that let you choose between fridge and door space. What I really like about this fridge its overall autonomy. The adaptive defrost feature runs automatically by sensing when it needs to. Inside the panels are flat and easy to clean, plus it’s LED lit which spotlights smaller food, making it easier to find.
The Whirlpool is not the most advanced french four door, that award goes to the LG above, but it is very affordable with excellent features. For that reason it takes the accolade of best french four door fridge on our list.
- Ice maker Yes
- Item Weight 352 pounds
- Product Dimensions 35 x 36 x 70 inches
- Capacity (cu. Ft.) – Freezer 6.73
- Capacity (cu. Ft.) – Fresh Food 17.78
- Color Steel-Stainless
- Energy Star Yes
For those who believe size matters the gigantic Samsung RF28HMEDBSR provides 28 cubic feet of storage space. By far the largest refrigerator on our it’s capable of swallowing 28 full bags of groceries. In case you needed more help fitting in food, the shelves and door bins are fully adjustable to maximize the space you need.
In spite of its gargantuan size, the Samsung holds an Energy Star certificate for efficiency. That’s in-part thanks to the LED lighting system which not only makes food easier to find, but lasts longer and consumes less power. There’s also a twin fan cooling system that ensures the temperature is consistent throughout whilst keeping the air fresh.
The Samsung RF28HMEDBSR is not for everyone. That’s because of it’s size. It cuts quite an imposing figure in even the largest of kitchens. I think a counter depth design would of been a nice feature to include to mitigate for its size but that’s really the only criticism I have. Organisation-wise the flex-zone drawer is a nice touch that has independent cooling controls and is perfect for storing snacks which might otherwise get lost in those vast main compartments.
- Water Cooler Yes
- Item Weight 374.8 pounds
- Product Dimensions 36 x 35.8 x 70 inches
- Item model number RF28HMEDBSR
- Capacity 28.15 cubic_feet
- Energy Star Yes
8. Frigidaire FGHI2164QF – Best Top/Bottom Fridge
This traditional fridge with freezer lodged on top is ideal for smaller households or flats. Frigidaire’s FGHI2164QF has sliding glass shelves that are easy to clean and dovetail nicely with the smudge-proof stainless steel front. If you have younger children, it’s a low maintenance piece of kitchen ware that won’t take too much of your time.
From the outside it looks nice and will add some style to smaller kitchens. Inside, the adjustable gallon doors are ready to take a weight off in terms of storage. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends. The overall temperature in the fridge is inconsistent. The ‘meat and cheese draw’ is placed directly in the center, taking up precious room and it’s not particularly efficient in spite of its small size.
The saving grace, of course, is the price. It’s a refrigerator with good US manufacturing quality that will last a long time. A US based manufacture also has the added bonus of easy access to replacement parts and customer service lines. Overall, it’s a decent low-cost refrigerator with a few areas to improve on.
- Item Weight 205 pounds
- Product Dimensions 30.4 x 30 x 65.4 inches
- Fresh Food Capacity (Cu. Ft.): 15.4
- Freezer Capacity (Cu. Ft.): 5.1
- Total Shelf Area (Sq. Ft.): 24.8
- Item model number FGHI2164QF
- Energy Star No
One of the things that you can rely on with LG is clever technology. The LG LFXC24796D is nowhere near as advanced as the LG Black Diamond, but it still has some pleasingly innovative technology. Its Insta view panel lets you see inside the fridge without ever having to open the door which saves heaps of electricity. Combined with the Cold Saver panel, which prevents cold air escaping, this french door refrigerator adds up to a seriously efficient piece of home-ware.
Inside there’s plenty of room, 24 cu. ft. to be precise, with 3 crisper draws to make sure fresh produce stays fresh. The doors shelves hold up to a gallon of liquids but, the energy efficient door-in-door aspect sacrifices the ability to make adjustments.
The finest feature of this fridge though is the counter depth. It slides easily into your existing space giving your decor a seamless finish. It also looks great with an extra thin water/ ice dispenser fitted to the freezer door. An added benefit is that the inside and outside of the fridge is made from smudge-proof, stain resistant material which cuts down on cleaning time.
- Water cooler Yes
Freezer Capacity 7.9 (Cu Ft)
Overall Capacity 23.5 (Cu Ft)
Overall Capacity Range 19.1 cu. ft. – 23.9 cu. ft.
Refrigerator Capacity 15.6
Energy Star Yes
10. Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator – Coolest Features!
