LG LFXS28968S Smart Refrigerator
This 27.9-cubic-foot, Wi-Fi-enabled LG French door refrigerator offers plenty of space for groceries. Its 6-gallon-sized door bins easily store multiple gallons of milk, condiments, and juice cartons. Plus, it’s outfitted with an extra tall ice and water dispenser, so it can easily accommodate all your pitchers and water bottles.
GE Profile PFE28PSKSS Refrigerator
Features like a built-in Keurig coffee maker, Wi-Fi, Google Home and Alexa integration, and a complementary app make this smart French-door fridge a cool and futuristic pick with an elegant finish that doesn't scream, "Hey guys, look at my smart fridge!"
Samsung RS25J500D Refrigerator
At just under 70 inches tall and with 24.5 cubic feet of storage, this fridge is filled with plenty of compartments to neatly organize your groceries while still providing enough ceiling room to comfortably fit tall pitchers and containers.
Samsung RT21M6215 Refrigerator
For those who prefer a top-freezer style refrigerator, you'll appreciate the sleek design that this Samsung one offers. It has a nifty FlexZone feature that converts its freezer to a fridge, so you have even more room for storing fresh food or chilling drinks.
LG LDCS24223 Refrigerator
This 24-cubic-foot fridge from LG has a gorgeous stainless steel exterior and a roomy LED-illuminated interior. This fridge offers plenty of storage space, spill-proof shelves, and crisper bins for fresh fruits and veggies.
When it comes down to it, buying a new refrigerator comes down to a few different factors: price, allotted space, and personal taste. We've sifted through hundreds of refrigerator models to help you discover which one is best for you, your budget, and, ultimately, your kitchen. When you're ready for an upgrade, you know you'll have a gorgeous, reliable, and energy-efficient refrigerator that'll last you for years to come. Check out our top picks below.
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Best Overall Refrigerator
Pros: It's roomy, has smart home functionality, and has a well-lit interior
Con: Because it's meant to be a built-in refrigerator, the sides are not stainless steel but painted gray
If you're looking for the most bang for your buck, the LG LFXS28968S won't disappoint. The stainless steel French-door refrigerator offers plenty of features — like contoured doors, hidden hinges, and a slim ice maker — that give it a leg up over the competition. It's also smart-home-enabled, compatible with Alexa, Google Home, and LG's proprietary SmartThinq devices. The fridge is luxurious-looking, but it's extremely practical and offers a spacious 27.9-cubic-foot capacity (that's enough room to store 28 bags of groceries). We're big fans of its extra tall ice and filtered-water dispenser, which measures in at 12.6 inches tall. It can accommodate practically any pitcher or water bottle you put under it.
The fridge is equipped with three slide-out and one folding spill-proof tempered-glass shelves. They're adjustable, sturdy, and easy to wipe clean. Inside, you'll also find a four-compartment crisper system for freshly storing fruits and veggies. On the opposite sides of each double door are three 6-gallon-sized bins to stow several jugs of juice, condiments, and multiple gallons of milk.
Another clever feature: If you leave the door open, the fridge beeps to let you know.
The bottom freezer portion offers about 9 cubic feet of storage space that's divided up into three drawers — with the bottom one being the largest and split into two separate sections.
If you're looking for a quiet, efficient, and elegant refrigerator, this one offers impressive amounts of space, and it's backed by a 1-year parts-and-labor warranty, a 7-year sealed-system warranty, and a 10-year linear compressor warranty. It comes in traditional stainless steel or black stainless steel colors.
Best Smart Refrigerator
Pros: It offers smart features like Wi-Fi connectivity, a free downloadable app, and Amazon Alexa or Google Home functionality, without requiring an ugly screen on its front
Con: The auto-fill option struggles with narrow-mouthed water bottles, so it works best with cups and pitchers
GE's PFE28PSKSS smart refrigerator is part of the appliance manufacturer's modern-looking Profile series. GE has chosen to keep a tasteful and traditional design for its Wi-Fi-enabled appliance. We think other smart fridges like Samsung's Family Hub or LG's InstaView refrigerator look obnoxious with their large, gimmicky touch-screen — or in the case of the LG, a tinted-glass panel that allows you to see inside without opening the door. We don't think a touch-screen belongs on a fridge, especially because they come with the added risk that your fridge manufacturer may stop updating the software for them down the road, which has the potential to render some features of the fridge as completely useless.
