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The 5 Best Refrigerators to Buy in 2020 (& 1 That’s the Worst!)

Appliances keep getting better and better!
Your kitchen refrigerator has come a long way from just being a vessel to keep your food cold. Now with smart & innovative features like touch screens, door-in-door access, and even fun shaped ice cubes, there’s a lot more to consider in your fridge purchase!

We’ve rounded up some of the best options and brands out there, whether you’re looking for something budget-friendly or decked out with the latest tech… as well as one model to steer clear of in 2020!

1. Samsung makes the best “smart” refrigerator with an integrated family hub.

Samsung Brand Family Hub 4-Door French Door Smart Refrigerator $2,698

Here’s why we love it:

It’s Wi-Fi and Bixby enabled so you can control settings remotely from your phone.

Family Hub lets you listen to music to music, upload pictures, and connect to your TV.

You can easily set reminders, create messages, and keep track of food expiration dates.

It’s compatible with other Samsung appliances and can be integrated with doorbell alert systems, too.

You can explore recipes and grocery deals from the shopping list feature.

The FlexZone drawer offers 4 different temperature settings, plus an adjustable divider for organization.

“The Samsung Family Hub is a great looking addition to any kitchen! There are so many neat features on this model. My kids love the family hub screen from being able to leave whiteboard messages, play music, see inside without even opening the door(s).

My favorite features are being able to sync my google calendar to display right on the door as well as being able to pull up a recipe from Pinterest” – Home Depot reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. The best smart fridge for large families comes from LG.

LG  Brand 29.7 Cu. Ft. Smart French Door Refrigerator $2,998

Here’s why we love it:

The 29.7 cu. ft. capacity offers plenty of room for all of your family’s groceries.

The dual ice maker is automatic and can make 3 different kinds of ice, including LG’s exclusive round craft ice (reviewers have all mentioned they love this feature!)

The InstaView Door-in-Door design lets you peek inside without opening the doors and losing cold air.

The print-proof finish fights smudges and keeps your fridge looking sleek with less cleaning.

The water dispenser lets you fill precise amounts of filtered water in 4, 8, 16, and 32 oz.

“Great layout inside this refrigerator. I bought it for the size and for the ice maker/water in-door. Once installed it was quiet and quickly got to temperature. The next day we had our first party ice, which is a hit with my kids.

I didn’t think I’d use the ‘door-in-door’ much, but it is very handy in the morning when making coffee and breakfast. The freezer capacity is also much larger than it appears. It will take me some time to fill it.” – Home Depot reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. This budget-friendly fridge by Samsung comes with some sleek features.

Samsung Brand 25.5 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator With Filtered Ice Maker $1,199.99

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Here’s why we love it:

CoolSelect Pantry provides a variety of temperature modes including thaw, soft freeze, and quick cool.

The efficient LED lights make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Without the ice dispenser, you actually get a lot more usable storage space in the freezer.

The TwinCooling Plus feature keeps freezer air extra dry to prevent freezer burn.

“Great product! We moved to a new home and decided it was time for our tiny first fridge to be demoted to garage fridge. We couldn’t be happier with the product we picked, so much room we can’t even fill it. Love the temp controls and the many ways you can arrange it to fit what you need.

Freezer is HUGE, I’ve always worried the bottom drawer freezers didn’t hold enough and some I’ve seen really don’t BUT this one is so roomy, even with an ice maker in it. LOVE it!” – Best Buy reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. The best side-by-side fridge from LG has an innovative 3rd door.

LG Door-in-Door 26.0 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water $1,499.99

Here’s why we love it:

The Smart cooling system maintains temperatures for maximum food freshness.

You can easily find and grab items with a convenient door-in-door design.

The cleverly designed ice system is slim and helps save shelf space.

With a 26 Cu. Ft. capacity, you can easily store a large amount of food.

The humidity control crispers are ideal for keeping fruits and veggies fresh.

“We love this refrigerator! The door-in-door feature is practical and convenient; we use it all the time! Also, the black stainless steel finish leaves no fingerprints and looks great in our kitchen! The water and ice dispensers work extremely well and are very quiet compared to our last refrigerator.

The shelving and compartments are adjustable and roomy- seems like much more room than our previous frig of the same size. We are very happy with this purchase!” – Best Buy reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

5. GE makes the list with the best classic french door fridge.

GE Brand 27.8 Cu. Ft. Fingerprint-Resistant French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker $1,899

Here’s why we love it:

You’ll never run out of ice with the optional second ice maker in the freezer (additional kit required)

The advanced water filtration system reduces the chance of pharmaceutical chemical intrusion.

It’s easy to search for things with showcase LED lighting throughout the fridge and freezer.

The exterior is fingerprint-resistant and super easy to clean.

Shelves can be easily adjusted to accommodate larger and smaller items.

Foods stay fresh longer with turbo cool and turbo freeze settings.

The ice maker is strategically located on the door to save storage space.

“I was so surprised to see how big this fridge is! We replaced my old fridge that was the same size (height and width), but was counter depth. This fridge held all the food my fridge held and looked like it could hold more!

I have a family of 6 and this fridge is plenty big to hold everything we need! I love the adjustable shelves and the storage on both of the doors. The deep freezer is huge also!” – Lowe’s reviewer⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

But whatever you do, don’t buy this overpriced faulty Whirlpool fridge!
If you happen to spot this Whirlpool Brand 23.8 Cu. Ft. French Door Counter-Depth Fingerprint Resistant Refrigerator at the store, just keep on walking! Not only does this fridge rank low on Consumer Reports, but it’s also got enough poor user feedback to send you running in the other direction.

For $3,505, we think this fridge is definitely not worth the hassle or the price. It looks nice, but if it doesn’t work properly, what’s the point? According to numerous users, this fridge makes a loud noise when running, has a very poor cooling capability, and a faulty ice maker. YIKES!
If you need more persuasion, see what these Best Buy reviewers had to say about this fridge…

“I never write reviews, but this is so bad. When the refrigerator was about 1.5 years old, our ice maker stopped working then the hinge broke. Next, it stopped cooling and we have been living out of a mini-refrigerator during the coronavirus.

We have had 5 technicians come to repair under the Best Buy warranty and no one has yet to fix the issue with it not cooling. Now our water dispenser has stopped working. The refrigerator is now approximately 2 years old and still under warranty. It is a piece of junk and the worst refrigerator we have ever had.”

“The left door will not close properly and must be pushed forcefully to close. The freezer design is terrible, and the top slider constantly gets stuck. The upper lip of the freezer looks terrible with weird dent marks… I cannot believe how many issues it has. I would not recommend this refrigerator to anyone.” 

Got a fridge at home you love? Let us know about it in the comments!

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