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 assembled a list of CR's top picks from our refrigerator ratings that are 30 inches wide.

There's one design 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 performance, in CR’s refrigerator lab we wire the models we test with thermocouples and monitor them for more than a month in a climate-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 keep food fresh longer.

We also measure usable storage capacity, noise, and how long food will stay frozen during a blackout. In addition, our member survey—with input on more than 65,000 refrigerators owned by CR members—gives us data we use to calculate a brand's predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. To find out more about the more than 300 models we rate, go to CR's refrigerator ratings.

CR members can read on for our ratings and reviews of the eight best 30-inch refrigerators from our rankings. 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.

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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