Best Refrigerators

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 23, 2017
Nowadays, a fridge is an essential kitchen appliance in every household that helps raw ingredients and ready-to-eat food last longer. If you're thinking about replacing your old fridge, look through our review and pick the best brand-new fridge for your kitchen. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Total Capacity
Drawers and Shelves
Temperature Controls
Features
Defrosting Type
Size
Annual Energy Consumption
 
PROS
Samsung refrigerator features 2 compressors and 3 evaporators that provide precise temperature control and change the temperature in a separate freezer compartment to keep your food fresh longer. Additionally, a FlexZone™ drawer can be used either as a fridge or a freezer (depending on your needs), providing new application possibilities.
CONS
Ice Master is located in the upper part of the fridge, providing smaller usable storage capacity.
OUR VERDICT
Samsung refrigerator offers a broad variety of possibilities to satisfy the most sophisticated buyers. Besides, 2 separate bottom freezer compartments provide convenient food storage.
detailed parameters
Type
Counter Depth, 4-door French door
Total Capacity
Total 22.5 cu. ft.: Refrigerator: 13.6 cu. ft. Cool Select Plus: 4.45 cu. ft. Freezer: 4.45 cu. ft.
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 2 х Clear Crispers, 5 х Tempered Glass Spill-Proof Shelves (1 х Slide-in & fold-up, 1 х Flip-Up, 3 х Fixed), 6 x door shelves; FlexZone™: 1 x EZ Slide-Out Shelf, 2 x Drawers, 3 x Door shelves; Freezer: 1 x EZ Slid
Temperature Controls
Electronic Temperature Controls
Features
2 compressors and 3 evaporators, FlexZone™, Ice Master, Water and Ice Dispenser, LED Display, Energy Star
Defrosting Type
Automatic Defrost
Size
35.75"(W) x 71.875"(H) x 28.875"(D)
Annual Energy Consumption
679 kWh/yr
PROS
LG French Door refrigerator with innovative Door-in-Door™ technology provides easy and quick access to frequently used food items and reduces cold air losses by up to 47%. Also, an ice maker is built into the fridge door to increase a freezer usable storage capacity.
CONS
It's hardly possible to attach magnets to the stainless steel surface.
OUR VERDICT
LG smart refrigerator allows you to establish a direct connection of the fridge to your smartphone. Therefore, you can set modes and check the status of your fridge operation remotely from anywhere in the world.
detailed parameters
Type
French door
Total Capacity
Total 29.6 cu. ft.: Refrigerator: 19.5 cu. ft. Freezer: 10.1 cu. ft.
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 4 x Split Shelves (3 x Fixed,1 x Folding), 3 x Crisper Bins, 9 x Door Shelves/Bin including Door-in-Door; Freezer: 3-Tier Organization™
Temperature Controls
Electronic Temperature Controls
Features
Dual Evaporator, Filtered Water and Ice Dispenser, LED Display, Door-in-Door, Ice Pluse, Auto Closing Hinge, GLIDE‘N’SERVE, Energy Star, Fresh Air Filter, Smart Grid, SMART DIAGNOSIS™
Defrosting Type
Automatic Defrost
Size
35.75"(W) x70.25"(H) x33.75"(D)
Annual Energy Consumption
784 kWh/yr
PROS
This refrigerator comes with a Wine Bottle Rack Shelf, which allows proper wine storage. Although the fridge is rather narrow, it has a large storage capacity. Besides, the fridge has wheels instead of back feet, ensuring quick, easy, and convenient transportation.
CONS
There is no backlighting in the freezer, which makes it a bit difficult to find frozen foodstuff.
OUR VERDICT
Summit compact refrigerator is a really space-saving solution for small kitchens.
detailed parameters
Type
Counter Depth, 2-door Bottom Freezer
Total Capacity
Total 13.81 cu. ft.: Refrigerator: ~10 cu. ft. Freezer: ~3.81 cu. ft.
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 3 х Glass shelves, 4 x Door shelves, 2 х Fruit crisper drawers, 1 х Wine Bottle Rack Shelf; Freezer: 3 х Drawers, 1 х Ice bank
Temperature Controls
Electronic Temperature Controls (5 temperature settings)
Features
Reversible doors, Wheels for transportation, Energy Star
Defrosting Type
Automatic Defrost
Size
27.63"(W) x 75.25"(H) x 23.5"(D)
Annual Energy Consumption
440 kWh/yr
PROS
Danby refrigerator has a separate freezer compartment, which maintains a constant temperature regardless of how frequently you open the door of your fridge. What is more, this energy-efficient refrigerator will reduce your energy bills and save money.
CONS
A mechanical thermostat is located deep inside the fridge that might be a bit inconvenient in use.
OUR VERDICT
Danby mini refrigerator is ideal for installing it under your counter in a small study or garage.
detailed parameters
Type
Compact, 2-door Top Freezer
Total Capacity
Total 3.1 cu. ft.: Refrigerator: 2.23 cu. ft. Freezer: 0.87 cu.ft.
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 1 х Tempered glass shelf, 1 х Vegetable crisper drawer, 1 x Door bottle rack, 1 х Door CanStor dispenser, 1 х Fridge door shelf; Freezer: 1 x Shelf
Temperature Controls
Mechanical thermostat (7 temperature settings)
Features
Reversible door, Energy Star
Defrosting Type
Cycle Defrost
Size
18.875"(W) x 33.44"(H) x 19.69"(D)
Annual Energy Consumption
319 kWh/yr
PROS
RCA IGLOO refrigerator comes in a variety of finishes that allows you to choose the right fridge for your kitchen design.
CONS
A manual defrost is required from time to time.
OUR VERDICT
RCA IGLOO budget-friendly and compact fridge with a nice design can be an excellent choice for students, willing to use a mini-fridge in their small dorm room.
detailed parameters
Type
Compact
Total Capacity
Total 3.2 cu. ft.
Drawers and Shelves
Refrigerator: 2 х Adjustable Shelves, 1 х Door can holder, 1 х Door tall bottle holder, 2 х Adjustable wire shelves Freezer: 1 x Shelf
Temperature Controls
Mechanical thermostat (7 temperature settings)
Features
Reversible door, Energy Star
Defrosting Type
Manual Defrost
Size
17.25"(W) x 32.75"(H) x 18.5"(D)
Annual Energy Consumption
332 kWh/yr

