The Best French Door Refrigerators Under $2,000 of 2019

By Cindy Bailen, Jonathan Chan, David Kender, and Matthew Zahnzinger, Updated June 28, 2019

French door refrigerators have been the fastest growing segment of the fridge market for several years, and it's easy to see why. It's a modern look and an attractive way to showcase your food, but without the major drawback of a side-by-side (anyone who's tried to fit a cookie sheet or a frozen pizza in a side-by-side know what this means). Here at Reviewed, our experts have tested dozens of French door refrigerators in our labs, so we can help you make the best decision for your home.

Usually, the French door style comes with a high price tag. Premium French door fridges can run upwards of $3,000 or more. Fortunately, there are a number of great models that don't cost that much and even manage to retain some of the fancy features, like in-door ice dispensers. Our current favorite is the Samsung RF260BEAESR (available at AppliancesConnection for $1,294.70), which is simple, effective, and well under the price cap.

Here are seven of our top-rated French-door fridges that you can get for under (or just about) two thousand dollars.

  1. Samsung RF260BEAESR
  2. Haier HRF15N3AGS
  3. GE GNE25JMKES
  4. Haier HRQ16N3BGS
  5. Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ
  6. LG LFCS25426D
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Samsung RF260BEAESR french door refrigerator Best Overall
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Samsung RF260BEAESR

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  • Best of Year 2017

Samsung RF260BEAESR

Best Overall

Upgrading your kitchen can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you like the idea of a French door fridge in your home but aren’t keen on spending two thousand dollars to get one, the Samsung RF260BEAESR has you covered.

This entry-level, 25 cu. ft. French door has most of the design perks of models twice the cost: LED lights, a stainless steel finish, a digital thermostat, and even a pantry drawer with independent temperature settings. All it lacks is a through-the-door ice and water dispenser, which offers a clean exterior look that some users prefer. (To be clear, you still get an ice maker, you just have to open the freezer to access it.)

Why spend a ton on a glorified water faucet? If you love the look and feel of a sleek French door fridge, care about food preservation, and don’t mind scooping your ice from a bucket, save your money and snatch up this excellent Samsung. Read full review.

How We Tested

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them the way normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).

With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use. We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.

How We Test refrigerators
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The Tests

We’ve spent time with hundreds of refrigerators, and assess each one with a combination of lab-based tests and experiential evaluation. To ensure each refrigerator is tested under the same conditions, we test all fridges in a special chamber that is strictly regulated for temperature and humidity.

Once calibrated, each fridge undergoes testing for a minimum of 96 hours. In that time, we test the cooling speed of the freezer, the temperature value and consistency for both the fridge and the freezer, quantify the product’s ability to maintain food freshness. We collect temperature data from the fridge and freezer using small data loggers called iButtons, each placed inside a gelatinous mixture with thermodynamic properties similar to lean beef.

We also test the humidity retention of the crisper drawers, power usage, ice output, and how long your food will stay safe in the event of an extended power loss. This data is combined with scores evaluating real-world food storage capacity, usability, and any other special features the fridge may have.


Other French-Door Refrigerators Under $2,000 We tested

Haier HRF15N3AGS

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  • Editors' Choice

Haier HRF15N3AGS

The Haier HRF15N3AGS is an unusual fridge. With four doors, a stainless-look finish, a 28-inch width, and counter depth design, it's a perfect fit for upscale apartments. It's also one of the most affordable multi-door fridges we've ever tested. It cools and freezes well, and Haier's recent purchase of GE Appliances means you can find the HRF15N3AGS at most major retailers. Read full review.

GE GNE25JMKES

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GE GNE25JMKES

This GE slate finished 24.8 cu. ft. GE GNE25JMKES refrigerator is a well-sized, well-priced French door fridge. Numerous features and sharp looks make it an asset to the kitchen, coordinating with many styles of cabinetry. The slate finish is very popular with owners, who love that it doesn’t show fingerprints. But if slate is not your style, it's also available in stainless, black, and white. Read full review.

Haier HRQ16N3BGS

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  • Editors' Choice

Haier HRQ16N3BGS

The Haier HRQ16N3BGS is a unique quad door French door refrigerator. With pocket handle doors, a stainless-look finish, a 33-inch width, and counter-depth design, it's a perfect fit for many smaller kitchens. With an economical price point. Read full review.

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ

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Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ

If you like the sleek, contemporary appearance of a French door refrigerator, take a look at this Whirlpool. It dispenses water and two kinds of ice through the door, but be aware that that icemaker will cost you a lot of lost storage space. Shelves are highly adjustable, but the whole assembly feels a bit cheap. That said, the temperature consistency is excellent. Read full review.

LG LFCS25426D

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LG LFCS25426D

The LG LFCS25426D is a simple, affordable French-door fridge with some minor design flaws that left us puzzled but still generally pleased. The actual usable space for grocery storage isn't as big as LG claims (all the brands tend to exaggerate), and you have to open both doors to open either of the crisper drawers. Quibbles aside, the interior temperature was consistent and the price is hard to pass up. Note that this model is available in black stainless only. The stainless model has been discontinued. Read full review.

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