The modern refrigerator with freezer compartment or drawer is one of the most popular designs around the world. These all-in-one cold storage devices are incredibly popular and, with constant design innovation with a focus on storage options over the years, now come with more than enough room for food for the entire family.

This article shares our top ten favorite refrigerators with freezers, which we’ve compiled from exhaustive market research. We’ve also taken the time to ask some hard questions and bring up a few points you may want to consider to pick the right product for you.

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Top 10 Best Refrigerators with Freezers

  • Interior door bins can be adjusted for taller items and maximize use of space
  • Extra-wide door bins can hold gallon jugs and other large items
  • External water and ice dispenser makes it easy to fill up and cool down drinks
  • Comes with a 1-year entire appliance warranty

  • Sleek design and small footprint great for modern apartments and smaller spaces
  • Large freezer compartment great for long-term storage and frozen treats
  • Recessed handle design saves on space
  • Includes a 1-year limited warranty

  • Premium, bottom freezer design is one of a kind on our list
  • Energy Star certified
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Scalloped wine shelving makes this fridge great for use in a wet bar or basement
  • Comes with a 1-year parts & labor warranty and a 5-year compressor warranty

  • Dual ice makers features the highest output out of any appliance on our list
  • Extra wide and thin drawer is perfect for longer boxed dinners and pizzas
  • Advanced airflow evenly distributes cool air
  • Includes a 2-year extended warranty

  • Easy-access controls allow for quick and precise adjustments
  • Adjustable humidity drawers use simple designs to keep fresh goods fresh
  • Smaller footprint great for smaller homes and spaces
  • Comes with a 1-year parts & labor warranty and a 5-year warranty on the compressor

  • Flexible bin can be easily moved to accommodate tall items
  • Reversible doors allow for at-home adjustments to maximize space
  • Easy-access freezer temperature controls allow for quick adjustments
  • Includes a 1-year warranty

  • Spacious freezer drawer and fridge compartment is one of the largest on our list
  • Touch controls give access to ice, water, and other settings quickly
  • Full-width pantry drawer great for flat, long items
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

  • Spacious freezer drawer and fridge compartment is one of the largest on our list
  • Touch controls give access to ice, water, and other settings quickly
  • Full-width pantry drawer great for flat, long items
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

  • Extra-wide bottom crisper great for boxed dinners and pizzas
  • External dispenser and display makes fridge control a breeze
  • Extra large bottom freezer great for keeping cold foods organized
  • Comes with a 1-year parts and labor warranty

  • Reversible door allows for quick adjustments to best match a room
  • Dairy bin keeps butter and yogurt in quick reach
  • Energy Star certification helps this unit stay efficient without sacrificing quality
  • Includes a 1-year limited warranty

The GE GSS25GSHSS is a side-by-side refrigerator with a simple, clean design that focuses on maximizing the ability of a tried and true refrigerator design. The external ice maker and dual door design may not turn any heads, but the over 25 cubic feet of space will hide enough food for just about any-sized family. It is also the most spacious fridge on our list in terms of square footage.

We also are appreciative of the highly-adjustable drawers and bins within the unit itself. While we would have appreciated a little less narrow of a freezer compartment, we think most homeowners will be glad that the internal ice maker produces a surprisingly large amount of ice given its size. We recommend the GE GSS25GSHSS as a great all-around product that’s going to easily fit in most spaces.

Pros

  • Large internal capacity
  • Ice and water dispenser
  • Adjustable internal storage
  • Large crispers
  • Spill-proof shelving

Cons

  • Freezer compartment could be larger

Dramatically smaller and surprisingly sleeker than the previous GE model, the Kenmore 76393 aims for those who are space and budget conscious. This appliance is a little under 11 cubic feet of space and comes in one of the smallest footprints out of any refrigerator on our list. The unique pocket handle design is the only one of its kind on our list and allows for even more space.

