Choosing the Best Refrigerator That Is Perfect For Your Kitchen

By October 20, 2018Kitchen, Refrigerator
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When out shopping for a refrigerator, it’s important to weigh all the factors. If you’re looking for a new refrigerator, take a look at our choices for the nine best refrigerators out there.

If you’re remodeling your kitchen or if you’re looking to replace your old refrigerator, it can be overwhelming to choose between all the different types of refrigerators out there. While some of the choices come down to space restrictions and aesthetic preferences, there are factors you should consider beyond those two things.

We took a look at what’s currently available on the market and chose what we considered to be the nine best refrigerators out there today.

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How We Choose Our Ratings

When looking over the variety of different models available, we took a look at several different factors to determine our ratings. We primarily looked at the manufacturer’s specifications – price, storage, warranties – customer reviews and testimonials, and brand reputation.

Price was evaluated based on the features you get, as well as ensuring the list covered a variety of price points. Just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality.

Storage capacity was considered more heavily when the storage was on either extreme for its size and price. It doesn’t make sense to save a lot of money on a refrigerator that is too small to fit a week’s worth of food in it.

Most manufacturers only offer a standard one-year limited warranty on both parts and labor. However, a few brands go above and beyond to offer an extended warranty on some of the parts. While this wasn’t a deciding factor on its own, it provided insight on how well the manufacturer stood behind its products.

Finally, customer reviews were gathered from a variety of websites – not just the manufacturer’s site. We looked for refrigerators that had a lot of customer reviews and still maintained a good rating. These criteria meant that it had been on the market long enough for people to have bought the refrigerator and test them thoroughly.

Each refrigerator was evaluated on its own first. With the wide variety of styles and prices for refrigerators on today’s market, every model had to stand on its own. Once we had a list of the best models, it was simply a matter of narrowing down the choices based on how well they stood up to one another.

Just because you don’t see a model on this list doesn’t mean it isn’t a good refrigerator. We could only feature so many different models and we tried to cast a wide net when searching for different types.  

We want to make it as painless as possible to find the best refrigerator for your household’s needs, allowing you to spend less time looking at specifications of nearly-identical refrigerators and more time relaxing. Every refrigerator on this list is a great choice for home use, so take a look and see which one will work best for your home.

Top 9 Best Refrigerators in the Market Today

Regardless of your budget or space restrictions, you deserve one of the best refrigerators out on the market today. Here is our list of the nine best refrigerators available.

LG LTCS2422​3S

LG 33-inch Top-Freezer Refrigerator Stainless Steel
  • Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories

Perfect for a large household, the LG LTCS24223S boasts having the largest capacity of any refrigerator in its size category.

It also has a variety of different crisper and pantry drawers to keep your food as fresh as possible, as well as an ice maker. It even has an extra-long warranty on some parts, giving you peace of mind in the event of a disaster. Of course, LG is well-known for making its appliances to last.

If you prefer a bottom freezer, check out the LG LDCS24223S instead. It has nearly identical specifications, just with the freezer on the bottom.

Overall Rating: 5 stars

GE GSE25HSHSS

GE GSE25HSHSS Side Refrigerator
  • Adjustable door bins creates additional storage for large items
  • Deep door bins allow you to store gallon-sized or larger items, providing more door storage and freeing up shelf space
  • Glass freezer shelves give a high-end appearance with secure storage for a variety of items

The GE GSS25GSHSS is a side-by-side refrigerator with one of the largest freezer capacities for its size category. It’s large capacity, glowing reviews, and brand name make it one of the best refrigerators out there.

Overall Rating: 5 stars

LG LFX21976ST

LG LFX21976ST 21 cu. ft. Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator
  • 4 Split Spill Protector Glass Shelves
  • Glide N' Serve Drawer
  • External Ice/Water Dispenser
  • LED Interior Light
  • Linear Compressor

The LG LFX21976ST is a counter-depth French door refrigerator. Even with the shallower depth, this refrigerator has almost 20 cubic feet of storage. It’s considered ADA compliant because of the size and positioning of the freezer, making it easier for everyone to reach the food.

Because it’s counter depth, this refrigerator has a low profile and gives you more room to work in the kitchen. Further, the appliance comes backed by LG’s extensive warranties, giving consumers peace of mind for years to come.

Overall Rating: 5 stars

GE GTE18GMHES

GE GTE18GMHES Top Freezer Refrigerator
  • Fresh food compartment contains incandescent lighting
  • Slate finish resists smudges and fingerprints
  • 2 door top freezer refrigerator has one fresh food door and one freezer door

The GE GTE18GMHES is one of the smallest on this list, but it’s still one of the best refrigerators on the market today. With only 17.5 cubic feet of total capacity, it’s a fantastic choice for a smaller household. It’s a simple fridge with GE’s brand name to back it up, which makes it one of the best refrigerators out there.

