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Best Refrigerators of 2018

CR's experts round up this year's top-performing fridges, whether you're looking for a French-door or a top-freezer

Our experts are constantly adding new models to our refrigerator ratings, which currently covers more than 400 fridges in the bottom-freezer, built-in, compact, French-door, side-by-side, and top-freezer configurations. In other words, the CR refrigerator lab keeps busy, to get you the details on the latest and greatest options. 

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

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 measure usable storage capacity, noise, and how long food will stay frozen during a blackout—all so that you can make an informed comparison.

All that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings charts.

Below, the best refrigerators you can buy right now. We've reviewed the top model from each type of refrigerator we test, covering models made by Dacor, GE, LG, Samsung, and Miele—top performers, all around.