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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.

See more on refrigerator reviews.

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.

Refrigerator reviews

LG LTCS20220S

Type: Top-freezer refrigerators
Summary: This 20.2 cu.-ft. (claimed) top-freezer LG LTCS20220S refrigerator has
  • spillproof shelves
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Amana ART308FFDW

Type: Top-freezer refrigerators
Summary: This 18.2 cu.-ft. (claimed) top-freezer Amana ART308FFDW refrigerator has few convenience features.
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Kenmore Elite 51823

Type: Side-by-side refrigerators
Summary: This 21.9 cu.-ft. (claimed) side-by-side Kenmore Elite 51823 refrigerator has
  • digital controls on its front door
  • an external water dispenser
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
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GE GFE26GSKSS

Type: French-door refrigerators
Summary: This 25.7 cu.-ft. (claimed) three-door French-door GE GFE26GSHSS refrigerator has
  • digital controls on its front door
  • an external water dispenser
  • dual evaporators
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • ice storage in its refrigerator
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Sub-Zero IT36CI

Type: Built-in refrigerators
Summary: This 19.7 cu.-ft. (claimed) built-in cabinet-depth Sub-Zero IT36CI refrigerator has few convenience features.
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What's behind our refrigerator Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 382 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.
  • Thermostat control
    This assesses the ability of the refrigerator's thermostat to 1) achieve the desired initial set temperatures following manufacturer's recommendations 2) achieve optimum temperatures in both the fresh food and freezer sections simultaneously and 3) keep internal temperatures constant despite large changes in room temperature.
  • Temperature uniformity
    This performance test is based on how well a model minimizes warm and cold spots within its fresh food and freezer sections.
  • 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.
  • Claimed capacity
    Capacity of refrigerator is as claimed by the manufacturer.

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