Best Refrigerators of 2021

CR's experts round up the year's top performers, including French-door models and stylish side-by-sides from Dacor, GE, LG, Samsung, Thermador, and Whirlpool

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Test technician examining the inside of a refrigerator with other refrigerators in foreground
An engineer evaluates the interior of a refrigerator in a CR test lab.
Photo: John Walsh/Consumer Reports

The refrigerator lab at Consumer Reports is a busy place. Our testers are constantly evaluating new models and adding them to our refrigerator ratings, which include refrigerators across all the configurations: bottom-freezer, built-in, counter-depth, French-door, side-by-side, and top-freezer.

The lines between these categories are blurring. Today’s refrigerators have more doors, and once-exclusive features are trickling down to more affordable configurations, such as top-freezers and side-by-sides. “We’ve even seen models that give you the capability to convert some compartments from freezer to fridge and vice versa,” says Larry Ciufo, who oversees CR’s refrigerator testing.

Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of the best refrigerators for each type we test. They include models in a variety of widths and from several brands: Dacor, GE, LG, Samsung, Thermador, and Whirlpool.

More on Refrigerators

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 of that—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings and each model’s Overall Score.

To help you find the ideal refrigerator, we organize our ratings by the width of the appliance—the best refrigerator in the world is useless if it doesn’t fit the slot in your kitchen. You can see the top models by width in our comprehensive refrigerator ratings charts.

Best French-Doors

Best Side-by-Sides

Best Top-Freezers

Best Bottom-Freezers

Best Built-Ins


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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).