Best Fridges

A refrigerator is a huge investment for your home, and it’s hard finding models that are made with U.S. parts and by the U.S. workforce. We dug in to help you make that process a little easier. Below are our recommendations for the best fridges made in the USA (or, mostly, as you’ll find out), along with tons of details about each one and the factors we considered in our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we could not find any fridges that are made from 100% American materials by a 100% American workforce – which is super disappointing! It seems like most major manufacturers are choosing to get lower-cost materials from overseas. However, we did find several bright spots among certain models from fridge manufacturers where materials are either >80% U.S. based or are completely assembled in America, supporting local economies. GE, Sub-Zero, Whirlpool, and Maytag all have some models that meet those criteria. GE has the most models that are almost entirely U.S. made, with options in their French door, side-by-side, and top freezer series. We have more details below on our favorites!

Top Recommendations

Best Fridges Best for:
GE Cafe Series Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator Side by Side
Sub-Zero Built-In Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer Built In
GE ENERGY STAR French-Door Refrigerator French Door
GE ENERGY STAR Top-Freezer Refrigerator Affordable
Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator with SpillGuard Glass Shelves Bottom Freezer
Maytag Bottom Mount Refrigerator Stainless Steel
GE Profile Series French-Door Refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System With Coffee Machine

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Here are additional details about all of our top picks, including the notable features, what we liked, and what we didn’t like about each one.

Best Side by Side Fridge

GE Cafe Series Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator


The Cafe Series fridge from GE is an amazing appliance that is made from 90% American parts and 100% American labor. The size of this built-in fridge model is pretty comfortable at 42″ wide, which is good for any small to mid-size family. We really like the temperature control in this model as well – it has an easy to read gauge and the temp is pretty even across all compartments, so you don’t get any unexpectedly cold or warm spots. One of the “cooler” features is the ability for this fridge to connect to Wi-Fi, so it can send real-time performance feedback to GE and also work with smart home assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The sleek stainless steel design and classic side-by-side look makes a great addition to any kitchen.

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Things we like:

  • Good temperature control
  • Wi-Fi connected
  • Water filtration system inside for the icemaker
  • Sealed drawers for humidity control
  • Good LED interior lighting

Things we don’t like:

  • No water dispenser

 

Best Built-In Fridge (and Highest Quality)

Sub-Zero Built-In Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer


Sub-Zero is the cream of the crop in refrigeration. Their products are built with one simple idea in mind – keep food fresher, longer. Their built-in over/under fridge and freezer combination is no exception, with some of the most advanced food preservation technology on the market. A microprocessor inside each model monitors the temperature and climate at every section in the fridge and automatically adjusts as needed. In addition, each one is also equipped with an anti-microbial air purification system, which scrubs the air in the fridge every 20 minutes to rid it of any traces of mold or other toxins. In terms of storage space, this BI-30U model has over 13 cubic feet of space in the fridge section and over 4 cubic feet in the freezer. These are just a few of the features that make this over/under fridge great, but it will cost you with a heavy (but worth it for some) price tag.

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Things we like:

  • Climate control
  • Magnetic door seal
  • Customizable ice maker
  • Custom storage zones to keep produce fresher
  • Freshness cards that give you tips on storing food for freshness

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly pricey

 

Best French Door Fridge

GE ENERGY STAR French-Door Refrigerator


We were really impressed with the features of this French door fridge from GE, which is made of 84% U.S. materials and from 100% U.S. facilities and labor. Along with the typical LED lighting, humidity-controlled drawers, and other features that you come to expect from high-quality fridges these days, this GE model has a couple of different specs that really make it stand out. One is that the fridge is ADA compliant, meaning that it’s accessible and easy to open by people of varying ability. It also has a couple of nifty features with an optional second ice maker and an advanced water filtration system.

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Things we like:

  • Temperature control
  • Over 9 cubic feet of freezer capacity and 18 cubic feet of fridge capacity
  • ADA compliant
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Nice water dispenser and filtration system

Things we don’t like:

  • We don’t love the black slate color

 

Most Affordable Fridge

GE ENERGY STAR Top-Freezer Refrigerator


This affordable 17.5 cubic foot top-freezer model from GE is made with 81% American materials and is exclusively assembled in American factories. We really like it for the level of quality you get for just a few hundred dollars out of pocket. The white color also fits in almost any kitchen. Inside, it comes equipped with three shelves (two adjustable) and two drawers in the main compartment, along with additional storage space in the door. The freezer has two shelves inside and additional door space as well. We found the temperature control to be very straightforward, and it held up well to several tests. Other experts seem to think it’s reliable too, rated #1 in quality and dependability by The Stevenson Company, who specializes in market research for appliances. Overall, this is a great buy if you’re on a budget, but don’t want to skimp on reliability.

