Our Top Picks
Best Overall Refrigerator: GE GSS25GSHSS Side by Side at Home Depot
“A fridge to go with any kitchen style.”
Best Apartment-Friendly: KitchenAid KUDF204ESB Double Drawer at Home Depot
“Small and compact while maximizing the space you have to use.”
Best Tech Savvy Refrigerator: LG LMXC23796S InstaView at Best Buy
“Keep track of edible contents inside and order new food automatically.”
Best Showcase Refrigerator: Samsung Showcase at Home Depot
“Makes an obvious statement in any kitchen due to its unique design.”
Best French Door Refrigerator: LG LMXS30776S French Door at Home Depot
“Includes the classic split-door style mixed with two lower drawers.”
Best Retro Refrigerator: Daewoo Retro Compact Fridge at Amazon
“When you want a touch of retro accent.”
Best Compact Refrigerator: Magic Chef Mini at Home Depot
“Keeps things simple with 2.6 cubic-feet of space.”
01 of 07
Best Overall Refrigerator: GE Side by Side Refrigerator
The GE Side by Side Refrigerator is a modern and attractive selection for any kitchen. This model comes in stainless steel, high gloss white, high gloss black, and slate doors with a dark gray case finishes. It’s virtually a fridge to go with any kitchen style. It also conveniently features an ice maker and water dispenser.
The fridge and freezer can store about 26 bags of groceries. A small or large family can comfortably use this model. The side by side door design is great for a wide kitchen. The water and ice features may at first scare off first-time users. The dispensers are tall and wide, to fit large cups and mugs. The Arctica ice maker gives you easy access to ice.
The water dispenser also boasts an advanced water filtration system to ensure you consume only the best. It is known to remove trace pharmaceuticals such as ibuprofen, atenolol, fluoxetine, progesterone and trimethoprim.
02 of 07
Best Apartment-Friendly: KitchenAid Double Drawer Refrigerator
Apartments always provide a challenging space in terms of arranging furniture and equipment. While the space is often much smaller than a typical home layout, that doesn't mean you have to settle for smaller appliances and furniture pieces. The key to true apartment form and function is maximizing space when it is limited. Case in point: an apartment-friendly refrigerator that gives you some strategic space to use.
Taking a different approach to food storage, the KitchenAid Double Drawer Refrigerator is small and compact while maximizing the space you have to use. Divided into two separate drawers (one fridge and one freezer), the refrigerator totals around 4.7 cubic feet of interior space. By accessing the food from the top, you can place the interior contents all the way to the edges so no space is wasted. The refrigerator also has a built-in ice maker.
03 of 07
Best Tech Savvy Refrigerator: LG Electronics InstaView
Tech savvy individuals often appreciate appliances that make their life more efficient. A high-tech refrigerator is one such appliance that can make keeping track of food supplies in the kitchen easy. Such smart refrigerators often connect to the internet, keep track of edible contents inside, and can even order new food from the internet automatically when supplies run low if connected to the right service.
The LG Electronics InstaView combines a little bit of old school and new school tech to create something truly unique in refrigerator design. A see-through, door-to-door window panel lays on the right side of the main compartment so you can see right into the fridge. Using LG’s SmartThinQ technology, you can access the smart functions of the fridge via an app to control different settings and to monitor the contents inside.
04 of 07
Best Showcase Refrigerator: Samsung Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator
For a good interior style in the kitchen, it helps to have pieces and appliances that add to the overall design. Beyond the colors, cabinets, and counters, the types of appliances you put into the kitchen can help define the overall looks of the space. A good way to add some style in your kitchen is with a refrigerator that you can use as a focal point.
The Samsung Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator makes an obvious statement in any kitchen due to its unique double door/double drawer design. The upper compartment acts as a normal refrigerator on both sides and includes a unique 2-in-1 door design to view the interior contents through the inner glass. The bottom two drawers are a freezer space and counter-height FlexZone drawer respectively.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best French Door Refrigerator: LG Electronics 29.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Fridge
French door design maximizes access to both sides of the refrigerator. Traditional fridges, particularly ones that have the fridge and freezer stacked on top of one another, tend to make it difficult to get to the things you need inside. With a side-by-side, French door style refrigerator, on the other hand, you get access to the full vertical or horizontal space the fridge has to offer in each compartment.
