Top freezer refrigerators are dual door units with their freezer compartments on top that most people are used to seeing. This design makes them far more energy-efficient and less expensive than the other types of refrigerator models available. They are also straightforward to use, lacking gadgets and features some might find unnecessary. We've identified the following five models as the best of the best for 2021.
The LG LTCS20020W was rated the Energy Star Most Efficient in both 2020 and 2021. This 20 cu. ft., 30-in. wide unit comes with energy-saving LED compartment lights that provide clear illumination throughout the refrigerator cavity. The doors are reversible, allowing you to arrange them to suit your kitchen's layout. The fridge is also upgradable. Request the optional icemaker module and always have ice cubes there when you need them.
The 33-in. wide Whirlpool WRT311FZDW is the widest model on our list. It maximizes its 20 cu. ft. of storage by using frameless glass shelves. These shelves let you store items wall to wall without hindrance. And keep all your produce fresh in the two humidity-controlled crispers. The handy Flexi-Slide Bin sits under the top shelf and travels from side to side. It allows you to customize your food storage options in the center of your refrigerator cavity. This model also accommodates accessories such as an optional icemaker.
The 28-in. wide, 13.9 cu. ft. Frigidaire FFTR1425VW comes equipped with automatic closing doors. It uses roomy door bins, full-width glass shelving, and a sliding half-width deli drawer to help you store it all. Prevent early spoiling of food through its humidity-controlled crispers. The EvenTemp cooling system optimizes unit airflow, eliminating warm areas and preventing your food's unwanted freezing. Opt for the available, slim optional icemaker to make 2-3 lbs of ice cubes every 24 hours.
The Samsung RT18N6215SR comes in finger-print-resistant stainless steel. This 17.6 cu. ft. unit is 29-in. wide and comes with adjustable shelves and an automatic icemaker. With its FlexZone technology, you can make either compartment serve as a refrigerator or a freezer. The Twin Cooling Plus feature maintains ideal humidity in your fridge to keep foods fresh longer and dryer conditions in your freezer to eliminate freezer burn.
Those looking for a smaller fridge for their space will love the Haier HA10TG21SW. This 24-in. wide, 9.8 cu. ft. refrigerator can easily fit most spaces. It comes with long-lasting LED interior light to increase energy efficiency. Spill-proof glass shelves prevent small spills from spreading to other areas. And humidity-controlled crispers extend the life of your produce, saving you money.
How long do top freezer refrigerators last?
Top freezer refrigerators last, on average, about 14 years. With regular maintenance, however, they are known to last for as long as 18 years.
Is it better to have the freezer on top or the bottom?
It depends on one's preferences. Cold compressors are heavy and always at the bottom of the fridge. They generate significant heat. So though bottom freezer units offer more freezer capacity, they have to work harder to keep food frozen. Top freezers are more efficient and less expensive because they don't need to work hard to get the job done.