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Top Of The Best Freezer on Top Refrigerators Reviewed In 2018Last Updated March 1, 2018
№1 – Kenmore 61215 20.8 cu.ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator with LED Lighting in Stainless Steel with Active Finish, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities only)
№2 – Kenmore 60505 18 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with Glass Shelves in Stainless Steel, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities only)
№3 – Kenmore 60502 18 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with Glass Shelves in White, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities)
Highly popular, French-door models combine the drawer-style freezer of a bottom-freezer unit with the low-clearance doors of a side-by-side unit. This means that you’ll have a full-width, double-door fridge with plenty of storage space. With your refrigerator door effectively split into two, it also means that you won’t be letting quite as much cold air out when you’re opening just one door to grab the milk.
With the high demand for French-door refrigerators, you’re sure to find a huge variety of options, including models with top-of-the-line smart features you won’t find with other styles. You can also upgrade the look of your fridge to match your kitchen or even camouflage itself entirely among your cabinets, but be aware that you’ll likely be tacking a few thousand dollars onto the already steep price tag.
Take care of the foods you love
First, think about the things you like to cook and/or eat, then look for features that take really good care of those things. It’s a safe bet that those are the features you’ll enjoy using the most. Are you a devoted foodie who always wants a variety of fresh ingredients on hand? Many models offer sectional climate controls for the different compartments in your fridge or even dedicated, temperature-adjustable drawers. Do you live off of TV dinners and frozen leftovers? Look for advanced defrosting features designed to help eliminate freezer burn. Love a nice glass of pinot grigio? Look for a fridge with a built-in wine rack.
Consider the water dispenser
One trend that we’ve seen over the past few years: creativity from the water dispenser. GE is been leading the pack here, with French door models capable of dishing out the exact amount of water you want, and even ones capable of shutting off automatically once they detect that your glass, pitcher or pot is full. You’ll even find nifty features in GE’s less-expensive top-freezer models — most notably, ones that come with an “Autofill Pitcher” that’ll fill itself back up whenever you place it back in the fridge.
This GE fridge comes with a special pitcher that fills back up with water whenever you dock it into place.
The middle drawer is a popular refrigerator innovation, in part because it can serve as a designated snack compartment in busy households. The 36-inch-wide LG LMXS30746S featured here is the top scorer in our four-door refrigerator category (which includes models with a middle drawer as well as “true four-doors,” with two doors for the fresh-food compartment and two doors for the freezer).
LG’s middle drawer is special in that it features four preset temperatures (29˚ F, 33˚ F, 37˚ F, and 42˚ F) so that you can keep it a bit warmer for things like juice boxes and yogurt snacks, then drop it down on occasion, say, to keep steaks chilled before the weekend cookout.
Another take on the dedicated snack drawer, the door-in-door compartment is a magnetically sealed chamber in some French-door and side-by-side refrigerators that you access without opening the entire refrigerator. This 36-inch-wide side-by-side LG LSXS26366S is one of the few CR Best Buys in our side-by-side refrigerator ratings to offer the convenience. Prefer a French-door? The top-rated LG LFXS32766S has a door-in-door compartment, along with the highest overall score in our ratings.
Stainless steel has become the dominant finish in recent decades, thanks to its sleek look and commercial-grade durability. But parents lodge a couple key complaints: First, most stainless steel isn’t magnetic, making it hard to plaster the fridge door with artwork, permission slips, shopping lists, and the like. Stainless steel is also prone to smudges and fingerprints.
There are, however, new takes on stainless steel that are both magnetic and smudge-proof. This GE Profile PWE23KMDES French-door refrigerator features a slate finish, which the manufacturer introduced a few years back as an alternative to traditional stainless. The darker matte finish holds magnets and hides fingerprints. Alternatively, you can opt for the traditional white or black finish, which works with magnets and is fairly easy to keep clean.
Kenmore refrigerators identified by the brand as having “Active Finish” feature magnetic, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel. One to consider: the Kenmore 5113side-by-side model, which should perform similarly to the Kenmore 51133, a CR Best Buy with solid temperature performance and efficiency in our ratings.
