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One of Samsung's Bespoke French-door refrigerators in a modern kitchen. Credit: Samsung

The Best French-Door Refrigerators of 2022

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One of Samsung's Bespoke French-door refrigerators in a modern kitchen. Credit: Samsung

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Best Overall

Bosch B36FD50SNS

The Bosch B36FD50SNS French-door is nearly perfect. Temperatures in both the fridge and freezer are right on the mark, and it has a lot of storage. Read More

Pros

  • Solid temperatures
  • Lots of fridge storage
  • Through-the-door dispenser

Cons

  • Its shelves only have a spill-capture lip on their front
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Bosch B36CD50SNS

This French-door stunner aced our tests, maintaining unwavering temperatures. It also boasts a through-the-door dispenser and smart connectivity. Read More

Pros

  • Near-perfect temperatures
  • Through-the-door dispenser
  • Smart connectivity

Cons

  • Less storage space than average
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Cafe CVE28DM5NS5

The GE Café is a statement piece with so many outstanding features, including a gorgeous platinum glass finish, a brightly backlit LED panel, and rose gold accents on every piece of interior shelving. Read More

Pros

  • Consistent temperatures
  • Backlit interior
  • Custom-temp drawer

Cons

  • Smaller capacity
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Samsung Bespoke RF29BB86004MAA

The Samsung Bespoke RF29BB8600 is one of the better Bespoke fridges we've tested, with solid temperatures, excellent extras, and a custom look. Read More

Pros

  • Solid fridge temperatures
  • Flexible-temperature drawer
  • Customizable aesthetic

Cons

  • The custom-color panels are a separate purchase
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GE Profile PVD28BYNFS

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Pros

  • Backlit interior
  • Flexible drawer with custom temp
  • Through-the-door ice and water

Nothing adds a bit of luxury to a kitchen like a massive French-door refrigerator. There’s something majestic about opening up those double doors and having more than enough room for whatever giant casserole dish or whole turkey you want to store.

Besides boasting extraordinary interior space, French-door fridges often offer a number of highly desirable features. If you want a water dispenser, ice maker, or a high-end finish, you’re more likely to find those features on a French-door. They also tend to have a larger chassis, which provides more room for compressors and superior airflow.

While the best French-door refrigerators cost more than their side-by-side and top-freezer counterparts, the user satisfaction that comes with a French-door refrigerator is typically worth the higher price tag.

The Bosch B36FD50SNS (available at Best Buy for $2,499.99) tops our list of models currently in stock. It offers excellent temperature consistency, lots of storage, and uses far less electricity than similar models.

Editor's Note

Due to supply chain challenges and soaring demand, there is widespread unavailability of home appliances and long wait times for delivery of backordered product. If you're a consumer in need of a refrigerator, here are the best places to buy in-stock appliances right now.

The Bosch B36FD50SNS outside of our fridge testing lab.
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Best Overall
Bosch B36FD50SNS

The Bosch B36FD50SNS is nearly perfect. Temperatures in both the fridge and freezer are exactly where they should be and don’t waver. Its fridge and freezer offer more storage than most other French doors. Its crispers hang on to humidity. It has a through-the-door water and ice dispenser. It also features a sleek, stainless steel finish.

In fact, the only point we can find to critique is that its spill-capture shelves only have lips in the front, not sides or back.

While this fridge costs more than the average French-door fridge, between its excellent performance, features, and Bosch’s excellent warranty, we think it’s worth its purchase price.

Pros

  • Solid temperatures

  • Lots of fridge storage

  • Through-the-door dispenser

Cons

  • Its shelves only have a spill-capture lip on their front


Other French-Door Refrigerators We Tested

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Bosch B36CD50SNS

A near-perfect performance is what the new Bosch B36CD50SNS offers. Devotees of the high-end, German-engineered brand can now add this fridge to their top-tier kitchen layouts, alongside Bosch's excellent dishwashers.

This French-door stunner aced all of our tests, maintaining unwavering temperatures in both the fridge and freezer. It also boasts useful features, like a through-the-door dispenser for ice and water, and smart connectivity that allows for remote operation and notifications.

Despite a couple of inconsequential flaws—lack of a shelf spill capture, slightly less-than-average storage capacity—the B36CD50SNS is one of our top-rated fridges of all time.

