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Refrigerators Buying Guide

Refrigerators are a key element in any kitchen, so you'll want to find a model that suits your space and your storage needs. Take a look at this buying guide to help you figure out which style is right for you and which storage features are most important for your household. 

Types of Refrigerators

Types of Refrigerators

Refrigerators are available in several configurations, such as top-freezer, bottom-freezer, and side-by-side models. Each type offers distinct advantages; before you shop for a new refrigerator, think about which type best suits your storage needs. Also consider which kind will fit into your allotted space, keeping in mind issues such as door clearance and cabinet depth. Here's a look at the most common types of refrigerators and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Top-Freezer Refrigerators

As the name implies, this type of refrigerator features the freezer compartment above the refrigerator section. It's the most traditional type of refrigerator, although other configurations are becoming more popular. They usually offer the most storage space for their size and will accommodate large trays and platters. However, you must bend to reach the lower shelves and bins, and their wide-swinging doors can cause traffic jams in smaller kitchens.

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Whirlpool
$1,049.99
at Sears

There's always a place for fresh and frozen favorites inside the 33" wide Whirlpool top-freezer refrigerator with 21 cu. ft. of ca...pacity. Finding food is easy thanks to energy-efficient LED interior lighting, and for more convenient storage options, the Flexi-Slide bin quickly moves side-to-side. An additional door bin helps you store more, so there will always be room for what you want and where you want it inside this top-freezer refrigerator. Plus, you won't have to fill ice trays in your apartment size refrigerator again with the optional, easy-to-install EZ Connect icemaker kit. And, frameless glass shelves give your food a little more elbow room for wall-to-wall storage. read more

GE
$1,049.00
at Sears

The 2014 ENERGY STAR qualified GE 21.2 cu. ft. top-freezer refrigerator offers a variety of configurations for keeping food stored... at peak levels of freshness. At 32-3/4" wide, the refrigerator includes adjustable spill-resistant glass shelves designed to contain spills for easy cleaning, an easy access snack drawer and Adjustable-humidity drawers with simple-to-use controls that help food stay fresh. Large, deep door bins free up valuable shelf space and provide ample storage for tall or bulky items. Easy-to-use upfront temperature controls regulate both fresh food and freezer sections. The GE 21.2 cu. ft. top-freezer refrigerator is also equipped to easily accommodates the installation of an optional icemaker. Finally, wire freezer shelves provide additional storage for frozen foods, while a seamless design, spillproof freezer floor wipes up easily for quick cleanup. read more

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Whirlpool
$1,049.99
at Sears

There's always a place for fresh and frozen favorites inside the 33" wide Whirlpool top-freezer refrigerator with 21 cu. ft. of ca...pacity. Finding food is easy thanks to energy-efficient LED interior lighting, and for more convenient storage options, the Flexi-Slide bin quickly moves side-to-side. An additional door bin helps you store more, so there will always be room for what you want and where you want it inside this top-freezer refrigerator. Plus, you won't have to fill ice trays in your apartment size refrigerator again with the optional, easy-to-install EZ Connect icemaker kit. And, frameless glass shelves give your food a little more elbow room for wall-to-wall storage. read more

Frigidaire

10 Cu. Ft./ Reversible Door Swing Option/ Independent Temperature Controls/ SpaceWise Adjustable Glass Shelves/ Filter Change Aler...t/ Silvermist Finish read more

Side-by-Side Refrigerators

These refrigerators are split in half vertically, so the freezer compartment is on one side and the refrigerator compartment is on the other. The narrow doors are an advantage in small kitchens, but most doors don't open wide enough to accommodate some pizza boxes or large platters of food. Items tend to get lost in the back of the refrigerator, but this design makes it easier for kids to access both fresh and frozen foods.

