If you’ve done any shopping for a refrigerator recently, you’ve probably noticed something about refrigerator brands - there are a lot of them. Which brand is most reliable? Will they give you consistent performance, year-in and year-out? And what about features — are you going to miss out on modern conveniences if you select one refrigerator brand over another?
That’s where we come in. We put together this "best of" list with some of our favorite brands. We will talk about what makes them distinct, as well as why you should consider buying one of their refrigerator models. This isn’t an exhaustive list but will give you an excellent jumping-off point for your refrigerator search.
9 Best Refrigerators Brands of 2020
Speaking of smart fridges, Samsung might just lay claim to the title of Smartest Refrigerators on the market. It’s no wonder that a brand that made its name in smartphones and other high-tech devices has integrated technology into their refrigerators so effectively, but don’t worry— they’re not just hyper-connected gimmicks. Samsung refrigerators also have the durability, stylish design, and capacity to serve well as a dependable workhorse at the center of your kitchen.
Samsung refrigerators are available in French door, and side-by-side styles. Usually, each model comes both as counter-depth or standard-depth configuration.
Samsung refrigerators are at the absolute cutting edge of what an appliance is capable of, including massive built-in touch screens (a.k.a. Family Hub) that really act as the centerpiece of your smart home system.
From your Samsung Family Hub refrigerator, you can find out what’s inside the fridge without opening it, control security in your home, order food, store and share photos, look up recipes, and much, much more. Put all of that in a durable, dependable package, and you’ve got a refrigerator brand that knows how to give the people what they want.
Why You Should Buy
If you can’t stand to have anything less than the absolute latest in technology, Samsung is the choice for you. That said, Samsung does skimp on the other vitally important aspects of a refrigerator—smart design, excellent storage capacity, durable construction, and reliable operation you can count on for years to come.
Success Comes at a Cost to Samsung
In the past 10 years, starting from zero, Samsung became the top selling brand in home appliances. This rapid success came at a price as normal service issues seen among multiple brands concentrated under one brand. As an example, some models experienced extensive icing in the dispenser module causing a customer backlash. Good news is that Samsung stands behind its products and offers a great factory warranty.
- We reviewed Samsung refrigerators in detail and listed the top models to consider.
LG may not be one of the oldest names in refrigeration, but it has already come a long way to produce some of the sleekest, most modern refrigerators available. As an example, the door within the door design we have come to see in many refrigerators was commercialized by LG and soon after copied by Samsung and GE.
If you’ve tried other LG appliances and been pleased, an LG fridge may be worth considering. LG offers a full styles of designs from French door, side-by-side, top freezer, to bottom freezer fridges. Most of LG's catalog features door-in-door models and counter depth as well as regular depth refrigerators. There are plenty of styles to choose from to match exactly what you need for your unique preferences.
LG refrigerators have impressive record of reliability and energy efficiency. InstaView is a great feature where you can gently knock on the dark glass door of the refrigerators to illuminate the interior.
Spherical "Craft Ice" is another helpful feature that is a universal hit. Excellent for long drinks select LG fridges make this slow melting ice. Dual-ice maker models virtually guaratee that you are not going to run out on ice during a dinner party.
Why You Should Buy
If you want a modern, stylish fridge that’s also going to help you cut down on the cost of repairs and energy bills, LG may be right for you. They also boast a range of smart refrigerators complete with touch screens, so they make a perfect choice for tech heads who love their connected devices in the home.
- We reviewed LG refrigerators in detail and listed a number of models for every budget.
GE is one of the largest and most established appliance brands on the market, but does the quality of their refrigerators match up to their reputation? As a matter of fact, yes— GE refrigerators are dependable, well-designed and use innovative technology to care for your food and make your kitchen experience better than ever before.
GE is also the parent company of the Profile and Cafe brands. Their lineup of high-end refrigerators that will bring world-class luxury to your kitchen, still at an affordable price.
One of the best features of shopping with GE is the sheer selection they have to offer, providing everything from entry-level models for budget shoppers to the highest of high-end refrigerators under the Cafe series. Our favorite feature is the hot water and even the Keurig coffee dispenser found in Profile and Cafe series fridges.
Meanwhile, GE's Cafe brand is the only manufacturer that allows for handle customization based on your style.
Why You Should Buy
Excellent food storage capacity, a range of installation styles and door orientations, and a massive selection of dozens of models all make GE a worthwhile brand to consider for your next refrigerator purchase.
- We reviewed GE, Profile, and Cafe refrigerators in detail and listed the top models to consider.
Whirlpool has been a major leader in the world of appliances for over a century, and their refrigerator lineup is no different. What they lack in some of the cutting-edge technology and ultra-sleek designs of competitors they make up for in dependability, quality construction, and range of product styles, affordable price ranges, and finishes.
Whirlpool has long been committed to backing up the quality of its products with robust warranties and support programs, so you can depend on not being left in the lurch in the event of malfunctioning parts or other issues.
Whirlpool has maintained its 100-year reputation thanks to the quality construction of their products. Even when it comes to their most bare-bones and budget-friendly refrigerator models, you can at least count on them to operate as designed without giving you major problems. Other brands that produce budget refrigerators often can’t say the same. Meanwhile, they also produce some excellent mid-range and high-end refrigerators that offer even more for your kitchen.
Whirlpool's MicroEdge glass shelves do not have the metal frames. This helps prevent dirt and crums to accumulate on the edges of the shelves. The glass is specially formulated to contain minor spills to save you time in cleaning up.
Why You Should Buy
If you want to shop with a brand that’s spent decades upon decades mastering their process, Whirlpool is the brand for you. They’re dependable, proven, and dedicated to making sure that every customer loves every refrigerator they manufacture.
- We reviewed Whirlpool refrigerators in detail and listed the top models to consider.
