The vast majority of households heavily rely upon a refrigerator to support their everyday living and the convenience of a wide range of stored foods in the home. Previously made to simply store cool goods, modern fridges are capable of offering a wide variety of features, including ice dispensers, non-slip shelving, food preserving technology and much more. But, if we back up for a minute, before choosing a refrigerator, have it in mind that your space, the unit’s capacity, and your budget are the most considerable factors. Having said that, this round-up covers 11 of the currently available refrigerators, assessing them for features, functionality, aesthetics and reliability and ranking them accordingly.
1. LG LSXS26326S
What We Like: LG are acknowledged as one of the world’s leading appliance manufacturers as they are greatly committed to customer services and provide innovatively designed products. The LG LSXS26326S refrigerator encapsulates the mentioned benefits and boasts a host of impressive features. The main shelves of this machine are capable of maintaining ideal temperatures and are more accurate than the majority of alternative models. The door shelves are deep, allowing for additional storage and security.
What We Don’t Like: Unfortunately, there do seem to have been some oversights in design with the LG LSXS26326S as there are no humidity sliders or spillproof shelves, and since it is one of the costly options, these features shouldn’t have been missed.
The Takeaway: Huge, beautiful appearance and well lit interior lighting. Ranked at #6 to reflect the price in comparison to lack of features but in recognition of LG’s reliable brand, the versatility of the sleek design and the reliable functionality of the model.
From one of the most recognizable and reliable refrigerator manufacturers, the Whirlpool WRB322DMBB offers 22 cu. Ft of capacity, in an impressively designed model. Boasting of Whirlpool’s SpillGuard™ glass shelves, this spectacular refrigerator promises to help contain leaks and spills; therefore, cleaning is much simple. The model also includes the Accu-Chill™ temperature management system and Adaptive Defrost, which ensures that foods are stored at the prime temperature at all times. A good point to note is that the engineering of this machine is made in such a way that it can sense and adapt to activate the compressor and defrost cycle as and when required. Fresh fruit and vegetables are further preserved through the FreshFlow™ produce preserver, which promises to maintain the freshness of foods for longer in your bottom-freezer refrigerator.
What We Don’t Like: For all of the benefits of this refrigerator, we have to remark that the aesthetics are slightly dull and uninspiring. This does not affect the performance of the model, but does make for a boring overall appearance.
The Takeaway: If performance is the priority, this is the ideal appliance to buy, but aesthetics are lacking. Ranked at #1 to reflect the range of additional features and functionalities, and the reliability of Whirlpool’s brand and warranty.
What We Like: As can be expected from Samsung, the reliability and impressive range of features that are offered with the RF260BEAESR are sure to appease even the most demanding customer. The inclusive LED Lighting provides excellent illumination throughout the refrigerator and is more efficient than the traditional incandescent bulb. The fridge’s air is maintained at higher, near-commercial grade humidity levels which maximize the freshness of food and preserves taste and crispness of produce. The RF260BEAESR features dual-action cooling systems which simultaneously preserve freshness in the refrigerator without having an impact on freezer air temperatures. The model includes a full-width pantry drawer and separate temperature controls, which means that users can easily and reliably store various items in their ideal settings. Automatic sliding mechanisms make it much easier to access foods and help to maintain an organized storage of produce.
What We Don’t Like: The Samsung RF260BEAESR is one of the high-priced options in our review and although we are pleased with its performance, features and aesthetics, the price will deter some customers.
The Takeaway: Although overpriced, the Samsung RF260BEAESR. Ranked at #2 due to Samsung’s unwavering commitment to excellence in design, functionality and customer service. With a host of setting features and technological innovation, this is a truly impressive and efficient model.
3. Maytag Side-By-Side Refrigerator with Store-N-Door Dispensing System #MFW2055FRZ
What We Like: This Maytag model is amongst the most effective examples of modern day refrigerators that are available. With a capacity of 25 cu. ft., this side-by-side refrigerator boasts 30% greater efficiency than general minimum standards and as such, it is an economical as well as reliable purchase. The EcoConserve® model is also inclusive of the Store-N-Door® dispensing system. The engineering innovation gives the customer considerably more storage and freezer capacity. Also, it includes a FreshLock™ crisper that also offers humidity control which helps to preserve produce and lock in taste. With the water and ice dispenser being able to provide a choice of options, consumers’ desires are met with a host of additional features through this purchase.
