French doors are making a comeback in the kitchen! French doors provide more storage space, open with ease, and give a more elegant look to the modern refrigerator. For the year 2020, top companies like Whirlpool, LG, Samsung, Maytag, Frigidaire and GE have added exciting new features to their models.
In this discussion, we review the best refrigerators of the year, not to mention the perks of LED lighting, water filters, automatic measured fill, and fingerprint-resistant finishes.
Samsung RF23J9011SR 4-Door Flex
The four-door nature of this 23-cubic foot, 36-inch model makes it particularly versatile. Samsung has managed to fit three evaporators in this fridge, allowing you to customize one quarter to be extra fridge space, a soft freeze area for stuff like ice cream, power freeze for fast freezing/cooling, and more. An ice machine in one of the fridge sections can produce up to five pounds of ice per day, and the top compartment glass shelves can be moved to make more room if necessary. You also get Samsung tech like energy-efficient LED lights (the whole fridge is Energy Star rated) and a door alarm that lets you know if one of the doors is left open, among other perks.
Overall, the innovative design and high-quality performance of this fridge put it above the others, although it may be a little large for some kitchens. Some people may also like the “pull out” freezer drawers that other models have, which aren’t present here.
Maytag 36-Inch Wide MFI2570FEZ
Thanks to the PowerCold feature, this Maytag refrigerator keeps your food seriously cold, adhering to food safety standards better than most. In fact, you can store your dairy products on the door, which is something food experts advise against when using most fridges. There’s also a large deli drawer that allows you to store deli trays, party platters, homemade casserole, and more — without being cramped for space.
The LED lighting in this fridge helps cast a bright white light inside the fridge when you open the door, so you’re not squinting to see whether that’s peanut butter or sesame paste in the back of the fridge. It also has handy spill-proof glass shelves, so any spills will be contained and won’t leak onto the shelves underneath. Finally, you don’t have to worry about leaving unsightly fingerprints on the surface of this fridge, thanks to the fingerprint-resistant finish.
This LG french door refrigerator has a bunch of handy features that make it very user-friendly. The ice maker is located on the outside of the door, which makes it more convenient to use than that of most french door fridges, which have the ice maker on the top shelf of one side. This ice maker placement gives you more shelving space inside the fridge. And if you find yourself needing more, the collapsible folding shelf makes it easy to store tall bottles, giant turkey leftovers, and more.
Aesthetically, this model is also pleasing to look at, thanks to the contoured doors and hidden hinges that lend the fridge a simple, classic look. Plus, the exterior surface is smudge-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about opening up the fridge with greasy fingers when helping yourself to seconds.
With 26 cubic feet of capacity in this fridge, you’ll be able to store all your favorite foods without needing to cram them in. The full-width triple crisper will hold all of your fruits and veggies, at just the right temperature. A really exciting feature is the Measured Fill. When dispensing water, the fridge will fill your glass or other containers by measuring in ounces, cups, or liters. When it’s done, it automatically shuts off, so there’s no spills or wasted water. This fridge also eliminates the need for a water filter at home, as the ice maker gives you freshly filtered ice and the EveryDrop water filter is NSF Certified, promising to reduce most contaminants from your drinking water. If you get it in the black stainless steel, it’s also fingerprint-proof.
Prefer a smaller refrigerator? This Frigidaire model is perfect if you have less space or a smaller household to feed. With 21.9 cubic feet of storage capacity, you’ll still have plenty of room to store things. It also helps that the fridge comes with Store-More door bins that can easily hold larger items like a tall wine bottle or a gallon of milk. A handy full-width drawer is perfect for storing a whole sheet cake or lasagna. The shelves are spill-proof, so you don’t have to worry about something toppling over and leaking onto the shelves below.
The shelves also flip up to make room for taller items, like a three-tier cake or large roast chicken. Forget to close the fridge door? The appliance features a door alarm that reminds you when the doors aren’t properly closed, so you don’t come home to a fridge full of rotten food. Finally, the compact size of this fridge allows it to use up less energy, so you can run a more efficient home.
This Samsung model is a reliable one that consumers gravitate to, thanks to convenient and energy-efficient features. The counter-depth refrigerator has the look of a built-in model, and the 22.5-cubic-foot size is the perfect amount of space for most households. The model is Energy Star-compliant and utilizes high-efficiency LED lighting to save energy while lighting up the food in your fridge. Adjustable shelves are helpful when fitting tall or awkwardly shaped items into the fridge, and the tempered-glass shelves are also spill-proof, preventing leaks from seeping down to lower shelves.
The fridge also comes with a built-in water filter, so you can get drinking water, or cubed or crushed ice right away. The filter is easily accessible, so it’s a breeze to switch an old one out for a new one. An indicator will remind you when it’s time to do so.
If you’re looking for a more affordable French-door fridge, this GE model may be just what you have in mind. At a lower price than most of our picks, it still provides high-quality cooling with a spacious 25 cubic feet of total space. Useful features include two humidity-controlled drawers, a customizable fast-cooling drawer, and a Turbo Cool mode to quickly cool down the fridge if it’s been open for a while. There’s a lot to love about this fridge, and the minimalist outer design certainly helps for those looking for an easy-to-clean model.
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