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The 10 Best Refrigerators of 2019

These feature-loaded refrigerator picks will complete any kitchen

The Fisher Paykel RF170WDLUX5 is another great stainless steel option for your kitchen. This model has some pretty unique features and patented tech that put it above the competition. It runs on the small side with 17.6 cubic feet of internal capacity, but it has some other great options that make it more appealing than some of its competitors.

For one, it has an external water dispenser, which is a huge plus for anyone looking to get filtered water without installing a filter on their sink. Many of the other refrigerators have their water dispensers on the interior of the fridge, which means you have to open it each time. That can be annoying for some, which makes the Fisher Paykel RF170WDLUX5’s external dispenser all the more appealing.

The Fisher Paykel RF170WDLUX5 also has ActiveSmart technology. ActiveSmart combines a variety of sensors and fans to adjust cooling to create an optimum environment for keeping food fresh for longer periods of time. Combined with the SmartTouch sensor on the inside of the fridge, and the Fisher Paykel RF170WDLUX5 is one of the “smarter” refrigerator options on this list. The SmartTouch panel also gives you the ability to adjust the humidity level as well as the adaptive defrost.

For a refrigerator with a lot of adjustable options, the Fisher Paykel RF170WDLUX5 is hard to beat. The ActiveSmart technology better regulates food temperature than most refrigerators, and its adjustable features are ideal for anyone looking to optimize your experience.

Key Features
  • LED lighting
  • Water dispenser
  • ActiveSmart technology
  • Independent temperature control
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 29 x 33 x 69 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 17 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Fisher & Paykel
  • Warranty: 2 years
Pros
  • External water dispenser
  • ActiveSmart monitors temperature for ideal conditions
Cons
  • Smaller than some of its competitors

If you’re looking for the absolute high-end and one of the most advanced refrigerators on the market, look no further than the Samsung RF265BEAESR. It has some great features that make it a compelling refrigerator, but the main selling point here is the 21.5” Family Hub touch display.

While the Samsung RF265BEAESR isn’t as feature-packed as its $5,000 premium brother, the Family Hub still essentially works the same. Users can view the groceries in their fridge through the touch display or via their phone with a companion app. They can also create memos and to do lists, create grocery lists or even buy groceries through Instacart or Groceries by Mastercard. They can also stream video from Samsung smart TVs, play music, or listen to podcasts. It is a pretty revolutionary piece of technology, and is great for people who spend a lot of time in their kitchens.

The Samsung RF265BEAESR also has a ton of space for food. With 24.2 cubic square feet, it is one of the largest refrigerators on this list. Some of the door bins are a bit narrow, and the design isn’t as ergonomic as one would hope. Still though, with this much room it is hard to complain about space. It also has a Cool Select pantry with three distinct temperature settings based on what you have in that spot.

There is plenty to love with this refrigerator, especially for those trying to integrate smart technology into their homes. The Samsung RF265BEAESR is spacious and a quality refrigerator, and the intuitive Family Hub just sweetens the deal.

Key Features
  • Smart Family Hub display
  • Large internal capacity
  • Water dispenser
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 35.7 x 35.6 x 70 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 24.2 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Family Hub has convenient apps and features
  • Large capacity holds lots of food
Cons
  • Some bins are awkwardly sized

For an elegant stainless steel option, with features to boot, the Haier HRB15N3BGS is an excellent option for those seeking something sleek yet simple. It offers a bottom freezer, which makes it more traditional than the DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF, but it isn’t quite as bland as the Daewoo. The brushed stainless steel looks lovely and won’t pick up fingerprints, and it has a similar layout to some of the other refrigerators on this list. But, though it looks similar, the HRB15N3BGS has quite a bit less internal capacity than some of its competition. That’s not a big deal for one or two person households, but big families may want to consider something else.

The HRB15N3BGS doesn’t have many features, but the ones it does offer are useful and simple to use. It has adjustable trays on the interior, as well three full-width door bins. Quick Cool and Quick Freeze add additional blasts or cold air to maintain the temperature inside the refrigerator, which is great when adding still-warm leftovers. The LED lights, like other fridges on this list, add a bright and convenient aesthetic to the interior. The HRB15N3BGS also includes a capacitive touch display that shows the current temperature for the refrigerator and adjustment controls. The fridge also has reversible doors, so lefties rejoice.

