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Best refrigerators 2024: our expert's top picks

Our thoroughly researched roundup of the best refrigerators on the market, for efficiency, style, space, and design.

One of the best refrigerators, an LG Side-by-Side refrigerator, in a modern kitchen with other appliances. One side is filled up with drinks bottles
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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Samsung Family Hub
3. Best for families: Frigidaire Gallery GRQC2255BF
4. Best smart: LG Side-By-Side
5. Best counter depth: Bosch French Door
6. Best bespoke: Samsung Bespoke
7. Best for efficiency: BEKO BFTF2716SS
8. Best value: Maytag Wide
9. Best side-by-side: KitchenAid Side By Side
10. Best bottom freezer: Smeg FAB32
11. Best top-freezer: GE Appliances
12. Best for small kitchens: Smeg Retro
13. Best French door: Café Appliances
13. How to choose
14. How we reviewed
15. FAQs

The secret to loving your kitchen is having one of the best refrigerators. Whether you’re looking for color and chrome or smart technologies and a viewing window, there’s a variety of sizes and models on the market.

As the focal point of your kitchen, it’s important that your refrigerator can look good whilst keeping food fresh and safe. It needs to be efficient, smart, practical, and reliable, because you never appreciate a good fridge until you don’t have one.

I’ve thoroughly researched the best refrigerators on the market. I looked for refrigerators that made bold claims about their cooling capacities, then examined if they lived up to them. After scouring reviews from users and professionals, I’ve collated this list of the best fridges to give you a helping hand.

The quick list

If you're looking for the best refrigerator, but you don't have much time, these are our top picks. If there's one which piques your interest, we go into more detail below.

The best refrigerators we recommend in 2023

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The best refrigerator overall

1. Samsung 3-Door Family Hub French Door Smart Refrigerator

Packed with premium, smart features, perfect for a range of homes

Specifications

Dimensions: 35.75 x 70 x 35.5 inches
Total Capacity: 26.5 cu.ft.
Doors: 3
Material: Fingerprint resistant stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Good temperature control
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Built-in Alexa
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Generous storage capacity
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Interior camera for remote viewing
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Wide drawers for larger platters
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Family hub display

Reasons to avoid

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Overcomplicated technology
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Bottom drawer is fiddly to clean
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Ice maker is a little clunky
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Filter needs replacing every 3 months
Buy it if

✅ You need capacity: this has deep, wide, and adjustable shelves and drawers
✅ You don't make a shopping list: there's a camera so you can check you contents from the shops
✅ You need a note board: the family hub doubles up as a tablet

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: all these extra features come at a cost
❌ You don't like cleaning: the bottom drawer is fiddly
❌ You're particular about ice: the ice maker is a little clunky

The bottom line

🔎 Samsung Family Hub: This refrigerator goes above and beyond the basics. The wide, deep shelves have enough capacity for the fullest food shops, but what we really love is all the smart technology, cameras, and family hub.

Samsung has taken all the frustration out of busy lives with this refrigerator. The huge 26.5 cubic feet capacity and wide drawers can fit whole melons and large platters, so that you'll never struggle for space, whether you've done a full food shop or you're hosting a dinner party.

The most impressively unique feature is the interior camera. If you've ever accidentally doubled-up on foods, because you didn't know what was in the refrigerator, you'll appreciate this function. Having a fridge like this means that when you’re in the grocery store and can’t remember what you need you can use the camera to check stock. That’s not all - this refrigerator offers a timer, a note board, a shared calendar, and links to your doorbell. It's the organizing hub you always needed at home.

Note that the ice dispenser has a water filter which you’ll need to replace every three months. It’s optional and inevitable with filters, but is an ongoing cost. The ice maker is a little clunky for storing food around too.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityPlenty of capacity, even for large homes★★★★★
ValueExpensive and filters need replacing★★★★
AppearanceLooks very smart★★★★★
Extra featuresPacked with prmeium extras★★★★★

The best refrigerator for families

Close to faultless, this has excellent consistency, capacity, and finishes

Specifications

Dimensions: 70.13" x 36" x 29.6"
Refrigerator capacity: 9.34 cu ft
Freezer capacity: 4.7 cu ft
Water and ice dispenser: Yes
Material: Stainless steel
Spec 6: Xxx Xxx Xxx

Reasons to buy

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Maintains consistent temperature
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Excellent capacity
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Great value
+
Smart finish

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive upfront cost
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Can be a little noisy
Buy it if

✅ You live in a large household: this has excellent capacity
✅ You'll use it for drinks: the water and ice dispenser is the best
✅ You're always in the fridge: this can maintain an incredibly consistent temperature

Don't buy it if:

❌ You don't want a big upfront cost: whilst this is exceptional value, nearly $4,000 is a big lump sum
❌ You have an open-plan kitchen: this is relatively noisy
❌ You're short on space: this is family-sized

The bottom line

🔎 Frigidaire Gallery: This is a popular refrigerator amongst the experts. It boasts large capacity, an excellent drinks center, and print-proof finish. I particularly love that this can maintain a cool temperature, even when it's opened frequently.

