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Best refrigerators

What is the best refrigerator for your needs? Consumer Reports is your resource for researching refrigerators. We provide unbiased refrigerator buying advice and independent, expert reviews you can trust. We’ve lab-tested nearly 300 different refrigerators, including bottom-freezer refrigerators, top-freezer refrigerators, built-in refrigerators, compact refrigerators, and side-by-side refrigerators. Before you go out to shop for a refrigerator, read our reviews to narrow down the optimal refrigerator for your needs.

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Our expert technicians in our on-site testing lab evaluated and scored refrigerators on each of the following characteristics to find the best refrigerator in each category:

  • Temperature performance: Combines results of several temperature measurements.

  • Energy efficiency: Reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space.

  • Noise: Measured when the compressor started up and during steady running.

  • Ease of use: Assesses features and design, including layout, controls, and lighting.

  • Energy cost per year: Estimated cost in dollars, based on the current year's average national electricity rate.

  • Total usable capacity: Volume, in cubic feet, of total usable interior space.

  • Fridge usable capacity: Our measurement of usable volume of the refrigerator section.

  • Freezer usable capacity: Our measurement of usable volume of the freezer section.

  • Exterior height of refrigerator: Our measurement, including the top hinge and rounded up to the nearest inch.

  • Exterior width of refrigerator: Our measurement, including all protrusions and rounded up to the nearest inch.

  • Exterior depth of refrigerator: Our measurement, rounded up to the nearest inch.

  • Overall score: Out of a total of 100 points, this score focuses primarily on energy efficiency and temperature performance of each model.

Below is a list of the best models in each of the tests our refrigerator experts performed. Take a look at our refrigerator buying guide to discover all you should know before selecting the best refrigerator for your needs.

Best refrigerators

  • Best refrigerator 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.
    This refrigerator which tested best for Overall score has the following features: Adjustable door bins and shelves, Deep door bins, Elevator shelves, Freshness features, Full-extension drawers, Multimedia combos, Pullout shelves or bins, Split shelves, Shelf snuggers, Stainless-steel trim, Temperature-controlled drawers, Through-the-door water and ice dispenser and Water filter.
  • Best refrigerator for 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.
    This refrigerator which tested best for Thermostat control has the following features: Adjustable door bins and shelves, Deep door bins, Elevator shelves, Freshness features, Full-extension drawers, Multimedia combos, Pullout shelves or bins, Split shelves, Shelf snuggers, Stainless-steel trim, Temperature-controlled drawers, Through-the-door water and ice dispenser and Water filter.
  • Best refrigerator for temperature uniformity
    This performance test is based on how well a model minimizes warm and cold spots within its fresh food and freezer sections.
    This refrigerator which tested best for Temperature uniformity has the following features: Adjustable door bins and shelves, Deep door bins, Elevator shelves, Freshness features, Full-extension drawers, Multimedia combos, Pullout shelves or bins, Split shelves, Shelf snuggers, Stainless-steel trim, Temperature-controlled drawers, Through-the-door water and ice dispenser and Water filter.
  • Best refrigerator for 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.
    This refrigerator which tested best for Energy efficiency has the following features: Adjustable door bins and shelves, Deep door bins, Elevator shelves, Freshness features, Full-extension drawers, Multimedia combos, Pullout shelves or bins, Split shelves, Shelf snuggers, Stainless-steel trim, Temperature-controlled drawers, Through-the-door water and ice dispenser and Water filter.
  • 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: Adjustable door bins and shelves, Deep door bins, Elevator shelves, Freshness features, Full-extension drawers, Multimedia combos, Pullout shelves or bins, Split shelves, Shelf snuggers, Stainless-steel trim, Temperature-controlled drawers, Through-the-door water and ice dispenser and Water filter.

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