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If your heart skips a beat when you see a French-door refrigerator, you’re not alone.
Consumer Reports’ latest survey reveals that French-door refrigerators account for a whopping 62 percent of new fridges purchased by CR members. No other fridge configuration comes close. (Side-by-sides get the next largest share, at only 22 percent.)
CR tests French-door refrigerators from more than 20 appliance makers, in both three- and four-door configurations. Our regularly updated ratings include more than 150 French-door models, and a handful of brands have been in tight competition for the mantle of top performer.
“In recent years, manufacturers such as GE, LG, and Kenmore have dominated the top spots in our French-door refrigerator ratings,” says CR test engineer Joseph Pacella, who oversees the refrigerator labs.
During testing, we outfit each refrigerator with thermocouples in a climate-controlled chamber and monitor it for a month, collecting more than 5.4 million temperature readings that identify warm and cold spots, to determine which models will keep your food fresh longer. We also factor in survey data from thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and satisfaction.
We use all that data—and then some—to inform CR’s refrigerator ratings charts and each model’s Overall Score. And to help you find the best refrigerator for your unique kitchen, we now organize our ratings by refrigerator width. Because the best fridge in the world is of no use if it doesn’t fit in the slot in your kitchen cabinets.
Below, we review the top six French-door refrigerators, in three standard widths. The models are arranged in order of Overall Score and include picks from Kenmore and LG. CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of each.
And for even more options, check out our full refrigerator ratings.
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