Bottom-freezers keep refrigerator items within easy reach. Most models we tested chill and freeze adequately and include pullout shelves or bins, split shelves, spill guards, and room in the door to hold a gallon of milk.
Once you know how much space you have, particularly the width, our recommended models will help you find a refrigerator that fits in that space. Models that have higher energy-efficiency scores use less electricity for their capacity.
Side-by-sides are ideal for narrow kitchens but are the least space-efficient inside. Higher-end models offer half shelves. And if your household isn't large, remember that a smaller refrigerator is likely to use less electricity overall than a larger model.
Built-ins align with cabinets. Most models we tested chill and freeze adequately and include pullout shelves or bins, spill guards, and room in the door for a gallon of milk. Top-scoring models usually deliver more consistent temperatures.
Several of the compact refrigerators did well at maintaining optimal temperatures in the fridge compartment. But as the scores show, most are poor choices for freezing. And even the most efficient of these small fridges use almost as much energy as full-sized models.
When it comes to refrigerators nowadays, options go far beyond simply getting a glass of ice water without having to open the door. With custom panels, you can get a built-in that exactly matches your kitchen cabinets. And forget four doors—some newer models have five or more. You can even pull out a refrigerated drawer and find it full of frosty sodas. Our fridge-by-fridge guide helps you choose the right type for your family, demystifies claimed vs. usable storage space, and helps you find the quietest models—so you, and your groceries, can chill out.