Buy the best refrigerators of 2020

Buying a new refrigerator – certainly an investment, however you go about it – can seem overwhelming. Considering all the extra sizes, styles, and features, it’s even hard to know where to start. But if you’re looking to buy a new refrigerator for the long haul, you usually want something that’s easy to use, quiet, and – obviously – keeps the temperature constant throughout the interior.

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How to buy the best refrigerator for you

As you consider some of the best options below, here are some features and properties to keep in mind regarding the best refrigerator for you.

Fridge size

Refrigerators come in a myriad of widths and depths to suit different kitchens, so unless you’re remodeling your kitchen from scratch, you’ll want one that fits your existing space. Most refrigerator widths are between 30 inches and 33 inches.

There are compact models for small spaces, and they are available in shallower counter depth or greater standard depth. Also pay close attention to the capacity – which is measured in cubic feet – that lets you know how much food you can actually squeeze out of the chamber.

Refrigerator doors

  • A standard two-door refrigerator gives you a refrigerator and freezer, usually in a top and bottom or side-by-side configuration.
  • More modern French-door refrigerators have a large freezer drawer at the bottom
  • Four-door refrigerators separate storage even further, with a center drawer that can be set to a different temperature than your main refrigerator.

Temperature consistency and controls

Some refrigerators have hot and cold spots, which is certainly less than ideal. The high-quality models keep the temperature as constant as possible and allow you to easily adjust the temperature of each room. Some models even allow you to adjust it from your phone over Wi-Fi, although this is mostly a matter of tuning and forgetting.

Energy efficient refrigerator

To mitigate your environmental impact and keep your electricity bill at a reasonable level, look for a Energetic star evaluation before buying your refrigerator.

Refrigerator noise levels

Lower-cost or lower-quality refrigerators can be quite noisy, which can be especially annoying if you congregate in the kitchen or have an open-plan home.

Many brands have started to introduce unique features to help them stand out from the crowd.

  • LG’s insta-view, for example, lets you see through your refrigerator’s main door without opening it.
  • Other models may have a door-to-door function for easier access to the drinks inside.
  • And, of course, there’s always the icemaker in the door, which is as whimsical as it is convenient.

Make sure you have a refrigerator with a good warranty in case you run into any issues.

The best refrigerators at different prices

It’s hard to narrow down the field to a few models, but the choices below are great, reasonably priced choices with the most common feature sets. If you want something a little more upscale or a different size, there is probably a sibling model that will suit your space, so look at related models from the same brand for a model that suits your space.

Best refrigerator with French door: Samsung

1. Samsung French door refrigerator with internal water dispenser

French door refrigerators have become popular lately and it’s easy to see why: their easy-open style allows you to access your food without opening a massive door, and divides your refrigerator into a few sections for easy organization. Samsung’s refrigerator measures 25.5 cubic feet and strikes a balance between quality and affordability, with a bottom drawer freezer that offers plenty of room for cold summer treats.

Best two-door refrigerator: LG

2. LG Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

If you’re ok with a one-door refrigerator, you can get a little more bang for your buck with a standard two-door option like LG’s refrigerator. It holds 25.5 cubic feet, has a bottom freezer, and still has plenty of room for all of your food, including an additional full-width drawer along the bottom.

Best Complete Four-Door Refrigerator: Samsung

3. Samsung Food Showcase 4-Door French Door Refrigerator

If you go for enthusiasm, four-door refrigerators offer a full-width drawer between the standard refrigerator chamber and the freezer. Samsung calls this its “FlexZone” drawer because you can set it to a different temperature than the main refrigerator. Their model gives you 27.8 cubic feet and offers several other niceties, including a self-filling water pitcher, an ice maker and a “food display” door for quick access to your interior storage space.

Best side-by-side refrigerator: GE

4. GE side-by-side refrigerator

Not everyone is a fan of the lower freezer drawer. If you prefer a tall, slim freezer layout, a more traditional side-by-side refrigerator is always a great choice. GE’s model, totaling 25.3 cubic feet, features adjustable door shelves, three interior drawers, and an external ice and water dispenser for easy access.

Best affordable refrigerator with a top freezer: Frigidaire

5. Fridge 13.9 cu. Top Freezer Refrigerator

While many refrigerators cost $ 1,000 or more, Frigidaire gives you a reliable option that won’t break the bank. Their affordable model measures 13.9 cubic feet – it doesn’t have as much space as the other options on this list, especially in its top freezer, but it will do the job admirably for the price.

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Karl M. Bailey