Best Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators of 2022

Consumer Reports' tests reveal the top models from brands including Amana, GE, and LG

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Bottom Freezer Fridge Photo: Amana

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.

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To test each refrigerator that enters our labs, we outfit it with thermocouples in a climate-controlled chamber and monitor it for a month, collecting more than 5.4 million temperature readings that identify warm and cold spots, to determine which models will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and satisfaction. All that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model’s Overall Score.

Below, CR members will find ratings and reviews of the eight best bottom-freezer refrigerators from our tests. Our list includes models from Amana, GE, Ikea, LG, and Whirlpool in 30-inch and 33-inch widths, plus one option that’s even narrower. To see more top-rated bottom-freezers, go to our complete bottom-freezer refrigerator ratings.

Best 30-Inch Wide Bottom-Freezers

Best 33-Inch-Wide Bottom-Freezers


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Daniel Wroclawski

I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).