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Best Side-By-Side Refrigerators of 2021

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Style and Function, Side-by-Side

In search of a new fridge, or renovating your kitchen with all new appliances? Choose from some of the best side-by-side refrigerators of 2021. One of the most popular refrigerator styles in modern homes, the side-by-side refrigerator fuses function with affordability, all behind a stylish facade of dual-door style. Similar to the trendy French door variant, the side-by-side aligns a top-to-bottom split fridge and freezer. This design gives easy access to both frozen and fresh foods, making it a good option for families and anyone in a hurry.
When it comes to kitchen size, the side-by-side may be the ultimate problem-solver for tiny kitchens. These designs make the most of small spaces and work well in kitchens where each inch is valuable. The only downside? No shelf stretches the full width of the appliance, meaning you may need to get creative when it comes to storage. But with adjustable shelves and door bins, you can fit nearly anything inside. Explore our experts' picks for this year's best side-by-side refrigerators of 2021, and see which models are right for your home.

Best Smart Side-By-Side Refrigerator

LG Side-By-Side Refrigerator 22 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Smart Wi-Fi Enabled InstaView Door-In-Door Counter-Depth - LSXC22396S

LG Side-By-Side Refrigerator 22 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Smart Wi-Fi Enabled InstaView Door-In-Door Counter-Depth - LSXC22396S
Bursting with smart features like door-in-door technology and Wi-Fi connectivity, this LG appliance is functional and stylish. A counter-depth, built-in design lends a sleek look to your kitchen's silhouette, while the door-in-door screen brings high-tech style. Knock twice here to illuminate what's inside your tinted door compartment, then open to access drinks and snacks without letting too much cool air out. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi connectivity with LG's ThinQ app lets you stay connected wherever you are. Check on your device's temperature, and get recommended maintenance tips to extend the life of your device.
Even smarter than advanced science? Advances in space management. Counter-depth devices fit closer to the wall than others, meaning LG's designers have needed to make the most of every square inch. An in-door ice maker expands freezer space more than ever before, letting you squeeze in everyone's favorite ice cream flavor. Plus, adjustable shelves and door-in-door bins make it easy to store taller and oddly-shaped bottles with ease. And with a full 22 cubic feet of storage space, you'll be able to stash your week's groceries in a snap.
Also features: Water and ice dispenser, ENERGY STAR qualified, quiet operation, LG Smart ThinQ compatibility. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 21.74 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 14.34 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 7.4

Best Side-By-Side Refrigerator For Any Kitchen

Whirlpool Side-By-Side Refrigerator Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel - WRS321SDHZ

Whirlpool Side-By-Side Refrigerator Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel - WRS321SDHZ
Nearly every kitchen appliance is designed in shining stainless steel (and for good reason; it looks good with almost any wood finish or countertop). But some contemporary trend setters are moving away from the safety of stainless steel and into unknown color contrasts. This Whirlpool fridge is available in classic stainless steel, black stainless steel, black, and white. New designers are shaping their kitchens around these black and white tones, completing their collection of black appliances with matching dishwashers and microwaves. Satisfy trends and stay sleek with a fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel model, or keep it classic with the fingerprint-resistant silver stainless steel.
The fingerprint-resistant exterior hides high-functioning features within. Open the Whirlpool's door to find optimized features like a can caddy, designed to keep your favorite beverages chilled at the perfect temperatures. Meanwhile, an installed ice maker keeps drinks cool even outside of the fridge with a little help from the ice and water dispenser. No matter which color fridge you choose, your dispenser hardware changes to match your style.
Also features: Humidity controlled drawers, adjustable door bins. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 21.4 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 14.63 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 6.77

Best Display on a Side-By-Side Refrigerator

GE 23.2 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Side-By-Side Refrigerator - GSS23HSHSS