The so called internet of things is an idea that in the near future all of our home devices will be connected. Your home-ware will learn your habits by ‘talking’ with each other to provide the services you need without you ever having to ask. Your alarm clock, for example, will learn your morning routine and tell your coffee maker exactly when to brew your coffee. The Samsung Family Hub with it’s huge LCD display is step toward that future.
This french door refrigerator is a smart device that can play movies, upload your calendar, send messages, or make calls to other members of your house. The whole unit can be controlled via your mobile. In fact, it does just about everything your computer can. Samsung call this the family hub. Your family can all share photos, make video calls, upload personal schedules, shopping lists or messages, displaying them on the large LCD panel. Further more, mini cameras inside the fridge mean you won’t have to open the doors to find the foods you want.
As a refrigerator the Samsung Family Hub offers 24.2 cu. ft. of storage space, with fold-able shelves, adjustable gallon buckets, salad crispers, and an independently controlled cool shelf. The cool shelf is perfect for storing special items or snacks. A twin fan system ensures temperature consistency throughout whilst keeping the air fresh and circulated to avoid unpleasant smells.
Make no mistake, this is a complex fridge. Samsung offer a free in-home training lesson to help you master all of its functions and get the most out it. The home hub function is fantastic and could revolutionise your lifestyle by bringing your family closer together. Surprisingly, given its features, this fridge is also holder of an Energy Star Certificate.
Without a doubt, the Samsung Home Hub wins our coolest features award thanks to its space-age approach to kitchen-ware.
- Water Cooler Yes
- Product Dimensions 31 x 36 x 71 inches
- Weight 350 llb
- Capacity (cu. Ft.) – Freezer 8
- Capacity (cu. Ft.) – Fresh Food 16.2
- Capacity (cu. ft.) – Total 24.2 cu ft
- Energy Star Yes
The Criteria for Our Review
When it came to producing this list we aimed to provide an informative guide that would help customers to choose their ideal fridge. We wanted to be as honest an accountable as possible. The initial shortlist was created by looking at the best selling and highest rated fridges on the market right now. After that, we looked at fridges we felt were really pushing the boundaries by way of technical features; these were reviewed through parameters of both technological advance and practicality for everyday use.
Once the initial shortlist was completed we researched unbiased, consumer advice websites which had road tested these products. This helped us to form an opinion of how these products would perform in a real life setting. We also reviewed the technical specs for each products using technical descriptions provided by the manufacture. Finally, we extensively researched verified user reviews to find the good, the bad and the ugly of all these products. Verified user reviews also gave us a good idea of how well these products would perform over time. Using our common sense we brought together a comprehensive, honest review of the best fridges available in 2021.
The ratings we’ve given these products are based on practicality, efficiency, aesthetic appeal and unique features.
Our practicality tests were designed to describe the nuts and bolts of the product. There’s little point in having a super advanced LED panel if the basic storage space is counter-intuitive. Essentially, these are fridges. So, the basic needs you’ll have for everyday usage became a primary factor in our analyses. The top marks for practicality were awarded for things like adjustable shelving, easy cleaning and maintenance plus overall capacity. We also looked at air cooling systems that help to keep your food fresh, and your fridge smelling good.
Our technical innovation criteria applies both to useful technologies and storage ideas that we hadn’t seen on other fridges. Independently controlled cooling shelves were a highly innovative idea that we could see having real value in day-to-day usage. Additionally smart devices were awarded higher marks. Being able to program your fridge via your mobile is going to be standard in the near future so fridges that were equipped with this ability were scored higher.
Efficiency not only saves money on your running costs but also leads the way to a greener future. Models like the Samsung Home Hub prove that you can own a green product without sacrificing technical innovation. On this review we were big fans of the LG door-in-door feature that showed an innovative approach to keeping energy costs down.
Fridges are at the center point of your kitchen and can really make or break your interior aesthetic. Many of the fridges featured here are high-budget so having aesthetic value is important. Extra marks were awarded for counter-depth fridges which fit seamlessly with your existing counters. We also liked smudge and finger print proof finishes which look great whilst reducing the need to constantly be cleaning.
How to Buy a Fridge
When it comes to buying a fridge the right answer is going to depend on a few different factors. Large kitchens really open up your options whereas in a smaller kitchen you may have to narrow your selection. We’ve included all shapes and sizes in this list so there should be something for everyone here. The first thing to consider when making a purchase is the style of fridge that you want.