It isn’t as fully-featured as some choices, but the HRB15N3BGS still has a lot to offer. With its stainless steel finish, adjustable interior and doors, and simple touch display, this refrigerator from Haier is great for single people or small families.

Key Features
  • Variable temperature control
  • Quick cool and quick freeze
  • LED lights
  • Sabbath mode
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 29.3 x 30.4 x 69.8 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 15 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Haier
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Plenty of organization space
  • Capacitive touch display
  • Quick cool/freeze to regulate food temperature
Cons
  • Freezer space is awkward with drawers

For a refrigerator with a similar sleek aesthetic but toned down on features, the Daewoo RFS-26ABW is an excellent option. Rather than a slate finish like the GNE25JMKES, it offers a traditional white look. It may be less modern looking, but it still matches the aesthetic of essentially any kitchen. It has the same French door design as the GNE25JMKES as well as the bottom freezer.

That is practically where all the similarities end, though. Whereas the GNE25JMKES has several other features to improve user experience, the RFS-26ABW offers something simpler. There is no water or ice dispenser, which will be a bummer for frequent users of those features. The trade-off, though, is that users get even more storage space. That’s on top of the already ample storage, thanks to the Daewoo’s huge 26 cubic feet of internal capacity. There is an auto ice-maker in the freezer, though.

The Daewoo has plenty of storage options as well, with two fresh drawers and a dedicated pantry compartment at the bottom of the refrigerator. The freezer also has individual shelves for simplified storage. The door bins also have plenty of storage to add in jugs of milk or juice.

Just be sure to carefully measure your space. The Daewoo RFS-26ABW has plenty of storage, but that’s due to its large size. It may overwhelm some more compact spaces. If you’ve got the room for it, though, the RFS-26ABW is an excellent option for those looking for a lot of space and a lot of simplicity.

Key Features
  • Auto ice maker
  • Separated cooling zones
  • Moist air control
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 72.5 x 38 x 36 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 26 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Daewoo
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Organization options
  • Moisture control
Cons
  • Too large for some kitchens
  • No water or ice dispenser

For the ultimate solution in flexibility, the Frigidaire DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF offers the most customization for its users. The most notable thing about this Frigidaire refrigerator is its 2-in-1 capacity. There is only one spacious compartment, and users can choose to use it as refrigerator or as a standup freezer. Combined with the modular design, the DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF is excellent for people who need to store a lot of food and don’t want to cram a freezer and refrigerator into one space.

Aside from the one large compartment, the customizable innards of the DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF are the big selling feature. Utilizing Frigidaire’s SmartWise technology, these customizable door bins, shelves, and color-coded baskets make organization and laying out your refrigerator a breeze. It also makes it ideal for clearing space when you have large containers of food that would not fit in a conventionally fixed space. Combine that with the lovely and bright LED lighting, and the DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF is a functional and lovely refrigerator.

If you do decide to use the DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF as a freezer, the thicker ArcticLock walls will come in handy. The thicker design better insulates the food. That means if there is ever a power outage or other catastrophe, the ArcticLock can keep you food cold for up to two days.

It does lack some features like a water and ice dispenser, but those aren’t necessarily deal breakers. If you’re looking for a refrigerator with a lot of space and flexibility, than the DMAFRIGFGVU21F8QF should be high on your list.

Key Features
  • LED lighting
  • Automatic defrost
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 32.2 x 34 x 73.1 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 20.5 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Frigidaire
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Tight seal
  • 2 in 1 refrigerator or freezer
  • Insulated, protects food for two days
Cons
  • No ice maker
  • Only refrigerator (or freezer), not ideal for those looking for both

Another great option from Haier comes in the form of this 4 door refrigerator. With 16 cubic feet of internal capacity, it has plenty of room for all your frozen and refrigerated food, and its 4 door design is convenient and offers a unique aesthetic. The refrigerator also has a few unique traits specific to Haier products.

One of the standout features of the Haier 4 door is its counter depth, which lets it seamlessly blend with cabinets for a built-in look (without the cost of one). The crisper provides humidity control, which helps keep fruits and vegetables fresh and at just the right temperature. It also has the same Quick Freeze features of other Haier refrigerators, as well as adjustable bins and touch capacitive display to control the temperature.