On the subject of family organization, we’d be remiss not to mention the Samsung Family Hub, a French-door fridge with a built-in LCD panel and several family-friendly apps, allowing you to coordinate schedules, display photos, order groceries, and more. Though our initial review of the Family Hub was lukewarm, Samsung recently unveiled the second generation of the fridge, and other manufacturers are launching smart refrigerators of their own that look to digitize the magnet-enhanced command central experience.
With so many available sizes, finishes, features, and configurations, picking the right refrigerator can be a challenge. Let us simplify the process with this quick rundown of important considerations and a sampling of well-reviewed models.
The bigger and fancier the fridge, the more it will cost to buy. On the upside, some of the latest large capacity fridges are more energy efficient to run than previous models with offer power-saving features such as Eco and Vacation mode.
SUPERIOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL
The fridge door in any family home is opened all the time, so one of the best family friendly features to look for is intelligent temperature control, which automatically adjusts the temperature of your fridge and freezer so that it remains constant whatever the conditions.
Also look out for fridges with electronic temperature control panels, which allow you to set different temperatures for the separate areas of your fridge, as well as ‘quick cooling’ and ‘quick freeze’ options.
Reduce food wastage and keep your fridge fresher for longer with some of the new hygiene and vitamin-optimising features on the fridge market today. Some of the latest models have special anti-bacterial coatings on the doors and walls to prevent unhealthy bacteria from forming inside your fridge, while vitamin-enhancing features keep your fruit and vegetables at their peak for longer to save you money at the supermarket checkout.
If you have an open plan kitchen-living-dining room, or your child is a light sleeper, then you may appreciate a fridge that barely makes a peep when it’s running.
LG’s new P197DPSL side by side fridge has a super-quiet Linear compressor.
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If you only measure one dimension, make it width—that’s probably the limiting factor for what will fit in your kitchen.
Depth can be a factor if you have a kitchen island or a galley-style kitchen, where you might need a shallower fridge (or at least a fridge with half-width doors that won’t bonk into a fixture when they open completely).
Height can matter if you need to slide the fridge in beneath cabinets, but usually it’s the least-important dimension.
Paying more for a fridge (up to a point) does get you extra capacity, style, and convenient features like an ice maker or shelving flexibility. As best we can tell, paying more does not guarantee reliability, longevity, quiet operation, or better food preservation.
But you can get all kinds of different features, finishes, and designs if you’re willing to pay for them. It’s up to you to decide if you want to spend extra for, say, a black stainless finish that’ll serve as the centerpiece for your super-modern kitchen, or a hot-water dispenser that can make K-cup coffee, or a door-in-door design.
While you’re shopping, remember that fridge prices can swing by hundreds of dollars in just a few days, particularly if you’re shopping at Sears. Keep your eye out for promotional deals—you shouldn’t have to wait more than a couple of weeks for one.
Use the yellow Energy Guide sticker as your reference. The blue Energy Star badge is awarded to so many big models that it’s practically meaningless, yet isn’t awarded to some super-efficient top-freezer refrigerators.
User reviews and Consumer Reports are your best sources for figuring out if a fridge is loud or grating or otherwise obnoxious. We’ve only recommended models with Very Good or better noise scores at CR that weren’t regularly criticized in user reviews.
That said, it’s tough for anyone to guarantee you’ll personally be comfortable with a given fridge. Compressors all hum and whine at their own unique frequencies, and it’s tough to tell which combinations might drive certain people nuts but be totally cool for others. (We run into this same problem every summer when we review air conditioners.) And you can’t learn much in a showroom because the environment is too loud and the compressors are rarely turned on. If you’re the type with sensitive ears, best of luck to you.
Consumer Reports has found that refrigerators with automatic ice makers are more likely to need maintenance than fridges without ice makers. Based on user feedback, common problems include cracked water lines and dispensers that freeze themselves shut.
Ice and filtered water direct from the fridge is just the best. The downsides are that a dispenser usually adds hundreds to the cost of a fridge, and the ice maker takes up valuable space in the refrigerator, and it’s one more finicky feature that might need to be repaired. But if you think that’s all worth the near-magical level of convenience, go for it.