The LG Electronics 29.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Fridge includes the classic split-door style mixed with two lower drawers for additional organization. The upper compartment is one continuous space between both doors so you can use the full amount of storage up top. Below, the EasyReach Bins and chiller drawer will allow you to keep frozen foods and daily snacks separated from the other food and drinks without messing up the overall organization.
06 of 07
Best Retro Refrigerator: Daewoo Retro Compact Fridge
If there is one thing to complain about a typical refrigerator, it is its lack of style. Thankfully, not all refrigerators have the same plain old design. If you want something that is more pleasing to look at in the kitchen, a refrigerator with some style is the way to go. This next top pick will throw you back to the retro period of appliance design.
When you want a touch of retro accent and a compact refrigerator, the Daewoo Retro Compact Fridge is the perfect choice. Coming in at the size of a normal compact, portable refrigerator, this option provides enough room for a few meals worth of food and drinks. The exterior is an all-metal construction stylized with sleek, retro lines that are also easy to clean for continued use and longevity.
07 of 07
Best Compact Refrigerator: Magic Chef Mini
Often known as a "mini fridge," a compact refrigerator is the best choice for small spaces. Whether you find yourself living in a cramped apartment or just want something for an individual room, a compact fridge allows you to keep a small amount of food and drinks cool whenever you want. They are also great as a secondary fridge for people needing a little bit of extra cool space.
The Magic Chef Mini fridge keeps things simple with 2.6 cubic-feet of space and two easy-to-clean glass shelves to divide up the inside contents. As an Energy Star-qualified fridge, this one maximizes the power savings boost you will get just by reducing the size alone. The temperature can be controlled upfront using the included adjustable thermostat.
Check out our other reviews of the best mini fridges available on the market today.
Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
We bought a top-rated refrigerator and our reviewers tested it for 12 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this refrigerator, from its size and style to its price. We’ve outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Refrigerator
Style Refrigerators come in many styles. There are two-door top freezer models, which are more traditional, or bottom freezer options, which put more commonly used refrigerated items within easy reach; a popular variation of the latter style is the French door refrigerator, but you’ll need enough space to open the wide doors. There are also four-door and showcase refrigerators, which let you take a peek inside without opening them.
Dispensers Ice and water dispensers provide convenience, but where they’re located and how they operate can vary by model. Some dispensers are external while others are inside the door. Some refrigerators only have an in-freezer ice maker without a door dispenser at all. The choice is yours, but keep in mind that an in-door dispenser may eat up some shelf space.
Size Carefully measure the space where you plan to put your refrigerator and find a model that fits. Standard refrigerators come in a range of widths, with many sized between 29 inches and 35 inches or more. Also consider whether you want a counter-depth refrigerator, which will sit about flush with the edge of your kitchen cabinets for a more custom look and open feel.
Test Results: GE Side by Side Refrigerator (Best Overall Refrigerator)
What We Like
Lots of door storage
Great in-door water dispenser
What We Don't Like
Loud ice machine
Freezer side feels cramped
“This is an attractive fridge with some great features,” raved one of our testers. “The humidity control, in-door water, and attractive design make it worth the purchase.” Its “extensive” door storage was also a plus, according to one reviewer: “It fits all our sauces and condiments really well,” she said, “and we have a ton!” Our testers, did, however, have a few qualms about the ice dispenser: “Filling up a glass of ice takes a while, especially if you opt for crushed ice,” she said. “The ice machine is also pretty loud — every once in a while, you can hear a slight crashing sound coming from the fridge.” Lastly, one tester thought that the appliance’s freezer side seemed shallow: “The fridge size is super spacious and can hold a ton of groceries, but the freezer side feels cramped,” she said.