Best French Door Refrigerators of 2018

Noel Case ·
Writer/Reviewer
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We've been researching French door refrigerators since 2010 and have spent hundreds of hours determining which features are most important. We have compared products from popular and lesser-known brands to find the best of the best. The LG LFXS28968S stands out for its smart organization, which starts with a slim ice maker that frees up lots of space for groceries. It also has nice extras such as hidden hinges and contoured doors without getting into the stratosphere for price. 

Best Overall
LG LFXS28968S
The LG LFXS28968S manages to pack in a lot of great features that really add convenience, including bright LED lighting and folding shelves, without going outside of most budgets.
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Best Overall
LG LFXS28968S
Best Value
Amana AFI2539ERM
If the bottom line is a big part of your decision, the Amana AFI2539ERM is a good option. It lacks a few extras but still manages to get in the most important features for a low price.
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Most Energy Efficient
Frigidaire FGHD2368TF
The Frigidaire Gallery FGHD2368TF is smaller than many others, but it costs much less to operate, so it might be worth it if you have a smaller household and want to lessen your environmental impact.
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Product
Price
OVERALL RATING
Capacity & Efficiency
Price
Refrigerator Storage & Controls
Warranties & Dimensions
Total Capacity (cubic feet)
Refrigerator Capacity (cubic feet)
Freezer Capacity (cubic feet)
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (kWH)
Energy Star Compliant
Estimated Yearly Operating Cost
Total Shelves
Total Bins
Adaptable Shelving
Color Options
Humidity Controlled Crisper Drawers
Full-Length Drawer
Spill-Proof Shelves
Control Panel Type
Display Type
Dispenser Lockout & Door Alarm
Wi-Fi Controls
Number of Tiers
Total Freezer Bins
Bin Construction
Amount of Stored (pounds)
Tall Ice Dispenser
Total Bins
Gallon-Sized Bins
Dairy Compartment
Door-in-door
Parts & Labor Warranty
Sealed System Warranty
Other Warranties
Height (inches)
Width (inches)
Depth (inches)
Weight (pounds)
$1995.99 Sears
4.5 4.5 5 5
27.9
18.6
9.3
726
88
4
3
Folding
Stainless Steel, Black Stainless Steel
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
2
2
Plastic
3.8
6
2
1 Year
5 Years
5 Years for Compressor
68.375
35.75
29.875
305
$2299 Maytag
3.5 5 4.5 5
24.7
18
6.7
685
82
5
3
Folding
Black, White, Stainless Steel
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
2
3
Plastic
3
5
3
1 Year
N/A
10 Years for Compressor
70.125
35.625
35.25
350
$2599 Lowe's
3.5 4.5 5 4.5
22.3
15.1
7.2
665
80
5
3
Sliding
Black Slate, Stainless Steel, Slate, Black Stainless
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
3
2
Plastic
1
6
3
1 Year
5 Years
30 Days for Water Filter
69.875
35.75
31.25
333
$1598 Home Depot
3.5 5 4.5 4.5
25
17.9
6.72
683
82
5
4
Folding
Stainless Steel, Black, White, Black Stainless Steel
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
2
3
Wire & Plastic
3
5
3
1 Year
N/A
N/A
70.125
34.625
35.625
352
$1544 Discount Bandit
3.5 4.5 4.5 6
22.5
15.7
6.8
699
84
5
3
Folding, Sliding
Stainless Steel, Black, White, Black Stainless Steel
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
2
2
Plastic
2.7
6
2
1 Year
5 Years
10 Years for Compressor
70
35.75
28.5
297
$3199 Frigidaire
3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
21.7
14.9
6.8
660
79
5
3
Folding, Sliding
Stainless Steel, Black Stainless Steel
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
2
3
Wire & Plastic
4
6
1
1 Year
N/A
N/A
69.875
36
28.5
332
$3349.38 Amazon Warehouse
5 3 3.5 5
29.6
19.5
10.1
747
90
5
3
Sliding
Black, White, Stainless Steel
1
Electronic Touch Controls
LCD
3
3
Plastic
1
9
1
1 Year
5 Years
10 Years for Compressor
69
35.75
36.25
386
$1999 Fry's Electronics
3 5 4.5 3
24.7
18
6.7
752
90
5
3
N/A
Stainless steel, Black, White
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
2
2
Wire & Plastic
1
6
3
1 Year
N/A
N/A
70.125
35.875
35.25
321
$2698 Home Depot
3.5 3.5 4.5 5
26.8
19.03
7.8
778
93
5
3
Folding, Sliding
Stainless Steel
2
Electronic Touch Controls
LED
3
6
Plastic
3
5
3
1 Year
5 Years
10 Years for Compressor
70.75
36.625
36.625
352
Best Overall
The LG LFXS28968S has a collection of convenient features to manage your home's food storage. The ice maker is one example: It has been moved to the door on this model – a wonderful bonus because a lot of the ice makers on French door refrigerators take up the top shelf on one side.
This one is tucked out of the way so you have access to the entire top shelf. The ice maker feeds into a door dispenser that is nice and tall. You won't have to use another container to fill taller bottles separately; you can just put them right under the flow of water and ice in the door. The quality and quantity of shelving also is excellent with this appliance. Most modern refrigerators have spill-proof shelves to keep liquids from running off the edge, but this model also has one folding shelf that can collapse to fit tall items. Designers also managed to squeeze in a little extra shelving on the face of the ice maker. Every little bit helps, especially if it gives you the opportunity to store smaller items out of the way rather than having them get lost in the vast central shelving. Other nice features on this model are included on the outside, with hidden hinges and contoured doors, and the price is pretty reasonable when you consider all of the square footage and the smart capabilities on the LG LFX28968ST.
