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11 Best Refrigerators in 2022

If a family’s house is its universe, the refrigerator is its sun. Everything revolves around it, from grab-and-go breakfasts to nutritious lunches and family dinners. That’s why purchasing a new refrigerator is such a significant event. Everything from the configuration and proportions to the finishes and specific features must be considered. Of course, there’s no avoiding the price: they’re exorbitant. But you’ve come to the correct spot if you’re looking for a great option from a dependable brand that will stay in your family’s orbit for years to come.

The Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute assesses all sorts of kitchen appliances every year, from gas ranges to blenders to toaster ovens and everything in between. Refrigerators are rated based on their ability to maintain the optimal temperature for grocery list essentials such as lettuce, deli meat, and frozen items. Temperature homogeneity from shelf to shelf in the refrigerator and freezer sections, as well as temperature fluctuations in isolated locations over time, are all factors we consider for each model. We put fridges to the test on both refrigerator shelves and crisper drawers to see how well they keep moisture. We also consider the usefulness of the manual, the kind and convenience of use of the controls, and the comfort of grabbing the door handles when evaluating each refrigerator.The Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute assesses all sorts of kitchen appliances every year, from gas ranges to blenders to toaster ovens and everything in between. Refrigerators are rated based on their ability to maintain the optimal temperature for grocery list essentials such as lettuce, deli meat, and frozen items. Temperature homogeneity from shelf to shelf in the refrigerator and freezer sections, as well as temperature fluctuations in isolated locations over time, are all factors we consider for each model. We put fridges to the test on both refrigerator shelves and crisper drawers to see how well they keep moisture. We also consider the usefulness of the manual, the kind and convenience of use of the controls, and the comfort of grabbing the door handles when evaluating each refrigerator.

These are the most important factors to consider while looking for a new refrigerator, whether online or in a store. After you’ve decided, don’t miss our comprehensive guide to arranging your fridge from our Test Kitchen.

  • Configuration: Side-by-sides, top-freezers, and bottom-freezers are the major players. The doors of side-by-side refrigerators and freezers take up less room to swing open, but you’ll have to lean down to reach the food at the bottom of the fridge and freezer. The most-used compartment is at eye level in bottom-freezers (such as French-door types). Top-freezer refrigerators are less expensive, but you must bend to get into them.
  • Dimensions: You’ll need to match the width of your fridge to the layout of your kitchen because it usually has to fit between counter space. Built-ins and cabinet-depth versions are flush with the countertops and cabinets, although they are sometimes more expensive.
  • Finishes: The most common material is stainless steel, which has a sleek and neutral appearance, while some people prefer white or black refrigerators (or the recently popular black stainless steel and even carbon fiber). Exterior panelling that complements your kitchen cabinets is common on built-ins. Many new finishes are resistant to fingerprints. We noticed a lot of customisable designs this year at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show; it’s a trend to keep an eye on!
  • Features: Consider whether the shelf and interior drawers are appropriate for your family’s dining habits. If you want to keep a few bottles of wine in the fridge, make sure it has enough height and/or movable shelf; if you order pizza regularly, a fridge that can fit the box inside is a must. Humidity controls on crisper drawers, meat or deli drawers, and other features in some refrigerators help preserve goods at the proper storage temperature.

BEST VALUE REFRIGERATOR

Wide French Door Refrigerator

This Maytag model is the one to beat if you want a good fridge without paying a lot of money. Slide-out shelves and a built-in water and ice dispenser with a filter are included. In our tests, the temperatures in the fridge and freezer were consistent, and the door shelves were chilly enough to properly keep dairy (which is a no-go on most fridges). In the crisper, lettuce lasted five days, although the controls were a little tough to change, so keep the handbook available.

More information:

  • 36 x 70 x 35 inches in size
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, white, and black are among the available finishes.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • Cool enough to put dairy on the door shelf
  • Temperatures in the fridge and freezer should be consistent.

BEST TOP FREEZER REFRIGERATOR

Top-Freezer Refrigerator

Though top freezers are gradually becoming obsolete, this refrigerator is as sleek and sophisticated as any new-style refrigerator. Its lack of projecting handles allows it to fit into tight locations while yet being able to open the door wide against a wall. (For easy access, the handles are recessed into the top of the fridge door and the bottom of the freezer door.) The inside is light and airy, with a narrow but capacious drawer that runs the length of the fridge and can be utilised to store easy-to-reach food. It includes a bottom shelf that can be adjusted and drawers with manual humidity controls that are easy to access. The door’s shelves are ample in size.

More information:

  • 65.5 x 32.5 x 30.625 inch dimensions
  • There are two finishes to choose from: fingerprint-resistant stainless steel and black.

Why do we like it:

  • Interior with a modern style and a bright colour scheme

BEST OVERALL REFRIGERATOR

36'' French Door with Keurig® K-Cup® Brewing System

For temperature regulation and homogeneity, the GE Profile Series French-Door Refrigerator with a Keurig K-Cup Brewing System received high scores. Its clever design characteristics also stunned our Kitchen Appliance Lab experts: A top-of-the-line refrigerator is included, as well as a built-in Keurig coffeemaker in the door. It’s Wi-Fi enabled, so you can alter settings, prepare water for coffee, and receive notifications if the door is open after downloading the app. It also works with Amazon Echo.

More information:

  • 36 x 36 x 70 inches in size
  • Slate, black slate, stainless steel, and black stainless steel are among the available finishes.

