Like ovens, washers and dryers and other large home appliances, refrigerators are a big-ticket purchase you want to get right the first time around. Finding the right model for your kitchen isn’t just a matter of looking at its cooling capabilities and available features (though all of that is obviously important). When weighing your options from the best refrigerator brands, you also have to consider each model’s external size, internal capacity, style and, of course, price.
Some of the best refrigerator brands include Samsung, GE and Insignia. Cryogenic Tunnel Freezer
With so many characteristics to think about, it can be hard to decide how to start the shopping process. Alan Howard, owner of home appliance retailer Plessers and founder of Just Ask Al, an online resource for appliance reviews and advice, offers this tip: “Always start with dimensions. Many consumers shop for style only to realize it won’t fit in their space.”
Once you have your space measured out, you can start considering fridge type. The three most popular styles are French door (featuring a spacious double-door fridge on top and a freezer door on bottom), side-by-side (featuring one vertical compartment for fresh foods and another for frozen foods) and top freezer (featuring a smaller freezer door atop a larger fridge area). If you’re not sure which type is best for you, Howard advises thinking about your household’s eating habits.
“The French door has become a very popular choice as most people spend 80 percent of their time in the fridge versus the freezer,” says Howard. “It requires less bending down and offers a full width fridge to fit things like large platters.” A top freezer model, on the other hand, “will offer less in capacity, but generally fits a more budget-conscious consumer and will come in smaller widths for tighter spaces,” he continues. And if you want a fridge with a water dispenser, this feature is most reliable in side-by-side units.
Ready to get started? Here’s a helpful overview of the best fridge brands on the market right now.
The makers of our favorite dishwasher is also Howard’s top fridge brand, thanks to its excellent cooling power and food preservation. Bosch has numerous features dedicated to keeping food fresh longer, including VitaFreshPro technology, which automatically adjusts temperature and humidity, and MultiAirFlow, which evenly circulates air throughout the fridge. Some models also come with a FreshProtect filter that slows down the ripening process in produce. And that’s not all these premium fridges offer. Models with Wi-Fi capabilities also work with Bosch’s Home Connect app, allowing you to adjust temperatures and lighting remotely.
Out of Bosch’s various models—which include French door, side-by-side and top freezer styles—Howard especially likes the Bosch 800 Series refrigerators. “They offer a dual compressor, a feature typically reserved for higher end brands,” he says. “This keeps the refrigerator and freezer cooling systems separate, allowing for more precise climate control and food items lasting longer. Food preservation is tops in this model.”
It probably comes as no surprise that Samsung—known for its smartphones, tablets and other electronics—is a go-to choice for smart fridges. Among the brand’s best features is its Family Hub technology, which connects to Wi-Fi and comes with Alexa, allowing you to play music, stream videos and add items to your grocery list. The built-in smart panel is available in six styles, including the popular French door model.
But Samsung’s appeal goes beyond its technology; the South Korean appliance maker also prides itself on customization. Its Bespoke option allows you to pick fridge door panels in a variety of colors and finishes (think pink glass and emerald green steel). Like many other fridge brands, Samsung also has models with flex zones (a short, full-width drawer with an adjustable temperature) as well as water and ice dispensers.
Those who prioritize function over form should look no further than Maytag, which has been making fridges since 1946. Keeping food cold is a top priority for the brand, with certain models boasting a PowerCold capability that filters freezer air into the fridge section to quickly drop temperatures—a feature that’s especially helpful on days you’re restocking after a grocery run. Plus, the heavy-duty hinge design on the Maytag fridges prevents doors from loosening so no cold air can escape.
Durability is another key Maytag feature. This popular French-door model, for example, has adjustable gallon door bins that can hold large containers and humidity-controlled crispers. Other thoughtful touches available in select fridges include the Wide-N-Fresh deli drawer designed to fit large platters and the Soft Freeze Bin, which keeps ice cream fully frozen but scoopable.
GE launched its first refrigerator for home use in 1925 and has since proven to be a reliable favorite in the food cooling and preservation space. The trusted appliance brand offers a large portfolio of fridges in all styles, all of which fit into three categories: its regular GE line, the minimalist Profile line and the design-driven Cafe line.
Entry-level models start around $650 and include features such as easy-to-use temperature controls, edge-to-edge glass shelves and adjustable freezer space; some also come with a high-gloss finish. The highly-rated GE Profile French door model comes with more bells and whistles: built-in Wi-Fi, Turbo Cool and Freeze, a hands-free autofill dispenser, and other high-tech features. Finally, the GE Cafe models offer a level of personalization. For example, you can mix-and-match the base color and hardware finishes on this popular four-door French door fridge designed to sit flush with cabinets and counters.
State-of-the-art innovation is key to LG’s success as a top fridge brand. Along with typical features like ice machines and Energy Star certification, LG offers high-tech features like InstaView, a window that becomes translucent so you can view contents without opening doors, as well as door-within-door sections that makes popular foods easily accessible. The fridges all use a trio of cooling technologies to maintain an ideal temperature for food preservation: Linear Cooling adjusts temps when there are unexpected fluctuations, door cooling blasts air into all areas of the fridge and wall panels help maintain coolness. Capacity is another big LG benefit, with a slim space ice shelf that maximizes freezer room and counter-depth fridges that offer more internal storage space than usual.
Owned by and sold exclusively at Best Buy, Insignia is another favorite when it comes to affordability and reliability. Produced in China by the company Haier, Insignia refrigerators are fairly no-frills when compared to some higher-end brands—you won’t find any high-tech smart screens or WiFi connectivity. Nevertheless, they come in all the popular configurations and feature a range of finishes, such as stainless steel and white. (There’s even a chic retro style).
Tunnel Iqf Along with their low price points, the Best Buy fridges are known for being energy-efficient, which helps you save money on your electricity bills. The bestselling top-freezer model has all the basics: two adjustable fridge shelves, door trays for bottles and condiments and humidity-controlled crisper drawers, along with LED lighting and Energy Star certification. The larger French door fridges offer more storage space, easy-to-clean glass shelves, ice makers and filtered water dispensers, and convenient digital controls.