What Is a Refrigerator?

Since ancient times people have been looking for the long-term ways to store their food away. They used to have ice rooms, laid up with the ice gathered from the mountains and frozen springs. Fortunately, the progress never stands still and constantly introduces modern, high-tech solutions to extend the shelf life of food. Today we’ve got a variety of refrigerators with their own unique design and characteristics so that it’s easy to pick the suitable model for your special needs. In our review, we’ve selected only the best refrigerators available on the market. Keep on reading and make a choice!

If you are looking for a separate freezer to store extra food items, it's worth considering the chest freezer for storing small amounts of food, or the freezer capable of storing large amounts of food.

What Features to Compare

If you are thinking about replacing your old refrigerator, you should primarily decide on how you are going to use your fridge in order to select the appropriate Type. As a matter of fact, the type often influences the unit's size. Therefore, don't forget to specify the size of the unit to make sure it fits in your space. Typically, there are several refrigerator configurations. The traditional models are as follows: a 2-door bottom-freezer refrigerator, which has a refrigerator on the top and a freezer on the bottom, and a 2-door top-freezer refrigerator with a freezer on the top and a refrigerator on the bottom. Currently, these models are the most common. The top-freezer fridge usually has a divided shelf while the bottom-freezer fridge has pull-out drawers that are very convenient for storing a variety of food items. Besides, a bottom-freezer refrigerator has a larger freezer. Also, the fridge has reversible doors, which make it suitable for any layout. As a rule, the width of these models ranges from 30" to 40" that allows you to easily place your fridge almost everywhere. The bottom-freezer refrigerators have a French door configuration with a pull-out freezer drawer, which helps reduce cold air loss when you open the door. The French door refrigerators open from the middle to provide more usable space when the door is opened and easy access to the foodstuff. The refrigerators of this type are divided into some sub-types. For example, a 4-door French door fridge has a bottom freezer, consisting of 2 separate compartments compared to standard models. The Door-in-door fridges come with an extra door in the top freezer. The Door-in-door configuration allows reducing heat loss and energy consumption. The width of such models ranges from 70" to 80", making fridge installation a bit difficult and requiring precise adjustment. A compact refrigerator is a scaled-down version of standard refrigerators, which is often used in small premises, bars, or campuses. A counter-depth refrigerator is a compact appliance that can be built into kitchen cabinets. The counter-depth fridges may include all the above-mentioned types of refrigerators.

