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.


Best Refrigerator Brands in 2020

9 Best Refrigerator Brands of 2020

1) Best Smart Refrigerator: Samsung RF22N9781SR

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Samsung RF22N9781SR

Samsung refrigerator might just lay claim to the title of smartest fridge 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.

The RF22N9781SR packs more than just hyper-connected gimmicks. If you are in the supermarket, you can check and see if there is milk in the fridge thanks to the built in interior cameras. You can even see what's in your refrigerator without opening the door on the Family Hub screen attached to the right side door.

The Family Hub is essentially a giant electronic board where you can leave messages to family members, make a shopping list, order food via your favorite service, and the list goes on. Say your hands are wet, you can just give voice commands via Bixby. In essence, the entire functionality of your tablet is now on your fridge door.

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The Samsung RF22N9781SR is counter depth and comes in fingerprint resistant stainless steel or black stainless steel colors. Its sister product RF28N9780SR has a full depth and a large capacity at 28 cu. ft. The interior of RF22N9781SR is layed out in a functional manner. LED lights are luxurious. Shelves and drawers are high quality and feel substantial.

An interesting feature of RF22N9781SR is its freezer. One of the freezer components can turn into a fridge with a touch of a button to give you more refrigerator space. Samsung calls this a "FlexZone".

A Samsung refrigerator has the durability, stylish design, and capacity to serve well as a dependable workhorse at the center of your kitchen.

There is a Samsung fridge for all budgets. Top freezer refrigerators start at under $800. Their French door refrigerator selection is vast starting from well under $1,249. Samsung's side by side selection now includes Family hub screen.

Samsung Refrigerators
Samsung RF260BEAESR

Best Features
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. Samsung makes the best counter depth refrigerator in the market today with style ranging from 3-door models to various 4-door designs..

The "Food Showcase Door" is Samsung's name for door-in-door feature. Over the years Samsung bolstered the design with metal interior door to better preserve the cold air.

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Samsung RF22K9381SR

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 doesn't skimp on the other vitally important aspects of a refrigerator such as smart design, excellent storage capacity, durable construction, and reliable operation that 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. With several different models on the marketplace, normal service issues seemed inflated. As an example, particular models experienced extensive icing in the dispenser module causing a bit of customer backlash. The good news is that Samsung stands behind all of its products and offers a great factory warranty.


2) Best Overall Refrigerator: LG LMXS30776S

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LG LMXS30776S

The LG LMXS30776S is one of the most feature-rich and reliable refrigerators on the market. You will notice its most striking feature when you open its door. Door-in-door design stops many arguments in the family on who keeps the fridge door open the longest. You can now easily access most frequently used items.

The interior layout of this refrigerator is well-thought-out. LED lights are bright, the ice maker on the door is slim making more room for ths shelves. The top drawer over the freezer is called the "Customchill drawer". You can adjust the temperature setting on this drawer to 4 different settings depending on the food and beverage type. Also, the partitions inside the drawer are adjustable.

LMXS30776S gets high marks on keeping the interior temperature consistent. Humidity controls and air filtration are all controlled electronically via multiple advanced sensors. LG makes a big deal about its inverter compressor and backs it up with a 10-year warranty. The compressor does indeed deserve kudos as it is energy efficient and respond rapidly to temperature changes.

Innovative LG refrigerators
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LG refrigerators may not be one of the oldest brand name, but the company has already come a long way in producing some of the sleekest, most modern fridges 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 have 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. Our favorite LG style is the French door refrigerator. There are plenty of styles to choose from to match exactly what you need for your unique preferences.

Best Features
LG refrigerators have an 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.

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Dual-ice maker models featuring "Craft Ice" guarantees that you'll always have ice on demand. LG's newest feature creates crushed ice, cubed ice and a slow-melting round ice that's perfect at taking your craft drinks, iced coffees and teas and special cocktails to the next level.

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.

What is Missing?
Top refrigerators from the LG catalog are still missing purposeful wifi enabled applications and interior cameras.


3) Most Reliable Refrigerator: GE Profile PFE28KYNFS

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GE Profile PFE28KYNFS

GE PFE28 series refrigerators have been serving US households since 2016. The GE Profile PFE28KYNFS is the latest incarnation with fingerprint resistant finish, better energy consumption and showcase LED lights.

Thanks to the Twinchill system PFE28KYNFS performs its most important functions - keeping your food cool under optimum conditions - very well. Interior temperature is consistent and the fridge is Energy Star rated. It is not noisy. The door mounted ice/water dispenser is convenient. You can even add a second ice maker in the freezer using a plug and play part. The interior layout of this GE refrigerator is acceptable with plenty of door storage and crisper drawers.

The only downside to GE Profile PFE28KYNFS is its wifi connectivity. This fridge is designed for app contols which will alert you if interior temperature is too high, when the door is left open, or when the water filter needs to be replaced. However, GE sells an extra wifi card to be able to access these features. We hope their next upgrade with smooth out these minor annoyances.

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— the GE refrigerator is dependable, well-designed and uses innovative technology to care for your food and make your kitchen experience better than ever before.

GE is also the parent company of the GE Profile and GE Cafe brand refrigerators. GE Profile and Cafe are the lineup of high-end fridges that will bring world-class luxury to your kitchen at an affordable price.

GE, Profile, and Cafe Refrigerator Types
GE Profile Refrigerator PYE22PYNFS

Best Features
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.

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Meanwhile, GE's Cafe brand is the only manufacturer that allows you to select a custom style of handles to match your kitchen design.

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.