It’s the interior, though, where this fridge really stands out. Adjustable shelving and bins throughout allow homeowners to ensure their favorite foods are within reach at all times. Likewise, the easy thermostat adjustment within the freezer is great for when you need to keep certain foods or drinks at specific temperatures. We would have appreciated a little more space or perhaps an ice maker, but this Kenmore unit is clearly aiming to maximize capability at the lowest price possible.

Pros

  • Great storage capability
  • Affordable
  • Easy temperature adjustment
  • Sleek, space-saving design
  • Larger crisper drawer

Cons

  • No water or ice dispenser
  • Too small for some homes

Unlike many fridges on our list which focus on use in the home, the Summit FFBF286SS premium refrigerator seems to fit just as easily into family spaces as it does commercial kitchens or bars. This refrigerator subverts expectations and manages to offer nearly 17 cubic footage of space within a 27-inch footprint. Given this unique footprint, this Summit fridge has a commanding presence that requires extra height clearance, so you’ll definitely need to make sure you have the room for this model before making your purchase.

We appreciate the smaller considerations, such as dedicated wine space, LED lighting, and durable tempered glass shelving throughout. Crisper drawers and an ice maker would have been appreciated, but seem to have been dropped in favor of higher quality finishes throughout. Ultimately, if you have the money, it’s hard to go wrong with this Summit product.

Pros

  • Premium build quality
  • Dedicated wine storage
  • Highly efficient
  • Sleek design
  • Ample refrigerator space

Cons

  • Freezer space could be larger
  • No water or ice dispenser
  • Expensive

Seemingly to compete with the GE French door refrigerator on our list, the LG LFX25973Dfocuses on organization and smaller features in efficiency and is the only product on our list with dual ice makers. Either from the standard external dispenser or the internal freezer maker, homeowners can be sure to keep more than enough ice around for any party or event.

This LG appliance also features bright lights, glass shelving, and more than enough bin storage for fruits, veggies, and other miscellaneous items. The black stainless steel design is certainly attractive, but the overall size of this unit, as well as the cost, may be enough to scare people away. Still, if you’re desperate for ice and want a fridge that’s more than ready to utilize every inch of cubic footage, then this LG model may be right for you.

Pros

  • Dual ice makers/water dispenser
  • Large capacity
  • Excellent efficiency
  • Lots of internal organization
  • Large crispers

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can be too large for some homes

Much like the first Kenmore appliance on our list, this GE GTS18GTHWW focuses on a no-frills design that’s unassuming but powerful if used correctly. It uses a simple, white top freezer design that incorporates several internal changes to appeal to modern homeowners.

For example, the included crisper drawers can be manually adjusted to allow for more or less humidity. This simple feature isn’t found on most other fridges on our list and allows from greater control over fresh purchases. Likewise, the easy-access controls are designed to quickly adjust the freezer as needed.

You’re not working with much internal space with this GE product, but if you’ve got a smaller family and don’t mind a lack of ice and water from your fridge, this affordable option could easily have a place in your kitchen, bonus room, basement, or guest house.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Highly adjustable
  • Humidity-controlled crispers
  • Ice maker could be installed separately
  • Slim design

Cons

  • No water or ice dispenser
  • Too small for some homes

Taking cues from smaller, more portable fridges, the Whirlpool WRT316SFDM brings lots of versatility to this tried and true design.

The Whirlpool WRT316SFDM is designed with reversible doors, which isn’t often found on appliances this large. This means that your refrigerator can be placed at just about any angle and still remain easy to open and access. The internal bins can also slide and adjust to allow for more room for your food, and internal lighting and glass shelving throughout makes it easy to spot what you’re looking for more efficiently.

We appreciate the optional ice maker, but no water dispenser and a few customer complaints on warranty do hold this appliance back from being the go-to choice. Still, we can’t think of a reason why this model shouldn’t be considered as a standard option that’s unassuming and ready to adjust as needed.