Other important features that require careful consideration are the Capacity and the Configuration of the fridge. At this point, it's necessary to find out the capacity of each compartment as well as the number of shelves and drawers and the material they are made of. Such useful features as pull-out or folding shelves (that can be easily re-installed or removed) allow you to properly organize the space inside the fridge. Besides, a large number of door shelves allows you to store some food items, optimizing food storage options. And refrigerator door shelf bins permit you to store juice, milk, and beverages in 2-liter bottles on the door for easy access. Also, you should find out if there is a water/ice dispenser that is very important if you want to have ice and frozen water within easy reach. The unit is designed to have special bottle rack holder shelves for proper and safe wine storage in the horizontal position.

And finally, you should take into account the Features when selecting a refrigerator. Choosing a large capacity refrigerator, take a glance at the number of vaporizers available. Normally, their number should be equal to the number of compartments (drawers). This allows keeping the optimal temperature in each drawer independently of each other. Another key feature is the automatic temperature control. It's advisable to check the type of temperature control a fridge has - electronic temperature control or mechanical thermostat. In most cases the electronic temperature control allows you to set the exact freezing temperature while the mechanical thermostat is usually easy-to-use and allows you to quickly set the freezing temperature in one of the available preset modes. Due to reversible doors, a refrigerator can be placed almost anywhere. In addition, the auto-defrost system provides continuous operation without the need for manual defrosting. Furthermore, the refrigerators are designed to save energy that helps reduce your energy bills. Besides, extra temperature control features are an important bonus.

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Samsung RF23J9011SR Counter Depth French Door

Type

Samsung French Door refrigerator has 4 doors and a folding door hinge. 2 top doors provide easy access to a large freezer compartment while 2 bottom doors provide access to 2 separate freezer compartments. One freezer compartment is designed for freezing only, and another is FlexZone™ drawer, which allows regulating the overall temperature depending on your needs. The electric refrigerator is large enough, thereby before making a purchase, you should thoroughly measure the space your fridge will require in the kitchen and make sure it fits through the entry doors and doorways. The fridge dimensions without doors and feet are 35.75"х70.75"х24.06" (WxHxD). The counter-depth design and hinge configuration allow building the unit into countertop or kitchen furniture. Besides, the fridge is made of stainless steel, which provides an outstanding design and an easy way of surface cleaning.
Review of Samsung RF23J9011SR Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

Capacity and Configurations

Samsung French Door fridge has a total usable storage capacity of 22.5 cu. ft., including a refrigerator, which takes up 13.6 cu. ft., freezer - 4.45 cu. ft. and FlexZone™ drawer - 4.45 cu. ft. In the top freezer, there are 2 separate pull-out drawers with adjustable humidity controls for storing fresh fruit and vegetables. The drawers are covered with a top shelf. The freezer compartment has half-width 4 separate tempered glass shelves, which make it easy to clean the fridge surface. Each shelf can be adjusted to different height levels with a foldable shelf, which provides a convenient storage area for large food items. The Ice Master on the upper left side of the fridge is designed to make cubed or crushed ice. There are 3 fixed shelves on the left refrigerator door and 3 adjustable shelves on the right door, which are quite useful for storing tall bottles. The bottom freezer compartments have 2 pull-out drawers with a pull-out shelf each. Additionally, the bottom freezer has 3 door shelves for better accessibility and convenient food storage.
Samsung RF23J9011SR Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator in the use

Features

Samsung French Door refrigerator boasts a premium cooling system. Besides, each compartment has its own evaporator and 2 separate compressors, which maintains the precise temperature in each compartment independently of each other. Highly efficient LED light bulbs emit less heat than standard incandescent light bulbs, which allows illuminating almost every corner of the fridge. Moreover, the electronic temperature controls permit you to select the necessary operating modes easily and quickly, as well as to set the desired operating mode for FlexZone™ drawer. This drawer has 4 available climate control settings: refrigerator at 41 ° F, cooling at up to 30 ° F, soft freezing at 23 ° F, and freezing - from -8 ° F to 5 ° F. The water and ice dispensers are located under the control unit. The dispensers have a large niche, which allows storing tall bottles or jars while a built-in water filter always provides you with purified water and ice. What is more, this refrigerator can be connected to the water pipe to provide the dispensers with continuous water supply. Also, a quick freeze function provides rapid drop in temperature in each freezer compartment for a few minutes to chill drinks or ice cream. This energy-efficient fridge consumes 679 kW annually that is much less than similar models use.
Detailed review of Samsung RF23J9011SR Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator

Samsung RF23J9011SR Counter Depth French Door
Samsung RF23J9011SR Counter Depth French Door
 

