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Refrigerators: Ratings of Sources

Total of 10 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
Last updated July 2013
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests far more refrigerators than any other source. The site currently lists ratings for more than 300 refrigerators, including top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, built-in and compact models. Editors test the fridges' temperature performance under controlled conditions; measure their noise level; and assess energy efficiency, usable capacity and ease of use. Results appear in a chart that allows for easy comparison. The report also compares the overall reliability of specific brands.
2. Good Housekeeping
Last updated May 2013
Refrigerator Reviews
by Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping editors currently list reviews for 34 French-door and side-by-side refrigerators tested between November 2009 and May 2013. The tested models include several counter-depth fridges. Each refrigerator receives a letter grade from A through D based on its ease of use, storage space, temperature consistency and ability to keep food fresh. Write-ups for individual refrigerators are detailed and precise, but many of the top-rated refrigerators are now discontinued.
3. Reviewed.com
Last updated Sept. 30, 2013
by Editors of Reviewed.com
Our AssessmentLaunched in October 2011, Reviewed.com is a site that conducts independent, scientific reviews of appliances, electronics and cars. There are currently reviews on the site for more than 60 refrigerators, with number scores ranging from 2.6 to 10 points out of 10. Each fridge is tested for temperature control, moisture retention, freezing performance, space and efficiency. The seven refrigerators named an Editors' Choice don't all have the highest overall scores, but offer good value.
4. BestBuy.com
As of October 2013
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com is a great place to read user reviews of refrigerators. Lots of models are listed, and some have literally hundreds of reviews. The rating and number of reviews each refrigerator gets are listed right on the main navigation page, and a handy sort feature allows you to view all the best-rated models on a single page. You can also sort listings by type, brand, price, size and color.
5. Lowes.com
As of October 2013
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentSearching user reviews at Lowes.com is a bit of a hassle. You can see all 600-plus refrigerators sold here on a single page and sort the listings in various ways, but the same model in different colors may show up several times in the list. Thus, you must search for a specific model number to make sure you have really seen all its reviews. The site's summary of pros and cons is handy, however.
6. HHGregg.com
As of October 2013
by Contributors to HHGregg.com
Our AssessmentH.H. Gregg is an appliance and electronics chain found in the Eastern U.S. It does not sell as many refrigerators as other retail sites, but we still found quite a few fridges here with 100 user reviews or more. Like Lowes.com, this site provides a handy summary of pros and cons for each refrigerator owners have reviewed, and the most helpful positive and negative reviews appear at the top of the comments.
7. HomeDepot.com
As of October 2013
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com has listings for more than 600 refrigerators, split up into separate pages by type (top-freezer, bottom-freezer, and so on). User reviews are plentiful; we found many fridges here with more than 200 comments each. Navigating the reviews poses some challenges, however, as refrigerators of different colors may be split up between pages. Also, while there are many ways to sort the reviews, you can only see four of them at a time.
8. AJMadison.com
As of October 2013
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site makes searching reviews easy. It's possible to view all the refrigerators sold here on a single page (or sort them by type if you prefer) and rearrange the entire list based on average rating or number of reviews. Brand names, model numbers, and even color choices are all easy to see at a glance. The most popular refrigerators sold here are French-door and bottom-freezer models from LG, most of which sell for $2,000 or more.
9. Sears.com
As of October 2013
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentMore than 500 refrigerators are sold at Sears.com, and some have user reviews numbering in the hundreds. This is also the best source of reviews for Kenmore refrigerators, since only Sears sells this brand. Reviews are not as easy to navigate here as at BestBuy.com or AJMadison.com, but it is possible to sort the comments on each product by date, helpfulness and rating.
10. American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Last updated December 2012
by Editors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Our AssessmentThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency in the United States. Its page on refrigeration provides some helpful advice on how to shop for an energy-efficient refrigerator, as well as how to cut the energy use of the one you already have. However, it does not recommend specific refrigerator brands or models.
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