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Best Refrigerators of 2019

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

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 350 fridges in the bottom-freezer, built-in, French-door, side-by-side, and top-freezer configurations. 

The lines between categories are blurring with the introduction of four- and five-door models. "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.

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 data—and then some—inform CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model's Overall Score.

Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of the best refrigerators for each type we test. They include models from Kenmore, LG, and Miele.