LG LFXS30766S French Door

Type

LG French Door refrigerator has a special top freezer door configuration, which means that the doors open from the middle in all directions, providing quick access to food items. Besides, a pull-out freezer drawer reduces cold air losses when the fridge door is opened. This refrigerator with a freezer has quite impressive external dimensions, so make sure that it fits in your kitchen. The fridge is 35.75 inches wide when closed, however, when the doors are opened, the width reaches up to 44.25". The fridge depth without handles is 33.75 ", and with fully opened doors the unit reaches up to 48.125". The refrigerator is made of stainless steel and metal that provides quick and delicate surface cleaning. Besides, a brushed metal body will perfectly fit into any kitchen interior.
Review of LG LFXS30766S French Door Refrigerator

Capacity and Configurations

LG French Door large-size refrigerator offers 19.5 cu.ft. of the usable storage capacity of the freezer. The fridge wide hinge configuration allows storing large food items compared to traditional 2-door refrigerators that provide less space. This kitchen refrigerator has 4 half-width freezer shelves, including a folding shelf for more convenient storage of tall objects like bottles or jugs. Furthermore, 3 pull-out drawers allow storing a variety of foodstuff separately without mixing odors from other foods. Additionally, a large full-width drawer is designed to store large food items like cakes. Besides, an automatic ice maker on the left door of the fridge allows adjusting 3 extra shelves for food storage. The right door of the fridge has the Door-in-Door configuration, which has a built-in door, which opens when you press a button on the door handle to get access to a spacious compartment where you can store frequently used food items. Thus, it's very convenient as you don't have to waste your time searching for foodstuff all over the fridge. This compartment has 6 shelves, which can be re-arranged to achieve the optimal placement of food and cookware. A freezer has 3 height adjustable compartments that can be re-arranged depending on the stored foodstuff.
LG LFXS30766S French Door Refrigerator in the use

Features

This fridge is equipped with a smart temperature control system and a double vaporizer. This allows you to set separate temperatures for a refrigerator and a freezer. Next to the control panel there is a door-mounted dispenser, which can be used to get cold water as well as cubed or crushed ice. The main peculiarity of the fridge is that it can be connected to a central water supply system that provides you with water and ice. Moreover, the fridge comes with a water filter so water and ice are always pure and health-safe. What is more, a smart water filtration system lets you know when you need to change the water filter. Furthermore, a built-in air filtration system allows eliminating unpleasant food odors. Also, you are able to connect the fridge to the Wi-Fi network and manage the settings via LG Smart Refrigerator smartphone app. In addition, a Smart Diagnosis is designed to quickly eliminate minor malfunctions of the unit - just call a customer service and bring the phone to the refrigerator. The fridge will send a signal and in a few seconds, you'll get an answer that will help you solve a problem. Besides, the fridge features a linear compressor, which has low vibration and high energy efficiency.
Detailed review of LG LFXS30766S French Door Refrigerator

LG LFXS30766S French Door
LG LFXS30766S French Door
 

Summit FFBF285SSIM Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer

Type

This unique design of Summit Counter-Depth 2-door refrigerator allows for easy access to the fridge (located at your chest level). Compared to most top freezer fridges, this is much more convenient since no bending over is required. Besides, the fridge with a depth of 23.5 feet, flat back panel, and hinge configuration can be easily installed flush with the tabletop in a small kitchen. In addition, the fridge doors are made of stainless steel, which significantly simplifies cleaning and makes the unit look pretty awesome.
Review of Summit FFBF285SSIM Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

Capacity and Configurations

Summit Counter-Depth 2-door refrigerator has a 3.8 cu.ft. capacity freezer with 3 pull-out drawers for keeping frozen food, and a small ice maker so that you can always have ready ice cubes at hand. In the fridge, there are 3 glass shelves that can be height-adjusted and easily removed if necessary. Besides, 2 fruit crisper drawers allow you to organize the proper storage of different products while a wine bottle rack shelf ensures the ideal wine storage. Also, there are 4 adjustable door shelves, which permit you to set the desired height for storing bottles or other large objects on the door. The fridge capacity is 10 cu.ft. that provides enough food storage space while the total usable storage capacity of the fridge equals to 13.81 cu. ft.
Summit FFBF285SSIM Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator in the use

