The Best Refrigerators for Your Kitchen at Home

Whether you’re running a speakeasy out of your kitchen or preserving the bounty of spring for next winter, the LG French Door Refrigerator is the best option to suit all your needs.

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Smart Appliances 35.75" French Door 27.7 cu. ft. Energy Star Refrigerator with Fingerprint Resistant Finish
Photo: Wayfair

Hear me out: the refrigerator is the heart of the house. It holds the food we need to nourish our families. It is an entertainment center when we're bored and looking for a snack. It's what we look to when we're looking for important things: photos of loved ones, wedding invitations, reminder notes. Refrigerators—the ones with water dispensers—offer hydration for the entire household. When food is organized and you can see everything that you're storing, your fridge is a valuable tool to help you plan meals and prevent food waste. A larger refrigerator means greater access to a diverse range of ingredients, and more opportunity for creativity in the kitchen. Purchasing a refrigerator is a big commitment, and all of these factors need careful consideration when you're deciding which fridge to buy.

Think about what you want most out of your refrigerator. Do you need it to be utilitarian? Opt for the best value without the bells and whistles. Do you need to be able to see everything that you are storing? Consider a French door refrigerator. Do you belong to a CSA or a cow share? Look for a refrigerator with the most cubic feet of storage. From our research and expert recommendations, we've determined the best refrigerator is LG's French Door Refrigerator, complete with Smart Wi-Fi and 26 cubic feet of space. Read on for more of the best fridges to buy for your home right now.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: LG Smart Wi-Fi French Door Refrigerator

LG Smart WiFi-enabled French Door Refrigerator
Courtesy of Best Buy

Pros: With Wi-Fi connectivity, two ice makers, and a fingerprint resistant exterior, this refrigerator has more features than most fridges combined.

Cons: Some owners note that it is not entirely fingerprint proof and the door shelves are not adjustable.

LG's smart fridge boasts a large capacity at 26 cubic feet that includes two humidity-controlled crisper drawers and a bonus drawer for fruits and vegetables. The well-designed adjustable shelves in the interior make it easy to account for taller wine bottles or large desserts that need chilling. Its dual ice makers each have their own on and off switches, and simple ways to troubleshoot temperature issues. The door ice and water dispenser is extra tall, too, which is great for filling large water bottles and water pitchers. The smart cooling system will also adjust automatically to account for changes in the atmosphere.

The smartest feature for the LG is the SmartThinQ App, which allows you to check what's in the fridge anytime, even once you're at the grocery store and can't recall if you need more eggs or milk. The drawer-style freezer has top and bottom compartments, so you can still access your frozen peas while chilling your cookie dough. At just shy of 70 inches tall, this refrigerator should fit in most standard slots, but users should note that it is not typical 30-inch counter depth and will require an extra few inches of swinging room in the kitchen space. It's a small price to pay for the much-needed extra storage.

  • Dimensions: 35.75 x 69.75 x 34.88 inches
  • Capacity: 26 cubic feet
  • Available finishes: Stainless steel, black stainless steel
  • Energy Star Certified: Yes

Best Value: Insignia Top-Freezer Refrigerator

Insignia Top-Freezer Refrigerator
Courtesy of Best Buy

Pros: Relatively sleek, and boasts LED lighting, a modest price—an ideal second fridge for avid foragers, stockpilers, and CSA members.

Cons: There is no water dispenser, and the ice maker is sold separately.

The Insignia Top-Freezer Refrigerator is a top freezer unit that is spacious, though far less so than the non-wine and mini fridges in this list. This refrigerator is functional and well-lit, and simply and straightforwardly does its job. There are no bells and whistles, as to be expected from our pick for a budget refrigerator. This unit is ideal for an apartment with a smaller kitchen or as a fridge for the basement or garage. The ice maker is an optional feature and not included in the base price of the refrigerator, but for the unbeatable price, ice trays should do just fine.

The spacing of the interior of this Insignia model is thoughtfully designed, with gallon door storage. The door hinge is reversible in terms of opening left or right but there is no water dispenser and for those with young families, please note that the exterior is not fingerprint proof.

  • Dimensions: 29.5 x 66.63 x 30.94 inches
  • Capacity: 18 cubic feet
  • Available Finishes: White
  • Energy Star Certified: Yes

Best Counter Depth: Samsung BESPOKE 4-Door Flex Refrigerator

Samsung BESPOKE 4-Door Flex Refrigerator
Courtesy of Home Depot

Pros: If you're looking for a fridge with a multitude of settings that can keep your food fresh and reflect your kitchen style, this one is it.

