French door refrigerators provide extra storage space, open with ease, and give a more elegant look to the modern refrigerator. For the year 2020, top brands 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, which include perks like LED lighting, water filters, automatic measured fill, and fingerprint-resistant finishes.
If you’re looking for the best fridge, but you’re not necessarily looking for a French door fridge, check out our list of the best refrigerators for 2020.
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 for extra fridge space, a soft freeze area for stuff like ice cream, power freeze for fast freezing and 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’s 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 and quickly chilling a full fridge worth of food. In fact, you can store your dairy products in 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 casseroles, and more without being cramped for space.
The LED lighting casts 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.
LG LFXS26596S Instaview
LG’s 26-cubic-foot smart fridge is recognizable because of that window panel that illuminates with a couple of knocks, allowing you to see just what’s inside the fridge without opening it. However, that’s only the start of the great features this fridge has: There are door-cooling features to make sure even door supplies stay cool, and a door-in-door feature for easy access to supplies. Ice makers in both the door and the freezer ensure you’ll never run out of ice, and a handy separate drawer below the crispers allows you to set a specific temperature for more delicate deli items.
Other benefits of this fridge include a three-layer air filter, easy temperature adjustments, and control via the SmartThinQ app or voice commands to adjust temperatures remotely or get alerts. On top of everything, the coating over the stainless steel surface makes it extra-easy to clean away smudges.
With 26 cubic feet of capacity in this fridge, you’ll be able to neatly store all of your favorite foods. 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 are 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. With 21.9 cubic feet of storage capacity, you’ll still have plenty of room to store groceries. 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 a lot? The appliance features a door alarm that reminds you when the doors aren’t properly closed, so you won’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.
KitchenAid KBFN506EPA Panel-Ready Fridge
This counter-depth fridge is specifically designed to accommodate wood paneling that can match your cabinets and other parts of your kitchen for a more seamless experience. Even if you decide you don’t want panels, the beautiful silver finish version is sure to look great in your kitchen.
Inside, the fridge is equally impressive: Two independent cooling systems attend to refrigeration and freezing with separate, accurate controls for each. In the total 21 cubic feet of space, there are humidity-controlled crispers, spill-resistant shelves with raised edges, and a slide-out freezer basket for larger storage needs. There’s also a high-quality air filter that eliminates odors and an internal automatic ice maker. However, the custom panel-ready version of this fridge isn’t cheap, so be prepared to pay for the perfect look.
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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