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There are plenty of reasons you might not want to spend thousands of dollars on a new refrigerator. Maybe yours quit suddenly, but you have other financial priorities. Or maybe you’re doing a budget kitchen remodel and can’t splurge on appliances.

Consumer Reports has done the testing and research for you, and found that around $1,500 is the sweet spot for a great value.

“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 Joseph Pacella, who oversees CR’s refrigerator labs.

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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 is a roundup of the 10 best refrigerators from our ratings for $1,500 or less. 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: The 49 models in our ratings range from $3,800 to more than $10,000.)

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of models from Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung that offer fantastic value.

French-Door Finds

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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
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Side-by-Side Steals

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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
Ease of use

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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
Ease of use
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Bottom-Freezer Bargain

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Temperature uniformity
Thermostat control
Ease of use
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Top-Freezer Treat

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Thermostat control
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