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Refrigerators keep getting bigger and bigger. “The trend of making refrigerators taller and deeper—to increase capacity while still maintaining a standard width—started a few years ago,” says Joseph Pacella, the engineer who oversees Consumer Reports' refrigerator tests.

But most refrigerators fall short of their capacity claims, some by as much as 32 percent, according to our measurements of usable capacity of 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.)

So if you’re looking for a spacious refrigerator to store a full week’s worth of groceries, or drinks and snacks for your child’s soccer team, zero in on the usable capacity column in the Features & Specs section of our refrigerator ratings. And keep in mind, you don’t want to get stuck with a supersized electricity bill, so pay attention to the energy efficiency score as well.

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Most important, there’s performance. During testing, we outfit each refrigerator with thermocouples in a climate-controlled chamber and monitor it for a month, collecting more than 5.4 million temperature readings that identify warm and cold spots, to determine which models will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and satisfaction. All that data—and then some—inform CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model’s Overall Score.

Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of the six best large refrigerators from our tests, arranged in order of CR rank, with one pick for each fridge configuration. They include models from Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Sub-Zero.

6 Supersized Refrigerators

Top Picks

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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
Energy efficiency

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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
Ease of use
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