Pros

  • Near-perfect temperatures

  • Through-the-door dispenser

  • Smart connectivity

Cons

  • Less storage space than average

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Cafe CVE28DM5NS5

The GE Café CVE28DM5NS5 is a French-door refrigerator that doubles as a statement piece. With its shiny platinum glass finish, shelves with rose gold accents, and beautiful backlit LED lights in the fridge’s interior, you may start to think that this fridge emphasizes function over form—and you’d be wrong.

This fridge has spot-on temperature control, a highly effective crisper drawer, and a wide variety of flexible storage options. For those of you who spend a lot of time hosting parties, you’ll appreciate the extra flexible-temperature drawer and the extra rack in the freezer.

Another great feature is Autofill, the water dispenser that automatically senses the height of your water vessel, fills it up without overflowing, and reports (in ounces) how much water was dispensed. Yes, this fridge costs three to four times what you’d pay for a more basic fridge, but if you have a big budget, you’ll appreciate the looks and the utility of the GE CVE28DM5NS5.

Pros

  • Consistent temperatures

  • Backlit interior

  • Custom-temp drawer

Cons

  • Smaller capacity

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Samsung Bespoke RF29BB86004MAA
  • Dimensions: 70 x 35.75 x 34.25 inches
  • Measured usable space: 10.61-cubic-foot refrigerator, 5.28-cubic-foot freezer
  • Style: French door
  • Dispensers: Internal ice and water
  • Finishes: White glass, charcoal glass, matte gray glass, Morning Blue glass, clementine glass, pink glass, Sunrise Yellow glass, stainless steel, matte black steel, navy steel, Tuscan steel, emerald green steel

While it’s pricier than some of its peers, the Samsung Bespoke RF29BB8600AP brings great performance and unique looks that you just can’t find elsewhere.

In our testing we found its fridge has excellent temperature performance and its freezer was no slouch either. The fridge has an internal ice and water dispenser, a door-in-door design that provides easy access to your door bins and prevents cold air from escaping, and a flex drawer for adaptable storage.

Of course, the main reason to buy a Bespoke appliance is the slew of customization options available. There is an ever-growing list of finishes to choose from, in either glass or steel, ensuring the perfect look for any kitchen. Also, while this fridge may be expensive compared to its less-customizable counterparts, it’s actually one of the cheaper ways to get this kind of custom look into your kitchen.

Pros

  • Solid fridge temperatures

  • Flexible-temperature drawer

  • Customizable aesthetic

Cons

  • The custom-color panels are a separate purchase

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GE Profile PVD28BYNFS

For those of you who have a high-end kitchen, the GE Profile PVD28BYNFS French-door refrigerator will fit right in.

This fridge excels at form and function, thanks to its brushed, fingerprint-resistant stainless-steel finish, door-in-door storage, flexible shelving options, extra temperature-controlled drawer, auto-sensing water dispenser, and backlit fridge cavity.

This fridge performed well in our temperature tests, and the crisper drawers are some of the best we’ve ever tested. Because the crispers do a great job of maintaining ambient humidity conditions, you’ll be able to keep your fruits and veggies fresh and edible for a longer period of time. If you have a larger budget, the GE PVD28BYNFS is well worth the money.

Pros

  • Backlit interior

  • Flexible drawer with custom temp

  • Through-the-door ice and water

Cons

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KitchenAid KRFC704FBS

The KitchenAid KRFC704FBS French-door fridge is all about style. From its black stainless finish to the wood and metal trim on the interior shelves and drawers, this fridge takes a design-forward approach.

Even better, it has spot-on temperatures for food preservation, a retractable middle shelf that makes room for taller items, soft-close drawers, and intuitive controls.

Those who have some extra cash and want something more interesting than a white plastic interior will likely love the KitchenAid KRFC704FBS.

Pros

  • Maintains consistent temperatures

  • Interior wood finish

  • Through-door dispensers

Cons

  • Drawers feel rickety

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GE GNE25JMKES

The slate finished 24.8-cubic-foot GE GNE25JMKES refrigerator is a well-sized, well-priced French-door fridge. Its clean lines and sleek exterior really draw the eye, but it's what's inside that really impressed us. This fridge really blew us away with its precision temperature control and its energy efficiency.

Don’t let this fridge’s lower price fool you: It comes equipped with quite a few features. We liked its retractable shelves, crisper bins with separate humidity controls, custom-temperature deli drawer, discreet interior water dispenser, and internal ice-maker.

