Best Large Refrigerators for Big Families
Top-performing models from CR’s tests with plenty of storage space
If you’re looking for a spacious refrigerator to store a full week’s worth of groceries for a big family—or drinks and snacks for your child’s soccer team—you’ll find plenty of supersized options for sale.
“There’s a trend of making refrigerators taller and deeper, to increase capacity while still maintaining a common width,” says Larry Ciufo, CR’s test engineer for refrigerators.
But most refrigerators fall short of their capacity claims, according to CR’s measurements of usable capacity for the hundreds of refrigerators in our tests. (We measure the actual storage space in a fridge—shelves and all—while manufacturers treat the refrigerators like an empty box.)
You can find the total usable capacity for each model in our refrigerator ratings by scrolling down to the Features & Specs section of the model’s product page. And keep in mind that you don’t want to get stuck with a supersized electricity bill, so you’ll want to pay attention to the energy-efficiency score as well.