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Best Refrigerators of 2018

CR's experts round up this year's top performers, including French-door models and top-freezers

The refrigerator lab at Consumer Reports is a busy place. Our testers are constantly adding new models to our refrigerator ratings, which include more than 350 in the bottom-freezer, built-in, French-door, side-by-side, and top-freezer configurations. 

Manufacturers have flooded the market with four- and even five-door models, offering consumers ever-increasing versatility. "We've even seen models that give you the capability to convert some compartments from freezer to fridge and vice versa," says a CR test engineer, Joseph Pacella, who oversees refrigerator testing.

How We Test Refrigerators
After a refrigerator gets wired up with temperature sensors in a climate-controlled chamber, CR test engineers collect readings for more than a month—about 5.4 million data points. That information on the cold and warm spots helps to determine which refrigerators will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to score brand reliability and satisfaction. All of that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model's Overall Score. (Read more about Consumer Reports' new Overall Score.) 

Below, you'll find ratings and reviews of the best refrigerators you can buy right now for each type we test. They include models from Kenmore, LG, Miele, and Whirlpool. Read on for the details.

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