Aside from stellar customer reviews, this is the refrigerator that I saw time and time again praised as the underdog of all the best models on the market. Although looks aren't everything, refrigerators can become a focal point. This sleek, stainless steel design will look premium in any kitchen. However, if your kitchen is open-plan, be warned, some reviewers say that this can get noisy.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Frigidaire is how consistently it can maintain its target temperature across all compartments. Frigidaire credits its TwinTech cooling system for this excellence and the reviewers back up that this is no gimmick.

My single criticism of this refrigerator is the near $4,000 price tag. Although this is a large lump sum, this is actually exceptional value for all the extra features. The ice and water dispenser is one of the best, a customizable compartment which can soft freeze or store your wines at the perfect temperature, and the whole model has plenty of adjustable storage. 

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityVery roomy and adjustable★★★★★
ValueExpensive RRP★★★★
AppearanceLooks stylish★★★★★
Extra featuresPlenty of extras, but not super smart★★★★

The best refrigerator for smart features

3. LG 27 cu. ft. Side-by-Side InstaView Refrigerator

With an abundance of accessories and super smart finish, this is luxurious

Specifications

Dimensions: 70.5 x 35.9 x 33.5 inches
Total capacity: 27.1 cu.ft
Material: Stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Connects to the SmartThinQ app
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Hands-free opening
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InstaView screen
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Two door feature for easy access
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Popular with reviewers 
+
Looks sleek

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most energy efficient
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Can be expensive
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Side-by-side isn't for everyone
Buy it if

✅ You drink lots of chilled milks and juices: the drinks door is super convenient
✅ You like hands-free viewing: the smart app and InstaView screen are easy to monitor
✅ You like luxury: this feels super premium

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: this is expensive
❌ You like a top or bottom freezer: side-by-side isn't for everyone
❌ You want simplicity: the apps and smart view can be overwhelming

The bottom line

🔎 LG Side-By-Side: kitted out with all the latest tech, this refrigerator can almost be used hands-free. There's a useful mini door for accessing drinks quickly and enough room to fill the fridge for a family.

If you want a hands-off, smart refrigerator, look no further. The main feature is a panel on the door which becomes a window when tapped, so you can see inside if needed. The same panel opens as a small door, giving you access to cartons and jars without opening the whole refrigerator. Not only is this super convenient, it also saves your fridge from warming up every time you want to grab a drink.

The LG takes hands-free to a whole new level with its useful features. If you have your hands full, swipe your foot under the fridge and it will open. Similarly, the freezer drawers slide out when the freezer is open. If that wasn’t smart enough, LG has a smart app for troubleshooting and monitoring the filter and any problems. 

When tested against other smart refrigerators, such as the Samsung this was less energy efficient. It’s still not bad, but not at the top of the market. If you want all the additional features, it can get a little expensive too.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityPlenty of space, even for families★★★★★
ValueExpensive with all the extras★★★★
AppearanceLooks stylish★★★★★
Extra featuresPacked with smart extras★★★★★

The best counter-depth refrigerator

4. Bosch French Door B36CL81ENG

A reliable refrigerator which sits flush with countertops

Specifications

Dimensions: 35.75 x 72 x 29 inches
Capacity: 20.5 cu.ft.
Material: Stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Looks good
+
Adjustable shelves
+
Smart app available
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Good for energy efficiency
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Adjustable temperature drawer

Reasons to avoid

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Limited capacity for a French door design
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Frozen drawer is a little fiddly
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Quite expensive for the size
Buy it if

✅ You're looking for subtlety: at counter-depth, it sits flush with your surfaces
✅ You like tech: this comes with a smart app
✅ You're energy conscious: this is brilliant for efficiency

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're a big household: this has smaller capacity than others
❌ You're on a budget: this is relatively expensive for the capacity
❌ You use your freezer everyday: the drawer is a little fiddly

The bottom line

🔎 Bosch French Door: Unsurprisingly, Bosch makes one of the best refrigerators on the market. The sleek counter-depth style will blend in with any kitchen, whilst providing an efficient, well designed appliance.

