Your refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your kitchen. When choosing a refrigerator, you look for a size and depth that fits in your kitchen space, plenty of shelving, drawers, and bins for storing various sizes of food items, and innovative cooling technology that will keep your food fresher longer. Our experts' top picks for best refrigerators of the year are all made of high-quality materials and designed to cool and freeze your foods at optimal temperatures and humidity levels. They are also all ENERGY STAR® certified, which means you'll be saving money on your energy bills.
This 36-in. freestanding French door refrigerator from SHARP has a total capacity of 21.6 cu. ft. divided between a 15.03 cu. ft. fresh food cavity and a 6.6 cu. ft. freezer. With four doors, a convenient counter depth, tons of features, plus the beautiful, contemporary style that matches SHARP's other smudge-resistant stainless steel appliances, you get a lot of value for the price. A unique Triple-Cooling System lets you control the refrigerator, drawers, and ice maker independently for greater efficiency, helping make this unit ENERGY STAR® certified. The freezer drawer includes a quick access pullout drawer, so you can grab your favorite items easily. If you want to quickly lower the temperatures inside the freezer or the refrigerator, activate the Chill-Boost or Freeze-Boost function. When you turn it off, the temperatures return to their previous setting. A multipurpose Flex Drawer can be set to a customized temperature, allowing you to lower it for meats or raise it for deli items or wine. This drawer extends all the way open for easy access. Inside the refrigerator, you'll also find a double humidity-controlled crisper drawer for fruits and vegetables. Other features on this ADA compliant refrigerator include a glide-in shelf for storing tall items, an external water and ice dispenser, and an open-door alarm.
Take a closer look at this 30-in. bottom freezer refrigerator from Gaggenau's 400 Series. Total capacity is 16.2 cu. ft. divided between an 11.3 cu. ft. fresh food cavity and a 4.9 cu. ft. freezer. This stainless steel counter depth refrigerator has a reversible door hinge for more flexibility. The commercial-grade stainless steel extends to the interior, giving the entire refrigerator a polished, elegant look. The refrigerator compartment includes two safety glass shelves, one drawer plus another humidity-controlled crisper drawer, two height-adjustable door bins, a gallon door bin, and a door bin with a transparent front flap. The freezer compartment includes two fully-extendable drawers and an integrated automatic ice maker. Fast cooling and fast freezing functions are available for cooling or freezing foods as quickly as possible. Frost-free technology eliminates ice and bacteria buildup for keeping food fresher longer. This ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator has a vacation mode for more energy savings when you are away from home for an extended period of time. An on/off button switches the entire unit on or off when necessary, and the electronic controls make it easy to set the unit to your desired temperatures. A Push-to-open door design allows you to seamlessly blend this panel-ready unit into your kitchen cabinetry.
This 36-in. smart freestanding French door refrigerator from Bosch's 800 Series rounds out our list of best refrigerators of 2021. With 20.8 cu. ft. of total capacity divided between a 14.8 cu. ft. fresh food cavity and a 6.0 cu. ft. freezer, plus many valuable features, this counter depth refrigerator has all the flexibility you need to keep your kitchen stocked with fresh and frozen foods. The FarmFresh System™ keeps food fresher longer with four different technologies. MultiAirFlow™ technology evenly circulates the air inside the interior to maintain consistent temperatures. FreshProtect™ absorbs the ethylene from your produce, thereby slowing the speed of ripening. VitaFreshPro™ technology automatically controls temperature and humidity for optimal freshness, and the AirFresh™ filter absorbs and removes odors and bacteria. As if that wasn't enough innovative technology, you also get a SuperCool function, which rapidly drops the refrigerator temperature to ensure more cooling, even when you open the door frequently. A SuperFreezing function freezes items quickly, so you don't have to worry about foods defrosting and losing their flavor. Dual compressors and evaporators give you precise temperature and humidity control while reducing odor transfer. The freezer includes an extra-deep drawer for storing large items or stacking pizzas and ice-cream containers, and an ice maker with a dedicated freezer bin. Inside the refrigerator you'll find high-quality glass and stainless steel shelving, a humidity-controlled crisper drawer, three wide gallon door bins, a full-width chiller drawer, FlexBar™ for additional storage space, and an internal water dispenser. The interior is brightly lit with energy-efficient LED lights. This ENERGY STAR® certified unit can be controlled remotely using the Home Connect™ app on your phone.
Are French door refrigerators worth it?
French door refrigerators usually give you more space to store all your food and drink items. They have large door bins and wider shelves, as well as far more spacious freezer cavities with drawers.
What should I look for when buying a refrigerator?
Look for a cooling system that provides uniform cold air with no warm spots. The temperature control system should be easy to access and use. Many refrigerators offer adjustable shelving, door bins, and humidity-controlled crisper drawers. Consider the way the door swings. Some models have reversible door hinges, so you can pick which direction the door swings open. Choose a refrigerator that is ENERGY STAR® certified to save money on your home energy costs.