An open three-door refrigerator in a kitchen.

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 the 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, while 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 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 Frigidaire, GE, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Thermador.

Best Three-Door French-Doors

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Best Four-Door 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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