Our Top Picks
Best Overall: GE 25.3 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator at Home Depot
"Highly rated when it comes to function, appearance, and cost."
Best Under $1,000: Frigidaire Top Freezer Refrigerator at Lowe’s
"A high-quality model that costs less than $1,000."
Best French Door: LG Electronics 29.7 Refrigerator at Home Depot
"Features two fridge doors and a freezer space on the bottom."
Best Side-by-Side: Whirlpool 21.4 Side-by-Side Refrigerator at Lowe’s
"Has the fresh food section on one side and the freezer on the other."
Best Door-in-Door: LG Electronics 4-Door Smart Refrigerator at Amazon
"Includes the classic split-door style mixed with two lower drawers."
Best Counter-Depth: Samsung Fingerprint Resistant at Samsung
"Its slim profile will create a seamless look with your counters."
Best Smart: LG Electronics Smart Refrigerator at Home Depot
"Control the temperature and more, right from your smartphone."
Best Compact: Magic Chef Top Freezer Refrigerator at Home Depot
"Keeps things simple with 2.7 cubic-feet of space."
Best Modern: Samsung 4-Door French Door Refrigerator at Best Buy
"Has a contemporary exterior and a variety of high-tech features."
01 of 09
Best Overall: GE 25.3 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator
When it comes to function, appearance, and cost, you won’t find a better appliance than the GE Side-by-Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel. This model has a spacious 25.3 cubic foot interior—the fresh food side is 15.7 cubic feet, while the freezer is 9.7 cubic feet.
Overall this GE fridge measures is 36 x 32.75 x 69.5 inches, and it’s a standard installation depth. The appliance has a timeless appearance with the freezer door on one side and the fridge door on the other, and inside there are adjustable spill-proof glass shelves, humidity-controlled crispers, and door bins. The interior is lit by incandescent lighting, and it has a built-in ice and water dispenser on the freezer door that includes an advanced water filtration system.
According to reviewers, this GE refrigerator is spacious, well-made, and features a thoughtful design. Many love that the ice maker can hold up to 10 pounds of ice, and you can’t beat the reasonable price.
02 of 09
Best Under $1,000: Frigidaire 20.4-cu. ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator
Modern refrigerators can get quite pricey, but there are still some high-quality models that cost less than $1,000—including this Frigidaire Top-Freezer Refrigerator. This appliance features a traditional freezer-on-top design, and its sleek stainless steel exterior will look right at home in most kitchens.
This fridge measures 30 x 34 x 69 inches, and its interior capacity is 20.4 cubic feet. In terms of cubic feet, this appliance is on the smaller side—the fridge is 15.3 cubic feet and the freezer is 5.1 cubic feet—so this model may be best for small households. The door can be installed to open left or right, depending on your space, and the interior boasts two full-width shelves to give you plenty of room to store your food. Plus, the outside of the appliance is EasyCare stainless steel, which resists fingerprints and is easy to wipe down (these stainless steel cleaners work wonders).
03 of 09
Best French Door: LG Electronics 29.7 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator
For an upscale, modern fridge, you may want to consider a French Door design, which features two fridge doors and a freezer space on the bottom. One of the best products in this category is the LG Electronics 29.7 cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator, which comes with a door-in-door design and CustomChill drawer.
This high-end fridge is 36 x 36.6 x 70.25 inches, and the fridge capacity is 17.1 cubic feet, while the freezer is 8.8 cubic feet. It has two fridge doors, including one door-in-door that allows you to quickly access frequently-used items without opening the appliance—this can reduce cold air loss by up to 47 percent. The LG fridge has a tall ice and water dispensing system, EasyReach bins, spill-proof glass shelves, and a 3.8 cubic foot CustomChill drawer, which has four temperature settings. The interior has premium LED lighting, and reviewers love the modern stainless steel exterior.
04 of 09
Best Side-by-Side: Whirlpool 21.4-cu ft Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Ice Maker
Side-by-side refrigerators, which have the fresh food section on one side and the freezer on the other, are one of the most popular styles. In addition to our best overall pick, another great product in this category is the Whirlpool Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Ice Maker, which has a 21.4 cubic foot capacity.