Climate control and food freshness
Don’t get too worked up about this. Does lettuce wilt faster in some fridges than others? Or do blueberries mold quicker? Or do venison steaks get freezer burn sooner? Sure. But the huge majority of fridges do their job just fine. The small variance in performance makes so little practical difference that it’s not really worth obsessing about or paying extra for.
If you’re shopping at Sears, check out the Kenmore 7041It has a larger capacity than the Whirlpool and a neat control panel. The user reviews can be rough, though, and several cite problems with the cooling system and related customer-service dickery (though ratings at Sears tend to be harsher than at other retailers’ sites, and the quality of your service depends on your local Sears branch).
At this price, you can pick from tons of 36-inch-wide side-by-side fridges. Most of them even have through-the-door water dispensers. The GE GSE25HGHWW and Frigidaire FGHS2631PF are both well-liked. The thing is, though, they’re side-by-sides. If you know that’s what you prefer, great. But if you want to be able to fit giant pizzas in the freezer or big platters in your fridge, this isn’t the style for you. French door fridges outsell side-by-sides about to these days, even though they’re more expensive, so take that for what it’s worth.
Care and maintenance
The first step to a trouble-free fridge is buying it from a dealer with a good reputation that you feel will be responsive if you have any problems during the warranty period. They’re responsible for delivery and installation, and if those are mishandled, it can cause problems with the fridge from the get-go. And if you do end up with a faulty fridge, a good dealer tends to be able to resolve the problem much faster than the manufacturer’s customer service—even if you’re under warranty.
As far as a DIY maintenance schedule, we like the advice the Repair Clinic publishes. Their suggested best practices include cleaning your condenser coils, wiping down (or replacing) the door gaskets, cleaning the drip pan, and replacing the ice or water filter.
If you want tips on how to keep your fridge clean and smelling fresh, listen to cleaning writer Jolie Kerr.
We also like most of the tips in this infographic about the best practices for using your fridge, like where different foods should go in the fridge, and which crisper humidity settings work best with various kinds of produce.
Refrigerators come with a variety of storage configurations, so you will want to choose one that works best for you. Consider how you want the shelves and drawers to be arranged. You may want to look for one with adjustable glass shelves, which are easier to clean and can be customized to suit your needs. Pull out shelves or bins can also make it easier to access products.
Some refrigerators now also come with door-in-door storage, making it is easier to access more frequently used items without having to open the entire door. This can help to save energy for those who want something more energy efficient regriegrators.
You will need to consider what type of material you want your refrigerator to be as well. Stainless steel refrigerators are quite popular, but they also can easily show fingerprints and smudges. Manufacturers have come up with faux stainless steel finishes, which can help to control this problem.
There is also the option for more expensive custom panels, which can be made to match your kitchen cabinetry, or you can always go with the more basic black or white colored model.
Refrigerators now come with numerous built in features. Some options to consider are a water and ice dispenser in the door which are quite common now, but these often require the most repair. Some other important features are temperature controls and freshness.
The features that can help control the freshness of your food includes dual evaporators which can help maintain higher humidity levels in the refrigerator, while air purifiers can remove bacteria and mold spores. Additionally, vacuum-sealed drawers can help to keep your fruits and veggies fresher for a longer period of time.
Temperature controls can also allow you to choose the temperature of your fridge in different storage compartments. This means if you want to pick a drawer to keep colder than the rest of the fridge for items like meat, you are able to.
Cons of Cabinet Depth Refrigerators
Single Door vs Double Door (Side-by-Side) Refrigerator, Which One is best?
The best model will largely depend on your priorities when choosing a refrigerator. The side-by-side models are easier to access for children or people who are unable to bend down. Side-by-side models might also be best for small kitchens, where space is at a premium, since doors do not swing open as widely.
However, the benefits of space and accessibility can mean there will be some compromise in capacity and energy efficiency.Single door models offer more usable storage capacity than side-by-side models do. Also these models tend to be a bit more energy efficient in comparison to the side-by-side model.
This references any type of refrigerator made to align with the edges of your counters/cabinets which allows for a custom look. While much less expensive than a custom built-in refrigerator, counter-depth fridges do tend to cost more than standard-sized models, and the shorter depth comes at the expense of capacity.
Modern refrigerators have endless features and customization options, ranging from functional to flashy.