The GE PFE28PSKSS is the best smart refrigerator you can buy. Although it doesn't have a video player, music-streaming apps, or the ability to sync with your online calendar like Samsung's smart fridges, we don't think these are features you need. Most people would rather watch shows on a TV or listen to music with a louder and more powerful Bluetooth speaker. What GE's smart fridge does have, though, is a convenient app that lets you control the fridge's temperatures from your smartphone, and it gives you a push alert if the door is left open. You can also use the app to tell the fridge to heat up water, so it can dispense warm water for tea, or brew a cup of coffee with its built-in Keurig machine.
Smart features aside, we think the GE Profile fridge is a nice-looking, large fridge that's easy to keep organized. Our colleagues over at Good Housekeeping performed an extensive review of the refrigerator, and said it was the top in their tests and that it excelled at holding constant temperatures in both the refrigerator and freezer. They found during their lab tests that the fridge’s crisper kept lettuce “as crisp as the day it was purchased for a solid week,” and that it was “paramount for keeping food fresh,” adding that it extended the life of meat, poultry, and fish.
Best Side-by-Side Refrigerator
Pro: It has a magnetic exterior
Con: You'll have to play a game of "Fridge Tetris" to fit large or wide items
Compared with other refrigerator styles, side-by-side models are split vertically. On the plus side, all your fresh and frozen goods are at eye-level, but it's difficult to fit larger, wider items like pizza boxes than it would be with a fridge-and-freezer combination that's split horizontally in a French-door style. This isn't to say side-by-side refrigerators don't offer enough room. In fact, this model has 24.5 cubic feet of space, and it's slightly larger than our bottom-freezer pick.
It's fitted with several drawers, storage bins, and a slim ice maker, which lets you store up to 25 bags of groceries. On the right side of the fridge, you'll find spill-proof tempered glass shelves, plus dual crispers and a dairy bin to keep fruits, veggies, and cheese fresh. On the left side is the freezer, which is equipped with three large shelves that keep frozen food more organized than the large freezer drawers typically found in French door fridges. We were fans of the Samsung's upper storage section that's tall enough to fit items like frozen pizzas, and its bottom bin for frozen veggies. If you like the occasional midnight snack, the door has plenty of room for ice cream containers, too! This model comes in white, stainless steel, or a fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel variant, which costs an additional $100.
Best Top-Freezer Refrigerator
Pro: If you don't need freezer space, this fridge's FlexZone feature converts the top-freezer to additional refrigerator storage
Con: The ice maker is noisy
Over the years, French-door-style refrigerators have become increasingly popular, but if you still prefer the older, top-freezer style, Samsung makes a reliable and modern-looking one called the RT21M6215. It's about 33 inches wide, and it comes in white, black stainless, or standard stainless steel finishes. It has recessed and reversible handles, plus a fingerprint-resistant coating. It includes an ice maker that produces up to 3.7 pounds of ice each day.
This refrigerator is large and offers 21.1 cubic feet of space — which is enough for 21 bags of groceries. It is packed with bright LED lights, adjustable glass shelves, and several plastic bins for optimal food storage.
What makes it stand out though is its FlexZone feature, which converts its top freezer into a refrigerator, so you can store even more fresh food or beverages.
It also has a Twin Cooling Plus option that maintains the humidity level to keep foods fresh for longer, and helps to prevent freezer burn and frost in the freezer.
Best Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
Pro: It has a lengthy warranty coverage
Con: Its stainless steel finish attracts a lot of fingerprints
If French-door-style refrigerators just aren't your thing, we think the bottom-freezer style is the next best option — and LG offers one of the best ones you can buy. What makes this style ideal is that it puts your food at eye level, so you can easily see and quickly grab what it is you're looking for.
The LDCS24223S — which comes in stainless steel, white, and smooth black finishes — offers 24 cubic feet of storage space, and it has plenty of organizational bins and drawers. We love its LED illuminated interior, glass shelves, and white plastic trim. Unlike most other fridge models, this one doesn't feature adjustable shelves, but there's still enough room for tall items like wine bottles or 2 liters of pop. Plus, it has a deep pull-out freezer for all your frozen goods.
