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The best refrigerator brands of 2020

Refrigerators tend to be the center of the house, so the brand you choose matters. When it comes to choosing the best refrigerator brand, you have to look at the durability, quality, and features. 

To differentiate from other brands, some refrigerator brands have patents on their unique high-tech features. Others have designs that separate them from other brands. Many people also like to match their kitchen appliances by purchasing the same brand, models, and finishes.

Whirlpool

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Whirlpool refrigerators continue to get particularly high marks for their reliability and quality. Yale Appliance rates them as the best for reliability, which means Whirlpool fridges tend to get the least service calls out of all the top brands. Ranker voters also place Whirlpool at the top of its list of favorite fridge brands. Our top pick for the best refrigerators of 2020 is also a Whirlpool model, the excellent Whirlpool Double Drawer WRV986FDEM, which sports an immense amount of storage and many different types of storage compartments for various types of food.

So, if you are looking for a dependable brand that will give you the space you need, Whirlpool is an easy recommendation. However, Whirlpool’s best models tend to be fairly low tech, so if you are looking for a fridge with few more interesting features, you may want to explore some of these other brands.

LG

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Some of our favorite fridge models come from LG, too. As LG has invested in its refrigerator division, it has proven to be a skilled manufacturer with a focus on high-tech features and solid design. If you like stylish fridges that have impressive Wi-Fi smart screens that also double as a window into your fridge, then LG offers some of the most incredible models around. Some even come with built-in Keurig coffeemakers.

LG also rates well in terms of its appliance dependability, which means in addition to all that tech, you can also expect fewer repairs to your model. Finally, a couple of LG models show up on Consumer Reports recommendations for kid-friendly fridges. No matter what kind of fridge you are looking for, check out similar LG models to see what they have to offer.

Samsung

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Samsung produces high-tech fridges known for sleek stainless steel and Wi-Fi capabilities. If you want a refrigerator that really goes the extra mile with technology, this is a brand to check out. One of the prime examples is the Samsung Family Hub, a massive refrigerator with a large touch screen. It works with a variety of smart home platforms such as Alexa, Ecobee, Google, Ring, and Samsung SmartThings.

The fridge also showcases other Samsung strengths like fingerprint-resistant steel, customizable cooling settings for the freezer, and a versatile flex door. Smart screen refrigerators have a ways to go before they become a key part of the market, but the Family Hub shows just what is possible.

Like Whirlpool and LG, Samsung also has refrigerators with high appliance reliability, which means you may not need to arrange as many repairs as other brands. Of course, with all this technology, you may have to pay a high price for a connected Samsung fridge — the Family Hub usually costs between $2,000 and $3,600.

GE Appliances

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Second to Whirlpool, GE appliances rate highest in terms of reliability, which is one of the most important factors to look for when considering a new appliance. When you’re putting out that much cash, the last thing you want is a fridge that needs repairs after a short period of time.

The GE GNE25JMKES made it onto our best french-door refrigerator list, and several GE models made it onto our best refrigerators list. Plus, you may find GE Appliance prices to be lower than some of the previous brands, an ideal feature if you would really like to save some money.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid is one of the best brand options if you are especially interested in more elaborate refrigerators with accommodations for everything—along with the classic KitchenAid quality and experience. The brand offers 5-door models, dual-cooling systems for targeted temperature control, specialized herb storage, and other features that dedicated chefs will love (including those who have aspirations beyond amateur kitchen creations).

Honorable mentions:

  • Viking
  • Bosch
  • Maytag
  • Sub-Zero

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