Cons: Yes, it is extremely customizable, but in terms of the exterior design, this only refers to the front panels. The sides remain black. The ice maker takes up 1/6 of the freezer space.

The ultra-sleek Samsung Bespoke 4-Door Flex is almost endlessly customizable both inside and out. The FlexZone drawer has five different temperature settings from refrigerator to soft freeze so that you can adjust it to the ideal temperatures whether you're using it to store wine, vegetables, or fresh shrimp. This is the ultimate refrigerator for those who want a modern look and a seamless transition between the design of their cabinets and appliances. There are a myriad of color combinations that you can use to customize the exterior of the refrigerator and if you have ever longed for a pink or orange refrigerator to match the personality of your kitchen, this is certainly the unit for you. There are also different configurations for the body of the refrigerator, should you wish to change or add compartments in future kitchen renovations. Mixing and matching is the highlight of investing in such a unit.

Similar to commercial units, interior stainless-steel paneling helps maintain consistent temperatures throughout. This highly customizable smart option boasts Wi-Fi connectivity, a dual automatic ice maker with an autofill water pitcher, humidity controlled crispers, and high-efficiency LED lighting.

  • Dimensions: 35.75 x 70 x 28.75 inches
  • Capacity: 23 cubic feet (also a standard depth version with 29-cubic feet)
  • Available Finishes: 12 colors and 2 finishes
  • Energy Star Certified: Yes

Best French Door: GE Profile Smart Appliances French Door Refrigerator

GE Profile Smart Appliances French Door Refrigerator
Courtesy of Wayfair

Pros: The French door design makes it easy to see all your food at once with the LED lighting positioned throughout.

Cons: There are many reports that the doors do not close super easily and need a gentle push to ensure closure.

Wide shelving, ample storage space and efficiency make the GE Profile Smart Appliances refrigerator a clear winner. The storage was designed thoughtfully – there is a shelf that can be folded over to store taller items, so you can stand your wine and liquor bottles upright. The autofill function of the water and ice dispenser means it can sense the size of your vessel and fill it accordingly with water and ice that have passed through one of the best filters available on the market.

In light of concerns with unwanted particles in our tap water, this unit offers cool reassurance. This refrigerator also features a door open alarm for those of us who snack forgetfully, Wi-Fi connectivity, a turbo cool setting that drops interior temperatures to maintain freshness of food after frequent openings and of course, most significantly, advanced water filtration. The filter uses the RPWFE replacement filter which reduces trace chemicals from water and ice.

  • Dimensions: 69.875 x 35.75 x 36.25 inches
  • Capacity: 27.7 cubic feet
  • Available Finishes: Stainless Steel, Black Slate, Slate
  • Energy Star Certified: Yes

Best Side by Side: Samsung 27.4-cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator

Samsung 27.4-cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator
Courtesy of Samsung

Pros: This model has a considerately designed tall water dispenser that makes filling larger drink holders a breeze, and there is all-round cooling, so food is kept chilled throughout the unit.

Cons: The water dispenser is not lit and there are reports that the ice maker is slow. It is not Energy Star certified.

This Samsung side-by-side model is a sleek, stylish refrigerator with anti-fingerprint smudge finish and ample storage space, including gallon door bins. This ultra-modern refrigerator has a spare, handless exterior. Its interior features bright LED lighting, as many of our top picks do, but also a door open alarm, and most remarkably, all-around multi-vent cooling. This refrigerator's in-door ice maker conserves freezer space for storage and its temperature controls are simple and easy to use.

The vegetable drawer is on the small side and there isn't a separate middle drawer designated for items like cheeses or sliced meats, but with proper organization and perhaps a few added storage containers, organization will be a breeze in this roomy option.

  • Dimensions: 70.09 x 35.91 x 33.5 inches
  • Capacity: 27.4 cubic feet
  • Available Finishes: Stainless steel, black stainless steel
  • Energy Star Certified: No

Best with Bottom Freezer: LG 25.5-cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

LG 25.5-cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
Courtesy of Lowes

Pros: There is impressive storage space and smartly designed doors that fit gallon-sized beverages.

Cons: There are no bells and whistles. There is no Wi-Fi connectivity and no door alarm. It's also recommended that the air filter is changed every six months.

