If you're in the market for a new 30-inch-wide refrigerator, you may find that your options are limited. That's because refrigerators these days are typically 36 inches wide to fit into common kitchen cabinet configurations. To help you zero in on a great addition to your kitchen, we’ve reorganized our refrigerator ratings charts by width and assembled a list of CR's top picks from each refrigerator configuration that are 30 inches wide.

There's one caveat to keep in mind, though. “With the exception of built-in refrigerators, you’re unlikely to find a 30-inch-wide fridge that’s counter-depth,” says Joseph Pacella, Consumer Reports’ refrigerator test engineer. “You’ll need to be okay with a fridge that sticks out from your kitchen cabinets.” Fridges that are 30 inches wide tend to be at least 30 inches deep.

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As for judging performance, we outfit each refrigerator with thermocouples in a climate-controlled chamber and monitor it for a month, collecting more than 5.4 million temperature readings that identify warm and cold spots to determine which models will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and satisfaction. All of that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model's Overall Score.

CR members can read on for our ratings and reviews of the eight best 30-inch refrigerators from our rankings, which are now organized by width to help you find the right size for your kitchen. The list includes a top pick and a runner-up in each configuration—top-freezer, bottom-freezer, French-door, and built-in—from brands such as Blomberg, Frigidaire, Kenmore, LG, and Thermador. (CR hasn’t tested any 30-inch side-by-side refrigerators.) All the models here have a stainless steel finish and a built-in or optional icemaker.


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Best 30-Inch Top-Freezers

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Best 30-Inch Bottom-Freezers

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Best 30-Inch French-Doors

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Best 30-Inch Built-Ins

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