Bosch is reliable when it comes to good refrigerators. Whilst the Bosch 800 came a close second for the best counter-depth option, this French door model won overall. 

It has a built-in look when positioned alongside countertops and is great for energy efficiency. People liked the adjustable bar and shelves, especially in conjunction with the adjustable temperature drawer. In controlled tests it held a consistent temperature well. The Home Connect act is really useful: you can create an inventory of your groceries and get a notification before your food goes off; it will notify you if your refrigerator temperature has changed significantly; and it can troubleshoot any issues. 

Considering that this is a French door refrigerator , it should have a bigger capacity. Compared to the Samsung 28 cu ft, this is expensive for its limited refrigerator real estate. However, when you look at the efficiency, it performed better: this Bosch is estimated to use 568 kWh per year as opposed to Samsung’s 716 kWh. 

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityAdjustable shelves, but limited capacity★★★
ValueQuite expensive for size★★★★
AppearanceLooks sleek★★★★★
Extra featuresLots of usedful features★★★★★

The best bespoke refrigerator

5. Samsung Bespoke 4-Door French Door Refrigerator

Made to be admired, this is the most beautiful design on the market

Specifications

Dimensions: 35 x 28 x 68 7/8 inches
Capacity: 22.8 cu. ft.
Wi-Fi Connectivity: yes
Colors: stainless steel to sunrise yellow

Reasons to buy

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Customizable colors
+
Additional beverage center
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Useful app
+
Counter depth

Reasons to avoid

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Fierce freezer
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Need to leave a gap
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Can be expensive with add-ons
Buy it if

✅ You need style in every aspect of your kitchen: this is customizable
✅ You keep lots of drinks in your fridge: there's a handy beverage center
✅ This will be sat alongside cabinets: it's counter depth

Don't buy it if:

❌ You eat lots of ice cream: the freezer is incredibly fierce
❌ You're tight on counter depth: you have to leave a small gap behind the fridge
❌ You're on a budget: some versions, with add ons, are expensive

The bottom line

🔎 Samsung Bespoke: perfect for those who are particular about their kitchens, the Samsung is fully customizable and counter-depth. It will look great in any space.

If you're looking to have a truly unique décor, this is the refrigerator for you. Walking into the kitchen, the refrigerator is often a focal point, struggling to blend seamlessly into well-considered décor. Thankfully, Samsung has thought about this. This refrigerator comes in a range of colours, from stainless steel and black to sunrise yellow and rose pink. 

You can mix and match and add an interior beverage center, which is an incredibly popular addition amongst users. It's an additional cost, making this an expensive purchase, but it's worth it. Rather than have an eyesore drinks dispenser, this keeps everything cool, behind the sleek front. Customers loved the app, which notifies you on a range of topics, including if you've left the door open. Often, bespoke sizes don't sit flush with counters, but lots of customers were really pleased with the size and capacity of this refrigerator.

A few customers found that the freezer was too aggressive, over-freezing and icing up their food. You'll also want to install it carefully; if you don't leave a gap behind the refrigerator, the doors won't open fully.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityPlenty of capacity, but freezer is fiddly★★★★★
ValueExpensive with add ons★★★
AppearanceLooks sleek★★★★★
Extra featuresLots of usedful features★★★★★

The best refrigerator for efficiency

6. Beko BFTF2716SS

Energy efficient with smart tech to make food last longer

Specifications

Dimensions: 27.5 x 67.75 x 24.625
Capacity: 13.84 cu. ft. (refrigerator) 3.74 cu. ft. (freezer)
Type: Freestanding
Freezer: Top
Doors: Reversible
Energy Star Rating: yes

Reasons to buy

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Light technology to keep food fresh
+
Energy Star rating
+
Adjustable shelves
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Compact

Reasons to avoid

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Limited capacity on the doors
Buy it if

✅ You're looking for efficiency: this has an energy star rating
✅ You eat lots of fresh veg: there's blue light technology to keep food fresh
✅ You buy big or tall foodstuffs: the shelves are all adjustable

Don't buy it if:

❌ You buy lots of liquid: the door storage is limited
❌ You're particular about appearances: this isn't customizable
❌ You want lots of smart tech: this doesn't have an app

The bottom line

🔎 Beko BFTF2716SS: For those who are a little short on space and searching for sustainable options, there's no better option than this. It has a reasonable capacity and totally adjustable shelves, it just lacks drinks storage.

Beko have been pushing the boundaries for sustainability time and time again with their appliances and this refrigerator is no exception. The crisper drawer uses light technology to change color, reflecting the sun's natural light. They claim that this helps to preserve the vitamins in your fruits and vegetables, keeping them fresher for longer. 