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GE
$1,699.99
at Best Buy

25.9 Cu. Ft. Capacity/ ClimateKeeper System/ Integrated Dispenser With LED Lighting And UltraFlow64/ Angled All LED Lighting In Fr...esh Food And Freezer/ Arctica Icemaker/ Slide 'n Store Freezer Baskets/ External Electronic Temperature Controls/ Black Fini read more

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Whirlpool

Whirlpool Gold Resource Saver GSS26C4XXF 264 cu ft Side by Side Refrigerator with MicroEtch Spill Control Glass Shelves InDoorIce ...Plus External IceWater Dispenser and CEE Tier II Energy Star Mono Satina Steelreplacement for GS5VHAXWA read more

LG

22.1 Cu. Ft. Capacity/ Ice And Water Dispenser/ Contoured Doors With Matching Handles/ Hidden Hinges/ Enhanced Lighting/ Electroni...c LED Temperature Controls/ LoDecibel Quiet Operation/ Multi Air Flow Cooling/ SpillProtector Tempered Glass Shelf Constructi read more

LG
LG

22.1 Cu. Ft. Capacity/ Ice And Water Dispenser/ Contoured Doors With Matching Handles/ Hidden Hinges/ Enhanced Lighting/ Electroni...c LED Temperature Controls/ LoDecibel Quiet Operation/ Multi Air Flow Cooling/ SpillProtector Tempered Glass Shelf Constructi read more

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Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators

In this type of refrigerator, the freezer compartment is below the refrigerated section. It's a more ergonomic setup because it places the refrigerator -- which people use more often than the freezer -- at eye level. Newer French-door models offer two narrow doors on the refrigerator section and a freezer drawer below, providing a design that amplifies storage and works well in small kitchens. Some models add a refrigerator or freezer drawer between the refrigerator and freezer compartments.

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Fisher & Paykel

Easy Living These fridges adapt to suit your lifestyle by streamlining food preparation and organisation with SmartTouch controls ...flexible shelving and storage options and slide out bins and trays.Sized to Suit Available in multiple widths these fridges are sized to suit families and kitchens large and small. Designed to fit easily in your kitchen they can sit flush with your bench top with a range of ultra flat or curved doors. Concealed hinges on many models add to a clean refined appearance.Easy Cleaning Removable spill safe glass shelves are easy to clean and contain drips and spills. Storage bins and EZKleen stainless steel doors just need a wipe to keep spotless.Efficient ActiveSmart fridges intelligently adapt to daily use to save energy cooling defrosting and using energy only when they need to without compromising on foodcare.What is ActiveSmart?ActiveSmart consists of a microprocessor interior temperature sensors independently controlled variable speed fans and multiple air ducts. The microprocessor controls how the refrigerator operates based on changing patterns of use. The sensors continuously send information to the microprocessor which analyses and adjusts the fan speed and compressor operations accordingly to deliver a consistent and stable temperature. Continuous feedback means that ActiveSmart adjusts to the way you live. Its ability to respond to daily use means that it only uses the energy needed to keep your food fresher for longer.How ActiveSmart helps you. Independent Control = Better Food Care The Humidity Control System together with the cool and consistent temperature delivered by ActiveSmart Technology creates the perfect microclimate for your produce. Greater Intelligence = Greater Efficiency Sensors constantly record changes to fridge and freezer compartments including when the doors are opened and when new items are introduced ensuring temperature in each compartment is kept constant. Rapid Chilling = Optimised Food Preservation Independent variable-speed fans control airflow through multiple air ducts to all compartment as well as rapid chill and freezing to ensure food safety and maintain food quality. read more

Kenmore
$799.99 $1,299.99
at Sears.com

This 19 cu. ft. Kenmore 69313 bottom freezer refrigerator puts the fresh food you use most at eye level for easy access. From milk... to produce and everything in between, the versatile storage options like full-width shelves, humidity-controlled crispers... read more

Kenmore
$2,199.99 $3,699.99
at Sears

With this large capacity 26.6 cu. ft. Kenmore 73065 French Door refrigerator, you get some amazing performance features like a pan...try drawer with digital controls, a convenient CleanFlow air filter and a space-saving, slim in-door icemaker. Plus the added convenience of a Grab-N-Go door. read more

Maytag
$3,299.99
at Sears

Maytag 26 cu. ft. 4-Door French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator w/ Steel Shelves - Durable and Efficient This Maytag 4-door botto...m freezer refrigerator MFX2876DR provides 26 cu. ft. of capacity to give you the space you need to keep all of your favorite foods on hand. It also has the durability you ve come to expect from Maytag brand, with features that are built to last, like Signature Steel Shelves. They give the inside of your fridge a bold look that s as durable as it is distinct. Plus, nothing holds in the cold quite like this Maytag refrigerator with the patented Door Seal Design that helps you lock in the cold air, so you can count on the inside staying cool no matter what s happening outside. And what s best, this fridge was designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A. and built with real American pride. read more

Cabinet-Depth Refrigerators

These models offer the look of a built-in unit at a lower price. Cabinet-depth refrigerators stick out only a little farther than built-in models, and many accept front-cabinet panels for a seamless look. Many cabinet-depth models are side-by-side units, but top- and bottom-freezer units are also available.