Fridges come in four main styles:
The French Door Fridge
The french four door fridge has been the darling of upmarket fridge designers for a long time. It has an elegant, stylish outward appearance with a lot of opportunity for innovative interior shelving. Traditionally, it consists of two, open out cooling draws with a freezer that runs the full width of the fridge tucked underneath.
Perpendicular storage space is more versatile and there’s no need for a middle wall which means you can run the shelving full width for those tricky items like dinner platters. We liked that most of the high budget fridges included an extra cooling draw that could be independently controlled for leftovers, desserts and snacks. The freezer below is roomy in this type of design with lots of space for wider fridge door shelving. Overall the french door fridge provides the most options in terms of storage.
Traditional Top Freezer Fridge
When you think of a fridge, chances are you’re thinking of a traditional top freezer fridge. It’s a classic fridge design that’s stood the test of time. Consisting of a single, long open-out door for the cooler with a freezer stacked neatly on top. The real benefit of a Traditional fridge is that it offers plenty of storage space whilst fitting into compact areas.
We really liked the addition of doors that can be fitted either way which is ideal if you’re tucking your fridge into a corner space. If you live in a smaller flat or have a smaller family the traditional top fridge is your go to. The disadvantage is space. There’s just less versatility and less storage space available on this type of fridge. If you’re running a busy household, you’ll want to look at larger alternatives.
The side-by-side fridge has an appealing aesthetic and looks very similar to the french door fridges. The interior is where the differences appear. A side-by-side fridge has two, open out doors with one side dedicated to cooling food and the other dedicated to freezing. It’s a fridge that’s designed for frozen food lovers, with freezer space almost equal to that of the cooler on most models.
The biggest benefit of a side by side is the larger freezer and the easy access. Food items can be placed on the top of both shelves. Having both shelves at eye level makes it easier to see and take items. The reason most brands are favouring the french door fridge is that the dividing wall between cooler and freezer reduces the width of the shelves. This can make it tricky to store awkward shaped items like stews or platters.
The Bottom Shelf Freezer
The bottom shelf freezer is a dying breed. We don’t feature a single one on our list because it just lacks convenience. Similar to the top shelf freezer but with the added annoyance of having to bend over to rummage around in the freezer section. It’s telling that the highest rated fridges at the moment aren’t bottom shelf freezers.
A Quick Note About Size
Before you buy any home appliance you need to figure out the dimensions of your space. It might be tempting to buy the largest fridge you can but, if you don’t have the right space, even the prettiest fridges will become eye-sores. The first thing is width. If you have counters on either side, a fridge should slide in with a barely noticeable gap between the surface sides and the sides of the fridge. This will prevent food wastage and cutlery from slipping in the cracks, never to be seen again. Give yourself about half an inch lee-way on each side.
You also need to think about how the fridge hinges are working. You may spend ages squeezing a fridge flush into your space only to find you can no longer open the doors. It’s vital to look at the width of the fridge with the door open to avoid this mistake. Most modern fridges have hinges which open within the overall width but some don’t. Always make sure of the width with the door open.
The second consideration is going to be depth. Some fridges will give you more cu. ft. but do so by increasing the depth of the fridge. This looks fine in the showroom. Once you’ve taken it home you’ll find it sticks out, forcing you to walk around it.
Measure the depth of your counters if you have them whilst giving thought to the overall distance between where the fridge goes and any obstacles. If you have a kitchen table, for example, which sits in front of a jutting out fridge you’re going to limit your ability to use that table properly. Our favorite fridges have counter-depth which fits flush with your cabinets and gives your kitchen a smooth, well-designed feel.
The last consideration is height. If you have low or curved ceilings in your kitchen a tall fridge is going to look really imposing whilst making the kitchen ceiling seem even lower. If you have a pokey kitchen consider a compact fridge. We haven’t reviewed any here but it’s better to fit a compact fridge in neatly than a larger fridge that looks out of place.
Armed with your measurements you’re now ready to start narrowing down the options for your perfect fridge.
To reiterate what I said at the beginning of this article finding the right fridge is all about you. Consider your eating habits alongside the amount of room you have in your kitchen. You also need to think about how much produce you buy on a weekly basis. Large families need large fridges, equally there’s no point in a gigantic fridge that’s going to slurp electricity if it’s virtually empty most of the time. My personal recommendation is to go for a smart fridge. In the next ten years smart devices will be standard in all homes. You don’t want to miss out on the advantages of that technology. The lifespan of a fridge is between 5 and 15 years so making the investment in a smart fridge now will pay off in the long run.