Best Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators of 2022
Consumer Reports' tests reveal the top models from brands including Amana, GE, and LG
Bottom-freezers have their priorities straight. They keep fresh food at eye level and frozen stuff down below, where it occupies less valuable real estate.
This may not be the most popular refrigerator configuration—that honor goes to French-door models—but bottom-freezers are "often more affordable than French-door refrigerators and can cost less to run,” says Larry Ciufo, who oversees refrigerator testing for Consumer Reports.
Our most recent surveys have found that bottom-freezers tend to offer better reliability than French-door models, too. For example, LG French-doors receive a Good rating for predicted reliability, while LG bottom-freezers receive an Excellent rating. (Find out who makes the most reliable appliances.)
However, bottom-freezers generally aren’t as easy to use, owing in part to the placement of their digital control touchpads. These models also tend to have fewer features than their wider cousins—water dispensers, for instance, are rare—but most of the models currently in our ratings do come with an icemaker.