This bottom freezer unit provides vast storage space and remarkable air flow due to a multi-air flow freshness system. While this is not a smart fridge with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivities, it is monitored by digital sensors and assisted by strategically placed vents to keep your food fresh and in prime condition. A unique door cooling air duct keeps items stored in-door fresh. There is abundant considerately-placed lighting, such as bright LED panels on the rear of the refrigerator's interior and the welcome addition of a freezer light.

The refrigeration section features a multitude of shelves dedicated to vegetables and a separate "glide'n'serve" area. Be mindful that a bottom freezer refrigerator will require bending to access its pull-out drawer and depending on organization and contents, this may make things slightly less visible. This refrigerator will also not sit flush against your cabinets (if such a feature is important to you) as its handles protrude just under two inches from the exterior.

  • Dimensions: 68.63 x 32.75 x 34.88 inches
  • Capacity: 25.5 cubic feet
  • Available Finishes: Stainless steel
  • Energy Star Certified: Yes

Best Wine Fridge: Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler

Wine Enthusiast 32-Bottle Dual Zone MAX Compressor Wine Cooler
Courtesy of Amazon

Pros: A digital touch-screen makes adjusting internal temperature simple and the LED temperature display makes it easily legible. It's also extremely quiet.

Cons: This is not the fridge for large wine collections. It holds 32 bottles.

This modestly sized and modestly priced wine cooler has two temperature zones. The lower zone is ideal for long-term aging of reds and the upper zone can keep rosé and white wines crisp and ready to serve. This dual temperature zone storage uniquely combines long-term storage capabilities with short-term chilling. The state of the art compressor has temperature stability which makes it ideal for tropical climates and is reported to last twice as long as comparable Thermoelectric wine cellars. Shelves are stable and wine is stored compactly, which means that if one has a collection that includes larger bottles, bottle capacity may be slightly diminished.

Bear in mind that as a freestanding wine refrigerator, clearance must be provided for air to properly circulate. Allow 2 inches away from any wall on each side of the refrigerator and four inches at the rear. Properly situated, this unit has won rave reviews for being so remarkably quiet.

  • Dimensions: 33.4 x 19.5 x 16.9 inches
  • Capacity: 3.2 cubic feet
  • Available Finishes: Glass with black trim
  • Energy Star Certified: No

Best Mini Refrigerator: Big Chill Beverage Fridge

Big Chill Beverage Fridge
Courtesy of Big Chill

Pros: Big Chill makes arguably the most adorable mini fridges out there and the brand also has a super covetable classic fridge that resembles a steamer trunk.

Cons: It is expensive, with no bells and whistles like Wi-Fi connectivity or any other smart fridge features.

Big Chill refrigerators are gorgeous, artful splurges. This incredibly stylish and diminutive fridge with a stamped metal body functions as both a centerpiece of retro décor and a well-made, compact option for an office or dorm room. There's an opaque crisper drawer for items other than beverages and a built-in wine rack. Shelves are glass and easy to clean and wipe down. The Big Chill Retro Beverage fridge features a temperature management system and offers the option of a left-hand hinge.

This piece of refrigeration artwork is available in seven adorable and highly covetable colors, such as Pink Lemonade, Beach Blue and Buttercup Yellow, punctuated by chrome finishes. Should none of these candy-colored finishes suit your fancy, you also have a whopping selection of two hundred custom colors to choose from, though premium finishes will set you back an additional $400.

  • Dimensions: 36 x 23.75 x 27.25 inches
  • Capacity: 5.5 cubic feet
  • Available Finishes: 7 standard colors, 200 custom colors
  • Energy Star Certified: Yes

Conclusion

There are so many options on the market and refrigerators have more special features than ever. Overall, theLG Smart Wi-Fi-enabled French Door Refrigerator is the best refrigerator for your home due to the two ice dispensers, adjustable shelves, and an abundance of storage space.

Pro Panel Q+A

How many watts does a refrigerator use?

"Different types of fridges require different types of power, but generally the average home refrigerator uses between 350-780 watts," says Rachel Street, owner of Hestia Construction. "Older models tend to use more power and Energy-Star certified models can run a lot more efficiently, saving the homeowner money over time on their electric bills."

How long do refrigerators last?

"The life expectancy of your refrigerator can depend on the model, but refrigerators typically last 10-15 years," says Street. "Some signs that your fridge is ready to be replaced include frost covering your frozen items, condensation inside the fridge, or loud unusual noises. With supply chain issues, however, you may have to wait many months for your new fridge to arrive, so be sure to regularly change air and water filters to keep yours working for as long as possible. A failing fridge can quickly run up your electric bill, too, so it's important to get it serviced or replaced quickly."

