Best Labor Day Weekend Deals on Refrigerators
Consumer Reports sizes up end-of-summer savings from Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears, and other retailers
Though you won’t see Black Friday–level discounts, you can still find some great refrigerators marked down over Labor Day weekend.
“You're not going to see as many deals as you will in a few months, and average sale prices are a bit higher this year than they were last year,” says Nish Suvarnakar, a Consumer Reports market analyst covering refrigerators. "But if you need a refrigerator now, there are plenty of deals to be had.”
To help you shop wisely and save time, we combed through dozens of refrigerators on sale at AJ Madison, Appliances Connection, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sears, and highlighted models near the top of our comprehensive refrigerator ratings. They include picks from widely sold brands, including Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool.
Best Top-Freezer Deals
We haven’t seen many deep sales on top-freezers, and none are discounted as heavily as higher-end models.
The deal: $698 at Home Depot
Budget-conscious shoppers looking for a dependable top-freezer should consider the Frigidaire FFTR1821TD on sale at Home Depot. It's a solid deal, and even at full price this model earns a designation as a CR Best Buy thanks to its combination of performance and value.
The deal: $900 at Sears
As top-freezers go, you might think the Kenmore 79433 is a bit pricey—even with this significant discount. But the higher price gets you a stainless steel finish and a few features that are hard to find in a top-freezer, including an internal water dispenser and an icemaker. This Kenmore doesn’t offer great temperature uniformity (it rates a Fair in that test), so it will be more susceptible to warm and cold spots. But our survey shows that Kenmore top-freezers are extremely reliable.
The deal: $778 at Home Depot
At about $320 off, this basic Whirlpool top-freezer is a solid deal. It performs decently in our tests, earning a Very Good rating overall, and has a stainless steel finish. It doesn't come with any of the bells and whistles that some of the other refrigerators on sale have, but you can add an icemaker for an additional $100.
Best Side-by-Side Deals
Good side-by-side deals are hard to come by, but we found three that stand out.
The deal: $1,198 at Home Depot
The Frigidaire FGSC2335TF is a superb side-by-side at this sale price. It performs well in our lab tests, earning a Very Good rating for thermostat control. This model features an external water/ice dispenser, a stainless steel finish, and even an air filter, something you usually only see on higher-end models.
The deal: $1,099 at Lowe's
This GE side-by-side is a terrific option for shoppers on a budget. It performs fairly well in our lab tests, and GE side-by-sides rate a middle-of-the-road Good for predicted reliability in our latest member survey. This GE features a stainless steel finish, a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, spillproof shelving, and digital controls.
The deal: $1,094 at AJ Madison
This Whirlpool side-by-side is worth consideration. It does fairly well in our performance tests, even netting a rating of Excellent for temperature uniformity. When you add in a stainless steel finish and through-the-door water/ice dispenser, this fridge becomes a great choice for cost-conscious shoppers.
Best Three-Door French-Door Deals
There are dozens of three-door French-door refrigerators on sale, but only a handful combine great value with top performance. Here are five models that offer both.
The deal: $1,292 at AJ Madison
This GE French-door is going for a few hundred dollars below its average sale price. It does fairly well in our performance tests, but note that GE French-doors earn just a Fair rating for reliability in our surveys. And though it doesn’t have a through-the-door dispenser, it does come with an internal water dispenser, an icemaker, and a full-width deli drawer.
Kenmore Elite 73163
The deal: $2,400 at Sears
The Kenmore Elite 73163 is bit pricey compared with the other deals we found, but it earns high marks in our performance tests and comes packed with premium features. The exhaustive feature set includes a door-in-door design, stainless steel finish, uniquely adjustable shelves (that can be raised or lowered without removing food), and a through-the-door water/ice dispenser.
The deal: $1,796 at Home Depot
This LG French-door is a solid buy. It offers stellar performance for the price, with an Excellent rating for thermostat control and strong scores in our other tests. Its only weak spot is energy efficiency, where we find it to be less efficient than many competitors. Still, this model gives you a lot for the money, including a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, air filter, and spillproof shelves.
The deal: $1,499 at Lowe’s
We've seen this Samsung French-door priced around $1,500 through much of the year. This model aces our thermostat control and temperature uniformity tests, which are the two critical tests of a fridge’s performance. It features a darker stainless steel finish, digital controls, through-the-door water/ice dispenser, and uniquely adjustable shelving that can be raised and lowered without removing food.
The deal: $2,299 at Lowe's
This French-door is one of Samsung's Family Hub models, meaning there's a touch screen on the door with apps for organizing family calendars, ordering groceries, and looking up recipes. This black stainless steel Family Hub model is a great buy. It excels in all of our lab tests, and Samsung French-doors earn a Good rating for predicted reliability in our latest survey.
Best Four-Door French-Door Deals
We found four deals worth noting in this category, all of which come in under $2,000.
The deal: $1,099 at Lowe’s
This Haier is one of the most affordable four-door French-doors on the market, and you can get it for about one-third off its list price. It doesn’t offer much in terms of features, just a stainless steel finish and digital controls, but its performance is solid. Our testers give it strong ratings across the board, with the exception of ease of use, where it earns a Fair.
The deal: $1,700 at Sears
The savings are a bit deceptive here—we typically see this Kenmore French-door priced around $1,600. Still, $1,700 is a good price for a four-door French-door. This Kenmore comes in a stainless steel finish and has two individual freezer drawers for more organization. It’s a smart fridge, meaning it works with the Kenmore Smart app, as well as Amazon Alexa, for adjusting settings and checking your fridge’s status. It performs well in our lab tests but isn’t the most energy-efficient when compared with the competition.
The deal: $1,995 at AJ Madison and Appliances Connection
Though the LG LMXS28626S is one of the pricier fridges on this list, it's still a great deal on a higher-end model. It performs well in almost all of our performance tests, with the only exception being its mediocre energy efficiency. This LG also offers a ton of features, including a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, air filter, spillproof shelving, smartphone app control, and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
The deal: $1,799 at Lowe's
At almost half off its list price, this four-door Samsung does well in almost all of our lab tests. Just like the LG above, the exception here is energy efficiency, where it earns a middling Good rating. Unlike the other four-door models on this list, this Samsung features a temperature-adjustable middle drawer, which is handy for entertaining (it can be adjusted for party platters, cold drinks, and more). It also comes with a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, uniquely adjustable shelving, spillproof shelving, and digital controls.