Here is a list of the best selling refrigerators. New model of fridges come out all the time and technology improves constantly and since that list is updated every day, you’ll be looking at some of the best ones no matter what year you’re reading this in.
Frigidaire, LG, Samsung… these are all good brands but even the best brands have bad models so focus on the specific model of refrigerator instead. Look at the ratings and read the reviews. Here are the highly rated refrigerators. Some will be a few hundred while others will be several thousand.
When buying a fridge, there are several types to choose from:
Top Freezer – This is where the freezer is above the fridge section. It’s thelLeast expensive and has the most storage relative to their size. This is the most common type of fridge.
Bottom Freezer – Freezer is on the bottom and fridge usually has 2 doors.
French Door (style) – Also a bottom freezer but usually has 3-4 doors.
– Makes food in refrigerator easier to reach without bending over
– Items in freezer are easy to access
– Freezer door may pull out or swing open
– Refrigerator may feature a single door or two French doors
Side by Side – Good for narrow kitchens but aren’t efficient in terms of space compared to the other types. Side-by-side units are designed to accommodate larger plates and platters
Compact – Small and made for saving space. Usually inexpensive but doesn’t have much storage space. Can fit under counters and are ideal for bedrooms, dorm rooms, office, etc.
A big factor that determines the quality of a refrigerator is how consistent it keeps the temperature. Another thing to consider is how much energy it takes. The more it takes, the more your electricity bill will be. Now even if you have a good refrigerator, you need to take care of it so it will last longer. Michael already mentioned keeping the condenser coils clean but it’s worth repeating.
Of the manufacturers out there, Whirlpool and Frigidaire are you best options but again, like most companies, they also have poorly made models. So choose based on the reviews and ratings of specific refrigerator models instead.
Some things to consider:
Refrigerators with ice makers tend to have more repair problems that refrigerators without an ice maker.
Refrigerators with the freezer at the bottom are more likely to need repair than top freezer refrigerators.
Bottom freezer refrigerators of all brands with an ice dispenser are more likely to have problems than bottom freezer refrigerators that do not have an ice dispenser.
Side-by-Side refrigerators are the most popular models but also the most likely to have repair problems.
Kenmore refrigerators are produced by many manufacturers such as Whirlpool, GE, LG, Samsung, Frigidaire & Others. Depending on who manufactures the Kenmore refrigerator you purchase will have a great deal to do with how likely your new refrigerator will need repair.
Most new Maytag and Amana Refrigerators are built by Whirlpool but may have a few minor cosmetic differences such as shelving quality and orientation.
Samsung and LG refrigerators are well constructed but very mechanically and electrically complicated. If you need a Samsung or LG refrigerator repaired it may be difficult to find a repair person qualified to work on it.