This appliance measures in at 33 x 33.6 x 66.25 inches and the space for fresh food has a capacity of 21.4 cubic feet, while the freezer is 6.8 cubic feet. It features an in-door can caddy, as well as a deli drawer, adjustable gallon door bins, and an exterior ice and water dispenser, complete with filtration. The interior is illuminated by LED lights, and the frameless glass shelves let you store more items on each. Plus, the stainless steel finish is fingerprint-resistant, so it’s easy to maintain a spotless appearance!Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Door-in-Door: LG Electronics 23 cu. ft. 4-Door French Door Smart Refrigerator
Door-in-door fridges are becoming more popular, as they let you access items in the door bins without opening the whole fridge. One of the best models with this advanced feature is the LG Electronics 23 cu. Ft. 4-Door French Door Smart Fridge—it even has an InstaView glass panel that lets you see into the interior by knocking on the door! Cool, right?
This counter-depth fridge measures 36 x 29.6 x 70.25 inches. The fridge cavity is 13.3 cubic feet, and the freezer is 6.4 cubic feet—plus, there’s an additional CustomChill drawer for even more storage. It has a tall ice and water dispenser so you can fill pitchers with ease, and the scratch-resistant stainless steel finish will stay pristine, even in busy households. The Wi-Fi feature is compatible with Alexa, Google, and SmartThinQ, letting you operate and troubleshoot the appliance remotely. If you’re looking for a next-gen fridge for your family, this is it!
06 of 09
Best Counter-Depth: Samsung 23 cu. ft. Refrigerator in Fingerprint Resistant
Some people don’t like when their refrigerator sticks out past the counters, and if you feel the same way, you’ll want to get a counter-depth appliance like this one from Samsung. The 23 cu. ft. 4-Door French Door Refrigerator has all the modern features you could ever want, and its slim profile will create a seamless look with your counters.
The counter-depth Samsung fridge is 36 x 28.5 x 68.8 inches with a fresh food capacity of 13 cubic feet and freezer capacity of 6.5 cubic feet. It also features a FlexZone drawer that has four temperature settings and an adjustable divider. The adjustable shelves in this fridge can flip up to help you store large items, and the appliance is Energy Star-certified to help you save electricity. Plus, it comes in three fingerprint-resistant finishes, making it perfect for families.
07 of 09
Best Smart: LG Electronics 26.2 cu. ft. French Door Smart Refrigerator with Wi-Fi Enabled
Smart appliances are becoming more common, and if you want to be able to control your fridge with your phone, you should look into the highly rated LG Electronics 26.2 cu. ft. French Door Smart Refrigerator. This high-end appliance has a modern French Door design, and you can adjust the temperature with voice commands, receive notifications if the door is open, and even diagnose issues right from your smartphone.
This fridge is 36 x 32.4 x 69.75 inches, with a fridge capacity of 17.4 cubic feet and a freezer space that’s 8.8 cubic feet. It’s Energy Star-certified and features dual ice makers both in the door and in the freezer compartment. The water and ice dispenser is tall enough to accommodate large containers, and the various organizational features give you tons of space to store all your food.
08 of 09
Best Compact: Magic Chef 10.1 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator
Not enough room for a full-size fridge? No problem! The Magic Chef Top-Freezer Refrigerator is an unbeatable compact option, measuring just 26 x 23.6 x 59.4 inches. This compact fridge is more spacious than a traditional mini-fridge, with 7.4 cubic feet of fridge space and 2.7 cubic feet of freezer space.
This Magic Chef fridge has most of the same features as a full-size fridge, including a clear product crisper, in-door can holder, and interior shelves. It can even accommodate gallon jugs in the door bins! Both the fridge and freezer doors are reversible, so they can swing open to the left or right, and this appliance is Energy Star-certified, so it will help you save electricity. Overall, this compact fridge is a good choice for small kitchens, break rooms, offices, or even man caves.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Modern: Samsung 27.8 Cu. Ft. 4-Door French Door Refrigerator
If you have a sleek, modern kitchen, you may want a modern refrigerator to go with it. One such option is the Samsung 4-Door French Door Refrigerator, which has a contemporary exterior and a variety of high-tech features. With this appliance, you get a versatile FlexZone drawer, Food Showcase door, and more!
This high-end fridge is 36.5 x 35.75 x 70 inches with a fresh food capacity of 19.5 cubic feet and a freezer space measuring 8.3 cubic feet. It comes with a sleek fingerprint-resistant finish, and the Food Showcase door lets you see what’s inside without having to open the appliance. There are five spill-proof glass shelves, including one slide-out and one foldable option, and it even comes with a child lock that prevents unwanted entry. Reviewers can’t get enough of this modern fridge, writing that it’s incredibly spacious and looks great in any kitchen.
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)
Lots of door storage
Great in-door water dispenser
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.