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    Best Refrigerators of 2023

    CR's experts round up the top performers from our tests, including models from Dacor, LG, Samsung, and more

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    LG LRFXC2416S Refrigerator open showing food inside
    There’s a refrigerator configuration to suit every household. French-door models, like the one above, are extremely popular given their high-end aesthetic.
    Photo: LG

    Shopping for a new refrigerator? You’ve come to the right place.

    The refrigerator lab at Consumer Reports is a busy place. Our testers are constantly evaluating new models and adding them to our refrigerator ratings, which include over 250 models of all configurations: bottom-freezer, built-in, French-door, side-by-side, and top-freezer.

    The lines between these categories, though, are blurring. Today’s refrigerators have more doors, and once-exclusive features have trickled down to more affordable styles, such as top-freezers and side-by-sides. “We’ve even seen models that give you the capability to convert some compartments from freezer to fridge and vice versa,” says Larry Ciufo, who oversees CR’s refrigerator testing.

    More on Refrigerators

    During testing, we outfit each refrigerator with thermocouples in a climate-controlled chamber and monitor it for more than a month, collecting more than 5.4 million temperature readings that identify warm and cold spots to determine which models will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and satisfaction. All of that—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings and each model’s Overall Score.

    To help you find the ideal refrigerator, we organize our ratings by the width of the appliance. After all, the best refrigerator in the world is useless if it doesn’t fit the slot in your kitchen. You can see the top models by width in our comprehensive refrigerator ratings.

    Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of the best refrigerator for each type we test. They include models of several widths from Dacor, GE, LG, Samsung, and Sub-Zero. To learn more about the different types of refrigerator configurations, check out our refrigerator buying guide.

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    Best French-Door Refrigerators

    For more highly rated options, see our roundup of the best French-door refrigerators from CR’s tests.

    Best Side-by-Side Refrigerators

    Want to see more side-by-sides? Head over to our report on the best side-by-side refrigerators from our tests.

    Best Top-Freezer Refrigerators

    If you’re in need of a simpler or even smaller top-freezer, consult our list of the best top-freezer refrigerators from our tests.

    Best Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators

    For more brands and sizes, see the best bottom-freezer refrigerators from our ratings.

    Best Built-In Refrigerators

    If you have less space to play with or prefer another brand, check out our deeper dive into the best built-in refrigerators.

    How We Test Refrigerators

    Below, you can take a peek into our refrigerator labs to see how we evaluate these essential appliances. For more information on CR’s refrigerator tests, see our refrigerator buying guide.

    @consumerreports We collect more than 5.4 million temperature readings for each fridge in our temperature-controlled chambers. To test the freezers, we use frozen spinach to see how well they keep the packages frozen. See ratings + reviews at #refrigerator #appliancesareeverything #kitchentok ♬ original sound - Consumer Reports

    Correction: On May 31, 2022, this article was updated to reflect the correct Overall Score for the products listed. A prior version included Overall Scores that inadvertently drew on older predicted reliability and owner satisfaction data.

    Daniel Wroclawski

    Daniel Wroclawski

    Dan Wroclawski is a home and appliances writer at Consumer Reports, covering products ranging from refrigerators and coffee makers to cutting-edge smart home devices. Before joining CR in 2017, he was an editor at USA Today’s Reviewed, and launched the site’s smart home section. In his spare time, you can find him tinkering with one of the over 70 connected devices in his house. Follow Dan on Facebook and Twitter @danwroc.