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The Best Refrigerators of 2021

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The Best Refrigerators: French Door, Side-by-Side, Built-In, and More

Some appliances are intrinsically necessary to the way a home functions. Sure, you could function without a dishwasher, and maybe even a microwave. But the most necessary device in your home may very well be the refrigerator. These machines keep our food fresh, allowing us to save money by keeping produce, dairy, and meat as good as possible. And since the days of the first icebox, the fridge has been evolving and revolutionizing with each new model. Whether you use yours just for the week's meal prep, or stash daily snacks and wine bottles away within, we've got the best refrigerators for you to choose from.
Below, our kitchen appliance experts pull their picks for the best refrigerators of 2021 based on new technologies and high-functioning features. Keep in mind that there are dozens of designs, from the classic top freezer to the popular French door model. And with fridges and freezers in so many sizes and styles, you'll find one that fits your needs perfectly.

The Best Top Freezer

Whirlpool Top-Freezer Refrigerator 28" Stainless Steel - WRT518SZFM

Whirlpool Top-Freezer Refrigerator 28 inch Stainless Steel - WRT518SZFM
Versatility is this top-freezer refrigerator's middle name. With a slim profile and low height, this Whirlpool model manages to scale down the classic fridge to a manageable size. Significantly larger than a mini-fridge, this Whirlpool's separate top freezer crowns it victorious in the war for small fridges. And with a size that's perfectly designed for small homes, condos, and studios, this model gives users enough wiggle room to store weekly groceries with room left over.
You may have seen the word "mini-fridge" mentioned above and immediately decided against this Whirlpool. But don't set it aside just yet. Standing over five feet tall and more than two feet wide, this fridge is anything but "mini". Instead, it makes use of its small footprint by rising high with extra shelves and adjustable storage. A half-deli bin and two crisper drawers make keeping everything fresh easy. Plus, the full-size freezer can be outfitted with an icemaker for all the comforts of a full-size fridge.
Also features: Electronic temperature control, freezer temperature control, adjustable door bins. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 17.64 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 13.66 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 3.98

Best Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

LG 26 Cu. Ft. PrintProof Stainless Steel Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - LRDCS2603S

LG 26 Cu. Ft. PrintProof Stainless Steel Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - LRDCS2603S
With a classic bottom-freezer profile and stainless steel finish, it might not look like this LG fridge is much to write home about. But incredible technology and storage capacity lies behind both of these doors. And it's the best kind of technology: the invisible kind you don't have to think about. Equipped with DoorCooling+, this fridge automatically works to cool down items in the door bins (an area commonly neglected, as most refrigerators power cool air through the top and rear of the device only). That means you'll have no fear stashing gallons of milk or yogurt here in the door.
Meanwhile, the appliance manages to keep all 26 cubic feet of storage cooled as well while retaining an ENERGY STAR qualification. And with so many places to store your food, you'll be hard-pressed to run out of space. Each shelf spans the entire width of the refrigerator, allowing you to stash huge party planners, holiday roasts, sheet cakes, and all kinds of other foods.
Also features: Quiet operation, Door Cooling+, ice maker, fingerprint resistant stainless steel finish.

Best French Door Refrigerator

LG French Door Refrigerator 24 Cu. Ft. PrintProof Stainless Steel Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Counter-Depth With Craft Ice Maker - LRFXC2416S

LG French Door Refrigerator 24 Cu. Ft. PrintProof Stainless Steel Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Counter-Depth With Craft Ice Maker - LRFXC2416S
When it comes to French door refrigerators, it's all about style. Smart style, specifically. This double-doored LG beauty comes loaded with smart features like two ice makers WiFi connectivity. Connect to your device from anywhere in your home to check on temperature levels and appliance status with the help of the LG ThinQ app. And every time you use it, your fridge analyzes your habits to better anticipate what you need and when. That way, every time you finish that 5 pm hot yoga class and need a water bottle refill, Your ice maker will be fully prepped.
The LG model looks smart, too. A counter-depth silhouette brings the latest trend to your kitchen, with a seamless look and minimalist profile that fuses with your kitchen's existing design. And with a fingerprint-resistant finish, you won't have to worry about any smudges getting stuck on your stainless steel.
Also features: Dual ice maker with spherical ice, an in-door ice dispenser, Wi-Fi connectivity. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 23.5 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 15.4 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 8.1

Best Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Frigidaire Stainless Steel Side-By-Side Refrigerator - FFSS2615TS

Frigidaire Stainless Steel Side-By-Side Refrigerator - FFSS2615TS
While its stainless steel complexion and accessible ice dispenser are impressive, this Frigidaire side-by-side hides its best technology within and out of sight. These are simple upgrades that just make life easier, like the covered ice bin in the freezer. This hinged door keeps things like popsicles or ice packs from falling into your ice maker and contaminating your ice cubes. The refrigerator's easy-to-replace water filter makes it easier than ever to keep your water clean and drinkable, too. The Pure Source 3 water filtration system purifies water and ice as it flows through the fridge, and when it's time to replace, simply switch out the eye-level filter.
Meanwhile, the indoor space and shelving can be adjusted to fit nearly any situation with over 100 possible configurations. Movable door bins and shelves allow for tall bottles and wide party platters or cakes, all while crisper drawers keep produce and greens fresh down below. Keep your fresh foods lasting longer throughout the week with help from your Frigidaire. Energy Star qualification means that your utility costs and environmental impact stay low, all while your savings stay up.
Also features: Gallon door bins, LCD temperature controls, filter change alert, Energy Saver Plus Technology. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 25.5 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 16.5 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 9

Best Built-In Refrigerator

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

Dacor 42 inch Contemporary Panel Ready Built-In 4 Door French Door Refrigerator - DRF427500AP/DA (Custom Panels Are Sold Separately)
With a panel-ready surface and doors that align with common counter height, this Dacor brings an element of elevated luxury to any kitchen. Panel yours to match existing cabinetry, or renovate your kitchen altogether for a completely contemporary look in 2021. But no matter what fashion your fridge shows outside, it's truly what's inside that counts, and this luxury-level appliance stuns when its doors open.
An all-stainless steel interior encloses groceries all while multi-point 3D lighting sheds some light on your favorite snacks. Meanwhile, the ENERGY STAR qualified device truly innovates with its FreshZOne Plus compartment. This drawer can shift temperatures, changing from refrigerator to freezer-chilled as necessary. Next time you need a place to stash that ice cream sheet cake, you'll know where to look.
Also features: Four doors, panel ready, dual ice maker, ENERGY STAR qualified. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 23.5 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 16.8 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 6.7

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If you're still not quite sure what you're looking for in a refrigerator, take a look through our refrigerator sizing and buying guide. In there, our appliance experts break down all the major differences between each type of fridge, and help to point out which models might be best for certain lifestyles. If you're hoping for more personalized advice, give our experts a call at 800-860-3577. We'll help you to find the device that's best for your household. All of our devices are backed by at least one year of the manufacturer's warranty, and we'll service your local appliance throughout its lifetime.

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