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Keep your cool with one of our 7 favorite high-tech refrigerators

What goes on inside your fridge might be a mystery to you — and we don’t just mean that container of mystery goop that’s been in there since who knows when. As long as your meat isn’t spoiling too fast and your spinach still looks perky after a couple of days, you’re probably content to let it do its thing. But it’s still a major appliance that will sit in your kitchen for years, and some features may be more important to you than others. Below are some of our current favorite fridges that each offer a little something different for everyone.

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The best

Kenmore 72483 Elite 4-Door Bottom-Freezer ($2,800)


Everything the Kenmore Elite 4-Door Bottom-Freezer fridge can do, it does well. Its 29.9 cubic feet of space is large but not overwhelming, and many of its storage items are customizable. A couple of the glass shelves can slide under to make room for your liter of cola. The middle drawer is something we’re seeing on more and more fridges lately, but Kenmore’s version lets you turn the the compartment into a deli drawer, drink cooler, meat locker, or even a wine chiller, thanks to its four temperature settings. To maximize space, a slimmer ice maker is hidden behind a shallow shelf. The one caveat with this fridge is that its suggested retail price is $4,199. However, Sears seems to offer a perpetual deal of around $2,700, which is a much better deal for this well-designed, high-performing fridge.

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For lots of groceries – LG LFXS32726S Mega Capacity 3-Door French Door ($3,235+)


They don’t call it the LG Mega-Capacity French 3-Door Refrigerator for nothing. With 32 cubic feet of space, you could conceivably have leftovers from both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in it.* But copious space can actually be a drawback if it’s just shelf upon shelf of takeout containers blocking molding peaches and expiring yogurt. This LG keeps things organized with lots of compartments. Instead of the standard two crisper drawers, it has one long, temperature “glide and serve” bin, along with three other separate drawers. Everything is also nicely lit by LEDs, which will help you see what’s hanging out in the massive interior. Despite its nice layout, there aren’t a ton of bells and whistles, so what you’re paying for here is the space. *Not a good idea

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Space saving – Frigidaire FGHI2164QF Gallery Custom-Flex ($898+)


For kitchens with limited space, top freezers help cut down on the fridge footprint. But the Frigidaire Gallery Custom-Flex Top-Freezer manages to make the most of its 20.5 cubic feet of space with clever storage hacks. Essentially, the door has slots that fit any of Frigidaire’s various bins, some of which are included and some of which are sold separately. Drink a lot of soda? Maybe two of the can dispensers are called for. There’s an additional snack-specific drawer, too, for yogurt, string cheese, and so on. Though the bins and shelves are plastic, the fridge does have nice LED lighting and smudge-proof stainless steel. While its price definitely puts it on the higher end of top freezers, its performance and unique door, which will definitely make the most of a smaller fridge, make it a great choice for apartment dwellers.

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Going for value – Whirlpool WRF560SEYM French Door ($1,500+)


There are plenty of nice top- and bottom-freezer fridges that cost around $1,000, but if you’re looking for an affordable French door, the Whirlpool 30-incher is a pretty good bet. It lacks the frills of more expensive options; you won’t be getting ice or water out of its door, for example. You’ll notice that its 19.7 cubic feet of space is less than the aforementioned Frigidaire top-freezer, but that’s because it sacrifices some fresh food capacity for a larger freezer. And while it’s smaller and less showy than models you’ll pay hundreds of dollars more for, it still offers glass foldaway shelves, gallon bins, and LED lighting. That’s all pretty nice for a sub-$1,500 French door.

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Favor flexibility – Samsung RF23J9011SR 4-Door Flex ($2,430+)


If you’re in the market for a unique fridge, the Samsung 4-Door Flex Fridge offers a full compartment that can be either a freezer or warmed up for more fresh food storage. It’s sort of like the Kenmore’s temp-adjustable drawer, but more versatile. It’s both bigger and offers a larger temperature swing. If you want it to be an ice cream holder, one of the four settings is for a soft freeze. The drawback is that the because the bottom of the fridge is split in half, you can’t store large frozen pizzas in it — the individual compartments just aren’t wide or tall enough. It has 22.5 cubic feet of capacity, is 36 inches wide, and costs about $3,000, so it’s meant for a very specific market, but the flex door is definitely a quirky feature that actually has value. Read our full review here.

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Something pretty – KitchenAid KRMF706EBS Multi-Door Freestanding ($3,420+)


In a list full of stainless steel fridges, the KitchenAid Multi-Door Freestanding Refrigerator stands out, and not just because it comes in black stainless. KitchenAid found a way to make its five-door design look elegant. Packed with features, the KitchenAid has two separate drawers with temperature control that are designed with home chefs in mind: there are settings for herbs and marinade or thaw, for example. The inside of the fridge is pretty eye-catching, too, with platinum-gray walls and lots of LED lights. Below, the freezer has three storage drawers to stop frozen dinners from getting lost in the abyss. With its $3,600 price tag, some of what you’re paying for is definitely the distinctive design.

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Looking for luxury – Sub-Zero BI-42S/S Built-In Side-By-Side ($10,435)


Sub-Zero is known for its high-end fridges. The built-in BI-42S/S model is definitely big, but since you’re spending more than $10,000, you’ll be able to customize it to match your kitchen decor. It’s not just the 42-inch size and 24.3 cubic feet of capacity you’re paying for either, but the tech inside. The Sub-Zero uses two compressors, one for the refrigerator and another for the freezer, to keep consistent temperatures in each. Its anti-microbial air purification system also helps cut down on mold and reduces ethylene gas given off by food, which often leads to spoiling. To help fruits and vegetables last even longer, the door has a vacuum seal and the crisper drawers have magnetic closures to prevent air from entering. Since many people customize the outside, what you’re really paying for is what’s inside, and it’s definitely pretty impressive.

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