Pros

  • Reversible doors
  • Highly adjustable
  • Large crispers
  • Utilitarian design
  • Ice maker could be installed separately

Cons

  • No water dispenser
  • Weak warranty
  • Could be larger

Refrigerators often aren’t considered to be technological marvels, but the Amana AFI2539ERM is the most advanced fridge on our list when it comes to bells and whistles. This French door option is a spacious, imposing 25 cubic feet of fridge that features an external ice and water dispenser. It’s here that homeowners can access nifty controls such as fast cooling, a highly-accurate thermostat, and more. The internal space of the fridge is spread out across bins, drawers, door storage for gallon jugs, and a full-length pantry drawer.

The organizational options are much appreciated, and aside from the lack of water dispenser, the only reason we would hesitant with this model is the space required to install it. Provided you don’t mind the price tag,  this Amana refrigerator is sure to keep all of your food items at the exact right temperature.

Pros

  • Large internal capacity
  • Ice dispenser
  • Large pantry crisper
  • Spill-proof shelving
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • A little bulky
  • Expensive
  • No water dispenser

The Kenmore 50049 is a side-by-side refrigerator that stands out for far more than the all-black design. It offers an impressive 25 cubic feet of space that is spread rather evenly across the fridge and freezer portions of the appliance. This is especially helpful for those looking for extra freezer space, as the included ice maker seems designed to take up a minimal amount of space.

Also included are humidity-adjustable crispers, gallon jug storage for the doors, and easy push-button operation for water dispensing. In fact, aside from some difficulty maximizing storage in the freezer due to shelving, there’s little else to complain about. We highly recommend the Kenmore 50049 as a great all-around option for the kitchen or basement.

Pros

  • Large internal capacity
  • Water and ice dispenser
  • Humidity-controlled crispers
  • Great lighting throughout
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Poor organization in freezer

The Kenmore Elite 73133 focuses on mirroring the design of the LG appliance and bringing external dispensers to the modern French door model in an effort to be the ultimate freezer for larger homes. It boasts a considerable capacity and featuring larger crispers for more fruits and veggies to stay fresh. Despite the external ice and water dispenser, both doors have excellent storage space, and the extra-large freezer drawer also offers lots of room for bulkier items below and flat frozen foods above.

We also appreciate the multi-air flow technology, which works significantly better in French door designs and continues to perform well here. If anything, the only problem stemming from this appliance is a large size and asking price. Otherwise, we’re confident recommending this option for those looking to solid Kenmore offering.

Pros

  • Ice and water dispenser
  • Lots of freezer space
  • Extra-large crispers
  • Sleek design
  • Large capacity

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky

The Frigidaire FFHT1514QS keeps costs down and usability high with a few key features tailor-made for fans of the classic fridge design. It is a top freezer appliance that skips ice makers and dispensers to maximize the 15 cubic feet of supplied space.

We appreciate the dairy bin specifically, which is less common in modern fridges, as well as the decision to utilize reversible doors. These can be easily swapped in just a few minutes to make sure your fridge is maximizing whatever space it may be in. The included crisper drawers are large enough for most needs, and while some extra organizational options would have been great for the appliance and freezer compartment specifically, we still think this is a good mid-range to budget option for many.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Included dairy bin
  • Reversible doors
  • Affordable
  • Simple temperature controls