What We Don’t Like: Energy consumption is much higher when the ice maker is in use, and so economically, this model is less impressive than others in our review.
The Takeaway: Generally, the Maytag is a pleasing model with an impressive range of features, but could be more economical when using the ice maker. Ranked at #3 because of the superb range of features, excellent functionality and commitment to food preservation and adaptable aesthetics that lend themselves to a wide range of settings.
What We Like: The KitchenAid Five Door KRMF706EBS/ESS is a large versatile model that boasts of 5 doors (two that close automatically and two that are soft-close). Marketed as a ‘platinum interior refrigerator,’ this appliance is as efficient, convenient and simple to use as it is aesthetically pleasing. The KitchenAid Five Door KRMF706EBS/ESS also features the Preserva® Food Care System, and this means that the fridge uses two separate cooling systems which ensure that food is kept fresher for longer. The under-shelf LED lighting is also worth mentioning as it offers exceptional visibility and impressive display of contents. The FreshFlow™ Air Filter that is built into the model helps to eradicate odors, and additional innovative engineering comes in the form of two Produce Preservers which help to minimize over-ripening. As the machine commits to convenience and capacity, the ice bin mounts on the inside door of the refrigerator also allow for extra shelf space.
What We Don’t Like: There’s no escaping that the price of this appliance is high and as such, we have to say that it is a major diversion for many customers. Priced at the highest budget range, only those with the greatest financial flexibility will be in a position to fund this refrigerator.
The Takeaway: If money is not an obstacle, this is a superb choice. Ranked at #4 due to the superb capacity, ease of use, elegant design and impressive range of features. This model comes from one of the world’s most favored manufacturers and offers reliability, sleekness and enjoyment of use.
What We Like: The Frigidaire Custom-Flex is a refrigerator that aims to offer efficiency and design that surpasses alternatives that are currently available. Inclusive of Frigidaire’s SpaceWise® Organization System, the model boasts of its ability to organize contents in over 100 different ways. Utilizing the inclusive Custom-Flex™ Door and the Store-More™ Slide-Under Flip-Up Shelf, users can customize the storage of food as per their needs and preferences. Door bins and accessories are available which further enable users to arrange the appliance in their liking. The Frigidaire Custom-Flex shelf offers 3 varieties of organizational options through the ability to flip up, slide or remain pulled out. The facia of the fridge also benefits from SMUDGE-PROOF™ STAINLESS STEEL, meaning that cleanliness is assured through fingerprint resistance and simplicity to clean.
What We Don’t Like: Larger items of food are not easily accommodated, particularly in the meat drawer which is located in the center of the fridge. This would be an inconvenience for users who buy large items or multiple joints of meat at a time.
The Takeaway: The Frigidaire Custom-Flex is an impressive model that offers a range of organizational benefits but is somewhat lacking in specific areas. Ranked at #5 to reflect the outstanding organizational options, impressive cleaning support, and innovative design that enables customers to tailor the setup of the fridge to suit their individual requirements.
7. Frigidaire Professional FPBC 2277 FT Counter Depth Refrigerator
What We Like: The Frigidaire Professional FPBC 2277 RF promises efficiency and reliability. Offering features such as the PUREAIR ULTRA® FILTRATION SYSTEM, the fridge features a filtration development that removes up to 7 times more odor than baking soda, enhancing the freshness of produce. Its capacity is improved by the inclusion of the SPACEPRO™ SHELVING SYSTEM which offers swift access to ingredients through a superb organization such as flip-up shelves and adjustable crisper bins. Such features enable the user to tailor their refrigerator to their specific needs and requirements. The Frigidaire Professional FPBC 2277 also includes PureSource Ultra® II Water Filters which promise to remove 99.3% of lead and 99.9% of cysts from household water. The freshness and cleanliness of water will enhance drinking and cooking experiences significantly.