Functional features include sectional climate control, built-in deodorizers, advanced defrost options, spill-proof shelving, hot water dispensers, and even high-end interior lighting. Some refrigerators are designed with entertaining guests in mind, including options such as larger ice makers and dedicated wine chillers.
Features which have less to do with the basic functionality of the refrigerator include WiFi capability, smartphone apps, and audio speakers. Many of these high-end fridges include an in-door touch screen for accessing the internet/social media, looking at photos, checking the weather, and much more.
Direct Cool refrigerators
Direct cool fridges only come with single door and the maximum capacity is 350 litres. They are not as effective as frost free refrigerators in keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. The direct cool refrigerator needs lesser eletricity and hence is cheaper in running. The service costs are also cheaper.
They also need to be defrosted, the options are manual or automatic or semi automatic.
Frost Free refrigerators
Frost free refrigerators do not need defrosting as cool air is continuously circulated and there is no ice build-up. Their longevity is more and technically also they are superior to direct cool fridges.
They consume more power than direct cool refrigerators as ice is not formed and hence running costs are more.
Frost free refrigerators are easier to maintain, maintain food fresh for longer duration and have less odor. Frost free fridges have two or more doors as the chiller unit needs to be separate.
These fridges have a unique cyclic defrost system with auto evaporation and hence save around 30% electricity as compared to frost free models. However these are not very common and not suitable for home use as they are mostly in capacity above 350 litres..
Single Door Refrigerators
These are conventional refrigerators which come with a single door. The upper portion is a freezer, the middle portion is a refrigerator and the bottom portion has a vegetable bin. Single-door refrigerators are entry-level refrigerators.
Out of two doors, one door is for the freezer section and the other is for the refrigerator and vegetable sections. They either have a freezer section on top and refrigerator and vegetable sections at the bottom or vice versa. They start from 200 ltrs and go up to 660 ltrs. These are the highest-selling refrigerators and are in mid-price range.
A three-door refrigerator has one door for the refrigerator section, one for the vegetable section and another for the freezer section. In this type of refrigerator, the refrigerator section is on top, the vegetable section is in the middle and the freezer section is at the bottom. These refrigerators start at 300 ltrs and go up to 450 ltrs. This type of refrigerator is preferred by vegetarian families as the vegetable section is quite convenient to open. It is in the mid-price range.
Getting it into your home
It is always worth measuring doorways and any other points of entry that your appliance will need to fit through. Check for narrow hallways and stairs – some American fridge freezers are particularly large and may prove tricky to fit through tight spaces.
Before measuring up, you need to think about ventilation. Whether freestanding, under counter or built in, all fridges and freezers need a little space around the appliance in order to provide optimum performance. As a rule, allow a 5cm gap at the back and a 2cm gap around the sides so you know air can circulate and the appliance won’t overheat.
When you need additional storage, it can be a great idea to keep an appliance in an outbuilding such as a garage. Freezers are the most popular choice for this as you can store a lot more food out of the way. Most freezers are designed to be stored at temperatures between +10°C up to +40°C. Temperatures below this range can cause the appliance to malfunction or stop working altogether. Some brands now produce appliances built to handle more extreme temperatures so look out for information advising they are suitable for outbuildings.
Ice and water dispensers
For some fridge freezers with water or ice dispensers you will need to attach the appliance to a mains water supply – this is referred to as plumbed. This gives you a constant supply of water ‘on tap’. You will need to make sure the appliance is within metres of your water supply – any further and a plumber will be needed as this makes for a bigger job to connect.
The bonus of non-plumbed is that you can situate the appliance without worrying about connections, providing there is a plug socket within reach. You will need to manually top up the dispenser to keep a supply of water available.
If you’re big on entertaining or a bit of a wine buff you’ll want one of these. Designed with style in mind, the glass door lets you showcase your favourite tipples.
If you need to chill wine fast, wrap a damp dish cloth around the bottle and pop it in the freezer. The cloth conducts the cold faster and is more efficient as it covers the whole bottle surface.
Frost free and auto defrost technology
Appliances with ‘frost free technology’ circulate air around the interior of the freezer to stop ice building up, meaning you’ll never need to defrost the freezer.
