Best Refrigerators for $1,000 or Less

You don’t have to sacrifice performance to stay on budget

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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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We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and owner satisfaction. All of that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model’s Overall Score.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of five highly rated refrigerators in a variety of widths to fit into a kitchen. Each offers a winning combination of solid performance, value, and reliability. They’re made by Frigidaire, Hisense, Insignia, LG, and Whirlpool. For even more affordable options, you can also filter our complete refrigerator ratings by price.

(Disclaimer: Prices fluctuate throughout the year, so depending on when you look, you might spot models here that are listed for more than $1,000.)

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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.

Home Content Creator Daniel Wroclawski

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).