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Most Reliable Refrigerator Brands

Our latest survey results can help you avoid aggravating repairs

Consumer Reports' extensive tests will help you find the refrigerator with the best combination of storage capacity, temperature control, efficiency, and convenience features. But you also want your next refrigerator to last for years to come. That's where the survey team from our National Research Center comes in.

As part of our 2016 Winter Product Reliability Survey, our survey experts asked more than 46,000 readers who bought a new refrigerator between 2010 and 2016 about their experiences thus far with the appliance. The results inform our latest refrigerator brand reliability charts, which are arranged by refrigerator type—French door, side-by-side, top-freezer, and bottom-freezer. The brands in the survey include Frigidaire, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Kenmore and KitchenAid.

One bright spot from the report is the high satisfaction with reliability among all survey respondents, with 55 percent reporting complete satisfaction and 25 percent saying they are very satisfied with their purchase.

It's important to note, however, that brand reliability varies by configuration. Here’s a breakdown of the winners and losers across the major categories.

French-Door Bottom-Freezers

This configuration, which places fresh-food items at eye level behind side-by-side doors, has become the most popular refrigerator type in recent years. That’s confirmed by our survey, in which 54 percent of respondents reported having a French-door bottom-freezer.      

If you’re looking to join the crowd, consider the Kenmore brand, whose French-door refrigerators with icemakers were more reliable than Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool French-door refrigerators with icemakers. The Kenmore Elite 74093, $2,800, earns one of the top scores in our Ratings of more than 300 refrigerator models, combining excellent temperature performance, energy efficiency, and quietness.

Refrigerators in Our Ratings.
Current Refrigerator Ratings