Pros
  • The contoured doors and hidden hinges give a classy look.
  • Having the ice maker in the door means more shelving real estate.
  • The tall water dispenser is nice for bigger bottles.
Cons
  • This was one of the less energy-efficient options we considered.
  • The 28 cubic feet of storage may be a little excessive for some households.
  • It only comes in two colors.
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Best Value
If you would like to stay below the $2,000 mark, the Amana AFI2539ERM deserves consideration. This unit is just a bit more pared down than more expensive models, but it still has a smart layout that French door refrigerator fans will love, including full-width storage on most shelves and a full-width drawer great for storing platters, pizza boxes and other wide items.
There are three gallon-size bins for holding milk and other large items. At the press of a button you can temporarily boost cooling capabilities, which can be great for chilling beverages or quickly getting groceries back to refrigerator temps after they've been in the car. The freezer section is small when compared with the other models we reviewed, but not everyone needs that much freezer real estate. There is water and ice in the door, but the dispenser is not the tall kind that accommodates your workout bottle. This also is not the best model for energy efficiency, with an estimated yearly operating cost of $90. In general, the Amana AFI2539ERM is a little more basic than the ones that cost hundreds more, but it is still likely a big step up from the one you are replacing.
Pros
  • The speed-cooling feature is nice for quickly chilling drinks.
  • A full-width pantry door will be helpful for storing party platters.
  • Gallon-size bins give you lots of room for soda, juice and milk jugs.
Cons
  • The water dispenser does not accommodate tall bottles.
  • Other units were more energy-efficient than this one.
  • The freezer section is comparatively small at only 7 cubic feet.
$1799.10Home Depot
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Most Energy Efficient
Top-freezer models are the most energy-efficient refrigerators, but the Frigidaire Gallery FGHD2368TF does pretty well for a French door model. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a top-freezer refrigerator costs about $45 to run a year, and the Frigidaire Gallery costs about $79, which is less than the other French door units we compared.
If you have a large family this is probably not the best bet, since this model sacrifices some square footage. It only holds about 22 cubic feet. Since cubic feet generally translate into bags of groceries, that is still a lot of room – enough for 22 bags – unless you have a pretty large household. This also is not our very favorite layout when we compare it to other French door refrigerators. Part of the top shelf is usurped by an ice maker, which means you really only get two full-width shelves. Since the full-width shelf is one of the nicest things about the French door units, that is kind of a bummer. There is a full-width drawer, though, and that is nice for platters and pizzas. The Frigidaire Gallery does have a retractable shelf that is great for accommodating tall items. You also have the option of a second ice machine that can be incorporated into the freezer drawer. That gives you capacity beyond what the ice maker up top can offer, which can be nice when you have company.
Pros
  • This has the lowest estimated yearly operating cost of any French door refrigerator we compared.
  • Retractable shelving is great for storing taller items.
  • A second ice maker adds capacity that makes hosting easier.
Cons
  • This is one of the smallest units we reviewed so it might not work for large households.
  • The ice maker in the top compartment takes up some valuable shelving real estate.
  • The water and ice opening is relatively short.
$1,798.20Home Depot
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Largest Capacity
The Kenmore Elite 74033 is our choice for big families who need a lot of storage space.
It has the biggest storage capacity we saw – 29.6 cubic feet combined between the freezer and fridge sections. Further, at 10.5 cubic feet, the Kenmore Elite has one of the largest freezers we saw. This makes it a good fridge if you like to do meal prep. There are downsides to having a fridge so large. It costs more to run than most of the fridges we evaluated, at about $90 a year, but it is still energy efficient and costs less per cubic foot than most of the fridges in our lineup. While the overall feature package is good, it does lack some fairly common features like spill proof shelves and a dispenser lockout and alarm door.
Pros
  • Large freezer capacity
Cons
  • Lacks spill proof shelves
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Best Design
If you like having lots of drawers and shelves to organize your food, the Whirlpool WRX735DHZ is the best choice.
It has a large external drawer ideal for storing snacks. This drawer has its own temperature controls, so you can set it independent of the fridge and freezer. The Whirlpool is fairly large, with about 24.5 cubic feet of storage space, though the freezer is only about 6.7 cubic feet, which is on the small side. This Whirlpool fridge has decent energy efficiency – there are more efficient models out there, but it is Energy Star certified. At about $2,000, it’s one of the less expensive models we reviewed.
Pros
  • Self-contained drawer has its own temperature control
Cons
  • Small freezer
$2049.00Lowe's
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Why Trust Us?