We like the GE GNE25JMKES because, while it looks like a basic French-door, it still has some of the most convenient features that you typically only find on more expensive options.

Pros

  • Maintains consistent temperatures

  • Temperature-controlled drawer

  • Retractable shelves

Cons

  • Lacks through-door dispensers

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Bosch B36CT80SNS

Are precise temperatures worth putting up with a small freezer? If you answered, "yes," the Bosch’s 800 Series B36CT80SNS might be for you.

This French-door passed all of our tests with room to spare, maintaining cold, even temperatures in both the fridge and freezer. We also like its smart capabilities via Home Connect, crispers with customizable temperatures, and a fridge compartment with tons of storage.

The only downside? Its freezer, though well-organized, is small—almost half as big as you’d typically see on a French-door.

Pros

  • Excellent temperature control

  • Large fridge compartment

  • Internal dispensers

Cons

  • Small freezer

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GE Profile PYE22PYNFS

A French-door refrigerator like the GE Profile PYE22PYNFS is made for people who put an emphasis on food. It offers luxe features like an in-the-door Keurig K-cup brewing system, flexible storage options, and smart integration that lets you schedule hot water in advance of needing it.

When it comes to actual food preservation, the PYE22PYNFS won’t let you down with its steady, safe temperatures that remain consistent. It held extremely steady at 38.76°F—well within the safe zone—and did not waver, despite the door being opened frequently over 72 hours. In fact, its temperature consistency score during testing was almost perfect. The freezer performed even better than the fridge.

The GE Profile PYE22PYNFS has one freezer compartment with two full-width storage baskets, which allows spacious room for storing frozen foods compared to other French-door models, despite being the more shallow, counter-depth style.

Tiny flaws—like coffee splatter and a wobbly freezer drawer—don’t knock it too much.

Pros

  • In-the-door Keurig coffee brewing system

  • Excellent temperature consistency

  • Humid crispers

Cons

  • Low on storage

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GE GFE28GYNFS

For consumers looking to fill a French-door footprint in their kitchen, the GE GFE28GYNFS refrigerator is worth considering, thanks to its through-the-door dispenser, stable temperatures, and excellent storage options.

While it does have downsides, those were relatively minor. It needs to be calibrated a little cool to hit ideal temperatures. It’s also slightly smaller than the average French-door, as its many bins and drawers aren’t as space efficient as shelves. Of course, the bins and drawers provide better options for organization—whether or not that trade-off is worth it for you will be up to personal preference.

Pros

  • Steady temperatures

  • Highly-customizable storage

  • Effective crispers

Cons

  • Lower-than-average capacity

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Samsung RF28R7351SG

For the Samsung RF28R7351SG, flexibility is the name of the game.

We liked this fridge’s door-in-door storage with removable bins, crispers with adjustable humidity settings, retractable shelf, flexible-temperature drawer, and freezer organizer.

If you have any interest in the IoT, this fridge is also WiFi and Bixby enabled. Another bonus is the built-in water pitcher that automatically refills.

Even better, this fridge did a great job at maintaining consistent temperatures, and it is relatively energy-efficient, even with its numerous extra features. For a versatile fridge that can meet your ever-changing needs, check out the Samsung RF28R7351SG.

Pros

  • Smart connectivity

  • Temperature-controlled drawer

  • Consistent temperatures

Cons

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Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ

It's hard to complain about the Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ. This French-door refrigerator looks sleek, features ice and water dispensers, has a temperature-controlled exterior drawer, and it maintains cool and stable temperatures.

Though it’s not the biggest French-door we’ve tested, it should have plenty of room for most users—just maybe consider another option if storage space is your primary concern. Otherwise, this is just a really solid fridge: It has the key features and great performance. As long as you’re not specifically in the market for a fridge that's loaded up with the latest smart tech, this Whirlpool will almost certainly suit your needs.

Pros

  • Cold, steady temperatures

  • Ice/water dispenser

  • Exterior drawer

Cons

  • Low storage capacity

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LG LRFDC2406S

The LG LRFDC2406S is the second LG Craft Ice-enhanced refrigerator we've tested so far and it has only solidified our obsession with spherical ice.

From a more practical standpoint, the LRFDC2406S actually outperforms its more feature-rich—and expensive—sibling, the LG LRMVS3006S. Its temperatures are spot on and barely waver. It also has a ton of options for customizing its storage space, including additional bins.