Cons

  • Small capacity
  • Poor organization options

Comparison Chart

FeaturesGE GSS25GSHSSKenmore 76393Summit FFBF286SSLG LFX25973DGE GTS18GHEW
CategorySide-by-SideTop FreezerBottom FreezerFrench DoorTop Freezer
Capacity25.3 cu. ft10.7 cu. ft16.8 cu. ft24 cu. ft17.5 cu. ft
Weight320 lbs140 lbs200 lbs334 lbs173 lbs
Water DispenserXXX
Dimensions35.75 X 34.75 X 6924.25 X 28 X 60.827.25 X 27 X 75.334 X 36 X 7032.5 X 28 X 67.4
FeaturesGE GSS25GSHSS
CategorySide-by-Side
Capacity25.3 cu. ft
Weight320 lbs
Water Dispenser
Dimensions35.75 X 34.75 X 69
FeaturesKenmore 76393
CategoryTop Freezer
Capacity10.7 cu. ft
Weight140 lbs
Water DispenserX
Dimensions24.25 X 28 X 60.8
FeaturesSummit FFBF286SS
CategoryBottom Freezer
Capacity16.8 cu. ft
Weight200 lbs
Water DispenserX
Dimensions27.25 X 27 X 75.3
FeaturesLG LFX25973D
CategoryFrench Door
Capacity24 cu. ft
Weight334 lbs
Water Dispenser
Dimensions34 X 36 X 70
FeaturesGE GTS18GHEW
CategoryTop Freezer
Capacity17.5 cu. ft
Weight173 lbs
Water DispenserX
Dimensions32.5 X 28 X 67.4
FeaturesWhirlpool WRT316SFDMAmana AFI2539ERMKenmore 50049 Kenmore Elite 73133Frigidaire FFHT1514QS
CategoryTop FreezerFrench DoorSide-by-SideFrench DoorTop Freezer
Capacity16 cu. ft25 cu. ft25 cu. ft24.2 cu. ft15 cu. ft
Weight161.4 lbs321 lbs270 lbs312 lbs175 lbs
Water DispenserXX
Dimensions28 X 30.4 X 6670 x 35 x 3633.8 X 35.5 X 69.235.4 X 32.8 X 69.828 X 30.2 X 60.6
FeaturesWhirlpool WRT316SFDM
CategoryTop Freezer
Capacity16 cu. ft
Weight161.4 lbs
Water DispenserX
Dimensions28 X 30.4 X 66
FeaturesAmana AFI2539ERM
CategoryFrench Door
Capacity25 cu. ft
Weight321 lbs
Water Dispenser
Dimensions70 x 35 x 36
FeaturesKenmore 50049
CategorySide-by-Side
Capacity25 cu. ft
Weight270 lbs
Water Dispenser
Dimensions33.8 X 35.5 X 69.2
FeaturesKenmore Elite 73133
CategoryFrench Door
Capacity24 cu. ft
Weight334 lbs
Water Dispenser
Dimensions35.4 X 32.8 X 69.8
FeaturesFrigidaire FFHT1514QS
CategoryTop Freezer
Capacity15 cu. ft
Weight175 lbs
Water DispenserX
Dimensions28 X 30.2 X 60.6

Refrigerators with Freezers Buyer’s Guide


Not quite sure which one of these fridges to pick? We’ve broken down the most important aspects of fridges you need to keep in mind before committing to one of our many options.

Dimensions and Doors

One of the biggest indicators for homeowners when it comes to prospective fridges is the dimensions of the appliance and way the doors are situated.

Of course, a fridge’s footprint is going to be one of the most important considerations to make. Only you know the size of your home and what sort of space you need, so measuring twice before purchasing your fridge will aid in preventing any unhappy returns.

Likewise, the door placement and design of the fridge itself is important both for utilitarian and aesthetic reasons. If you’re working with a small corridor for your fridge, for example, side-by side-fridges will be a more effective use of space than top freezer designs and freezer drawers, which take up far more horizontal space when ajar. At the same time, freezer drawers can be easier on the back and more efficient on space, so you’ll need to weigh all of your options before committing to a design.

Space

Managing space for your meals and frozen goods is going to be a difficult task. While it’s always important to have the cubic footage for the items you need, you also need to consider just how effectively that storage will be used. That’s why many refrigerators offer different drawers and crispers that are designed to keep larger items like heads of lettuce or mixed vegetables out of the way. That’ll leave more room for stackable objects and foods to fill up every inch available.

This is also why French door refrigerators are specifically popular. Since many homes rely on frozen pizzas and foods for quick meals, being able to stack these in an easy-to-reach drawer is more efficient than arranging within many top freezer fridges. We recommend opting for the most cubic footage possible with a fridge that you know will play to the strengths of the types of foods you keep around. If you cook large, flat pans of food for example, the space provided by French door refrigerators may be more efficient.

Ice & Water Dispensers

The final point of consideration for most is the ability to get water and ice from their new appliance. While some don’t like the look of a fridge with an ice dispenser, others appreciate the convenience.