4) Best Refrigerator Interior: Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ

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Whirlpool Refrigerator WRX735SDHZ

Whirlpool has been a leader in the world of appliances for over a century, and the Whirlpool 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.

The 4-Door Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ has probably the most reliable external water/ice dispenser on the market. Its most striking feature is the double drawer design. Most people ask us if the upper drawer is a freezer. The answer is no. It is an additional refrigerator compartment. However, it has its own temperature controls so you can fine tune the setting based on your storage needs (e.g. colder for beverages, 40 F for cold cuts).

Whirlpool updates WRX735 models periodically. The latest version incorporates fingerprint resistant coating and LED lights. Interior design of WRX735SDHZ ideal for large families. Gallon door storage, easy to reach spaces, humidity controlled crispers, spill proof glass shelves, and the list goes on. All in all, WRX735SDHZ provides a great value for the price point.

Whirlpool Refrigerator WRB322DMBB

The Whirlpool WRB322DMBB in black is a good example of a refrigerator that is both functional and has an amazing price point which is well below $1,399. The sibling products of WRB322DMBB have color options ranging from stainless steel to white and black stainless steel. At 32 3/4-inches in width, 33 3/8-inches in depth, and 70-inches in height, the Whirlpool WRB322DMBB has plenty of interior capacity at 21.9 cu. ft. Without flashy bells and whistles, this refrigerator is built to do just one thing - to protect and preserve your food.

Whirlpool refrigerators have long been committed to backing up the quality of their products with robust warranties and support programs. You can rest assured that you will not be left in the dark in the event of malfunctioning parts or other issues.

Best Features
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 refrigerator's MicroEdge glass shelves do not have the metal frames. This helps prevent spilled liquids and crumbs from accumulating on the edges of the shelves. The patented glass design contains minor spills, all in an effort to save time cleaning up.

Why You Should Buy
If you want a brand that’s spent decades upon decades mastering their manufacturing process, the Whirlpool refrigerator is for you. They’re dependable, proven, and dedicated to making sure that every customer loves every refrigerator they manufacture.


5) Best Refrigerator for Budget: Frigidaire FFSS2615TS

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Frigidaire FFSS2615TS

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 today as in its heyday, but they still produce reliable, energy-efficient, and durable fridges such as the FFSS2615TS that 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 FFSS2615TS offers plenty of food storage capacity at 25.5 cu. ft.. It comes at a value price point on or around $999 depending on seasonal promotions. This model has been around for many years. As a result, we noticed a whopping 6,900 actual customer reviews (more than 80% positive) on popular appliance websites.

Best Features
The Frigidaire refrigerator is often viewed as the workhorse among its competitors, 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. Frigidaire makes the most affordable best side by side refrigerators.

Why You Should Buy
Are you looking for a dependable, stylish but basic 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.


6) Best Temperature Control Refrigerator: Bosch B36CL80ENS

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Bosch Refrigerator B36CL80ENS

There's a lot of fanfare 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 the Bosch refrigerator lineup is no exception.

Using 2 compressors (a feature that is reserved for luxury brands) Bosch separates the cold air, humidity, and air filtration between the fridge and the freezer. This design brings a distinct advantage to you, as you will notice better food preservation. We were so excited about this fridge that my co-founder, John, outfitted our display fridges with multiple sensors and tested them for several weeks. He also made a great video with many visuals to explain benefits of Bosch refrigerators.

Our Exclusive Bosch Refrigerator Review with Great Visuals

Quality comes with a price tag to match— you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Bosch refrigerator that anyone would call ‘entry level' under $2,000. However, if you are considering Bosch for other appliances, the company offers lucrative savings for package purchases.

Best Features
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 pale in comparison. Features like recessed LED lights, built-in touch control panels, smart connectivity, remote control and monitoring, and more all add up to an exceptional refrigerator.

In late 2019 Bosch refrigerators spared no expense and introduced dual-compressor models in its line-up. As a result, you can now store your groceries for an 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.


7) Best High-End Refrigerator: Miele KF2981SF

Miele KF2981SF

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 an entry-level or even mid-range option for your next fridge, Miele refrigerator 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.

Best Features
Miele is constantly trying to push refrigerator technology forward, and that results 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 unspoiled for longer than ever before—as much as three times 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 vacuum cleaners. Also, the Miele dishwashers are considered as best in the world.


8) Best Savings in a Kitchen Package: Thermador Refrigerator

Thermador Refrigerator Colum Paired with Freezer and Wine Fridge
Thermador T30BB920SS

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.

Best Features
In the past, Thermador refrigerator 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 an attractive 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.


9) Best Premium Refrigerator: Sub Zero BI48

Sub Zero BI48SSTH

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 refrigerators continued to break ground with some of the most visually striking traditional as well as ultra-modern designs. The company tends to focus much of their efforts in the high-end range of the price spectrum.

Best Features
When it comes to sheer visual beauty, no one does it quite like Sub-Zero refrigerators. Their stunning, minimalist refrigerators look like pieces of modern art. 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.

Additionally, Sub Zero makes the best wine fridges in the US market. Therefore, the company earned a prominent spot on our rankings.

Watch our exclusive video on Sub Zero fridges

Why You Should Buy
If you’re considering the best appliance for your money, the Sub-Zero refrigerator is your best bet. As part of their comprehensive warranty, this premium brand cares so much about customer service that it's just one phone call away for any issues and that's for a full 12 years from the day of installation.

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 including the Sub-Zero wine fridge.

Meanwhile, 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.


Final Word

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? Contact one of our Designer Appliances experts to learn more. We are always happy to help.







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