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10 Great Refrigerators for $1,500 or Less

You don’t have to sacrifice style and performance to get a great value

There are plenty of reasons you might not want to spend thousands of dollars on a new refrigerator. Maybe yours quit suddenly and 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 we find that around $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 CR test engineer Joseph Pacella, who oversees the refrigerator labs.

How We Test Refrigerators
After a refrigerator gets wired up with temperature sensors, we monitor it for more than a month in a temperature-controlled chamber to evaluate thermostat control and temperature uniformity. We 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.

All that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings charts, which include more than 400 models.

Below is a roundup of the 10 best refrigerators from our ratings for $1,500 or less. One caveat: Prices fluctuate throughout the year, so depending on when you look, you may spot models that cost more than $1,500.

Also, there are no built-in refrigerators on this list because they’re all too pricey: The 50 models in our ratings range from $3,800 to more than $10,000.

Keep reading for ratings and reviews of big-value models from GE, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung.