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Best Built-In Refrigerators of 2021

Form and Function, Built Right In

The bastion of the kitchen, the classic refrigerator has come a long way since its early days as an ice box. From the decades of the long-ruling top-freezer fridge to the ever-popular French door model, style has always been quintessential. And that's what's at the heart of the built-in kitchen revolution: creating a style that's uniquely modern, minimal, and brings out the best of your kitchen. If you didn't know, built-in refrigerators are just like any normal fridge, except they sacrifice depth at the back of the device to make them level with your kitchen cabinetry. After that, a panel is placed over the front of many refrigerators to make them blend right in with your kitchen's cabinets.
As they've become a popular choice with minimalists and on-trend designers, many types of kitchen appliances come in this built-in mode such as panel-ready dishwashers. Below, our kitchen appliance experts pick out the best built-in refrigerators of 2021. Each of these models fuses form with function to keep your food fresh and organized, all while your home looks its absolute best.

Best Four-Door Built-In Refrigerators

Dacor Built-In 4 Door French Door Refrigerator 42 inch Contemporary Panel Ready- DRF427500AP/DA

Dacor Built-In 4 Door French Door Refrigerator 42 inch Contemporary Panel Ready- DRF427500AP/DA (Custom Panels Are Sold Separately)
One word defines this four-door device: luxury. The luxury-level Dacor model is equipped with panel-ready French doors for both the refrigerator and the freezer. Behind each of the four doors, a stainless steel interior keeps foods organized and fresh. And with a freezer that aligns perfectly with common counter height, this refrigerator is designed for easy installation to match your home's existing or new cabinetry.
You might think that heat loss, one of the perils of French door refrigerators, may rear its ugly head here. Instead, the Dacor built-in refrigerator manages to keep everything cool while retaining energy efficiency. Multiple evaporators and compressors work in unison to keep produce as cool and fresh as possible. Plus, it qualifies for ENERGY STAR ranking, helping to keep energy use and utility costs low.
Also features: Dual ice maker, hidden touch control panel, FreshZone Plus compartment converts from fridge to freezer. Custom panels sold separately. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 23.5 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 16.8 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 6.7

Best Energy Saving Built-In Refrigerators

Dacor 36" Built-In Refrigerator Panel Ready French Door - DRF367500AP/DA

Dacor 36 inch Built-In Refrigerator Panel Ready French Door - DRF367500AP/DA
A slightly-less-wide sibling to the Dacor refrigerator above, the 36-inch width model brings all of the benefits of the 42-inch width down to scale. Perfect for small or mid-size kitchens and cabinetry, the Dacor 36-inch is built with smart features that allow it to punch above its weight class. Full height doors, shelving, and door bins allow for easy storage and space negotiation. But the Dacor's most amazing aspect isn't its storage capacity or its panel-ready facade.
Take a closer look at what would normally be considered the deli bin. Called the FreshZone Plus compartment, this area can convert from fridge to freezer depending on where you need the space the most. Stash extra frozen pizzas here for kids' sleepovers, then convert to the refrigerator temperature to store party platters and charcuterie boards. This low-energy device manages to check all boxes: style, functionality, and usability, all while being an ENERGY STAR product just like its bigger sibling.
Also features: Dual ice maker, internal water dispenser, FreshZone Plus compartment converts from fridge to freezer. Custom panels sold separately. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 21.3 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 14.5 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 6.8

Best Built-In Refrigerators with Dual Cooling

JennAir Built-In Refrigerator Panel Ready French Door 42" - JF42NXFXDE

JennAir Built-In Refrigerator Panel Ready French Door 42 inch - JF42NXFXDE
With an obsidian black interior and an exterior surface that's ready for styling, the JennAir built-in refrigerator brings the built-in kitchen to a new level. And with multi-point LED lighting, you'll feel like you're in a luxury boutique every time you open the fridge. But what's truly exciting about this model is the dual cooling airflow.
Unlike many low-quality fridges that use one cooling climate control system, the JennAir JF42NXFXDE uses two. The dual cooling system chills the freezer and fridge separately, allowing you to adjust the temperature individually and by degrees. Plus, dual cooling helps to keep humidity at just the right level for common produce, extending the freshness of your crisp fruit and veggies. All the while, JennAir's Produce Preserver technology works to remove ethylene gas, which is given off by produce as it ripens—and can speed along the aging process. By removing ethylene gas and keeping produce at the optimal humidity level and temperature, this dual-cooling JennAir built-in fridge proves itself the best in its category.
Also includes: Automatic ice maker, Sabbath mode, soft close crisper drawers. Custom panels not included. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 24.17 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 17.75 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 6.42