Refrigerator Drawers

These refrigerators can be installed below the counter to provide easy access to snacks and drinks or place fruits and vegetables within easy reach of the kitchen's prep area. Because refrigerator drawers don't offer much capacity, they are usually used to supplement a full-size refrigerator.

Beverage Refrigerators

These refrigerators are designed to store beverages and are often installed below the countertop. Some units are specifically designed for wine and feature dual temperature zones so you can store different varieties at their ideal temperatures.

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NewAir

With the NewAir Beverage Refrigerator, a cold drink or snack is always close at hand. Handy thermostat control allows you to easil...y create the optimum temperature from 34 to 64F. The compact size and large capacity makes it perfect for home bars,... read more

Whynter
$277.52 $349.99
at Kmart

The Whynter 120 Can Beverage Refrigerator / Cooler offers a compact and powerful cooling solution ideal for your entertaining or r...etail merchandising needs. Unlike many budget beverage refrigerators, the Whynter 120 Can Stainless Steel Beverage Refrigerator utilizes premium features and design to provide a sleek showcase that will be centerpiece of any space. With its powerful compressor and internal air-cooled system, this beverage refrigerator creates an evenly-cooled space ensuring consistent temperatures throughout the beverage refrigerator. The stainless steel trimmed glass door and soft LED lighting allows you to see view the contents while maintaining internal temperatures and increasing energy efficiency. The Whynter 120 Can Stainless Steel Beverage Refrigerator is equipped with a lock to keep your beverages safe and secure. The door swing direction is also reversible for customization to your specific requirements. read more

NewAir
$299.95
at Kmart

This NewAir AB-1200 cooler holds up to 126 cans, so you can easily keep a wealth of beverages cool and ready to serve to your gues...ts. Manual controls help ensure simple operation, and 7 thermostat settings make it easy to find the temperature you desire. read more

Marvel

Marvel's ML24BCG0RS 24" Beverage Center features Dynamic Cooling Technology that provides rapid cooldown and the industry's best t...emperature stability. The MARVEL Prime Controls allow you to program and check the actual cabinet temperature from 34??F to 42??F, and the thermal-efficient cabinet ensures optimum food preservation and energy efficiency while maximizing capacity.This undercounter beverage center stores up to 18 wine bottles or up to 162 12-oz cans. The fully adjustable, full-depth FreshFlo black powder coated commercial-grade stainless steel shelves are perforated to allow cool air to efficiently circulate throughout the cabinet..In addition, this beverage refrigerator includes full automatic defrost, interior lighting, two removable tempered glass shelves. The door is fitted with argon-filled, dual-pane, tinted glass to display contents while providing superior insulation and UV protection.Doors are not field reversible. If you require a Left Hand Hinge, you will need to call us for a special order. read more

Compact Refrigerators

These small refrigerators are designed for areas where space is limited, such as home offices, kitchenettes, or dorm rooms. They are best for keeping beverages cold, as they don't maintain consistent temperatures as well as full-size units.

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General Electric

Shop for Appliances at The Home Depot. Your GE 4.4 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator has an in-the-door can rack for easy use. Freezer fea...tures include a mini ice tray and a chiller feature along with a defrost pan. Rounded doors with recessed handles gives you that clean modern look. GE appliances provide up-to-date technology and exceptional quality to simplify the way you live. With a timeless appearance, this family of appliances is ideal for your family. And, coming from one of the most trusted names in America, you know that this entire selection of appliances is as advanced as it is practical. read more

Avanti

Avanti 2.4 Cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator - Black,FRIDGE, REFER, ICEBOX,,Refrigerators,Refrigerator

Product Features

Product Features

As you're shopping for a refrigerator, look for features that will increase versatility. Consider storage elements that can be adjusted to fit various items. Think about how you cook and eat, and choose features accordingly; for example, if you eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, look for drawers that control temperature and humidity to prolong freshness. Some features, such as ice and water in the door, decrease reliability but increase convenience, so carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each. Here are a few of the features to consider when shopping.

Adjustable Door Bins and Shelves

Use these features to make room for tall items. Some refrigerators include elevator shelves, which allow you to raise or lower them without taking everything out of the refrigerator. Split shelves also increase flexibility; they let you adjust shelves to different heights.

