Best Door-in-Door Refrigerators From Consumer Reports' Tests

Hidden compartments offer easy access to items you use most

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Refrigerator manufacturers continue to introduce new bells and whistles, such as sparkling-water dispensers, touch screens, and cameras that let you view the inside of your fridge from a smart device. But how do you know whether you’re paying a premium for a fad?

Innovative features with staying power address a genuine consumer need—and Consumer Reports’ experts put the door-in-door configuration in that class.

A door-in-door is a hidden compartment behind an exterior panel—typically on a French-door refrigerator—that pops open with the press of a button. The design allows you to reach for often-used items without heaving open the entire door and letting warm air rush into the rest of the refrigerator. It’s handy for anyone who likes to loiter in front of an open fridge deciding between, say, a squeezable yogurt and a cheese stick, or maybe a Heineken and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. On some Samsung models, they’re styled as "beverage centers" and incorporate the water dispenser.

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"The door-in-door design doesn’t really affect refrigerator performance," says Larry Ciufo, Consumer Reports’ test engineer for refrigerators. "The feature really just offers convenience."

CR first tested door-in-door refrigerators in 2012. Response from our readers has been positive—our 2021 member survey found that 13 percent of members who purchased a new refrigerator in the previous 18 months bought one with a door-in-door feature—so we continue to add door-in-door models to our refrigerator ratings.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of five dynamite door-in-door refrigerators from CR’s tests. They’re arranged in order of performance and include both French-door and side-by-side models—all made by LG, as it happens.

Debating which configuration is right for you? See our refrigerator buying guide for a breakdown of the pros and cons of each type. And for other fridge options in addition to the door-in-door models below, see our comprehensive refrigerator ratings for a variety of types and features.

Best French-Door Models

Best Side-by-Side Models

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Daniel Wroclawski

I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).