What is a standard size refrigerator?

There are several types of refrigerators, but the main ones used in residential homes include the French door, top freezer, bottom freezer, and side-by-side styles. "These can range anywhere from approximately 24" to 40" in width and 61" to 71" tall, so it is important to consider these along with your cabinetry to make sure that you allot enough space for your desired model," says Street. "Another major consideration when choosing a refrigerator is to decide between standard depth (30"-40" deep) and counter depth (24"-28" deep). A counter depth refrigerator will sit flush with the countertops of the cabinetry surrounding it and is a common choice for designers who want a sleek line of cabinetry, uninterrupted by a bulky refrigerator. As all of us know, refrigerator space is prime real estate and so, depending on your kitchen, there may be able to work a standard depth refrigerator into the design by either recessing it into a wall or bumping out the other cabinetry to make it appear as if it is counter depth."

How important is a refrigerator to you when you're designing a kitchen from scratch?

"The size of your refrigerator will greatly impact your kitchen layout, as it is the bulkiest item to fit into the design, so it's important to determine the model you want to use up front. If you're like my family, it's likely that no amount of refrigerator space is ever enough, so try to think of ways to sneak in a larger appliance," says Street. "Sometimes you can recess a standard-size fridge into a wall by stealing some space from a closet behind it, or, alternatively, you can bump out the rest of the line of cabinetry to give the illusion of a counter-depth fridge. You may also opt to add a built-in beverage or wine cooler to help free up some space in the main fridge for other items, or even (my favorite) refrigerator drawers."

Factors to Consider

Capacity

The first step in choosing the fridge for your kitchen is deciding on capacity. "The needs of a kitchen in a one-bedroom apartment, for example, would most likely be much different than those of a four-bedroom house," says Street. "With two teenage boys, I don't think there is a fridge that can hold all the food that my family goes through in a week, but it would certainly have to be a larger model." Usually retailers note the capacity in cubic feet for every model. Street recommends accounting for 4 to 6 cubic feet per person in the household.

Existing Space

Take the space into consideration, from the cabinetry to the countertops. "If retrofitting into existing cabinetry, you may be confined to certain models that fit your opening, but if you are renovating your kitchen, you can play with different ideas to incorporate a larger model into your design," says Street. "You also want to consider what is around the refrigerator to make sure there is enough space to open the doors fully without the door opening into a wall or hitting the corner of the cabinetry." Street also recommends leaving enough space for cabinetry filler on either side, if possible.

Utility

Be sure to choose a model that works for your lifestyle. You might need more space for fresh produce or frozen foods, or prefer the freezer at the bottom instead of the side or the top. "A French door refrigerator might be a smart choice if you regularly put large items in your refrigerator like cakes or casseroles, but if you usually use a lot of frozen foods, a side-by-side refrigerator might be better for you," says Street. "It's also important to decide if you want a water and ice dispenser and, if so, if you want it hidden or in plain sight."

Budget

"This will always be our least favorite consideration, especially after visiting the showroom, but unfortunately this may require some limitations," Street says. "Standard refrigerators with the freezer on top tend to be the least expensive, with side-by-side fridges next, and French door refrigerators being usually at the top of the budget. Of course, if you customize a refrigerator or choose a statement piece or something semi-commercial, the price will increase."

Aesthetics

"Finally, but not least importantly, I think about the aesthetics of the refrigerator," says Street "If you want it to blend in, you might choose a fridge to match the color of the cabinetry or the other appliances in the room. If you want to make a statement, then choose one in a bold color or with a retro vibe. Or, if you're one of those impossibly neat, Marie Kondo-inspired people who like to showcase their produce, you might select one with transparent glass doors (but, seriously, we want to know your secret!)." There are more ways than ever to customize refrigerators, but Street recommends a large showroom as the best place to start.

Our Expertise

Kiki Aranita is a chef, food writer and recipe developer. Having owned a food truck and restaurant, she has encountered every refrigerator issue that could possibly arise, and she demands of her own home fridges (yes, she is a multiple home-fridge owner) similar features to that of commercial restaurant fridges. She has tested products for major publications like USA Today in addition to Food & Wine. For this piece, she researched many refrigerators and spoke to Rachel Street, TV host and owner of Hestia Construction.

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