Most often ice and water dispensers often come together; it’s important to keep in mind, however, that many French door refrigerators come with ice makers hidden away in a freezer drawer. This allows homeowners to benefit from an ice maker without having an external space on the appliance taking up valuable room within the compartment.

We were sure to note which refrigerators had ice dispensers, so if this feature is high on your list, be on the lookout for a fridge that features one or more ways to cool down your beverages.

FAQ

Which refrigerator type has the most room? How about the most freezer room?

Determining which refrigerator type has the most room is a difficult prospect. As we’ve mentioned, different uses of space can make cubic footage a less clear indicator of the type of space you’ll be working with. Generally speaking, French door and side-by-side refrigerators will have the most room overall.

If you specifically need room in the freezer drawer or compartment, we’d recommend sticking with French door refrigerators or other types that utilize freezer drawers. These allow you to utilize every cubic inch of space more efficiently than most other types.

Do French door refrigerators come with ice makers?

French door refrigerators, much like other types, come in variations that do or do not include ice makers. While it is true that French door refrigerators are unlikely to have ice makers as a whole, several exceptions exist—including a few on our list.

Ice makers in French door refrigerators typically will be found in the freezer drawer. In many instances, these will produce ice at a quicker rate than standard ice makers on side-by-side models, as more space has been allocated for the components. Be sure to check your respective fridge and be sure of ice making and water dispensing capability.

How do I install/place my refrigerator? Do I need an electrician?

Installing a refrigerator can be done either professionally or manually. Most refrigerator retailers, including online retailers, offer the option of professional installation, which will take the bulk of the burden of installation off of you. To prepare, you can check the size of your door and any tight spaces in your home that may pose a problem to installers. If there is no room to maneuver your fridge around, there is little you’ll be able to do.

Electricians will not be necessary provided your home or apartment has been adjusted for a refrigerator. Most homes either recommend or require that a refrigerator be installed on a separate circuit than the rest of the home’s appliances, in an effort to avoid overloading and tripping the system. However, if you plan to install a refrigerator in a location not built for one, then you may need to make a call to your local trusted electrician.

You will also need to run a basic water line to the refrigerator if your appliance uses a water or ice dispenser.

Do I need to defrost my refrigerator and/or freezer?

Most of the refrigerators on our list come with automatic defrosting capabilities. This means that whenever ice builds up within the freezer compartment, the fridge will detect the problem, get rid of the ice, and never require you to defrost manually.

If the defrost feature is not working as fast as you’d like, or your refrigerator operates with a manual defrost, then you’ll need to take the time to handle the ice once it gets near a half-inch of ice.

You can defrost your fridge by first removing all items from the freezer compartment, as well as sensitive items from the refrigerator compartment. Next, unplug your refrigerator and leave the freezer door ajar. Be sure to place basins below the fridge to collect the melted ice.

After about two hours or so, most accumulation should be gone. You can optionally scrape off any residual mess with a plastic scraper. Just be careful not to use metal, as you could pose a threat to the internal integrity of your fridge and void your warranty if applicable.

Final Thoughts

While we’re confident in the quality of each of our ten refrigerator picks, we know that not everyone is going to benefit from each option. Generally speaking, we can come to a few conclusions depending upon your preferences and needs:

If you need something that’s got great reviews and offers a great all-around balance of price and quality, then it’s hard to go wrong with the GE GSS25GSGHSS. Despite forgoing the popular modern trend of French door refrigerators, this option packs enough of a punch to deserve a spot in just about any home.

If you just need a no-frills replacement fridge that’s going to get the job done for a low price, then the Kenmore 76393 conserves both space and cost. We appreciate the slick design and smart internal choices that maximize every inch of space available to homeowners. Otherwise, French door options like the Kenmore Elite 73133 or Amana AFI2539ERM are great for freezer organization and storage, and the Summit FFBF286SS is good for homeowners and small business owners alike.

Ultimately, the right refrigerator for your home may come down to personal preference, interior design choices, or simply your available space. Regardless of the parameters you need to meet, we hope that one of these ten fridges can get to work in your home someday.