Keep cool (and organize your condiments) with the best refrigerators

  LG Instaview Refrigerator 2017 in kitchen light
Bill Roberson / Digital trends

Bill Roberson / Digital trends

What goes on inside your refrigerator may be a mystery to you, and we do not just mean that sinister sticky container that has been there since when who knows when. As long as your meat does not spoil too quickly and your spinach still looks cheerful after a couple of days, you're probably happy to let it do its job.

Still, investing in one of the best refrigerators is a worthwhile step, since the appliance will remain in your kitchen for years, and some features may be more important to you than others. The differences in the space of the drawers and the use of energy are just some of the things to consider. Here are some of our current favorite refrigerators that offer something different.

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Our selection

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Why should I buy this? It seems a bit different, but the five-door model has lots of storage options.

Who is it for? Neatniks who want to keep everything organized.

How much will it cost? $ 3,059

Why we choose the Whirlpool double drawer WRV986FDEM:

Such a nice refrigerator that produces twice as much ice. The French Whirlpool Double Drawer door has 25.8 cubic feet of compartmentalized storage space. In addition to the conventional French doors and the bottom freezer, this Whirlpool model has two drawers from the fridge in the middle. One is a product drawer, while the other has special temperature settings. You can cool specific items like cheese, meat, drinks and snacks or defrost frozen items more safely than at the counter.

With 18.2 cubic feet for fresh items and 7.6 for frozen items, the unconventional design absorbs some space. But inside the main compartment you will find a triple tray for fruits and vegetables, which will give you even more space for fruits and vegetables. There are also smaller compartments for items like butter or string cheese. The doors have one gallon containers and the left side holds one of the ice makers. The other deposits ice in a container in the freezer. That is also the place of a pizza pocket, a special place only for your frozen za. LED lights, glass shelves and a water dispenser on the door are all features expected from a refrigerator of this price.

With everything divided so well, it should reduce the amount of mysterious remains that often remain in the back of disorganized refrigerators.

The best storage

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Why should you buy this? This model has tons of fresh food space, as well as features to keep everything organized.

Who is it for? If you find yourself playing Tetris with food in your refrigerator regularly, it's probably time to upgrade to a model with more room to work.

How much does it cost? cost? $ 3,100 +

Why we chose the LG LMXS30796D:

A single person or pair does not necessarily get all the benefits of the LG LMXS30796D InstaView Door-in-Door. Larger homes, however, will surely enjoy this model. With almost 30 cubic feet of space, perfectly fits the leftovers of Thanksgiving and Christmas inside.

This LG keeps things organized with many compartments, which is practical, because all people need to see to see inside hit twice. The InstaView glass panel on the right allows you to take a look at the door-to-door elements, so you know what you have before you open it. There are two gallon containers on that side, as well as a smaller one. On the other door, the ice and water dispenser is on the outside, but a relatively thin ice machine inside still leaves room for three shelves that can contain condiments or sodas. Then a drawer that changes temperature allows you to select four different levels of cold, depending on what you are storing.

The model also offers a 8.8 cu. Ft. Freezer, with space to store frozen pizzas, meats and more. Despite the great interior, this model is also energy efficient. The appliance is Energy Star certified with an annual consumption of 776kWh. In addition, you can contemplate your aperitif options with the door closed.

The best for a limited space

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Why should I buy this? Models with top freezer are some of the most economical, and this Frigidaire has some nice features for the price.

Who is it for? Those with limited space looking for a fridge to do the work.

How much will it cost? $ 999

Why we chose the Frigidaire Custom-Flex Gallery FGTR1845QF:

In kitchens and smaller apartments, the amount of square footage is scarce. For these limited spaces, the top freezers help reduce the refrigerator's footprint. The Custom-Flex top freezer from the Frigidaire gallery makes the most of its 18.1 cubic feet (14.1 for fresh food and 4.0 for frozen) of space with an intelligent interior design.

The "Custom-Flex" door compartments are several containers (a can dispenser, a butter tray, basic shelves, etc.) that are hooked into a rail system. You can slide the containers along these rails or even change the units you consider unnecessary. You can also buy other containers on the Frigidaire website for more customization.

Do you drink a lot of soda? Maybe two of the can dispensers are needed. There is also an additional specific drawer for refreshments, for yogurt, cheese in strips, etc. This feature alone allows for greater storage flexibility in this price range.

In addition to the glass shelves, the refrigerator has some high-end features, such as interior LED lighting, drawers with humidity-controlled drawer and stain-proof stainless steel. While its price definitely places it at the top end of the top freezers, this is still an excellent option for small kitchens.

The best budget model

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Why should I buy this? This affordable French door looks more expensive than it really is.

Who is it for? Anyone who wants to see the French door without the typical French door price.

How much will it cost? $ 1,699

Why we chose GE French Door GE GNE25JMKES:

Behind the elegant doors, you will find a water dispenser, while a drawer in the freezer is filled with ice not You have to do it yourself. Its clear LED light helps you see inside the 24.8 cubic feet (17.5 in the refrigerator, 7.3 in the freezer). We have seen some larger capacity refrigerators with smaller freezers than that, changing them for more space for fresh food. There are two drawers with humidity control, so you can choose settings for fruits or vegetables. Another full-width drawer has temperature controls for cold or cold.

If a recent grocery trip takes the empty refrigerator to refill, the Turbo Cool button can help you get back down to the correct temperature. The 6-gallon containers are adjustable, and a "quick-space" shelf folds down to accommodate taller objects. Glass shelves and transparent containers will help you keep track of your food as well.