There was a time when ‘Frigidaire’ was essentially synonymous with ‘refrigerator.’ The brand was so popular in the early days of electric-powered refrigeration that many people called their fridges Frigidaires even if they were manufactured by another brand.
Frigidaire isn’t quite as ubiquitous as in its heyday, but they still produce reliable, energy-efficient, and durable fridges you can count on. They also offer models and lineups across the full range of price points, giving you more options to consider than some other brands that only offer high-end models.
Frigidaire is often viewed as the workhorse of refrigerator brands, and for good reason. They get the job done and can be counted on to be low-maintenance, dependable, and effectively climate controlled for keeping your food fresh day in and day out.
Why You Should Buy
If you’re looking for a dependable, stylish but un-flashy refrigerator that will get the job done and look good doing it. Frigidaire refrigerators are affordable. If you are on a strict budget, Frigidaire might be the brand to consider.
Much is made about the quality of German engineering, and nowhere is it put into practice more effectively than in Bosch appliances. This German brand crafts some of the best, most dependable appliances in the world, and their refrigerator lineup is no exception.
However, that quality comes with a price tag to match— you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Bosch refrigerator that anyone would call ‘entry level.’ However, if you are considering Bosch for other appliances, the company offers lucrative savings for package purchase.
It’s hard to pin down a best feature of a Bosch refrigerator. Each one combines effortless style, world-class design and construction quality, and innovative refrigeration features that make other fridges look like they’re leftover from the Stone Age. Features like recessed LED lights, built-in touch control panels, smart connectivity, remote control and monitoring, and more all add up to a refrigerator that will have you looking for reasons to go to the kitchen just so you can enjoy its power and good looks.
In late 2019 Bosch spared no expense and introduced dual-compressor models in its line-up. As a result, you can now store your groceries for extended amount of time in a Bosch fridge.
Why You Should Buy
If you want the best of the best when it comes to quality construction and design, Germany’s greatest appliance export has you covered. Whether you’re looking for built-in, counter depth or world-class freestanding products Bosch is the way to go.
- We reviewed Bosch refrigerators including the new counter depth selection in detail. You will also find our exclusive video on this link.
Another high-end appliance brand out of Germany, Miele shares many of the same qualities as Bosch—attention to detail, sophisticated designs in well-constructed packages, and a premium look that comes with a premium price. If you’re looking for entry-level or even mid-range options for your next refrigerator, Miele may not be the right choice for you. But if you’re looking for the best of the best, this brand should absolutely be a part of your search.
Miele is constantly trying to push refrigerator technology forward, and that has resulted in some pretty incredible innovations. One of these is the Miele MasterCool and SmartFresh system, which turns your refrigerator into a series of smaller climates and zones where you can dial in the perfect settings for a range of food types. This helps keep food fresh and unspoilt for longer than ever before—as much as 3X more than many of their competitors. Giving your veggies, fruits, dairy, and meat items the perfect climate they need is possible thanks to Miele.
Why You Should Buy
Beautiful designs, durable construction, and thoughtful, boundary-pushing features—what’s not to like?
- If you heard the name Miele before, chances are you are familiar with its best in class dishwashers.
You might not be as familiar with Thermador as some other brands with bigger name recognition, but that’s not because Thermador hasn’t earned their spot in the appliance market. They pioneered the first wall oven and the first cooktop, and they’re also among the very first brands to have introduced stainless steel into appliance design. Their history of innovation continues with their lineup of refrigerators, which is mainly comprised of high-end and costly appliances that deliver incredible design, impressive visual profiles, and more amazing features than you can count.
In the past, Thermador received some low marks from consumers for having issues with reliability—and costly repair premiums. But they’ve overhauled their design approach and now produce some of the most reliable refrigerators and appliances on the market, making them a great choice for those who like to know that their fridge is going to keep ticking for years to come.
Why You Should Buy
Thermador has been innovating appliance design for over a century, and today they produce some of the most dependable refrigerators on the market.
Thermador runs a compelling rebate program called 1-2-Free which offers savings just shy of $10,000 in a kitchen package purchase. If that sounds right up your alley, considering browsing the Thermador refrigerator lineup.
Sub Zero is the gold-standard of refrigerators ever since they pioneered the concept of built-in refrigerators that are installed flush with cabinets. Since then, Sub Zero continued to break ground with some of the most visually striking, traditional and ultra-modern refrigerator designs in the world. The company tends to focus much of their efforts in the high-end range of the price spectrum.
When it comes to sheer visual beauty, no one does it quite like Sub-Zero. Their stunning, minimalist refrigerators look like pieces of modern art that also happen to hold vegetables and pints of ice cream inside them. Every single detail is carefully designed by their team, then executed to perfection in every refrigerator. Sub-Zero refrigerators are also dependable, well-built, and great at storing a large amount of food, but when you see one in person it’s easy to forget about all that as you sit in awe of just how good-looking they are.
Why You Should Buy
If you’re considering the best appliance for your money, Sub-Zero is a safe bet. It is a proven brand that cares the most about customer service and will be just a call away from all service issues 12 years from installation as part of their warranty.
Sub Zero offers a range of styles, from cabinet-matching front facades to sleek stainless steel, as well as side-by-side, French door, and top-bottom arrangements. If you want true refrigeration greatness, you can’t go wrong with Sub-Zero.
- We reviewed Sub Zero refrigerators in detail.
** Not too many of us have an endless budget for a new fridge. If you are replacing an old built-in refrigerator, here is a guide to help you find an affordable option.
While this list certainly doesn’t include every refrigerator brand on the market, you can’t go wrong beginning your search with any one of these brands— or all of them. Have more questions about buying your next refrigerator? Check out our [refrigerator knowledge hub] or [contact one of our Designer Appliances experts] to learn more.