As long as we have perishable food items to store, we'll be using refrigerators to store them. There's something to be said for the convenience of a refrigerator with a built-in ice maker as well: you don't have to refill the ice trays or worry about storage. Just scoop the ice you need, and the ice maker will refill itself shortly. But choosing between refrigerators can be difficult, which is why the experts at Appliances Connection have compiled the list of the three best refrigerators with an ice maker of 2021.
At 36 in. wide, the Viking RVRF3361SS (part of the 3 Series) is the widest refrigerator on this list. It's also the most spacious, at 22.1 cu. ft. of interior space (6.7 cu. ft. of which are dedicated to the freezer): more than enough to hold whatever you want to put into it. Even with its width, it's cabinet-depth, sitting flush with your cabinetry and other appliances. The refrigerator includes a premium air purification system to prevent odor transfer, an adjustable Cold Zone™ drawer that can be optimized for either produce or meat, and two adjustable humidity drawers. The spacious door compartments even include a dedicated, covered dairy compartment in the door, as well as two gallon-size door bins. The self-closing freezer drawer includes slide-out baskets and a separate slide-out ice drawer with a scoop. The whole thing even has Theatre LED lighting that eliminates dark spots inside.
The Fisher & Paykel RF170WDRUX5N is a durable, stainless steel 32-in. refrigerator, the only one on this list with a water dispenser in the door. As part of the Contemporary Series, this 17.1 cu. ft. refrigerator uses ActiveSmart™ technology to adapt to your usage of the fridge, saving energy and reducing noise while preserving your food more efficiently than other refrigerators. The SmartTouch controls allow you to control the refrigerator as easily as you use your smartphone, and the easily removable shelves can be placed in nearly any configuration. The entire refrigerator is spill-resistant as well, down to the EZKleen stainless steel doors. Even the storage bins are fully removable. Meanwhile, the 4.8 cu. ft. freezer even has a Fast Freeze setting that quickly drops the freezer's temperature down to the lowest possible, locking in flavor and reducing spoilage from adding room temperature foods to it.
The Liebherr CS1401RIM is 30 in. wide, making it the smallest refrigerator on our list and one of the best refrigerators with an ice maker for apartments or smaller kitchens. It still boasts a 12.8 cu. ft capacity, which you can maximize by rearranging or removing the scratch resistant GlassLine shelves. DuoCooling technology helps to keep the airflow in the refrigerator and freezer separate from each other, increasing the shelf life of your food and preventing transfer of air and flavors between the compartments. It even has SoftSystem hinges that ensure gentle closing of the door even when it's fully loaded with heavy items. The 3.1 cu. ft. freezer has transparent, removable FrostSafe drawers that let you see inside while keeping warm air out, and the automatic IceMaker uses an activated carbon filter to ensure crystal clear ice every time. Meanwhile, it uses NoFrost technology to reduce humidity within the freezer compartment, preventing ice buildup before it forms.
Why is clear ice better?
Clear ice is generally filtered and thus free of impurities that form in cloudy ice. Clear ice is also denser, meaning you get more water and fewer air bubbles in your ice cubes.
What is the average lifespan of a refrigerator?
An average refrigerator can last up to 10 years, but with proper maintenance they can last even longer.