The 7 Best Places to Buy a Refrigerator in 2022

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If you’re shopping for a refrigerator, you've likely started to consider all of your buying options before investing in a new appliance. Some of the best places to buy a refrigerator include major retail chains, online retailers, or direct from popular manufacturers like Samsung, Whirlpool, and more. 

This major appliance is also often a major investment, so it's helpful to make sure you find a refrigerator that is reliable, efficient, and within your budget. (You also want to make sure it fits into your space, particularly if you have a cabinet surround or narrow doors.) Other top considerations include product selection and availability, delivery fees, plus warranty coverage and return policies. Not sure where to look? Start your search with one of these top online retailers.

Home Depot

26.1 cu. ft. Side by Side Refrigerator with Door-in-Door in Stainless Steel

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A one-stop shop for most things home-related, Home Depot is a great place to buy appliances. The selection is vast, and the online site is easy to browse. 

Shop refrigerators based on style, features, finish, brand, or price. Home Depot carries the major brands you’d expect to see—like Whirlpool, GE, Samsung, and Bosch—along with budget brands like Amana and Frigidaire. 

The retail giant makes it easy to shop in-store or scroll through the selections online, and Home Depot offers price matching to ensure you find the best value. For the greatest savings, look for items with the ‘Special Buy’ designation that often reflect savings of 25 percent or more. Delivery is free on appliance purchases of $396 and up—which includes most models of refrigerators carried by the retailer. Note that if you’re planning to get rid of your old refrigerator at the same time, a $20 haul-away fee applies.



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Look to Lowe’s if you want to find a wide selection of refrigerators from a big-box retailer with a price-match guarantee. Similar to other sites where you can shop refrigerators online, Lowe’s guides you through the available models based on the type of refrigerator, door configuration, problem-solving features, interior storage space, and more. 

You’ll find the major brands well-represented, including mainstays like Maytag, Whirlpool, GE, and KitchenAid. But Lowe’s also offers some brands not as common at other major retailers, such as Fisher & Paykel and Haier. 

The chain offers free local delivery on appliances priced at $299 and up. Delivery service includes unpacking, leveling, and connecting the refrigerator, and to take away your old fridge, Lowe's only charges another $20.

AJ Madison

Whirlpool 33 inch Bottom-Freezer

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AJ Madison offers an expansive selection of refrigerators, including many of the top brands and models, along with a sizable selection of specialty refrigerators such as built-in and panel-ready models. 

Whether you’re looking for a basic model or a gourmet refrigerator, chances are good that AJ Madison will have the best option for you. However, the site isn’t as intuitive to shop as some other online retailers. You’ll need to do a considerable amount of filtering to narrow down the vast selection. One search function you’ll appreciate is the Savings section—filter by Instant Savings, Mail-in Rebates, Free Delivery, and more to find the refrigerator deal that is right for you.

Expect shipping to take one to two weeks, which is a bit longer than some big-box retailers. Like many other sites, AJ Madison doesn’t accept returns on installed or plugged-in appliances.

Carefully inspect the unit upon delivery. Returns are subject to a restocking fee that can be up to 30 percent of the appliance cost, so research first and buy wisely.

Best Buy

Frigidaire Side by Side Refrigerator with 22.1 cu. ft. Capacity, in Pearl

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For the latest and greatest fridge, check out Best Buy’s selection of makes and models. Refrigerators at Best Buy range from basic top freezer models to advanced models with built-in Wi-Fi and other smart home features. 

If you’re interested in shopping for refrigerators by type, the site makes it easy with standard categories like French door refrigerators, side-by-side refrigerators, and counter-depth or bottom-freezer models. Since this is Best Buy, a focus on technology and features is to be expected; it’s fulfilled with a section where you can shop by ‘Refrigerator Innovations.’ You’ll find options like connected appliances and models with quick-access doors.

Best Buy offers free in-home delivery services for refrigerators priced at $399 or more. An interesting alternative is free, same-day warehouse pickup for in-stock appliances. This makes Best Buy a great option to shop for a refrigerator when you need one right away (as long as you have transportation and live in close proximity to a warehouse pickup location).


Monogram 42 Inch Built-in Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Adjustable Glass Shelves, Climate Control Drawer

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With a wide selection of all things home-related, Wayfair also sells home appliances including refrigerators. For major brand names, the selection is more limited in comparison with big-box retailers. 

However, Wayfair also offers specialty brands not seen everywhere else—you’ll find luxury European refrigerators from names like Smeg, Bertazzoni, and Blomberg. If you’re looking for a colorful fridge or high-end model that adds character and style to your kitchen design, Wayfair is a good option to shop for a refrigerator.

Shipping is free on most models, and room of choice delivery is available for a small fee. Just be sure to inspect the unit carefully before installation, since returns aren’t accepted once it’s installed unless the unit is defective.


KUPPET Retro Mini Refrigerator 2-Door Compact Refrigerator for Dorm, Garage, Camper, Basement or Office, 3.2 Cu.Ft, Black

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If you’re looking for a mini-fridge or compact model for your apartment, dorm room, or office, Amazon is a great option.

The online retailer has a very limited stock of full-size refrigerators to choose from, but plenty of compact models at budget-friendly prices. You’ll find a mix of brand names like GE, Frigidaire, and Danby, along with some less recognizable (but super affordable) options. Look for models that offer free shipping to make the most of your online refrigerator shopping experience.


Samsung Refrigerators

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Not just for buying bulk quantities of your favorite home products, Costco also sells appliances including refrigerators. Unlike their typical supersized product selections, the available models of refrigerators range from compact to large capacity. 

Costco lands on our list of the best places to shop for a refrigerator thanks to its easy delivery process, extended warranty coverage, and club member pricing benefits. Most appliances are delivered for free—with basic installation and haul-away of your old refrigerator included. Costco also offers free tech support and a 90-day return policy (most major retailers don’t offer a return window on large appliances). If certain conditions are met, you can even score an additional two years of warranty coverage on your refrigerator's lifespan through Costco. 

If you’re making a major investment like a refrigerator and don’t mind shopping the more limited selection of appliances available at Costco, this is an option to consider for the perks and peace of mind. Even if you’re not already a member of this club retail chain, the under-$100 membership fee is a bargain for the savings you’ll find there.