GE 23.2 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Side-By-Side Refrigerator - GSS23HSHSS
If you like knowing exactly what your devices are up to with one glance, this GE model is for you. On the freezer's external display are water and ice maker controls, allowing you to choose what type of ice you'll need when you press the dispenser. But just above are easy-to-read temperature controls that allow you to change your fridge's temp. Adjust up or down from the recommended coolness depending on what's inside. Keep temperatures up a bit to defrost ice cream cakes before birthday parties, or lower them down for more fragile frozen goods. With just a glance, you can see just what your device is up to thanks to this display. You can even set lock controls or turn the door alarm on with the touch of a button.
Inside, the GE model makes the most of its cavernous space with adjustable door bins and shelves that can be changed at nearly any level. Plus, multi-level drawers make it easy to stash snackable and deli items right in the middle of the fridge for easy access. Meanwhile, produce can go in humidity-controlled crisper drawers to stay as fresh as possible. If you have any special produce you want to change indoor temperatures for, just close the door and adjust your display.
Also features: Automated defrost, installed ice maker. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 23.2 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 16.2 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 6.9

Best Counter-Depth Side-By-Side Refrigerator

LG Side-By-Side Counter-Depth Refrigerator 22 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Smart Wi-Fi Enabled - LSXC22426S

LG Side-By-Side Counter-Depth Refrigerator 22 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Smart Wi-Fi Enabled - LSXC22426S
With a counter-depth appliance, space is often sacrificed for style. The stylish built-in look requires a flat-faced refrigerator that's smaller than a regular fridge in depth. Since you're cutting away depth, extra room for different almond and oat milks is lost. Not so with the LG model, where intelligent space innovations allow you to keep form and function in the same kitchen.
An in-door ice maker frees up extra room at the top of the freezer, while adjustable shelves make it easy to fit items tall and small. Door shelves are clear, too, meaning you'll always be able to see exactly what you're looking for (no matter how small it is). Even connect to Wi-Fi and LG's ThinQ app to check on your device's functionality and temperature.
Also features: Quiet operation, Wi-Fi enabled, ENERGY STAR rated. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 21.94 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 14.51 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 7.4

Best Side-By-Side Refrigerator For Budgets

Frigidaire Stainless Steel Side-By-Side Refrigerator - FFSS2315TS

Frigidaire Stainless Steel Side-By-Side Refrigerator - FFSS2315TS
With a sticker price lower than all other options on this list, the Frigidaire side-by-side beats competitors out by at least 100 dollars or more. And with an appealing low cost, you'd think that many features would be trimmed, but the Frigidaire keeps everything important onboard while maintaining a price that works for nearly any budget.
The space-saving technologies inherent to the side-by-side refrigerator are included, like adjustable door bins and movable shelves. Change things around when you're hosting family dinners to make room for tall wine bottles, lots of soda, or prepped charcuterie boards. Just trying to make room for this week's groceries? Make sure you're optimizing the space in your gallon-sized door bins—these see-through containers can fit more than just condiments. Stash juice, milk, and other beverages here. That way, you clear more volume out on center shelves for lunches and snacks. Multi-level LED lighting makes it easy to see everything, no matter where it's hiding.
Also features: Stainless steel finish, ice maker, water dispenser. Total Capacity (cu. ft.) : 22.1 Refrigerator Capacity (cu. ft.) : 14.2 Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.) : 7.9

Best Side-By-Side Refrigerator for Frozen Food Lovers

GE Side-By-Side Refrigerator Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel - GSS25IYNFS

GE Side-By-Side Refrigerator Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel - GSS25IYNFS
While all of these split fridges offer a generous amount of freezer space, this GE model re-imagines freezer storage by utilizing the space just above the ice maker. Place your favorite frozen foods and snacks here for easy access. Grabbable popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and frozen dinners would fit here easily. Alternatively, keep this space free and use it as needed—it's the coldest spot in the freezer.
Meanwhile, the rest of the freezer is separated by the same transparent glass shelves used in the refrigerator. These glass shelves and clear door bins make it easy to see what you've stashed where, and make organization easy. When it's time to reorganize, don't forget that you can adjust the height of different bins and shelves to allow for a little extra room in the freezer.

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If you're still not sure that a side-by-side refrigerator is best for your household, check out our Refrigerator Buying and Sizing Guide. Here, you can read up on all of the new types of fridges and technologies available, along with what style would work best with your home. For a professional opinion, give our experts a call at 800-860-3577. Our home appliance masters are lauded for their knowledge in the field, with the one goal of helping you to find the best device for your household. Learn more about our warranty and service.

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