In terms of overall performance, you can expect this fridge to keep even temperatures and maximize food freshness. In the unfortunate instance that something does go wrong, you'll have peace of mind knowing that it includes a 1-year parts-and-labor warranty, 7 years of evaporator, condenser, and rotary compressor coverage, and 10 years of linear compressor coverage.
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Just because they didn't make our top five doesn't mean they're not worth your consideration! These next few refrigerators come in other styles that may be exactly what you're looking for — from a gorgeous four-door stainless steel model to a pick that's perfect for the office or a dorm room.
Best Luxury Refrigerator
Pro: The Door-in-Door feature provides additional — and more accessible — storage for beverages and snacks
Con: Its ice bin is smaller than most
If you have a big family and need a big fridge, or you just want one of the nicest ones money can buy, this one from LG is packed with all the bells and whistles you could want. We just wish it were a little cheaper. We love its "CustomChill" drawer at its center, which comes programmed with four temperature settings — deli snacks, meat/seafood, cold drinks, and chilled wine. The drawer is a convenient and easily accessible spot for beverages and snacks, and it has a control lock for curious children.
Another cool and convenient feature is the "Door-in-Door" storage, which lets you open a panel on the right door to access its bins without opening the door entirely so that cold air doesn't escape the main cavity.
The fridge is 36 inches wide, and you have the choice of standard stainless steel or black stainless steel. Some fridges struggle at storing things like pizza boxes, casserole platters, roasting pans, or large cases of beer, but this 30-cubic-foot model can hold all those items simultaneously and then some. On the inside is four adjustable glass shelves, three crispers for produce, and nine total bins for storing anything from snacks to condiments. The freezer offers plenty of depth, and it has three drawers, making it easy to organize frozen food.
All in all, if you have deep pockets and can get over its small ice bin, LG's four-door refrigerator delivers outstanding performance, polished looks, and a ton of space. If you want a slightly smaller, but still luxurious smart fridge that's more affordable — consider the LG LFXS28566M, which lacks the center drawer.
Best Budget Refrigerator
Pro: Despite its affordable price, this budget model comes with glass shelves instead of wire racks
Con: No ice maker or freezer light
For those on a budget or who are looking for a fridge to put in the garage or basement, you can't go wrong with the Whirlpool WRT318FZD. It's hands-down the best budget refrigerator you can buy. Considering its $600 price, we think it looks quite good, too! It has a smooth and glossy finish, and it comes in black, white, or stainless steel (the latter will cost you a little extra).
Inside are full-width and adjustable glass shelves, which is impressive considering that other budget fridges have wire shelving. The fridge's dual crispers don't work as well as those in more expensive models, but the rest of the interior does a fine job at keeping things fresh and cool. We also liked that the door offers plenty of storage for beverages and gallon jugs. As for the freezer, you get 5 cubic feet of space, with one glass shelf dividing the freezer in two. There's no light or ice maker, but the freezer door has two more shelves for storing things like frozen veggies and ice packs.
Best Mini Fridge
Pro: You get a small size at a small price
Con: Its freezer is too warm to safely store meat for long periods of time
Don't let its compact size fool you: This mini fridge is big enough to hold a 24-pack of water bottles, 14 cans of pop, a large containers of juice, a bottle of wine, a jar of mayo, a carton of strawberries, and a bottle of ketchup, with space for leftovers to spare. In total, you get 4.4 cubic feet of storage. The fridge comes in black, white, or stainless steel, and it typically costs less than $200.
It's equipped with a nifty slide-out tray for deli meats and cheeses, a convenient soda can storage-solution on its door, an egg tray, and a surprisingly spacious freezer. The fridge is about 33 inches tall, so it should fit under most counters (just make sure you measure your office desk to ensure the proper fit if you want to bring it into work). One thing to note is that Danby doesn't recommend using this fridge outdoors or in a garage, so keep that in mind. If you want an even smaller fridge, consider the Midea WHS-65LB1 instead. It's a super compact no-frills budget buy with just one shelf. It typically costs less than $100, but does a great job at keeping food and drinks chilled.