What every best Refrigerators has:
- A flexible layout.
- Convenient features.
- A well-lit interior.
Reviewed has some of the most extensive, well-documented testing of appliances that we see, and it manages to cover a wide range of models at all price points. Discussion is very in-depth and testing is hands on and well-explained. Top refrigerators draw Editors' Choice awards, and some even earn a Best of Year designation.
Consumer Reports tests far more refrigerators than any other source. The site currently lists ratings for more than 400 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.
Good Housekeeping has an ongoing refrigerator testing program. Lately, editors there have started presenting the "best" products in slideshow formats with links to more thorough reviews. That means that, while the slideshow itself may have a 2018 date, the actual refrigerator review may be a year (or more) older. That leads to finding "current" roundups that include some products that have been discontinued. Still, when the review is relevant, they are detailed and helpful.
CNET editors do not test as many refrigerators as either Reviewed or Consumer Reports, but, like Reviewed, testing is incredibly thorough and well-detailed. You have to scroll through the results to find which have actually been reviewed, but this is a great source for a detailed overview of any refrigerator that has made it to that step. Ratings are given both in 5-star format and as an overall points out of 10 measure that is an average of four categories -- features, design, performance and usability.
Best Buy is a great place to read user reviews of refrigerators. Many models are listed, and some have dozens and even hundreds of reviews. The best thing about this site is that, while links are provided to also read reviews at manufacturer sites, most ratings here are drawn from Best Buy users.
Sears sells hundreds of refrigerators, although we find fewer reviews overall here than at other sites. This is the best resource for reading reviews of Kenmore refrigerators, which are mostly available at Sears.
Home Depot has listings for hundreds of 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 hundreds or even thousands of comments. Refrigerators of different colors usually have links to each other on each color's page, which makes it convenient to find the various finishes. Some reviews are unique to Home Depot's site, while others can be found at a variety of other retailer sites on the internet as they originate from the manufacturer's website.
Lowe's and Home Depot are very similar sites, as would be expected. Like Home Depot, Lowe's carries many refrigerators and they are split into categories, such as French-Door, side-by-side, etc. Many refrigerators get plenty of feedback, but a good percentage of the reviews for many models is drawn from the maker's website -- and these same reviews can be seen on other retailer sites as well.
Yale Appliance is a site that's helpful in several ways. Like other retailers, users can leave reviews on refrigerators, although there tend to be fewer here than elsewhere. However, Yale also hosts a helpful blog where product expert Steve Sheinkopf both educates potential owners about appliances, and recommends specific models.
Amazon is a usually great place to find owner reviews of products, but not always in the case of refrigerators. Though hundreds of models are listed on the site, few get much in the way of feedback. Most are not sold by Amazon, but by Amazon Marketplace sellers. Whether because of that, the small sample size, or other factors, many refrigerators score worse at Amazon than they do at other retail sites.