We've spent roughly 400 hours looking for the best French door refrigerators since we first crafted a comparison chart in 2010 to determine which French door refrigerators have the most and best features. We have used various versions of that to help us rank French-door refrigerators and make recommendations every year since, adding and subtracting features as customer interest in them increases or decreases. 

How We Researched:

We've looked at professional and amateur reviews for information about how these units fit into a household. We've spoken with appliance experts and watched YouTube videos. We've scoured user manuals to understand how the important features work. We have contacted manufacturers to see how quickly and politely they respond to customers.

How Much Does a French Door Refrigerator Cost?

French door refrigerators are not cheap. The models in our lineup range between about $1,500 and $3,000. This is typical of the majority of the models on the market. Our best overall pick, the LG LFX28968ST is right in the middle of the pack in terms of pricing. So you can get a quality refrigerator at a mid-range price. You can also buy a quality refrigerator with a solid feature package, including a full-length pantry draw and exterior ice and water dispenser, at a low-end price. 

A refrigerator can cost more than $10,000 if you have it customized for your kitchen, or less than $100 for a small dorm-appropriate model, but we kept our focus on fridges that have at least 20 cubic feet of storage and don't cost more than about $3,000. Within those parameters in mind, we looked for models with the best storage options, energy efficiency and customer support.

Standout Features on GE French Door Refrigerators

GE has recently released models with standout features. We feature one such model in our side-by-side comparison. The GE PYE22PMKES is a reasonably priced refrigerator with a coffee maker in the door next to the water dispenser. GE partnered with Keurig to offer this innovative feature which will brew coffee, cocoa or hot water. It can take up to six minutes to heat the water, so you have to be patient, but it does the work for you. Inside the fridge, the capacity is not huge at 22.3 cubic feet, but it makes good use of space with three tiers of shelves for all types of groceries. The crisper drawers let you set the temperature at different temperatures for fruits or vegetables. The bottom drawer lets you customize the temperature to 32 degrees for meat, 34 degrees for beverages or 36 degrees for deli meats.

If you’re interested in a larger capacity GE model, the GE GFE26JEMDS is a good option. For a French door fridge in this price range, its 25.6 cubic feet of interior space is quite generous. The top shelf in the refrigerator easily slides in allowing for extra space to store a pitcher or bottles on the shelf below it. The freezer section occupies 8.1 cubic feet of the total space. It’s nicely sectioned off into four compartments and two levels, allowing you to organize the food in a way that suits your family. The overall feature package is somewhat more basic than the GE PYE22PMKES, but its capacity makes it a good economic choice for big families. 

Finding the Best Refrigerator Style for You

French door refrigerators have a functional layout that suits most people, and they tend to work well for big families. They fit in most kitchens and give you a lot of refrigerator space that you can organize to suit your family. French door refrigerators have more door space than any other style of fridge, giving you easy access to snacks, drinks and other frequently accessed foods. The main compartment of the fridge along with the door and drawer space all reside at eye level. You don’t have to bend over or, in extreme situations, get down on your hands and knees to find something in the deep recesses of your fridge. For this reason, French door refrigerators are less inclined to harbor expired fugitives that smell up your fridge and even taint the taste of fresher food if they go undetected too long.

