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Refrigerator reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent refrigerator reviews. Is it best to get refrigerator with a top freezer or a bottom freezer? How about a side-by-side refrigerator? Maybe you are thinking about a built-in refrigerator or a cabinet-depth refrigerator. Drawer refrigerators are another, newer option on the market.

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated nearly 300 current refrigerator models at our on-site refrigerator-testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended refrigerator models based on price, performance, and features. You can also subscribe to our refrigerator Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the 11 tested review criteria for refrigerators: temperature performance, energy efficiency, noise, ease of use, energy cost per year, total usable capacity, refrigerator usable capacity, freezer usable capacity, exterior height, exterior width, and exterior depth.

Our reviews also provide refrigerator reliability Ratings for such major brands as Samsung, Kenmore, LG, GE, Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and many more. Our refrigerator review pages also allow you to sort by category, brand, and price.

After reading the refrigerator reviews, you can compare models, review our list of refrigerator features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review.

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Also look at our buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each type of refrigerator. Prefer a visual explanation? We have that too in our refrigerator buying guide video. Our reviews also list what types of refrigerators are available in all the major refrigerator brands.

Read the refrigerator reviews below and compare the Ratings of each refrigerator model before you shop.

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Frigidaire LFPH31M6L[M] (Lowe's)

Type: Compact refrigerators
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Emerson CR519B (Target)

Type: Compact refrigerators
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Samsung RS25H5121SR

Type: Side-by-side refrigerators
Summary: This 24.5 cu.-ft. (claimed) side-by-side Samsung RS25H5121SR refrigerator has
  • an external water dispenser
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • digital controls on its front door
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KitchenAid KBFN502ESS

Type: Built-in refrigerators
Summary: This 24.2 cu.-ft. (claimed) built-in cabinet-depth KitchenAid KBFN502ESS refrigerator has
  • dual compressors
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • digital controls
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Whirlpool WSF26C2EX[W]

Type: Side-by-side refrigerators
Summary: This 26.4 cu.-ft. side-by-side Whirlpool WSF26C2EX[W] refrigerator has
  • an external water dispenser
  • an air filter
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • digital controls on its front door
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What's behind our refrigerator Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 259 models in refrigerators to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This gives more weight to energy efficiency and temperature performance than to noise and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • 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.
  • Energy efficiency
    This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two refrigerators with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.
  • 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.
  • Ease of use
    This assesses features and design including layout, controls, and lighting.
  • Total usable capacity
    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.
  • Fridge usable capacity
    Our measurement of usable volume.
  • Freezer usable capacity
    Our measurement of usable volume.
  • Exterior height
    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.
  • Exterior width
    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.)
  • Exterior depth
    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.)

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