There's a lot to consider before deciding on a refrigerator. French door or top freezer? Stainless or white? Is it large enough to store a Thanksgiving turkey without displacing your other groceries? What about wine storage?
There's a fridge out there to satisfy nearly every refrigeration whim, from wine racks to sparkling water dispensers. But if you're looking for the perfect combination of style and quality, check out these fridges -- many of which have recieved high marks from the editors of such websites as CNET, Good Housekeeping, and ConsumerReports.
Top rated fridges
Kenmore Elite 29.9 cu. ft. French Four-door Refrigerator model #74282: A slightly more affordable version of LG’s model #LMXS 30786S, this sleek, white French door refrigerator offers solid performance and good overall value. Below, it features a pantry drawer that can be adjusted to various temperature presets depending on what types of food will be stored. Behind the French doors, you’ll find plenty of shelves (some of which can even be adjusted to accommodate tall items). The ice maker is slim and flush against the door, allowing for even more space-efficiency. Also available in stainless steel at a higher price tag. $2,950
Maytag Ice20 Full-Depth French Drawer Bottom Mount Refrigerator model #MF122569VEM: The editors at Good Housekeeping were impressed by the crisper drawer in this refrigerator -- it was able to keep a head of lettuce crisp and fresh for a full six days. This fridge also features a built-in door organizer, a wide deli drawer, and a “BeverageChiller,” which can store two one-gallon containers. One shortcoming of this refrigerator, however, was that it didn’t do quite as well as others in maintaining steady temperatures. Available in stainless, white, black, biscuit, or monochromatic satina. $2,399.
Jenn-Air Counter Depth Euro-Style French Door Refrigerator model #JFC2290REM: Available in stainless steel only, this refrigerator boasts an exceptionally modern appearance with its clean lines and gently curved handles. Behind the French doors, you’ll find three pullout shelves, a wine rack that can be installed below any shelf, and a “Chillkeeper” compartment for one-gallon containers. The pantry drawer offers an adjustable (and removeable) divider for separating foods that shouldn’t necessarily be touching. $3,199
Samsung Chef Collection model number RF34H9960S4. While on the higher end of the price spectrum, it is ConsumerReports’ highest-rated four-door refrigerator. This 34 cu. ft extra-large capacity fridge features an external water dispenser (with the option of sparkling water) with built-in water filter, a door-open alarm, spillproof shelves, and digital controls on its front door that show the actual temperature. The inside can fit up to 34 bags of groceries, while the lower “Chef Pantry” space features a temperature setting recommended by Michelin star chefs. $5,999
Haier HT18TS77SP Frost-free Top-freezer refrigerator. At $600, this refrigerator is a great value with solid overall performance. At 18.2 cu. ft., it’s on the smaller side, but good things come in small packages as they say. It features split level lighting, spillproof shelves, and doors that can be configured to open from whichever side is best for your space. Available in white only.
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