Overall Rating: 5 stars

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Slate Top Freezer Refrigerator - Energy Star

Frigidaire FFHT1514QW14.6 Cu. Ft. White Top Freezer Refrigerator - Energy Star
  • Full-Width Wire Shelves
  • Humidity-Controlled Crispers
  • Gallon Door Storage
  • Dairy Compartment
  • Garage Ready

Sometimes, you just need to go with a classic refrigerator. The Frigidaire FGTR1842TF is very simple. It doesn’t boast the smart home system of some of the newest models, but it also doesn’t have an ice maker, or any other amenities commonly found in modern refrigerators.

Its simplicity is its selling point, though, along with the reasonable price tag. Not everyone needs or wants a refrigerator with all the bells and whistles, and in this case, this refrigerator does exactly that. On top of that, Frigidaire is a reliable brand and allows you to reconfigure the fridge to your liking.

Overall Rating: 4 stars

LG LFXS30796D French Door Refrigerator

LG LFXS30796D French Door Refrigerator with 30 cu. ft. Total Capacity, in Black Stainless Steel
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 29.6 / Fridge: 19.5 / Freezer: 10.1
  • InstaView Window / Door-in-Door
  • SpillProtector Glass Shelving
  • Dimensions (WHD): 36" X 69-7/8" X 33-3/8"

The LG LFXS30796D is a large, wi-fi enabled smart fridge – the first smart fridge on our list. This smart refrigerator uses a simple version of the technology, allowing you to receive notifications on your phone about the fridge – such as when the door was accidentally left open.

You can also use the technology to adjust certain features or to make extra ice, all from your phone. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Beyond the smart technology, the refrigerator has a large capacity, ice and water dispenser, and a long warranty.

Overall Rating: 4 stars

GE GTS18GTHWW 17.5 Cu. Ft. White Top Freezer Refrigerator

The GE GTS18GTHWW is a simple, no-frills refrigerator that gets the job done. Its capacity is on the lower side, but with a cost of just over $600, it’s hard to beat.

GE is a very reliable brand, and the customer reviews agree. This model would make a great second refrigerator, or an appliance if you’re renting out to tenants.

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Whirlpool® 36-inch Wide Double Drawer French Door Refrigerator with Dual Cooling System

The Whirlpool Double Drawer French Door Refrigerator has a variety of features that make it one of the best refrigerators. The large capacity combined with convenient built-in storage options makes it a good choice for larger households or households with children.

The refrigerator portion has two doors and two drawers, while the freezer is a single drawer with two tiers in it. The variety of options makes organization easier than ever.

It is one of the more expensive refrigerators on this list, making it a hard sell for people on a budget. However, Whirlpool’s good name ensures that you’ll be taken care of.

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Samsung Black Stainless 24 Cu Ft Family Hub French Door Refrigerator RF265BEAESG

Samsung Black Stainless 24 Cu Ft Family Hub French Door Refrigerator RF265BEAESG
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 24.2 / Fridge: 16.2 / Freezer: 8.0
  • Family Hub Helps You Manage Your Home And Your Life
  • Twin Cooling Plus / CoolSelect Pantry / FlexZone Drawer
  • Dimensions (WHD): 35 3/4 in. X 70 in. X 35 5/8 in.

If you’re looking for the best refrigerator with all of the bells and whistles, the Samsung Family Hub 4-Door Smart Refrigerator is the way to go. The front of the refrigerator boasts a large tablet-like screen that allows you to use some basic apps, such as calendar and grocery lists. You’ll never forget to write down what you need from the refrigerator again.

The inside of the refrigerator also boasts a smart sensor, which helps to regulate the interior temperature of the refrigerator and freezer. However, the fancy new technology comes with a price. With a suggested retail price of over $4,000, it’s one of the more expensive refrigerators out there.

Overall Rating: 3 stars

Buyer’s Guide

If none of these refrigerators meet your specific needs, these are things to keep in mind when looking to buy a refrigerator that is perfect for your household.

Of course, check the exact size of the existing fridge space before looking for refrigerators. It can be frustrating to fall in love with the perfect refrigerator only to find out it doesn’t fit in your home.

Look at the amount of storage space next. Consider things like how often you use your freezer and whether or not you’re planning on adding people to your household anytime soon. Take your needs into account when looking at various refrigerators.

Next, consider electricity use – especially if you’re on a budget. It may be worth spending a little extra money up front to save on electricity in the long run – though most refrigerators don’t require a lot of electricity.

You should also consider the warranties on the appliance. While manufacturers generally offer a limited warranty, some retailers will have their own protection plans above and beyond that. If you follow these guidelines, you should end up with a good refrigerator, but it’s always better to prepare against disaster.

Finally, take a look at the reviews for both the refrigerators and the manufacturers. Even reliable brands can sometimes put out a bad model.

When looking into a manufacturer, look at their customer service record as well as customer reviews. A company with a good customer service team that stands behind their product and warranty can make a huge difference in the long-term viability of the refrigerator.

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, hopefully this guide has helped you figure out what you want to buy or at least help you narrow down your choices to ensure that the best refrigerator you get will be the best for your home.

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