It also has an energy star rating, so will be easy on you utility bills too. Even though this doesn't have a large footprint, most reviews commented on the storage capacity of this refrigerator. The adjustable shelves, which are even sturdy on the door, ensure that you can maximize storage options, even in the freezer. Lots of customers also complemented the brushed stainless steel finish, which requires minimal upkeep.

All efficiencies considered, if you're a larger household or are looking for more capacity, this might not be the best option for you. Whilst it's compact and efficient, lots of customers who have children said that they wished they had more room.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityCompact, but limited capacity on doors★★★
ValueReasonably priced★★★★★
AppearanceVery simple★★★★
Extra featuresSome useful basic touches★★★★★

The best value refrigerator

7. Maytag Wide French Door Refrigerator

All the best features without any compromises

Specifications

DImensions: 35.7 x 70.2 x 35.25 inches
Total Capacity: 24.7 cu.ft
Materials: Fingerprint resistant stainless slteel
Door: 3

Reasons to buy

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Good temperature control
+
Adjustable shelf height
+
Good digital controls
+
Strong door shelves
+
Temperature controlled drawer

Reasons to avoid

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Digital controls can be tricky to master
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Freezer compartments are not adjustable
Buy it if

✅ You're always in the fridge: this has excellent temperature control
✅ You use lots of liquids: the door shelves are strong
✅ You have lots of fresh fruit and veg: there's a temperature controlled drawer

Don't buy it if:

❌ You don't like tech: the digital controls can be tricky to handle
❌ You freeze big items: the freezer compartments aren't adjustable
❌ You're on a color scheme: this isn't customizable

The bottom line

🔎 Maytag French Door: For quality without compromise, the Magtag is our top pick. It has excellent temperature regulation and the door shelves are stronger than even the most premium models. However, if you need a good freezer, there are better options available.

Maytag always brings reliable performance across their range of products. Reviewers all commented on the temperature control of this refrigerator: it maintains a cool, constant temperature throughout the appliance, including the door shelves. This is really useful for a number of people. If you're often in and out of the refrigerator, you'll value an appliance that can keep things cool. Also, if you want to put dairy products in the refrigerator doors without worrying about them getting too warm, this is perfect.

The deli drawer is a well-designed feature, because you can store wide plates and platters without any awkward positioning. With a reasonable fridge and freezer capacity, there’s more than enough room for all of your groceries and then some extra treats as well. Some users thought that the refrigerator would benefit from adjustable sections, but didn't find this particularly limiting, because of the generous depth and overall dimensions of this appliance.

The digital interface is really useful when it works, but a number of users found it a little tricky to use. However, it looks good alongside the stainless steel finish, which is fingerprint resistant.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityGood, but freezer sections aren;t adjustable★★★★
ValueGreat price for the performance★★★★★
AppearanceVery simple★★★★
Extra featuresNothing extra, but good basics★★★

The best side-by-side refrigerator

9. KitchenAid Side By Side

A brilliant basic that will last a long time

Specifications

Dimensions: 71.28 x 35.75 x 29.56
Capacity: 22.6 cu.ft
Material: Fingerprint resistant stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Fingerprint resistant coating
+
Independent refrigerator and freezer cooling
+
Measured fill water dispenser
+
Adjustable shelves

Reasons to avoid

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Small capacity
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Lacks dual ice maker
Buy it if

✅ You're short on space: this is super-compact and still spacious
✅ You use your freezer a lot: this has excellent freezer capacity
✅ You have lots of different shaped foods: the shelves are all adjustable

Don't buy it if:

❌ You live in a large household: this has a limited capacity
❌ You use lots of ice: this doesn't have a dual ice maker
You like smart technology: this is very basic

The bottom line

🔎 KitchenAid Side-By-Side: KitchenAid never fails to deliver on home essentials. This refrigerator is everything we expect from them, it's top quality and super simple. There's plenty of storage options with odor minimizing technology. It's really compact too.

KitchenAid always delivers on quality, so we expect great things from this refrigerator. It’s pretty basic, but it does these basics well. As an appliance essential, it scored big points for freezer space, adjustable shelves, and general dimensions. Many customers enjoyed the pressure in the water dispenser which is enough to fill up your glass quickly, but not so much that you end up with water on the floor.

The dedicated refrigerator has drawers and shelves which you can re-organise to suit your needs. A handy air filter keeps odors minimal and the drawers absorb ethylene to help slow the ripening of fruits and vegetables. This isn’t something many users noticed, but it’s a subtle helping hand which you probably would only notice if it wasn't there. 