Why do we like it:

  • Wi-Fi enabled built-in coffeemaker is one of the smart design elements.

BEST DOOR-IN-DOOR REFRIGERATOR

InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator

The LG InstaView Refrigerator does a good job of keeping your food fresh, but it’s the unusual door-in-door feature that truly sets it apart: Without having to open the entire door, you may quickly take a food or beverage from the easy-access compartment. The InstaView technology allows you to knock on the see-through door’s window to turn on the interior lights. We also recently evaluated this LG model, which has the same door-in-door design as the previous one but without the see-through window, which some people may prefer. This model comes with a water filter, a handmade ice maker that produces clear, cocktail-sized ice balls, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

More information:

  • 32 x 70 x 36 inches in size
  • Stainless steel is one of the available finishes.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • On the door is a compartment with easy access.

BEST BOTTOM FREEZER REFRIGERATOR

Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Much like the other top models on this list, LG’s bottom freezer fridge had excellent temperature control and uniformity and the digital controls were easy to use during our testing. There is an ice maker that makes ice and stores it in the freezer, but no water dispenser. The shelves inside are designed to prevent spills, and there is a door open alarm. The freezer is equipped with a see through drawer, which helps organize the space and a divider for the bottom part to keep things tidy.

More information:

  • 69 x 33 x 33 inches in size
  • Stainless steel is one of the available finishes.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • Temperature control and uniformity are excellent.
  • Is there an ice maker?
  • A drawer and a partition for the bottom half of the freezer help keep food organised.

BEST SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR

Side-by-Side Refrigerator

The temperature control and homogeneity of Whirlpool’s 36-inch side-by-side model are outstanding. A built-in water filter, water dispenser, and ice maker are all included in the door. Except for the door open alarm (which should make a noise!) The computerised controls make a lot of noise. Fill the four door bins and the sliding shelves with your favourite foods.

More information:

  • 69 x 36 x 33 inches in size
  • Monochromatic stainless steel is one of the finishes available.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • Excellent temperature control and consistency

BEST SMART REFRIGERATOR

Family Hub French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker

Consider the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator to be your family’s command centre in the kitchen. With compatible smart devices, you can use the screen to sketch, write notes, exchange photographs, sync calendars, and even check who’s at your front door or adjust your thermostat. While you’re cooking, you may also use it to listen to music or watch TV shows. You may look inside when you’re not at home to see what you need from the store, or you can use it while you’re at home to explore recipes and even order goods directly from the door. Furthermore, Alexa is built-in, allowing you to control many of the applications without touching the screen. The screen is quite responsive, according to our youngest testers (ages five and younger).

More information:

  • 36 x 70 x 36 inches in size
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel and fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel are both options.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • The screen may be utilised for a variety of leisure and task-related activities.
  • Temperature control is excellent.

BEST COUNTER-DEPTH REFRIGERATOR

Café French-Door Refrigerator

The exceptionally stylish (and customisable) appearance of GE’s newest refrigerator range sets it apart. Choose from brushed bronze, copper, black, or stainless steel handles and a matte white or black exterior. Because this type is counter-depth, it will fit flush with your kitchen cabinets, and the bar handles will match your cabinet pulls. The Café model comes with an integrated water dispenser and is also Wi-Fi enabled.

More information:

  • 36 x 70 x 31 inches in size
  • Matte white and matte black are the two finishes available.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • You have the option of customising the handles to match your kitchen.

BEST REFRIGERATOR FOR WINE STORAGE

800 Series French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator

The first time we saw this gorgeous Bosch refrigerator on exhibit at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in 2020, it stopped us in our tracks. It boasts a light, spacious interior with a variety of movable shelves in both the main compartment and the doors. It has an adaptable flex bar that hangs on the rear wall and can be used to arrange extra accessories like as an egg holder, tiny condiment bin, and bottle holder as needed. It also includes a built-in water dispenser that takes up very little space and an ice maker with a scoop for convenient usage. Its temperature can also be controlled with a button, making it ideal for storing craft beer, wines, and champagne.

Why do we like it:

  • Shelves that adjust
  • The middle drawer is meant to accommodate up to 17 bottles of wine and is made to look like a wine fridge.

BEST DOUBLE FREEZER REFRIGERATOR

PerfectCool Series Refrigerator

The sparkling PerfectCool French door refrigerator from Miele enhances the appearance of your kitchen while also increasing the market value of your property. We adore the soft-close doors and twin freezer drawers (no more sifting through mountains of frozen meat to find your ice cream).

More information:

  • 36 x 80 x 24 inches in size
  • Stainless Steel is one of the colour options.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • Food can be better organised with two freezers.

BEST SMUDGE-PROOF REFRIGERATOR

French Door Refrigerator

The French door refrigerator from Kenmore Elite is the king of divisions in addition to maintaining consistent temperatures. It has a lot of storage capacity, adjustable shelves for tall goods, and two trays and a freezer drawer. Produce, meat, poultry, and fish have a longer shelf life when stored in climate-controlled containers (in the crisper drawer, lettuce stayed as crisp as the day it was purchased for a solid week). The smudge-proof black stainless steel exterior choice is our favourite – it’ll keep fingerprints at bay for days!

More information:

  • 36 x 70 x 36 inches in size
  • Stainless steel and black stainless steel are the two finishes that are available.
  • Certified by Energy Star

Why do we like it:

  • Consistent temperatures
  • There is a lot of storage space.