The Best Fridges Under $1,000 of 2018By Reviewed Staff
Not everyone wants or needs a fridge that costs thousands of dollars, but it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to affordable refrigerators.
Lucky for you, that's exactly why we're here. We've tested enough fridges to give you plenty of options to choose from. These may not be the flashiest fridges on the market, but they'll more than get the job done, and won't break the bank in the process.
Without further ado, here are our best lab-tested fridges for under $1,000.
Updated September 21, 2018
Only available at Best Buy, the Insignia NS–RTM18 refrigerator has one thing going for it: a sale price that drops as low as $449. That means it's cheaper than almost any other full-size fridge you can buy. The 18-cu.-ft. top freezer didn't excel in our tests, but it does have glass shelves in the freezer and plenty of storage space. We think it's worth a look if you need a second fridge, or if your budget is tight.
Where To Buy$479.99 Best Buy Buy
Affordable fridges are a dime a dozen, but the Whirlpool WRT318FZDB stands out. This 18 cu. ft. fridge often sells for less than $600 on sale, but still features solid glass shelves in the fridge and freezer, smooth-gliding drawers, and a movable deli bin. We measured great energy efficiency and stable temperatures in our tests, too. That's why we think this Whirlpool is the best affordable fridge you can buy.
Where To Buy$549.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $498.00 Home Depot Buy
This 18-cubic foot refrigerator is nicely designed with a black stainless-steel exterior that doesn't show fingerprints readily. We appreciate its unique features including an innovative freezer that converts to more fridge space. This could be a great choice for a small kitchen, a vacation home, or a garage or basement refrigerator. We think that with its versatility and good looks, it's a better-than-average value.
Where To Buy$695.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $699.99 Best Buy Buy
At first glance, the GE GAS18P series refrigerator looks pretty ordinary. But behind that stainless steel (or optional white) exterior hides a neat trick: On the top shelf, there's a water pitcher that can automatically refill itself with filtered water. In addition to that family-friendly perk, this is a solid fridge: Our tests show it's energy efficient, does a great job preserving food, and has plenty of room.
Where To Buy$893.10 AppliancesConnection Buy
At just 65.5 inches high, the 20 cu. ft. Whirlpool WRT311FZDM can still fit underneath most cabinets. But that's not the only reason we think it's a good fit. This simple top freezer can blend in with almost any kitchen design, costs under $700 on sale, and did a good job preserving fresh and frozen food in our tests. Its stainless finish, glass shelves, and deli drawer are upscale touches its competitors lack.
Where To Buy$644.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $648.00 Home Depot Buy $649.99 Best Buy Buy
If you're shopping for refrigerators, check out our guide, The Best Refrigerators.