Temperature-Controlled Drawers

These drawers can be set to a temperature several degrees cooler than the rest of the refrigerator. They are ideal for storing meat, fish, and cold cuts. Some drawers also can chill or thaw the contents quickly.

Through-the-Door Water and Ice Dispenser

This feature is included in most side-by-side refrigerators, but it's available in other models as well. It's a convenience that many families use regularly, but refrigerators with ice and water in the door use more energy and often require more repairs.

High-Tech Features

Some refrigerators include multimedia features such as televisions and Internet-connected devices. They allow you to check the weather, organize your family's schedule, and catch up on the news. But keep in mind these features substantially increase the price of the refrigerator.

Door or Temperature Alarms

Refrigerators with these alarms will alert you if the door has been left open for more than a few minutes, helping to keep food from spoiling and reducing energy costs.

Spillproof Glass Shelves

These shelves have raised edges that help capture spills and prevent them from leaking onto lower shelves.

Freshness Features

A variety of features claim to help keep food fresh longer. Look for sensor-base temperature- and humidity-regulation systems and crisper drawers that help vacuum-seal produce. Models with dual evaporators can help maintain higher humidity levels in the fresh-food section and prevent odors from spreading from one compartment to another.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Two of the biggest factors to consider when shopping for a refrigerator are size and capacity. You want to make sure the refrigerator fits your space, but you also need to make sure it offers enough interior storage for your family's needs. Since refrigerators use a considerable amount of energy, choosing an energy-efficient model will lead to significant cost savings in the long run. Also consider day-to-day convenience, and choose a model that offers features to make cleaning and organizing food as easy as possible.

Size/Placement

Before heading to the store, measure your space carefully. If you're replacing a refrigerator, measure the height, width, and depth of the model you'll be replacing, and be sure to leave about an inch of space between the refrigerator and surrounding cabinetry for airflow. Think about the refrigerator's placement and how wide the doors can open, taking into account any adjacent cabinets or appliances. Think about which direction you want the doors to open, and choose a model with doors that open in that direction or that can be reversed. Also measure your home's interior doorways to make sure your new refrigerator can fit through the doors.

Capacity

In addition to the outside dimensions of the refrigerator, you'll need to consider its interior capacity. Keep in mind that not all of the interior capacity is usable space, so look at the storage features of various models carefully. Bottom-freezer and side-by-side models often have higher capacities than top-freezer models, but they don't always have more usable space. Built-in and cabinet-depth refrigerators lose out on some interior space because they are not as deep as freestanding units. Water and ice dispensers also take up space that could otherwise be used for food storage.

Energy Use

To decrease energy costs, look for a refrigerator that's Energy Star-certified. Keep in mind that efficiency varies by the type of refrigerator, so look carefully at the annual operating costs and the kilowatt-hours per year that the refrigerator uses. In general, top-freezer models use 10-25 percent less energy than bottom-freezer or side-by-side models. Automatic icemakers and through-the-door ice and water dispensers increase energy use considerably.

Finish

The most common finishes for refrigerators are white, black, and stainless steel. Although real stainless steel offers a professional look, it shows fingerprints and is not magnetic. Manufacturers have introduced faux stainless-steel finishes that resist fingerprints and are magnetic -- making it much easier to hang kidsí artwork on the fridge and enjoy a professional-style kitchen.

Convenience

You'll likely be using the refrigerator many times a day, so it needs to be easy to use. Look for features that simplify storing and locating food, such as sliding shelves that help you access items at the back of the refrigerator. If you choose a bottom-freezer configuration, look for a freezer compartment with baskets that can help you organize frozen foods. In any model, look for LED lighting that is energy-efficient and makes the refrigerator's contents easier to see. Other useful features, such as antibacterial coatings that can slow mold growth, help you keep your refrigerator clean. If you entertain often, look for features designed for entertaining staples, such as a full-width deli tray that allows you to store large platters of meats and cheeses or a dedicated wine-storage area.

