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10 Great Refrigerators for $1,500 or Less

You don’t have to sacrifice style and performance

There are plenty of reasons you might not want to spend thousands of dollars on a new refrigerator. Maybe yours quit suddenly but you have other financial priorities. Or maybe you’re doing a budget kitchen remodel and can’t splurge on appliances.

Consumer Reports has done the testing and research for you, and found that about $1,500 is the sweet spot for a great value. 

“We’re seeing fridges for less than $1,500 that offer nice features, such as dual evaporators, icemakers, and compartments you can convert from fridge to freezer and back again,” says one of our test engineers, Joseph Pacella, who oversees CR’s refrigerator labs.

How We Test Refrigerators
After a refrigerator gets wired up with thermocouples, we monitor it for more than a month in a climate-controlled chamber to evaluate thermostat control and temperature uniformity. CR’s test engineers collect more than 5.4 million temperature readings for each model to detect warm and cold spots and to determine which refrigerators 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, which include more than 300 models.

Below is a roundup of 10 high-scoring refrigerators from our ratings for $1,500 or less. One caveat: Prices fluctuate throughout the year, so depending on when you look, you might spot models on this list that cost more than $1,500. (What you won't find are any built-in refrigerators, because they're too pricey: The 49 models in our ratings range from $3,800 to more than $10,000.)

Keep reading for ratings and reviews of models from Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool that offer fantastic value.

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