What We Don’t Like: The Frigidaire Professional FPBC 2277 RF is one of the less stylish models in our review and as such, we believe that it is not as aesthetically pleasing as other models of the same price range. We were happy with the functionality, but believe the overall design should have been better.
The Takeaway: A great choice for those who are not concerned with the appearance of the refrigerator as it is somewhat dull, but what it lacks in aesthetics is paid up for in functionality. Ranked at #7 to reflect the superb range of features and exceptional customer focus. Being able to adjust the organizational systems to suit individual needs makes this model one of the most user-friendly and efficient options currently available.
8. Electrolux Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator with Wave-Touch Controls #EW23BC85K
What We Like: The Electrolux EW23BC85K is endowed with multiple features and commits to customer satisfaction. This brand features the Soft Freeze Bin which enables products such as ice cream to be stored frozen but maintains their soft-scoop, Wave-Touch Controls which activates the control panel in one simple touch showing all refrigerator options and Luxury-Close Humidity-Controlled Crisper Drawers which self-close and maintain the freshness of produce. Electrolux is a well-known manufacturer in this field and unsurprisingly and provides a warranty that excels. The Platinum Star Limited Warranty offers consumers the benefit of 3-year coverage on parts and one year on labor, ensuring that customers are secure in their purchase.
What We Don’t Like: Unfortunately, it is not possible to tailor the organization of this refrigerator making it to some extent an inconvenient model. Also, it is not possible to reposition the door shelves and so some users might find this a nuisance or frustration.
The Takeaway: Overall, the Electrolux EW23BC85K is a high functioning model with impressive aesthetics but the rigid design means that users cannot tailor the setup of the interior to their needs. Ranked at #8 to reflect the exceptional level of customer care and reliability offered through the outstanding warranty. This is a model that is reliable, advanced and likely to impress.
What We Like: The Kenmore 72483 4-Door Bottom-Freezer Fridge is impressive, spacious and offers a mix of features that help maintain the freshness of produce. Inclusive of gallon door bins, split spill-proof shelving, and crisper drawers, this very well-rounded high-end fridge is committed to preserving foods, both fresh and cooked. With Multi Air Flow technology, the Kenmore Elite 72483 Refrigerator can manage interior temperatures and humidity to prevent freezer burns and maintain flavor.
What We Don’t Like: While we simply couldn’t find anything wrong with the Kenmore Elite 72483 Refrigerator, additional features could have made it much more stunning and a better fridge.
The Takeaway: Overall, this is a simple but effective model, with acceptable aesthetics and effective functionality. Ranked at #9 due to its superb and trustworthy functionality but also as a reflection of the minimal additional features.
10. LG LTCS24223S 24 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator
What We Like: The LG LTCS24223S is an excellent choice for those looking for a large capacity appliance from a reliable and world-leading manufacturer. This brand is aesthetically pleasing as it is convenient and lends itself perfectly to all kitchen types, with sleek design and efficient dimensions.
What We Don’t like: Although the LG LTCS24223S is an excellent refrigerator that accommodates greater amounts of food than many alternatives, the cooling performance is not as impressive as expected, and for that reason, it rates lower than alternative options.
The Takeaway: Despite coming from one of the world’s most favored manufacturers, the performance of LG LTCS24223S is quite disappointing. Ranked at #10 to reflect the attractive aesthetics, superb capacity but also in acknowledgement to the unimpressive cooling engineering and performance.
11. GE GNS23GMHES 22.7 CU. FT. French-Door Refrigerator
What We Like: The GE GNS23GMHES refrigerator offers impressive aesthetics and excellent functionality. The fridge does boast of a hidden water dispenser, which is a welcome addition. The basic level of performance is reliable and easily managed.
What We Don’t Like: There are no humidity sliders or spillproof benefits, and so cheaper models offer a wider range of functions. Priced for higher budgets, this is a refrigerator that is perhaps not ideal for the average family and is questionably overpriced based on comparative features in alternative models.
The Takeaway: The GE GNS23GMHES refrigerator excels in aesthetics but lacks in features. Ranked at #11 as a reflection of the reliability of functionality and pleasing design, but acknowledging the price and nominal additional features.