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Things we like:

  • Simple design
  • Affordable
  • Easy temp control
  • Adjustable shelves
  • ENERGY STAR qualified

Things we don’t like:

  • Ice maker is optional and takes up a sizable amount of freezer space

 

Best Fridge with a Bottom Freezer

Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator with SpillGuard Glass Shelves


We are really impressed with this Whirlpool bottom-freezer refrigerator, particularly with the spacious interior and great features to help with temperature control and food preservation. The shelving on the interior is well sectioned to fit a variety of foods and each shelf is shaped to contain spills so they don’t leak down to other areas of the fridge and you can clean up easily. A feature we really love is the automatic defrost technology in the freezer – it monitors the freezer environment for frost, and only runs when it needs to take care of any buildup starting to happen. We also found the temperature management in the fridge portion to be very suitable, along with designated drawers for fruits, vegetables, and deli meats to keep each in the right environment.

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Things we like:

  • SpillGuard shelves
  • Defrost detection in the freezer
  • Very spacious
  • Good temperature control
  • Stainless steel exterior

Things we don’t like:

  • We would love a stopper in the door hinge – it can swing all the way open and potentially ding a wall or other surface in your home

 

Best Stainless Steel Fridge

Maytag Bottom Mount Refrigerator


Although not all materials are sourced from the U.S., this Maytag stainless steel fridge is designed, engineered, and assembled in Amana, Iowa. The fingerprint resistant stainless steel is what really makes this fridge stand out from the stiff competition. It will look great in pretty much any home design! This fridge also comes equipped with great LED lighting, crisper drawers to help preserve fruits and vegetables, and very even temperature control in both the fridge and freezer portions. The size of each section is pretty standard at 15.6 cubic feet and 6.5 cubic feet, respectively. Overall, this is a very solid stainless steel fridge for a pretty reasonable price tag.

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Things we like:

  • Fingerprint resistant
  • Good temp and humidity control
  • Adjustable shelving

Things we don’t like:

  • 10 year warranty on the compressor is only for limited parts, make sure to read carefully

 

Best Fridge with a Coffee Machine

GE Profile Series French-Door Refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System


This GE Profile Series fridge comes with all the bells and whistles, including a unique Keurig K-Cup brewing system right in the front door! Just heat up water (button on the front of the fridge or you can schedule it through the app), plug in a K-Cup and go, getting hot coffee in your mug almost instantly. It is made of 84% U.S. materials and from 100% U.S. labor. Another outstanding feature is the drawers in the fridge – they have adjustable temperature settings! The setting you choose is designated with colored LED lights in the drawer. This model can also connect to Wi-Fi to send real-time performance feedback and alerts, and connect with your smart home assistant.

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Things we like:

  • ADA compliant
  • Good water filtration system
  • Hot water scheduling
  • Wi-Fi connected
  • Flexible temperature controls

Things we don’t like:

  • Compressor is slightly noisy, but not overwhelming

Recap: Best Refrigerators Made in the USA


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Factors We Considered

Size

Your refrigerator has to be able to fit in your kitchen comfortably, but also hold all of the food and other items you need to store in it. Cubic feet is typically how fridges are measured for size, but you can’t exclusively rely on just that number. You have to subtract out space for shelving, water filtration systems, and other things on interior. Bulky shelving, for example, can really take up a lot of valuable fridge space. We looked for fridges that didn’t waste any of their volume with bulky and unnecessary interior features.

Temperature Control

Temperature control is quite possibly the most important decision factor for a fridge – that’s its job! A good fridge should be able to keep an even temperature throughout all sections of the fridge. No matter if you take a temp reading in the back of the fridge, in the front, on the left, or on the right, the reading should be the same. We also looked for fridges that had easy to use temp control panels.

Style

Style is always important for such a central piece of your kitchen. We looked for refrigerators with fairly neutral colors and a variety of styles that go well in a wide variety of kitchens.

Adjustable Shelving

Occasionally you need to shuffle stuff around. Fridges with easy to use adjustable shelving help you customize your space to fit the foods you need to preserve.

Energy Efficiency

Refrigerators and freezers eat up a lot of energy and can end up costing you on your electricity bill each month if you don’t choose the right one. We only chose fridges that are ENERGY STAR certified and extremely efficient so you can save money.

Value

We want to make sure you’re getting the best fridge for your money, so we eliminated several fridges from our consideration where we felt like the quality did not live up to the cost.