For many people the open, out-of-the-way freezer space French door refrigerators provide works because you only have to access the freezer from time to time, and there is plenty of space for frozen food when you need it. But if you are someone who stockpiles frozen food items and needs well organized freezer space, a side-by-side refrigerator might be a better choice for you. Side-by-side refrigerators have a lot of door and drawer storage space, both in the fridge and freezer. The fridge often includes crisper drawers to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, but the space is not quite as easy to reach. Many models of side-by-side and French door refrigerators have in-door ice and water dispensers, which is a convenient feature, especially when you have thirsty kids around – a water dispenser may encourage them to drink more water and less soda.

The other, more traditional, design includes a small freezer box above or below the refrigerator space. The one advantage (or for some people disadvantage) of this design compared to a side-by-side or French door refrigerator is you get more refrigerator space and less freezer space. If you tend to keep more fresh food on hand and have less of a need for large amounts of frozen food, this style may be a valid option for you.

Which Refrigerator Brand Is Most Reliable?

The answer is all of them and none of them. In other words, no brand is necessarily more reliable than the others. However, specific models and refrigerator types are more reliable. Some people swear by specific refrigerator lines like the GE Profile or Kenmore Elite.

Simplicity can also be an indicator of reliability. Special features like water and ice dispensers are a nice convenience, but they also mean extra parts that can wear out. Some customers in online reviews complained of having water dispensers that stopped working after a few years and thus became a useless decoration. A fridge with simple functionality may be the best choice for you. A French door refrigerator is often a great choice if you have kids, and there are many different types to choose from. Our reviews can help you get started finding the right fridge for you, but the most reliable fridge varies from model to model.

How Long Is a Refrigerator Supposed to Last?

There is no general agreement on the lifespan of a refrigerator. Nachi.org lists the lifespan of refrigerators between nine and 13 years. There is no differentiation between different types of fridges, like French door or side-by-side. They should all have comparable lifespans, and some sources estimate the lifespan at up to 15 years.

J. D. Power and the American Customer Satisfaction Index have conducted studies to show which brands have the best customer satisfaction. But that is not necessarily a reflection of longevity. J. D. Power’s study breaks down brand satisfaction for different categories like ease of use, features and warranty, and ACSI provides a general percentage score for different brands. However, brands tend to be less consistent than specific models when it comes to customer satisfaction. Reading online customer reviews for models you are considering is probably the best way to decide which models have the features you need, which will perform the best and which provide the most longevity. It is a good idea to consider buying an extended warranty, which is discussed more in our Warranty section below.

Storage

The best refrigerators are designed to use every square inch of interior real estate in the most logical and convenient way. While some shelving requirements are going to be dictated by your specific needs, there are some things that would be helpful to almost anyone, including lots of gallon-size shelving and shelves that retract to fit taller items. Lighting can be important for good storage, too. The brighter the lighting, the less potential for forgetting and wasting food.

Energy Efficiency

Even if you are not especially concerned with the environmental impact of your appliance, you are likely to welcome a lower energy bill. While French door refrigerators don’t have a reputation for superb energy efficiency, some are better than others.

French door refrigerators cost more to run than other types, with the exception of side-by-side refrigerators, which cost even more. This is partly because French door refrigerators tend to have a larger capacity than other types. However, all types of fridges are much more energy efficient than they used to be, as estimated by this Energy Star calculator. Prior to 1980 a 24.5-cubic-foot French door refrigerator cost close to $450 per year to run. Today a French door refrigerator of that capacity costs around $80 a year to run.

The information about energy use is easy to find on most of these units, whether you’re looking online or in a store. Look for the label that lists the estimated cost to run the refrigerator annually. The LG LFXS28968S, the top refrigerator in our side-by-side comparison, has a capacity of nearly 28 cubic feet and it only costs $88 a year to run, making it one of the most energy efficient models in our lineup. 

Warranties

Most French door refrigerators come with a few different layers of warranty – an overall warranty, which is usually only a year, and different coverage for the compressor, water filter and other elements of the unit. Since refrigerators represent a major purchase for most people, it is worth searching out a company that offers good warranty coverage and other forms of customer support.

While extended warranties are not always the best idea for many products and services, refrigerator extended warranties with the right company can work in your favor. Most issues you encounter with refrigerators tend to happen in the first few years, so an extended warranty can get you through that stretch. Stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer useful extended warranties. For example, a three-year extended warranty at Lowe’s costs $120 and a five-year extended warranty is $210. If you don’t use the extended warranty at all, you get a 30 percent reimbursement. You also get up to $300 food spoilage reimbursement for food that goes bad while the fridge is being repaired. You get up to 50 percent reimbursement on replacement filters during the extended warranty period. Home Depot’s warranty offers similar coverage. 

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