While the LRFDC2406S does cost more than most, its price point isn't uncommon for an appliance that offers a technology that's completely new in the product space. Just be aware that a decent chunk of its purchase price is going to its spherical ice maker, so if you aren’t particularly interested in this feature, this fridge likely isn’t a great value.

Pros

  • Spherical ice

  • Internal drawer with custom temp

  • Solid temperature performance

Cons

  • None that we could find

How We Tested French-Door Refrigerators

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between us, we've spent dozens of years testing every different type of major appliance. For this guide, we’re applying our expertise to French-door refrigerators.

The Tests

Like all appliances we test, we take a two-pronged approach when evaluating French-doors and evaluate each on both objective and subjective metrics. The objective tests let us directly compare performance across models and manufacturers and the subjective tests give us insight into how easy or difficult it is to use the fridge normally in day-to-day life.

To ensure consistency in our testing, we keep each refrigerator in a climate-controlled chamber that ensures a temperature of 72°F +/- 5°F and a relative humidity of 50% RH +/- 15% RH. Refrigerators have to work harder if the air surrounding them is extremely hot or cold, so by ensuring stable room temperature conditions we can directly compare fridges without worrying about the weather that particular day.

We spend a week running various tests on the refrigerators, measuring everything from their temperature consistency over time, their humidity levels, and how much energy they use. We also hand-measure each and every shelf and bin, to ensure a consistent methodology across brands: No counting the empty space around an ice-maker or in the gap between the door and interior shelves.

Checkout one of our in-depth refrigerator reviews below:


What You Should Know Before Buying a French-Door Fridge

There are many factors to consider before buying a refrigerator, and if yours just died, chances are you don't have a lot of time to invest in research.

If you really want to dive in to the details, there’s also finish, warranty, and special features like smart platforms to consider.

What Is a French-Door Refrigerator?

French-door refrigerators have two large doors with handles at the center of the fridge. These open from the center out, much like a side-by-side fridge, but unlike a side-by-side, the French-door opens into the same large, refrigerated compartment.

In most French-door models, the freezer sits beneath the refrigerated compartment, similar in design to what you'd find on a bottom-freezer, and pulls outward like a drawer. Some models have four- or even five-door designs, integrating separate, flexible-temperature compartments into the usual “fridge and freezer” paradigm.

The boon of a French-door fridge over a top-freezer, bottom-freezer, or side-by-side, is its sheer amount of space, as well as premium features like through-the-door dispensers, custom-temperature flex drawers.

What Is A Counter-Depth Fridge?

The term "counter-depth" means your fridge is designed to not stick too far past the edge of your cabinetry.

A full-size refrigerator is typically about 30 inches deep. If you have cabinets surrounding your standard-depth fridge, it probably sticks out by up to six inches (there’s no real standardization around what “counter-depth” means).

This won’t be an issue for most people, but if you have space restrictions or a shallower refrigerator fits your stylistic preferences, a counter-depth fridge might be a good pick.

Outside of those consumers, however, a counter-depth fridge probably isn’t the best pick as the downsides are significant. Not only will you have less interior storage space compared to a standard-depth fridge, counter-depth units often cost much more than a full-size version of the same fridge.

How Much Does A French-Door Refrigerator Cost?

When deciding how much to spend on a fridge, know that French-door fridges can be pricey, but they also have the highest ceiling for possible extra features, resulting in a huge range of possible prices.

Most French-doors typically fall into the $2,000-$3,000 range, sometimes running upwards of $4,000. We've reviewed excellent, entry-level French-door refrigerators that cost under $1,500 and higher-end, feature-dense models that cost over $5,000.

Special features like through-the-door dispensers, higher-end ice-makers, custom-temperature flex drawers, and smart platforms and built-in touchscreen displays boost the price from there.

Make Sure To Calibrate The Fridge and Freezer Temperatures

Refrigerators need to maintain a temperature range that spans just 8°F, which is a huge ask. If temperatures go below 32°F, food will freeze, but at 40°F and over bacteria proliferates much faster, leading to premature food spoilage.

Likewise, the freezer should stick at 0°F or lower. If the temperature is above 0°F some items won’t freeze properly. If the temperature is inconsistent, food will partially defreeze and then refreeze, which is exactly how you get freezer burn.

Meet the testers

Mark Brezinski

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Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.

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Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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Senior Scientist

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Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.

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