A row of refrigerators in CR's refrigerator test lab, with a test engineer evaluating the interior of one model.
An engineer evaluates the interior of a refrigerator in CR's test lab.

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 more than 300 fridges in bottom-freezer, built-in, French-door, side-by-side, and top-freezer configurations.

The lines between these categories are blurring. Today’s fridges 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 a CR test engineer, Joseph Pacella, who oversees refrigerator testing.

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

To help you find the best refrigerator for your kitchen, we now organize our ratings by refrigerator width. That's because the best fridge in the world is of no use if it doesn't fit the slot in your kitchen. You can see the new ratings in our comprehensive refrigerator ratings charts.

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, including Blomberg, Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, LG, Miele, Sub-Zero, and Thermador.

Best French-Doors

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Best Side-by-Sides

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Best Top-Freezers

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Best Bottom-Freezers

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Best Built-Ins

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