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In Consumer Reports’ most recent member survey, top-freezer refrigerator brands earned high predicted reliability ratings, often higher than the same brands’ ratings for other fridge configurations. A high predicted reliability rating means your chances of encountering a problem with a new refrigerator within the first five years of ownership are low. Top-freezers might not be trending—they account for just 6 percent of new refrigerators purchased by CR members—but if dependability is your priority, this is the place to start.
“Top-freezers are more reliable because most of them lack the one component that seems to break most frequently—an icemaker,” says Larry Ciufo, CR’s test engineer for refrigerators. And though top-freezers might not offer the latest and greatest features found on French-door and side-by-side refrigerators, they’re also undeniably wallet-friendly. In fact, two of our top-rated models cost less than $600.
We outfit each refrigerator we test 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 tens of thousands of CR members to judge brand reliability and owner satisfaction. All that data—and then some—informs CR’s refrigerator ratings and each model’s Overall Score.
CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the six best top-freezer refrigerators in a variety of widths. The list includes models from Blomberg, Frigidaire, Hotpoint, Insignia, LG, and Samsung.
To see even more highly rated top-freezers, check out our full top-freezer refrigerator ratings of more than 40 models.
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