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Kenmore Elite
$2,599.99 $4,099.99
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Kenmore is America's # 1 appliance brand, trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans. The Kenmore Elite 74032 French ...door fridge delivers more capacity in less space. Featuring a convenient Grab-N-Go Door and Tilt-N-Take freezer door, plus... read more

Kenmore Elite 29.6 cu.ft. French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator w/Grab-N-Go Door White
Kenmore
$799.99 $1,299.99
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This 19 cu. ft. Kenmore 69313 bottom freezer refrigerator puts the fresh food you use most at eye level for easy access. From milk... to produce and everything in between, the versatile storage options like full-width shelves, humidity-controlled crispers... read more

Kenmore 19 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator - Stainless Steel
Kenmore
$1,519.99 $1,999.99
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Kenmore 5 Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator is offers added convenience to your outdoor kitchen. Kenmore 5 burner gas isla...nd grill w/refrigerator is designed for outdoor cooking enthusiasts, which makes it ideal for patio entertaining. It is a good choice for handling the cooking needs for families and gatherings. This Kenmore Gas Grill has a large 867 square inch cooking area with total 70,000 BTU of cooking power. Kenmore 5 Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator has all the ingredients to provide for a top notch cook-out including side searing burner, storage cabinet, and two storage drawers. Eliminate the need to run inside for extra ingredients or another beverage with an Outdoor Refrigerator built right into the cabinet. The Kenmore 5 Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator has stainless steel cooking grates which are ideal for barbecuing cuts of meat, kebabs, vegetables, chicken or fish. This grill utilizes an Individual Electronic Ignition System to eliminate the hassle of lighting your gas grill. High Polished Stainless Steel Hood with Seamless Welds resists rust and keeps your gas grill looking great! Kenmore 5 Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator is easier to store and move with 2 fold-able stainless steel side shelves. This gas grill can be converted to Natural gas by the Natural Gas Convertible Kit (Item #071-20152) which is sold separately. read more

Kenmore 5 Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator Silver - Natural Gas
Kenmore
$1,454.99 $1,999.99
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Kenmore, trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans. The Kenmore 51839 36-inch wide side-by-side refrigerator feature...s a convenient Grab-N-Go Door plus Multi Air Flow Technology and an NSF-certified* water filtration system. The enhanced interior and exterior styling makes it an attractive choice for the kitchen.Receive a Free Kenmore Passive Air Filter Kit (04609923000) by Mail with the Purchase of this Refrigerator. Visit www.kenmoreairfilterkit9923.com for details. read more

Kenmore 25.5 cu.ft. Capacity Side-by-Side Refrigerator w/ Grab-N-Go Door Black
Kenmore Elite
$2,399.99 $3,899.99
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Kenmore, trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans. The Kenmore Elite 74023 French door fridge delivers more capacit...y in less space. Featuring the Tilt-N-Take freezer door for convenience and GeniusCool Technology to keep food fresh. Plus chilled filtered water and ice provides refreshment at your fingertips with the simple select dispenser.*Note: Active Finish available only on model 04674025000. read more

Kenmore Elite 29.8 cu.ft. French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator Stainless steel
Kenmore Elite
$2,199.99 $2,999.99
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Kenmore is America's #1 Refrigerator brand The 36-inch Kenmore Elite 74019 French door refrigerator brings together an impressive ...30.6 cu. ft. capacity* and sleek, non-dispenser styling for an understated, seamless design. This refrigerator is also loaded with outstanding features like two slide-away shelves, an AirTight crisper with moisture lock, a CleanFlow air filter and the Tilt-N-Take two-tier freezer drawer. read more

Kenmore Elite 30.6 cu.ft. French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator Black
Kenmore Elite
$2,199.99 $2,999.99
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Kenmore is America's #1 appliance brand, trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans. The 36-inch Kenmore Elite 74012 ...French door refrigerator brings together an impressive 30.6 cu. ft. capacity* and sleek, non-dispenser styling for an understated, seamless design. This refrigerator is also loaded with outstanding features like two slide-away shelves, an AirTight crisper with moisture lock, a CleanFlow air filter and the Tilt-N-Take two-tier freezer drawer. read more

Kenmore Elite 30.6 cu.ft. French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator White
Kenmore Elite
$2,299.99 $3,199.99
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Kenmore is America's #1 Refrigerator brand The 36-inch Kenmore Elite 74015 French door refrigerator brings together an impressive ...30.6 cu. ft. capacity* and sleek, non-dispenser styling for an understated, seamless design. This refrigerator is also loaded with outstanding features like two slide-away shelves, an AirTight crisper with moisture lock, a CleanFlow air filter and the Tilt-N-Take two-tier freezer drawer. read more

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