Features

Summit Counter-Depth 2-door refrigerator comes with 2 wheels instead of back feet for more comfortable transportation. So, if you need to move your fridge - simply tilt it back a bit and push. Moreover, the reversible fridge door configuration allows you to change the door swing from right to left or vice versa for your convenience, providing easy access to the food. The fridge has an air circulation system that helps keep the food fresh longer. In addition, the Frost-Free system allows fast freezing of food without the formation of ice crystals, so there is no need to manually defrost your fridge. Besides, an electronic temperature control system allows setting one of 5 freezing modes. Since the fridge features only one vaporizer, you are able to simultaneously adjust the temperature for both top and bottom fridge chambers. The annual energy consumption of this cost-effective refrigerator is only 440 kW.
Detailed review of Summit FFBF285SSIM Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

Summit FFBF285SSIM Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer
Summit FFBF285SSIM Counter-Depth Bottom-Freezer
 

Danby DCR031B1WDD Two Door

Type

Danby top freezer refrigerator has 2 doors, so you can separate a fridge and a freezer, significantly reducing losses of cold air and increasing energy efficiency. This compact refrigerator can be placed in small premises like a dorm room, garage, or even under a counter. Besides, a counter-depth and a door hinge configuration allow setting the fridge flush with the countertop or kitchen furniture. By the way, this lightweight refrigerator can be easily installed even on the table.
Review of Danby DCR031B1WDD Two Door Refrigerator

Capacity and Configurations

Danby 2-door top freezer refrigerator has a total usable storage capacity of 3.1 cu. ft. including a freezer capacity of 0.87 cu. ft., which allows storing ice, ice cream or small amounts of food. Also, there is a freezer door shelf where you can store small food items. The fridge capacity is 2.23 cu. ft. that is sufficient for storing small amounts of ready meals, snacks, and beverages. Besides, the refrigerator comes with 2 tempered glass shelves and a crisper drawer for storing fruit and vegetables that can be easily removed for cleaning. Moreover, there is a small fridge door shelf for food storage and 2 separate door bottle racks for storing drinks - one is designed for bottled drinks and packaged juices and the other - for canned beverages.
Danby DCR031B1WDD Two Door Refrigerator in the use

Features

Danby 2-door top freezer refrigerator has a reversible door configuration, so you have the freedom to choose the right place for your fridge. Moreover, adjustable feet allow you to properly place a unit on an uneven surface. Also, you can choose one of 7 available thermostat settings: from 0 that means no frost to 7 that stands for deep freeze. Besides, an auto-defrost system turns a compressor off for a while in order to prevent ice accretion in the freezer and avoid further long defrost cycle. What is more, the fridge has an Energy Star mark for its high efficiency with the annual electricity consumption of up to 319 kW.
Detailed review of Danby DCR031B1WDD Two Door Refrigerator

Danby DCR031B1WDD Two Door
Danby DCR031B1WDD Two Door
 

RCA IGLOO Platinum

Type

RCA IGLOO Platinum refrigerator is just under 33 inches high that is ideal for placing the unit in dorm rooms, campuses, bars or garages. Actually, you can place this compact mini fridge almost everywhere you wish. The fridge with a depth of 18.5" and a special door configuration can be installed beneath the countertop or kitchen cabinetry. In addition, an integrated door handle permits users to fit the fridge flush with the surface.
Review of RCA IGLOO Platinum Fridge

Capacity and Configurations

RCA IGLOO Platinum refrigerator has the total usable storage capacity of 3.2 cu. ft. The fridge features a small top freezer where you can store ice cream or make ice cubes. Also, the fridge comes with 2 glass adjustable shelves, which can be set at 7 different heights. Besides, they can be easily removed for cleaning or defrosting the fridge. Moreover, the fridge comes with 2 separate door racks for storing food and milk as well as 2 compartments for convenient storage of beverages - one for bottled drinks and another one for canned drinks.
RCA IGLOO Platinum Fridge in the use

Features

RCA IGLOO Platinum refrigerator is equipped with a mechanical thermostat with 7 temperature settings, which allows you to choose the temperature mode from 24.8 F to 32 F. Moreover, the fridge comes with a reversible door that permits you to install a unit beneath the wall or change the door hinge for left-handed people. What is more, adjustable feet allow you to set up the fridge on uneven surfaces. The fridge has the Energy Star certification, which means that the unit has superior energy efficiency and uses less energy, cutting your energy bills. The model comes in a variety of finishes that allows you to choose the one that fits your interior best.
Detailed review of RCA IGLOO Platinum Fridge

RCA IGLOO Platinum
RCA IGLOO Platinum
 

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