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Best Refrigerators

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Refrigerators

Best Refrigerators

We tested 248 refrigerators to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Refrigerator based on the following criteria:

  • Fridge usable capacity (cu. ft.)
  • Total usable capacity (cu. ft.)
  • Temperature performance
  • Exterior depth (in.)
  • Exterior height (in.)
  • Freezer usable capacity (cu. ft.)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy cost/yr. ($)
  • Ease of use
  • Noise
  • Exterior width (in.)

Below lists the Refrigerators that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Refrigerator is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Refrigerators

Best Refrigerator for Fridge usable capacity (cu. ft.)

Our measurement of usable volume.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Fridge usable capacity (cu. ft.) has the following features: Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), French-door style, Energy star, Door style, Water dispenser, Stainless/SS-look option, Uniquely adjustable shelves, Pullout shelves/bins, Half or split shelves, Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Ice dispenser, Built-in water filter, Touchpad controls, Spill guard on shelves and Child lock-out for dispenser.

Best Refrigerator for Total usable capacity (cu. ft.)

Usable capacity is the volume, in cubic feet, of usable interior space, based on our measurements. We included ice-makers in the storage measurements for top-freezer and bottom-freezer models, but not for side-by-sides.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Total usable capacity (cu. ft.) has the following features: .

Best Refrigerator for Temperature performance

This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Temperature performance has the following features: Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Energy star, Door style, Stainless/SS-look option, Pullout shelves/bins, Half or split shelves, Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Touchpad controls and Spill guard on shelves.

Best Refrigerator for Exterior depth (in.)

Our measurement, rounded up to the nearest inch. We include tubing or other protrusions in the back but exclude the handle. (We measured only tested models, but the similar models we list should have the same dimensions.)


This Refrigerator which tested best for Exterior depth (in.) has the following features: .

Best Refrigerator for Exterior height (in.)

Our measurement, including the top hinge and rounded up to the nearest inch. (We measured only tested models, but the similar models we list should have the same dimensions.) Built-in models have the compressor on top, making them about a foot taller than regular refrigerators. They fit flush with cabinets and counters.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Exterior height (in.) has the following features: Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), French-door style, Energy star, Door style, Water dispenser, Stainless/SS-look option, Uniquely adjustable shelves, Pullout shelves/bins, Half or split shelves, Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Ice dispenser, Built-in water filter, Touchpad controls, Spill guard on shelves and Child lock-out for dispenser.

Best Refrigerator for Freezer usable capacity (cu. ft.)

Our measurement of usable volume.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Freezer usable capacity (cu. ft.) has the following features: Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Side-by-side, Energy star, Door style, Water dispenser, Stainless/SS-look option, Pullout shelves/bins, Temperature-controlled meat/deli bin, Icemaker, Ice dispenser, Built-in water filter, Spill guard on shelves, Child lock-out for dispenser and Freezer light.

Best Refrigerator for Energy efficiency

This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Energy efficiency has the following features: Claimed capacity/usable capacity (cu. ft.), Light and Lock.

Best Refrigerator for Energy cost/yr. ($)

Estimated cost in dollars, based on the current year's average national electricity rate. Your cost will vary depending on the rate for electricity in your area.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Energy cost/yr. ($) has the following features: Door style, Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Energy cost/yr. ($), Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Pullout shelves/bins and Spillproof shelves.

Best Refrigerator for Ease of use

This assesses features and design including layout, controls, and lighting.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Cabinet-depth model, Door style, Energy cost/yr. ($), Water dispenser, Stainless/SS-look option, Pullout shelves/bins, Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Ice dispenser, Built-in water filter, Touchpad controls, Spill guard on shelves and Child lock-out for dispenser.

Best Refrigerator for Noise

Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.


This Refrigerator which tested best for Noise has the following features: Door style, Energy star, Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Energy cost/yr. ($), Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Pullout shelves/bins, Touchpad controls, Uniquely adjustable shelves, Built-in water filter, Child lock-out for dispenser, Freezer light, Water dispenser, Stainless/SS-look option and Spillproof shelves.

Best Refrigerator for Exterior width (in.)

Our measurement, including all protrusions and rounded up to the nearest inch. (We measured only tested models, but the similar models we list should have the same dimensions.)


This Refrigerator which tested best for Exterior width (in.) has the following features: Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Cabinet-depth model, Door style, Energy cost/yr. ($), Water dispenser, Stainless/SS-look option, Pullout shelves/bins, Gallon storage on door, Icemaker, Ice dispenser, Built-in water filter, Touchpad controls, Spill guard on shelves and Child lock-out for dispenser.