However, the Haier 4 door is not without drawbacks. While 16 cubic feet is fine for individuals or small families, it can be a little cramped when trying to hold food for multiple people. It also does not have a water or ice dispenser, which is something many premium refrigerators offer.

Still, though, for a simple refrigerator with a nice aesthetic, the Haier 4 door is a solid choice. Its counter depth blends well, and the stainless steel finish will match most modern kitchens. Just beware if you plan on packing a lot of food in it or want something a little more feature rich.

Key Features
  • Sabbath Mode
  • Counter depth blends with cabinets
  • LED lights
  • Quick cool/quick freeze setting
  • Capacitive touch display
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 33 x 27 x 71 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 16 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Haier
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Counter depth blends well
  • Unique aesthetic
  • Intuitive temperature controls
Cons
  • Smaller internal capacity

LG’s entry on this list is a beautiful French door design with counter depth and a surprising bit of of internal capacity. The LG LFC21776ST has a lot to offer without being overly complex or weighed down by faulty mechanics. The stainless steel finish is also lovely, and a classic LG trademark. It should go with any modern looking kitchen. The 20.6 cubic feet in the LFC21776ST is surprising giving it's quite a bit shorter than other refrigerators. That means it is spacious as well as easy to access, which is great to hear for any short users. Make that doubly convenient for the short users thanks to its accessible bottom freezer drawer.

There are some shortfalls, though. For one, the LG LFC21776ST doesn’t have a filter for the ice-maker, so you will have to manually install one if it's needed. It also lacks its own water dispenser, usually a common feature among high end refrigerators. Also, while the storage is bountiful in the LG LFC21776ST, the design of the bins themselves leaves a lot to be desired. They aren’t bad per se, but one could say they are on the small side. Larger bins would have been preferred to maximize storage.

Thankfully, these are all just nitpicks in an otherwise solid machine. If you’re looking for a fridge with a lot of storage, is simple to access, and blends well with your counters and kitchen, then the LG LFC21776ST should be one of the top considerations for you.

Key Features
  • LED lights
  • IcePlus feature
  • Linear compressor
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 35.8 x 69.8 x 30 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 20.7 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Lots of storage
  • Counter depth blends well
Cons
  • No filter on water dispenser
  • Bins have awkward size

All of the options on this list have unique features and some sort of unique look or selling point. The Amana ABB1924BRM may not seem to have any of those on the surface. That in itself, though, is a special feature. The Amana ABB1924BRM is a no-nonsense refrigerator, and it is perfect for someone who just wants a refrigerator that works. It has a stainless steel finish and a bottom freezer, making it a standard model for most refrigerators and kitchens.

The total net capacity is 18.6 cubic feet. That’s on the smaller end, making it ideal for small families or single individuals. The freezer itself holds 5.7 cubic feet, which makes it larger than most freezers for refrigerators this size. That means if you want to store more frozen food than normal than this is the ideal option for you. The refrigerator also has reversible doors, so you can switch it based on which hand you open doors with.

Aside from that, the Amana ABB1924BRM has the standard array of shelves and bins to store food in. It also has a digital display to view and change the temperature, but it doesn’t have the same features as some of the other refrigerators like Haier’s Quick Freeze setting. However, those aren’t necessary for a quality refrigerator.

The Amana ABB1924BRM is the ideal no-nonsense option for users who just want a refrigerator that works. It may lack the features of some of its competitors, but a roomy freezer and simplicity may be just what you need.

Key Features
  • Humidity control
  • Touch pad
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 29.6 x 33.4 x 66.9 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 18.6 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Amana
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Decent space
  • Humidity control for fruits and vegetables
  • Roomy freezer
Cons
  • Not many unique features

Are you wanting something a little more off the grid? Or perhaps something you can use just about anywhere? The Diamond Elite LP could be just for you. On the outside it may seem like an ordinary refrigerator. It even comes in that classic egg white color, though it comes in other colors as well. What makes the Diamond Elite LP unique, though, is in how the user powers it.

