Best Refrigerators for Small Kitchens
Consumer Reports tests a variety of 24- to 28-inch-wide fridges that are perfect for tighter spots
If you live in a small apartment or condo, the refrigerators you’re most likely to find at the appliance store—ranging from 30 to 36 inches wide—might not fit in your kitchen. Smaller kitchens often call for a narrower fridge, one that is 24 to 28 inches wide.
“These smaller models gained more visibility in retail stores through 2020, likely due to changing consumer preferences from the many millennials entering the appliance market. But most major brands only offer one to three models with limited color options,” says Nish Suvarnakar, Consumer Reports’ market analyst for refrigerators. “Most if not all also lack some of the features that consumers desire the most, such as external water dispensers.” Indeed, it’s rare for a narrow model to carry more than three of the dozen or so features that CR tracks.
Since we first published this list, Consumer Reports has tested new strong-performing models that have shaken up the rankings of narrow refrigerators.
In the lab our technicians 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.