Many fridges come with an ‘auto defrost’ function. This stops the build-up of ice at the back of the fridge by intermittently warming the ice so it can drain cleanly. A clever function as it does all of this without affecting the performance of the fridge or the preservation of your food.
The energy rating is particularly important for fridges and freezers as they are on all the time. The energy rating shows how efficient the appliance is, factoring in considerations such as noise, capacity and running costs. A++ and A+++ are both very high energy ratings, which means they are the most efficient to run.
To find out more about eco-friendly and energy efficient appliances and how you can save energy, check out our Eco guide.
Features worth looking out for include open door alerts which sound an alarm if a door is left open for too long. Holiday setting mode ensures food is stored at a steady temperature when the door won’t be opened for a long period of time.
Our recycle service will take away your old appliance when we deliver the new one. Just remember:
Hold off on the food shop! You will need to allow around hours for your fridge to stand once it has arrived before turning it on.
When you spend £299.9or more on any large kitchen appliance you can pay 1months later on an Argos Card.
Built-in refrigerators may be models that designers specifically made to fit perfectly flush with your kitchen cabinets and counters and may even sport matching panels. Otherwise, these fridges are the models that have the right dimensions to fit into your particular counter size.
Energy Rating and Efficiency
A refrigerator’s energy consumption is a significant factor that you should also consider. Typically, you’ll see those large yellow stickers that display an appliance’s energy guide. Refer to these guides carefully as they will give you an approximate value as to the energy consumed by the device. Take a look at this helpful video for reading and understanding energy guide labels:
A good sign when it comes to energy efficiency is the Energy Star Certification which the government regulates. A refrigerator will only obtain this qualification if it is “at least 15% percent more efficient than the required federal standard.”
Another factor you should never forget to consider is the fridge’s dimensions. Ensure that you accurately measure the fridge you’re planning to buy as well as the area in the kitchen where you will eventually put it. Measure also all the entrances that you’ll have to go through when you bring your new refrigerator home.
Starting off our list of the best refrigerators 201is the LG LFXS24663S. The stainless steel fridge from LG is of the French door variety with its sizable freezer in the bottom drawer. Capacity
This three-door refrigerator sports a total capacity of 24.Cu. Ft. Of this total capacity, LG’s designers have allocated 16.40 Cu. Ft for its fridge while the remaining Cu. Ft. comprises the freezer at the bottom Energy Rating and Efficiency Exterior Dimensions
At the height of 70 inches and a width of 3inches, this French door LG stands tall and slim while its depth of 3inches Is a few inches thicker than counter depth. Conveniences / Extra Features Besides the dispenser is the white LED with touch temperature controls. This same display will also show you relevant information such as internal temperature, and the status of the door alarm and child lock features. Lastly, the much-loved characteristics of a door-in-door is also present with the LG LFXS24663S. With this dedicated window, you can quickly reach for fridge items without opening the fridge itself!
This design is probably the least common, but allows for the greatest storage of fresh food. Because there is no freezer unit at all, you want to ensure that you have other alternatives such as a full-size freezer or a second fridge if you require freezer capacity.
Refrigerators do not have finished sides like freestanding models and are designed to slide into spaces of your kitchen cabinetry. These units vary from 24″-60″ wide, can have a capacity of up to 40 cu.ft. and are available in many door configurations. The main attraction of a built-in is that you can order it with custom panels that blend into the décor of your kitchen.
Other Options to Consider
If you’re restricted because of space or budget limitations, you might want to also take a look at some of the more popular
Bottom Freezer Refrigerator models. These models are often similarly priced to most top freezers and are often similar in width and height. You’ll also be presently surprised to learn that they are often more efficient as well.One of the best bottom freezer refrigerator brands is : Find out what makes Amana top freezers different. : Learn why GE scored so high on our internal top fridge reviews.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Freezer on Top Refrigerators wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Freezer-on-Top Refrigerators
- №1 — Kenmore 61215 20.8 cu.ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator with LED Lighting in Stainless Steel with Active Finish, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities only)
- №2 — Kenmore 60505 18 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with Glass Shelves in Stainless Steel, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities only)
- №3 — Kenmore 60502 18 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator with Glass Shelves in White, includes delivery and hookup (Available in select cities)