The 8 Best Top-Freezer Refrigerators of 2020

A familiar design with plenty of storage space for your groceries

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Our Top Picks
"A good fit for small families, this fridge has a movable deli drawer and door shelves that can accommodate gallon containers."
"Though its low price means fewer features, this pick is quiet and an energy saving option, resulting in a lower energy bill."
"In addition to top-notch storage compartments, this model also offers a sizable freezer for better long-term food storage."
"This miniature option has the feeling of a full-sized fridge in a size that's well suited for an office, basement, or small apartment."
"If you like the design of a top freezer fridge and the space of a French door option, this massively spacious option is for you."
"Give your kitchen a sleek look or preserve floor space in a cozy apartment with this refrigerator with a shallow depth."
"Keep your drinks cold all summer long with this option, which comes with a rare built-in ice maker and storage compartment."
"To go the extra mile in energy efficiency, this pick allows you to convert the freezer into additional fridge space instead."

Top freezer refrigerators offer straightforward food storage and a familiar two door design—refrigerated fresh foods occupy a larger bottom compartment, while frozen goods fit into an upper compartment. These refrigerators are often a good fit for smaller kitchens or for families that don’t need the abundance of space generally found in French door or side-by-side refrigerator models. 

Whether you’re shopping for a basic top freezer fridge for your apartment, home, or office, or looking for a large capacity model to meet the needs of even large families, we've found the right model for you.

Here, the best top freezer refrigerators on the market today:

Best Overall: Whirlpool 18 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

This top-freezer refrigerator from Whirlpool combines style and value, making it a popular choice. Available in multiple exterior finishes, including a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel for easier cleaning, this fridge measures 28 inches wide and 32 inches deep. It has 17.6 cubic feet of interior space, which breaks down to 13.66 cubic feet of space in the refrigerator portion and 3.98 cubic feet dedicated to frozen goods. While a few models of top freezer refrigerators stretch these dimensions slightly, these are average dimensions for a full-size top freezer refrigerator and is great for small families.

Inside the fridge, you’ll find two full-width shelves, two produce drawers, and a door that can accommodate gallon-sized containers and has a dairy bin for butter, cheese, etc. A bonus feature is the adjustable deli drawer—slide it to either side of the fridge if you need to make room for taller items on the shelf below. In addition, the bright, crisp LED lighting is a plus for those who appreciate being able to see everything inside at a quick glance.

Best Budget: Frigidaire 13.9 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

For a basic refrigerator that won’t cost a small fortune, this model from Frigidaire is a good option to consider. It’s not the roomiest of top freezer refrigerators, but it’s larger than the compact models you’ll frequently find in the budget category. It offers nearly 14 cubic feet of interior space, including 10 cubic feet of refrigeration and 3.9 cubic feet for the freezer. 

Despite being a budget refrigerator, you’ll find practical features, like full-width glass shelves that contain spills and are also easier to clean. In addition, the in-door shelving is large enough to hold gallon-size containers. The freezer accommodates an optional add-on ice maker. This fridge can be described as quiet and lives up to its reputation as an EnergyStar appliance, with an estimated yearly energy usage of about 332 kWh.

Best Splurge: GE 21.9 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

If you’re looking for a spendy but sleek top freezer refrigerator, consider this 21.9 cubic feet model from GE. Equipped with plenty of space inside for both fresh and frozen foods, the space of this top freezer fridge is one of the most frequent compliments that reviewers have for this model. Inside the 15.25 cubic foot fridge are two full-width tempered glass shelves, along with dual crisper drawers and modular in-door storage compartments.

The supersized freezer is one of the best features of this splurge-worthy refrigerator. While many top freezer models tap out around 4 or 5 cubic feet of capacity, this model stretches the freezer compartment to an impressive 6.68 cubic feet. Another full-width tempered glass shelf makes it easy to organize frozen foods. You can also install an optional ice maker if you want ice on demand.  

You can choose from five different finishes, including three fingerprint-resistant options that make cleaning the exterior of the fridge less of a chore.

Best Compact: Magic Chef 10.1 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

This 10.1 cubic foot fridge from Magic Chef is a top option when it comes to small, compact top freezer refrigerators. Whether you have a tiny apartment kitchen or need a small fridge for the garage or office, this model is big on efficiency, small on space. 

Inside this top freezer refrigerator from Magic Chef, you’ll find two glass shelves and two produce bins. Compared to some other compact fridges with wire shelving and a single produce drawer, these are significant improvements that make this fridge feel and function more like a full-size top freezer refrigerator.

The refrigerator compartment has 7.4 cubic feet of space, while the freezer has the remaining 2.7 cubic feet of space. Keep in mind that the freezer is only equipped with a manual defrost option, so it will need periodic defrosting for continued performance.

Best Large Capacity: LG Electronics 23.8 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

If you’re shopping for a top freezer refrigerator that is big on space, you’ll find plenty in this 23.8 cubic foot fridge from LG. Swing open the reversible door to the refrigerator, and you’ll find 17.6 cubic feet of room dedicated to perishables, easily organized with three tempered glass shelves, two produce crisper drawers, and deli and dairy bins.

This refrigerator compartment alone is equal or greater in size to the full capacity of many other models of top freezer refrigerators—and even some side-by-side fridges—on the market. But there’s more to see with this large capacity refrigerator—like the supersized 6.2 cubic foot freezer compartment. The freezer is roomy enough to share space with a factory-installed ice maker, plus plenty of frozen foods for your family. 

Despite its large size and capacity, this fridge is impressively energy efficient. Just keep in mind that this model is wider than most top freezer refrigerators, with a width of 33 inches, so you'll need a bit more space in your kitchen to fit it.

Best Counter-Depth: LG Electronics 11.1 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

Counter-depth refrigerators are designed to be flush with the edge of counters and cabinets, conserving floor space while also giving your kitchen a sleek, modern feel. While many fridges that fall into this category feature French doors or a bottom freezer, if you’re specifically shopping for a counter-depth top freezer refrigerator then this model from LG is a perfect fit. 

With a depth of 26 inches and a width of 24 inches, this fridge conserves floor space while giving you 11.1 cubic feet of interior space. The refrigerated section is 8.49 cubic feet and the freezer is 2.62 cubic feet. While it’s not especially roomy, it is well laid-out and functional. The two glass shelves and sliding tray, along with a produce crisper drawer, contribute to the organized layout of this top freezer refrigerator.

Best with Ice Maker: GE 17.5 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator

While not all top freezer refrigerators are equipped with an automatic ice maker, you don’t have to forgo this convenience if you opt for this model from GE. The familiar freezer-on-top configuration allows for 13.49 cubic feet of space for fresh foods and 4.03 cubic feet for frozen goods. The factory-installed ice maker sits inside the freezer compartment and churns out ice into the included storage bin.

In addition to cool functionality, this model from GE is available in four finishes, including a stylish slate option if you’re looking for something different from stainless steel.

Best Energy-Efficient: Samsung 17.6 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with FlexZone Freezer

Refrigerators have an important task: keeping your fresh foods and frozen goods from becoming spoiled. To accomplish this, they must draw electricity regularly to power the cooling compressor. At the same time, how efficient and well-insulated a model is will determine its overall energy consumption. For an energy efficient top freezer fridge, look for a certified EnergyStar model—like this one from Samsung with 17.6 cubic feet of total space.

Estimated to use about 448 kWh of energy per year, this is a moderate figure for refrigerators of this size and does an impressive job of keeping an estimated 18 bags of groceries cool. One unique feature of this energy-efficient refrigerator is the option to convert the freezer space into another smaller refrigerated compartment.

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