Most refrigerators use electricity, hence their Energy Star certifications. The Diamond Elite LP doesn’t operate on electricity. Instead it operates on propane. That makes it ideal for anyone living in a cabin or Amish communities. Its even great for those of you worried about power outages and want to keep your food fresh and cold at all times.

The fridge uses approximately 1.5 pounds of propane a day, which mean upkeep can expensive or time-consuming. But it shouldn’t be too different for people who are used to propane appliances or anyone looking to use the Diamond Elite LP as a backup refrigerator.

Otherwise, the Diamond Elite is a standard quality refrigerator. It has a roomy top freezer and 14 cubic feet of internal capacity in the fridge. More than enough space for the usual family, though it does run just a bit smaller than some of the other contenders on this list. However, it is one of the only American-made refrigerators on this list, and it’s perfect for outdoorsmen or those looking for an off the grid lifestyle.

Key Features
  • Propane powered
  • Extra-large freezer space
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 36 x 30 x 65.5 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 19 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: Diamond
  • Warranty: 5 years
Pros
  • Long warranty
  • Large freezer space
  • Ideal for no-electric solution
Cons
  • Runs on gas or propane, which might not work for some households

When it comes to having a refrigerator with a sleek finish and design to boot, GE’s GNE25JMKES is the one to beat. For one, it has a sleek and beautiful finish, and it’s neutral enough to go with almost any kitchen. Its slate finish is matte, and it doesn’t pick up any fingerprints. The fridge’s stainless steel handles, though attractive and entirely modern, are fingerprint magnets. The GNE25JMKES doesn’t have an exterior water or ice dispenser, which is how it achieves such a smooth and sleek look. These dispensers are found inside the left hand door.

The French doors further add to the luxurious look of the GNE25JMKES, and its bottom ice drawer offers more storage than you could expect from a left-right split fridge. The freezer also has separate drawers, making organization a breeze.

The upper refrigerator has plenty of storage and organization as well. With large drawers, retractable shelves, and separate crispers (complete with individual controls) the GNE25JMKES boasts a lot of flexibility for its users. This fridge is an organization freak’s dream. Combine that with the incredibly bright LED lighting, and you have a fridge that is both friendly to use and friendly to look at. The control panel also allows you to adjust the temperature, engage the door alarm, or use the refrigerator’s TurboChill feature, which radically drops the temperature.

For the end all, be all of sleek and feature-packed refrigerators, the GE GNE25JMKES is the one to beat.

Key Features
  • LED lighting
  • Internal ice and water dispenser
  • Internal temperature display
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 37.5 x 32.8 x 69.9 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 24.8 cu ft
  • Manufacturer: GE
  • Warranty: 1 year
Pros
  • Filtration system for clean water
  • Frost guard technology
Cons
  • Awkward control panel placement
  • Inner water/ice dispensers can be annoying to access

When you're shopping for a new refrigerator, here are some considerations to mull over:

Side-by-Side vs Top Freezer vs Bottom Freezer Which freezer you choose ultimately depends on you and where you would rather store your frozen food. Top freezer options used to be the top choice, but bottom freezers are becoming more and more popular. Side-by-side refrigerators use to be all the rage, but their minimal storage options made them less appealing as the years went on.

Unique Features Many refrigerators come with some sort of unique feature they use as a selling point, such as ice or water dispensers. Many also promote their insulated walls, protecting against power outages. Many refrigerators, even premium ones, don’t offer unique features as well. Make sure you read up on what a refrigerator actually provides. Not all premium options have the same premium features. Pick something that suits your needs.

Noise Level In case you don’t know, refrigeration units can be pretty loud. That’s not a problem in a commercial setting, but it can be pretty annoying in a home environment. Be sure to research how much sound a refrigerator outputs. Most of the options on this list are very quiet compared to the other competition.

Storage and Dimensions This is perhaps the most important feature. You’ll want to study up on the dimensions of your refrigerator options in comparison to your own kitchen. You’ll especially want to research width and height. You don’t want to buy a refrigerator that is too big for your space. Also research the internal capacity, as some refrigerators store more than others or are harder to keep clean and organized. If you want to pack a lot of food into your refrigerator, you’ll want something that has a larger internal capacity.

Resources — RemodelistaConsumer Reports

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