The Best Large Fridges for Big Families

Best performing models in CR’s tests with lots of storage space

By Daniel Wrocławski

If you’re looking for a roomy refrigerator to store a full week’s worth of groceries for a large family or drinks and snacks for your kid’s soccer team, you’ll find plenty of oversized options for sale.

“There’s a trend to make refrigerators taller and deeper, to increase capacity while maintaining a common width,” says Larry Ciufo, CR’s refrigerator test engineer.

But most fridges fall short of their capacity claims, according to CR’s measurements of usable capacity for the hundreds of fridges in our tests. (We measure the actual storage space in a fridge – shelves and all – while manufacturers treat fridges like an empty box.)

You can find the total usable capacity for each model in our refrigerator ratings by scrolling down to the Features and Specifications section of the model’s product page. And keep in mind that you don’t want to end up with an inflated electricity bill, so you’ll also need to pay attention to the energy efficiency score.

More importantly, there is the performance. During testing, we fit 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 hot and cold spots, to determine which models will keep your food fresh longer. long time. We also consider survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand trustworthiness and satisfaction.

All of this data, and more, informs CR’s refrigerator rating charts and each model’s overall rating. Our ratings are sorted by width, so you can easily find the best refrigerator to suit your kitchen. The most common widths are 30, 33 and 36 inches. One of the best large refrigerators we’ve tested, a built-in model, is a 42-inch-wide outlier.

Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of the top five large refrigerators in our tests, ranked by overall score, with a choice for each refrigerator configuration (top freezer, bottom freezer, French door, side-by-side, and integrated). Models come from Café, GE, Kenmore, LG and Samsung. For other large capacity options, check out the full CR refrigerator ratings and sort by total usable capacity.

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Karl M. Bailey