Refrigerators Buying Guide | Consumer Reports

Refrigerators Buying Guide | Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports Buying Guide can help you find the best refrigerator. Top or bottom freezer? Side-by-side or built-in? We’ll show you the pros, cons and costs of both, along with some space-saving features and energy-wasting pitfalls to avoid. Learn more about refrigerators and other kitchen appliances on our website:


  1. shopwithaaron on May 28, 2021 at 7:06 am

    We bought an Adora model from Home Depot 7 years ago..Side by side with ice and water thru the door…works great!  Love the metallic gray finish and easy slide shelves. Model by GE…shopping for a new Dishwasher from GE for our remodel.

  2. Tammy Abreu-Butron on May 28, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Don’t buy anything from LG, they refuse to honor their warranties and play mind games in customer DISservice. Can’t find the claim, state that the required reports are missing, deny the numerous confirmations to the contrary! Spent 3000 on the top of the line refrigerator, a year later the cooling system fails and regardless of the 7 year parts warranty and the fact it is deemed undesirable refuse to honor the commitment they made me to either replace or refund!The failure is within the factory sealed cabinet that their repair people cannot open! A very corrupt company! They won’t even let us talk to a supervisor just keep playing diversion tactics!

  3. Creative Concepts on May 28, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Well heck u didn’t list the best to buy!! Thanks…smh

  4. Laser Lens on May 28, 2021 at 7:11 am

    We’re getting a 22 cubic bottom-freezer for our new house. We were going to buy a side-by-side, but we were limited to a 3X6 area. We’ll also have to hook up a water line for the ice-maker inside the freezer drawer. They didn’t have it plugged in at the store, but the lights looked they couldn’t be replaced and the light compartment is very small so I’ll assume it’s LED. It has gallon shelves on the door.

  5. Juank Severino on May 28, 2021 at 7:13 am

    "Some brands have been more reliable than others", right genius?

    How about Mr. CR rocket scientist telling us WHAT BRANDS?

  6. Ramuk on May 28, 2021 at 7:14 am

    This isn’t a guide just an advert for your website

  7. Tommy Lien on May 28, 2021 at 7:18 am

    they didnt test logivity.  just know bottom freezer never last as long as top freezer…this is a fact.  frigs these days dont last as long as the old days when tney last 10 p,us years….get an extended warranty and dont abuse ir frig.

  8. 🎃Walking Dead💃 on May 28, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Well that didn’t tell us any usable information.We would like to know results.Otherwise you only told us what you do for a living.Oh,and one thing you didn’t test was most of all important to me is longevity.I have a Kenmore over 20 years old and she is still going strong.

  9. Carey Parks on May 28, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Samsung sucks- nothing but a pile of junk!!! – There are engineering flaws in all of them.  Mine freezes up in the fridge area every 3 months – the evaporator system is the problem.  The fan actually completely freezes up and will not turn.  Samsung will not do anything about it – they have no fix! – 

  10. Just Another Person on May 28, 2021 at 7:28 am

    What are the findings on a Samsung french door refrigerator the one for $3000.00…….mine was beautiful rich with depth and space but failed and maintained 58 degrees after repairs. I told Home Depot their going to get it very gingerly on their front door so the warranty service people can fixit there……i was told I will be receiving a refund…….on a lighter note a friend of mine purchased her Kitchen Aid dishwasher solely on consumer reports and she had major problems and ended up with a new after months of disputing.

  11. enispeni on May 28, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Your accent is horrible

  12. Missing on May 28, 2021 at 7:31 am

    How do you measure cubic ft of the fridge?

  13. Patricia Sopha on May 28, 2021 at 7:33 am

    We need HONEST help. Purchased a Samsung Energy Star 4-Door Flex French Door. Not delivered yet. I came home and read the reviews. OH NO! Nearly everyone says ice maker is a nightmare, the service is THE WORST, parts not available will break down. Should I cancel? Senior Citizen

  14. سالم عمر on May 28, 2021 at 7:37 am

    I bought a refrigerator ETB3200PE at 2014, but just one year, the compressor is made in china and branded Wanbao, have been destroyed! despite a five-year warranty, but still I am required to pay half of the price of the compressor, has three times the technician back and forth, but still remains damaged, the complaint Electrolux Indonesia, also did not help much

  15. R Cole on May 28, 2021 at 7:39 am

    So many good comments: Kenmore doesn’t mean squat,muzzle they don’t make anything! CR has NEVER acknowledged this, so you need to do your research and look at the manufacturing codes on the back to decipher who made that Kenmore. We all love FD models nowadays, but it seems as if the fridge housed ice makers are more problematic,C than when they were in the freezer, like in a side by side. (We have hated Side by sides, but have had few problems with the ice makers in them. More use yields better results because they don’t freeze up as much, as when the ice sits for days. We use crushed ice several times a day. WP complaints are mostly about the noise now, so getting a new ice box is a crap shoot. But, I think we’ll go with WP anyway and get an extended warranty. Go with Costco, as their warranties are cheap and you can cover the first 5 years with the 2+3.

  16. LIKEABO$$ on May 28, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Heje hugh jackman in the beggining.

  17. Vincent Tate on May 28, 2021 at 7:43 am

    What was the model shown at 3:56?

  18. Lisa E on May 28, 2021 at 7:49 am


  19. Care One Plumbing Inc. on May 28, 2021 at 7:49 am

    thanks for nothin aholes

  20. WarblesOnALot on May 28, 2021 at 7:52 am

    G’day… Thanks for sending this. Decadence, Decadence, thy name be Consumerism. Lovely Product Placement at the Conclusion… It takes $5,000 to $10,000 worth of PV’s & Batteries & Inverter to run a $1,700 Fridge. My Mother just upgraded her System. 60 Amps at 24 Volts on the Roof, & 4,000 A/Hr of Batteries. So, she got another Fridge. The problem appears to be the idea that Suburban Aspirations to "Normality" are acceptable… Rather than Delusional.

  21. VITEK-OGOREK-MORES on May 28, 2021 at 7:54 am

    I have Not heard anything from your consumer reports , what should I buy ???
    It is a pity that Toyota does not make Refrigerators ,
    because I would buy it right away !!!
    Too many brands too many problems and hard to decide what to buy ???

  22. سالم عمر on May 28, 2021 at 7:55 am

    You should pay for servicing,even during waranty time

  23. Robert L on May 28, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Stay away from Samsung the worst and the second worst LG, the best so far is Maytag is with the least problems. And make in U.S.A

  24. Clifford Trott on May 28, 2021 at 8:03 am

    For those complaining: This is an advertisement for Consumer Reports. Were you really expecting that Consumer Reports would give away the results of their testing for free?