A good French door refrigerator for the price, it's definitely a bargain when it goes on sale.

The best for personalization

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Why should I buy this? Thanks to its unique compartment, this refrigerator can come and go between the fridge and the freezer.

Who is it for? Anyone who appreciates the ability to easily add more space in the freezer or refrigerator in an elegant and modern stainless steel construction.

How much will it cost? $ 2,888

Why we chose the Samsung RF23J9011SR 4-Door Flex:

If it's on the market for a unique refrigerator, the Samsung 4-Door Flex Fridge offers a full compartment that can be a freezer or heated for a greater storage of fresh food. It's something like Kenmore's adjustable temperature drawer, but more versatile. It is larger and offers a greater temperature swing.

If you want it to be an ice cream stand, one of the four settings is for a soft freeze. The drawback is that because the lower part of the refrigerator is divided in half, you can not store large frozen pizzas: the individual compartments simply are not wide or tall enough.

The Power-Cool feature is very convenient if you need to quickly cool that six pack before the game. There is also a similar Power-Freeze tool for the freezer. Both can be selected on the front panel of the touch screen.

As for the design, in general, the Samsung model is a little less deep than the full-size models. Fortunately, the shelves in the middle can be repositioned for greater flexibility. Three gallon size containers are placed in the right door to keep bulky items aside. The shelf in the middle can be lowered or raised as needed.

It has 22.5 cubic feet of capacity, measures 36 inches in width and costs approximately $ 2,500, so it is destined for a very specific market, but the flexible door option is definitely a bizarre feature that actually has value.

Our complete RF23J9011SR 4-door Flex revision

The best aesthetics

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Why should I buy it? Not only is it pretty, this KitchenAid fridge also has many special features.

Who is it for? Foodies and culinary lovers will appreciate the specific settings for herbs and marinades.

How much will it cost? $ 3,999

Why we chose KitchenAid KRMF706EBS Multi-Door :

In a list filled with stainless steel refrigerators, the KitchenAid multifunctional refrigerator stands out, and not just because It comes in stainless black. KitchenAid found a way to make its five-door design look elegant.

KitchenAid has two separate drawers with temperature control that are designed with home chefs in mind: for example, there are adjustments for herbs and marinade or thawing. The interior of the refrigerator is also very striking, with platinum gray walls and many LED lights.

There is ample interior space to store all your food. The 25.8 cubic feet of interior space is larger than most, which means there is plenty of space for the needs and even to prepare meals weekly. There are four adjustable spill-proof shelves that allow you to adapt the unit to your weekly shopping list.

The freezer uses the popular three-tier design to help you organize your frozen products with ease. With a price of $ 3,400, you are paying more for the distinctive design, rather than any exaggerated functionality, but if the aesthetic is what you are looking for, this model wins.

The best luxury

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Why should I buy this? This fridge has the ability to keep food fresh for longer and filters bacteria from your food.


The best luxury

Sub-Zero BI-42S / S

The mother of all luxury refrigerators. [19659013] Who is it for? People who like their refrigerators like their Aston Martins.

How much will it cost? MSRP $ 10,545- $ 10,650

Why we chose the Sub-Zero BI-42S / S from side to side :

You have already seen your share of the due debt, even spoiled food in the refrigerator. Well, it does not have to be that way. The 42-inch Sub-Zero Side-by-Side built-in refrigerator keeps your food fresher longer with the most advanced food preservation technology available, a technology developed through nearly 70 years of research. That means crispier vegetables, juicier peppers and cranberries that burst with flavor, even weeks after bringing them home from the market.

This food preservation technology in general is only reinforced by the magnetic seals of the doors. The built-in air purification system, inspired by the technology used by NASA, continuously removes ethylene gas, suspended bacteria, molds and even viruses. The climate is constantly monitored and adjusted by an advanced microprocessor.

There is a total of 24.3 cubic feet of storage capacity with this unit. This includes 16.3 cubic feet in the refrigerator compartment and eight cubic feet in the freezer unit, all of which are designed for optimal maneuverability.

The refrigerator has four adjustable glass shelves, three adjustable door shelves, as well as an adjustable dairy compartment. The freezer keeps things organized and in view with three adjustable wire shelves, three storage drawers and five adjustable shelves along the door

Honestly, a $ 10,000 refrigerator is certainly not for everyone. But if you are in the market for one of the most modern, efficient and sanitary refrigerators, you will have difficulties to overcome this refrigerant than Sub-Zero's fresh product.

Is now a good time to buy?

This is always something that should be considered when buying a new appliance. There are always seasonal sales and settlement events that you should look for to make sure you are getting the most out of your money. While you can find sales during President's Day, Black Friday and other festivities, manufacturers will often have liquidation sales to accommodate new models in the spring and fall. Check the prices to make sure you get a good deal. Now is a good time to buy.

How to test refrigerators

When choosing a new appliance, general aesthetics is definitely something to consider. After all, a refrigerator is a great focal point in any kitchen. It may be the best refrigerator ever built, but if it is unsightly or unnecessarily bulky, do you really want to exhibit it along with your other appliances? Probably not. We also like to focus on specific special characteristics. What does this device do that others simply can not? Many of these bells and whistles will certainly affect the price of the unit, but once again, many of these options are the outlets in a specific model.

Outside of the basic limitations of square footage in your kitchen, internal cooling / freezing capacity is key. How big is the refrigerator? How big is the freezer portion? The adjustable case and the customization of the aftermarket can also affect the capacity of the unit. You can read more about how we tested products here.