Best Refrigerators of 2019 (So far)

by Team HomeServe |
Kitchen and Refrigerator

I'm notorious for being indecisive. And when it comes to making appliance purchase decisions, I frustrate my family with my never-ending self-doubt. So needless to say, every appliance purchase becomes more difficult than it should be. Case in point, when I had to buy a new stainless steel refrigerator for my just-renovated kitchen, I was beyond overwhelmed. There were so many different finishes, doors, sizes (who knew “counter depth” was an option?) Not to mention, the configuration of shelves, drawers and fancy compartment features I had to consider. AHHHHHH!


What helped me finalize my decision was to make my way down a list of refrigerator styles, features and considerations – it was super helpful in determining “must-haves”. (Turns out I'm a stainless-steel, French-door, Energy Star-certified kind of refrigerator buyer.)

Once you know what kind of model you want, here are some suggestions for top-rated refrigerators to help you narrow down the options.

The best French-door refrigerators

The French-door model is a current fan favorite for today's homeowners, offering a full-width refrigerator compartment at eye level and pull-out refrigerator drawer (and sometimes drawers) underneath. The industry experts at Wirecutter and CNET named the following French-door refrigerators as the best models of 2019:

  • Whirlpool WRF535SMHZ
  • Maytag MFI2570FEZ
  • Kenmore 72482

The best side-by-side refrigerators

For homeowners who prefer an equal ratio between fresh and frozen compartments, side-by-side refrigerators are the best option. Consumer Reports notes that side-by-side models are ideal for narrow kitchen spaces, and generally use less electricity. Top-rated models, according to Wirecutter, CNET, Good Housekeeping and, include:

  • LG LSXS26326S
  • Whirlpool WRS586FIEM
  • Frigidaire FFSS2625TS

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The best bottom-freezer refrigerators

This refrigerator style is similar to the French-door model, except the fridge has a single upper door instead of two. The industry experts recommend the following models:

  • Whirlpool WRB322DMBB
  • LG LDCS24223S
  • Kenmore Elite 79043

The best top-freezer refrigerators

Generally the least expensive style, top-freezers are a good pick for homeowners looking for a reliable, no-frills appliance or the best refrigerator deal. Some of the best options include:

  • LG LTCS24223S
  • Frigidaire FFTR1514TB

The best compact fridges

The best refrigerator for a kitchenette, dorm room, office, game room or compact space is a mini-fridge: small, simple, affordable and efficient. The Spruce and Digital Trends recommend the following:

  • Magic Chef Mini HMBR265SE1
  • Danby DAR033A6BDB
  • Midea WHS-65L
  • Frigidaire FFPS4533QM

The best smart refrigerator

If you're into technology and a smart home life, the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator gets the top ratings from most industry experts for its tech-savvy features.

As a proud refrigerator owner, make sure you take care of your new appliance. We have tips and tricks to help you in the maintenance department, too:

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