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Best Refrigerators of 2017

Whether you're looking for a French-door or a top-freezer fridge, CR's experts have identified this year's top performers

It's been a busy year in Consumer Reports' refrigerator lab. We've added about 100 new models to our refrigerator ratings, bringing the total to 400 fridges in the bottom-freezer, built-in, compact, 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," says CR test engineer Joseph Pacella, who oversees our refrigerator lab. "We've even seen models that give you the capability to convert some compartments from freezer to fridge and vice versa."

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 you can make an informed comparison.

In this 2017 roundup of the best refrigerators you can buy right now, we review the top model from each category, covering refrigerators made by Dacor, GE, LG, Samsung, and Thermador. All of these fridges performed very well in our tests.
 

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