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Best Top-Freezer Refrigerators From Consumer Reports' Tests

These models offer unmatched performance and reliability

In Consumer Reports’ most recent member survey, top-freezer refrigerators earned the highest predicted-reliability ratings of all fridge configurations. They may not be trending—they account for only 12 percent of new refrigerators purchased by CR members—but these humble food preservers are extremely dependable. 

CR’s test engineer for refrigerators, Joe Pacella, explains: “Top-freezers are more reliable because, for the most part, they lack the one component that seems to break most frequently: an icemaker.” And while top-freezers might not offer the latest and greatest features of French-door and side-by-side refrigerators, they’re also undeniably wallet-friendly.

How We Rate Refrigerators
In CR’s refrigerator lab, we wire the models we test with temperature sensors and monitor them for more than a month in a temperature-controlled chamber. We collect more than 5.4 million temperature readings for each model to detect warm and cold spots, which we call temperature uniformity, and determine which refrigerators will keep food fresh longer.

We also measure usable storage capacity, noise, and how long food will stay frozen during a blackout. In addition, our annual member survey—with input on more than 73,000 refrigerators owned by CR members—allows us to create predicted-reliability and owner-satisfaction ratings. All this data informs CR’s overall refrigerator ratings, which include about 400 models.

Here you’ll find models from Blomberg, Frigidaire, LG, and Samsung. (All happen to offer icemakers, either built-in or through an optional add-on—and have strong predicted reliability ratings.) CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the five best top-freezer refrigerators from our tests.

To see even more highly rated top-freezers, check out our full top-freezer refrigerator ratings.