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The 5 Best Kitchen Refrigerators to Buy in 2019 (AND 1 We Totally Hate!)

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From kitchen countertops to faucets to the best undermount sinks, we’ve shared many of our favorite (and least favorite) kitchen essentials! Now we’re sharing the best highly-rated refrigerators, plus one that our team totally hates (because it’s literally the worst)!

Hip Tip: Throughout this post, we link to Best Buy for all of our favorite, highly-rated refrigerators. This is because we love their price matching, and they also haul away your old appliances for just $19.99 (a lot of places won’t)!

Here are our top picks for the best refrigerators:

1. The best “smart” refrigerator

LG – 27.8 4-Door French Door Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Refrigerator

Buy it at Best Buy$2,609.99

Here’s why we love it:

  • Ultra large capacity for all your groceries
  • LG SmartThinQ App Compatible
    • Make extra ice when you know you’re going to need it
    • Lets you know when your door has been left open
    • Sends many other notifications to keep you updated
  • Double freezer drawers for optimal organization and freshness
  • Stainless steel is fingerprint and smudge resistant
  • Compact ice maker so you have more room for food
  • Smart Cooling system helps keep food at the optimal temperatures
  • Energy Star Qualified
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

“We’ve had this refrigerator for a while now, and so far it’s been great! It has plenty of room and keeps all of our food and drinks cold as it should. There are drawers that can be set to deli, vegetables, or fruit, and those compartments keep those items super fresh as well! I’ve read reviews about noises, but to be honest, I can barely even hear it running even with our open floor plan. Fingerprints were also a concern with having small children, but this fridge has no smears or prints! Definitely a winner in my book!”

– Marie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. The best fridge for large families

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LG – 29.7 Cu. Ft. 4-Door French InstaView Door-in-Door Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Refrigerator

Buy it at Best Buy$3,779.99

Here’s why we love it:

  • Spacious 29.7 interior for all of your family’s groceries
  • High tech features
    • LG SmartThinQ app compatible
    • Smart Pull Handle
    • Smart Cooling System
    • Smart Diagnosis
  • Smart door-in-door design allows you to view groceries without letting cold air out
  • Slim ice maker design for optimal shelf space
  • Cleaner and fresher air with the Fresh Air Filter
  • EasyReach storage compartments with slide back clear covers

“I fell in love with the features of this fridge, and it’s perfect for my kids (5, 7, and 9 years old). I love how the middle compartment is accessible for them to store all their lunch snacks and drinks, plus they can access them without needing to ask me for help. The water is also a great feature, the depth is perfect for our family of 5 as we can fit all our food. I love, LOVE this fridge, and I can’t picture myself with anything less. It is worth the money… MOMS, you will fall in LOVE this fridge!”

– Rachel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. The best budget-friendly fridge

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Maytag – 25 cu. ft. Fingerprint Resistant French Door Refrigerator

Buy it at Best Buy$1,699.99

Here’s why we love it:

  • Powercold technology chills groceries quickly
  • The large deli drawer is great for entertaining
  • Humidity controlled drawer for crisper veggies
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel leaves fridge looking clean and beautiful
  • Beautiful white light LED lighting throughout
  • Exterior filtered water and ice dispenser
  • Spill-proof glass shelves
  • Energy Star Qualified

“This fridge has exceeded our expectations! I love the different sections that can be temperature-controlled on an individual basis, and we find that our food lasts longer than it did in our old fridge. The ease of now having an ice maker and water dispenser has also encouraged our family to drink more water, which has been an amazing lifestyle change. The freezer on the bottom has allowed us to organize and find things more easily, and the bonus 10-year warranty for parts is great peace of mind. Overall, we have been very satisfied with this fridge!”

– Theresa ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. The best side-by-side fridge

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Whirlpool – 28.4 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator

Buy it at Best Buy$1,499.99

Here’s why we love it:

  • Convenient exterior water and ice dispenser
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel
  • Electronic controls to make more user-friendly
  • Generous amount of storage and shelves
  • LED interior lighting
  • Automatic defrost and built-in ice maker
  • Door alarm in case your fridge is left open
  • Water dispenser that lets you choose exactly how much water you need

“There is so much to like about this 28 cubic foot side-by-side! I almost considered a French door, but the practicality of this one won me over, and it has 4 more cubic feet of freezer space! I love that the ice maker is in the door and it allows for an extra shelf of freezer space. Plus, from the outside, I can fill up my favorite tumbler with ease. The two clear drawers in the freezer are very handy and can be put wherever you want them. The fridge door shelves are generous for gallon jugs. The exterior is sleek, and we’ve had no fingerprints! I hope it lasts 20 years like my old Whirlpool!”

– Sara ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

5. The best french door fridge

stainless steel french door fridge with white shaker kitchen cabinets surrounding it

GE – Profile Series 27.8 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator

Buy it at Best Buy$2,499.99

Here’s why we love it:

  • The water dispenser has a hands-free feature
  • Beautiful LED lighting
  • Accurate temperature-controlled drawer
  • Option for a second ice maker
  • Drop down tray for extra storage
  • It has TwinChill evaporators technology
    • Help keep foods fresher
    • Controls climates between the freezer and fridge
    • Helps prevent odor transfer of smelly foods
  • Has an advanced water filtration system
  • Turbo cool setting feature for when your fridge is opened frequently

“I love my GE Profile French door refrigerator. It holds so much food and keeps it all so fresh. The freezer section is very large, which allows me to stock up on sale items, and the water auto-fill feature is so convenient. I love that I can fill up my water bottles hands-free.”

Aaron ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Here’s one of the worst refrigerators we’d stay clear of!

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Samsung – 22.5 Cu. Ft. French Door Counter-Depth Refrigerator$2,499.99

Talk about a serious (and expensive) learning experience. We bought this refrigerator for our new house when we moved in three years ago, and after just a few months, it has been nothing but a hassle for us!

Our ice machine also totally quit recently. 😟 This is after we’ve had two servicemen out for recall work (supposedly to fix our ice issues). WRONG! After resetting it, defrosting it multiple times, and having replacement parts fixed, we are now on our own – and completely dependant on the fridge we added in the basement for ice.

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And, just when we thought a faulty ice machine couldn’t get any worse, we endured much bigger problems. The twin cooling feature on many Samsung models is horribly designed! Now, every few months, the entire back wall freezes up and must be taken apart and completely defrosted.

For us, this has meant many wasted groceries, excessive time wasted taking apart the entire inside of our fridge to defrost and fix, and a huge mess to clean up during the whole process! And while not everyone is necessarily looking for a counter depth fridge like we have, I’ve heard that a lot of the Samsung refrigerators with the twin cooling feature are just as faulty.

Samsung, if you’re reading this, you really should have stuck with making exceptional televisions! 😬

Here are what some other team members had to say about their Samsung refrigerators:

“My Samsung French door Twin Cooling Plus fridge was the worst. When I called the company to get help, they told me it was my problem.” – Jamie

“I absolutely hate my Samsung french door fridge! It’s a total piece of junk, to be honest! The ice maker NEVER works correctly, and trying to get it serviced or fixed has been a total pain. We’ve also had to replace so many shelves because they break so easily. Additionally, my friend has the same fridge and complains how terrible it is, not to mention she has had her ice maker replaced a few times.” – Michelle 

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