Best Refrigerators for $1,000 or Less
You don’t have to sacrifice performance to stay on budget
When you’re shopping for a refrigerator, it can be difficult to find models that offer the right combination of price, performance, reliability, and the features you want or need. Many of Consumer Reports’ highly rated refrigerators cost a pretty penny. But if you do a little digging, you can find some great options that cost $1,000 or less.
In CR’s labs, we put refrigerators through their paces. After a fridge gets wired up with thermocouples, we monitor it for more than a month in a climate-controlled chamber to evaluate thermostat control and temperature uniformity. CR’s test engineers collect more than 5.4 million temperature readings for each model to detect warm and cold spots and to determine which refrigerators will keep your food fresh longer.
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Correction: On May 31, 2022, this story was updated to reflect the correct overall scores for the products listed. A prior version included overall scores that inadvertently drew on older predicted reliability and owner satisfaction data.