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If your kitchen cabinetry doesn’t have the standard 36-inch-wide slot for a refrigerator, it can be tough to find a fridge that fits. For instance, our research shows that plenty of people are interested in 33-inch fridges, but according to market analysis firm Gap Intelligence, only 11 percent of refrigerators on the market come in that width. If you're in the market for a fridge this size, don't worry: We have a list of the best 33-inch-wide refrigerators from our ratings.

One positive with a 33-inch-wide refrigerator is that you can find models that won't stick out from your cabinets, unlike with some narrower models. “You can find counter-depth models in this width, which can make a big difference in tight kitchen layouts,” says Joseph Pacella, who oversees CR’s exhaustive refrigerator tests.

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In CR’s refrigerator lab, Pacella and other engineers wire up models with thermocouples and monitor the refrigerators for more than a month in a climate-controlled chamber. They collect more than 5.4 million temperature readings for each model to detect warm and cold spots—for CR’s temperature-uniformity test—and determine which refrigerators keep food fresh longer.

In addition, Consumer Reports’ reliability survey—with input on more than 65,000 refrigerators owned by CR members—gives us data we use to calculate ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction for the more than 300 models in our refrigerator ratings.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the 10 best 33-inch refrigerators from our tests. The list includes a top pick and a runner-up for each configuration—top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, three-door French-door, and four-door French-door—from brands such as Frigidaire, GE, Haier, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung. (CR hasn’t tested any 33-inch built-ins.) All our picks come in a stainless steel finish. For more 33-inch models, see our refrigerator ratings.

Best 33-Inch Top-Freezers

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Best 33-Inch Bottom-Freezers

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Best 33-Inch Side-by-Sides

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Best 33-Inch 3-Door French-Doors

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Best 33-Inch 4-Door French-Doors

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