Reviewers commented that this was compact inside, so even if you use the storage and organization well, you'll struggle if you have a big family. It also doesn’t have a dual ice-maker either, so, if your mind is elsewhere you might end up with a glass of ice rather than water.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityOn the smaller side, but adjustable shelves★★★★
ValueGreat price for the performance★★★★★
AppearanceVery simple★★★★
Extra featuresNo dual ice maker★★★

The best bottom freezer refrigerator

10. Smeg FAB32UR 24-inch Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Iconic, impressive, and incredibly well-designed

Specifications

Dimenisons: 77.5 x 23.6 x 30.3
Fridge capacity: 18.8 cu.ft
Material: Chrome and stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Looks good 
+
Comes in a range of colors
+
Adjustable shelves
+
Cooler drawer with adjustable temperature

Reasons to avoid

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No ice or water dispenser
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Not very deep
-
Expensive
-
Not the most efficient
Buy it if

✅ You put style first: this is a style statement in a range of colors
✅ You buy tall foodstuffs: the shelves are adjustable
✅ You eat lots of fruit and veg: there's a special, temperature controlled drawer

Don't buy it if:

❌ You use your refrigerator for drinks: this doesn't have a water or ice dispenser
❌ You live in a large household: this is quite shallow
❌ You're money conscious: these can be expensive and isn't the most efficient

The bottom line

🔎 Smeg FAB32 Classic: a chic, retro refrigerator that's super stylish, but not the most energy efficient

Smeg makes a second appearance in our roundup, and while I like to give a range of brands, I couldn’t miss this off the roundup. As expected with Smeg, this is a stylish refrigerator. Even though it has an E energy rating, which is quite low, users commented on a good temperature regulation throughout the fridge.

For more heat-sensitive products, such as dairy or meat, there is a special cooler drawer with separate digital temperature control, so you can easily adjust the temperature of the whole fridge, or drawer separately. 

Whilst the different adjustable compartments are great, the refrigerator is still very slim. There isn’t room for bulky foods, but this doesn’t mean that it’s a counter-depth design either. It’s almost the worst of both worlds. You also won’t have a water or ice dispenser, which it would be reasonable to expect for the price. Some users commented on the gurgling noise which it makes occasionally and that the shelves can be a little awkward to move.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityNot very deep, but reasonable★★★★
ValueExpensive and not energy efficient★★
AppearanceIconic design in a range of colors★★★★★
Extra featuresNot many extras, but good basics★★★

The best bottom-freezer refrigerator

10. GE Appliances 28” Top Freezer

Simple, efficient, and available in a range of finishes

Specifications

Dimensions: 67.9 x 28 x 32.6 inches
Capacity: 17.5 cu. ft.
Materials: Stainless steel

Reasons to buy

+
Ice maker installed
+
Good capacity
+
Adjustable shelving
+
Good efficiency
+
Variety of finishes

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for what it delivers
Buy it if

✅ You use lots of ice: the ice maker is really good
✅ You live in a large household: this is ultra-efficient
✅ You need kitchen coordination: this is available in a range of finishes

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: this is relatively expensive
❌ You have a chest freezer: the freezer component will be redundant
❌ You want smart features: this doesn't have an app

The bottom line

🔎 GE Appliances Top Freezer: Ideal for a range of households, this refrigerator has enough capacity for a full food shop and is an efficient cooler. When it's drinks time, the GE really excels; it makes expert-quality ice and can hold lots of bottles in the door.

This refrigerator is good value. The variety of features means that you can make the most of your refrigerator’s capacity. The adjustable shelves readily cater for tall bottles and large boxes; the crisper drawer is a cool space to store fresh fruit and vegetables; the deli drawer suits wider platters and plates; and the butter keeper is a hygienic place to put your dairy products too.

This comes in a range of finishes, so you can tailor it to suit your interior style. Having an ice maker is rare in top-freezer fridges, but is very useful for freeing up storage space in the freezer. 

Although this isn’t the most expensive freezer on the market, it’s more expensive than similar fridges like the Frigidaire 20.5 cu ft Top Freezer Refrigerator, which I didn’t include because it lacks an ice maker. A few users commented that it is noisier than the standard fridge. Other reviewers suggested that the ice maker is slow, so maybe keep some ice in the freezer just in case. 

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
CapacityGreat capacity★★★★★
ValueExpensive for what it does★★
AppearanceLooks sleek★★★★
Extra featuresNot many extras, but good basics★★★

The best refrigerator for small kitchens