Best Built-In Refrigerators for Small Kitchens

JennAir Built-In Refrigerator 36" Panel Ready Bottom-Freezer Obsidian Interior - JB36NXFXRE

JennAir Built-In Refrigerator 36 inch Panel Ready Bottom-Freezer Obsidian Interior - JB36NXFXRE
Six inches skinnier than the 42-inch version above, the 36-inch JennAir bottom freezer refrigerator brings JennAir's technological advances down to a reasonable size for kitchens with tight space. Dual cooling technologies, produce preserving ethylene removers, and humidity controllers all downsize into this 36-inch model.
There is no loss of style, though. The same dark interior and multi-point lights greet you every time you open the door, just from a more reasonably sized single-door refrigerator. And with less width come space-saving innovations. Adjustable shelving and door bins allow enough space for weekly groceries, and full-length shelves sport enough room for everything from party platters to holiday roasts. And no matter what size your kitchen is, make sure you measure your space to ensure your new refrigerator will fit.
Also includes: Automatic ice maker, Sabbath mode, soft close crisper drawers. Custom panels not included. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 21 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 15.3 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 5.56

Best Professional Built-In Refrigerators

Dacor Professional Built-In Refrigerator 42" Stainless Steel Side-by-Side - DYF42SBIWR

Dacor Professional Built-In Refrigerator 42 inch Stainless Steel Side-by-Side - DYF42SBIWR
A very different beast from the panel-ready fridges above, this built-in Dacor refrigerator is trying to do anything but hide. A shining stainless steel surface and side-by-side profile make this appliance the centerpiece of the kitchen (and by extension, the home). The Dacor brings a professional chef-like look to any home, whether you're creating a minimalist meal prep space or designing the French kitchen of your dreams.
Inside, the Dacor shows its true professionalism with next-gen food preservation technology. The ENERGY STAR qualified appliance keeps temperatures from fluctuating. Meanwhile, a twin cooling system keeps both the refrigerator and freezer cold, separately, all while automatically-controlled crispers and evaporators ensure the produce stays fresh. Dacor's Power Cool and Power Freeze system helps to drop temperatures quickly if the doors stay open for too long.
Other features: External ice and water dispenser, ENERGY STAR qualified, sabbath mode. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 24 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 15.5 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 8.5

Best Built-In Refrigerators for Large Storage

Viking 42" Professional 5 Series Stainless Steel Built-In Side-By-Side Refrigerator - VCSB5423SS

Viking 42 inch Professional 5 Series Stainless Steel Built-In Side-By-Side Refrigerator - VCSB5423SS
With nearly a foot of extra storage space over the other 42 inch models on this list, the Viking built-in fridge proves itself to be the best for all those searching for that extra inch or two. Plus, with its side-by-side design, multiple adjustable shelves and door bins make it easy to stash tall bottles and stacks of prepared meals alike. And with spill-proof shelving and four deli drawers, there's enough room for everything you could need inside this Viking fridge.
Once all your weekly groceries are organized and put away, you won't have to worry about them staying cold. Viking's Pro Chill temperature management system is the quietest compressor available, and functions all while an ion-based air purifier rids the fridge of airborne bacteria. Adjustable humidity drawers help to keep leafy greens fresh for longer, and three drawers in the freezer help to better organize frozen goods like fruits, veggies, and snacks.
Also features: ENERGY STAR qualified, filter-free air freshness, ion air purifier. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 25.32 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 15.76 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 9.56

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