Best Refrigerators for $1,500 or Less

    CR's tests find that you don’t have to sacrifice style and performance to get a good value

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    There are plenty of reasons you might not want to shell out thousands of dollars on a new refrigerator. Maybe yours died suddenly, but you have other financial priorities. Maybe you recently purchased an older home and need to replace a fridge that’s past its prime. Or maybe you’re doing a kitchen remodel and can’t splurge on appliances.

    No matter the reason, there’s no need to worry. Consumer Reports has done the testing and research for you, and found no shortage of great options for $1,500 or less.

    “We’re seeing fridges for less than $1,500 that offer nice features, such as dual evaporators, icemakers, and compartments you can convert from fridge to freezer and back again,” says test engineer Larry Ciufo, who oversees CR’s refrigerator labs.

    Below, CR members can see ratings and reviews of the 10 best refrigerators from our tests for $1,500 or less. Because our ratings are now organized by width (one of the most important factors in choosing a refrigerator), we’ve selected top models in each configuration at a variety of widths to help you find a fridge that fits in your kitchen. The list includes models from Amana, Frigidaire, Haier, Insignia, LG, and Whirlpool that offer fantastic value.

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    To test refrigerators, we outfit each model 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 fridges 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.

    One caveat: Prices fluctuate throughout the year, so depending on when you look, you might spot models here listed for more than $1,500. (What you won’t find are any built-in refrigerators because they’re too pricey to make the cut.)

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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).