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Though you won’t see Black Friday–level discounts, you can still find some great refrigerators marked down over Presidents Day weekend.
“The best time to buy a refrigerator is always in late November,” says Min Kim Bryant, a Consumer Reports market analyst. “But if you need a refrigerator now, there are plenty of deals to be had.”
To help you shop wisely and save time, we combed through dozens of refrigerators on sale at AJ Madison, Appliances Connection, Best Buy, Home Depot, JCPenney, Lowe’s, and Sears, and highlighted models near the top of our comprehensive refrigerator ratings. They include picks from widely sold brands including GE, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool.
Best Buy and JCPenney didn’t have any noteworthy deals, whereas Sears (which just survived another brush with liquidation) had many. As we’ve noticed over the past few sales events, most of the deals are for French-door refrigerators, but we also found a handful of top-freezer, bottom-freezer, and side-by-side models with decent markdowns.
Most of these deals should stick around. Sales at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s end Feb. 27. It’s unclear when sales at AJ Madison, Appliances Connection, JCPenney, and Sears will end, but we expect those deals to hold through Presidents Day weekend.
It might also pay to walk through your local JCPenney. The retailer will stop selling large appliances at the end of the month, so there might be steeper discounts on floor models as the company tries to sell off inventory.
We’ve organized this list by refrigerator configuration, and the models are listed alphabetically (not in order of CR rank). CR members can click each model name to see detailed ratings and reviews.
Best Top-Freezer Deals
We haven’t found many top-freezer deals. None are discounted as heavily as higher-end models, and Sears has the best offers.
The deal: $510 at Sears
Budget-conscious shoppers looking for a decent top-freezer should consider the Kenmore 60412, on sale at Sears. While it’s not a huge discount, this model earns an overall rating Very Good, a rare feat for a fridge at this low price.
The deal: $860 at Sears
As top-freezers go, you might think the Kenmore 79433 is a bit pricey—even with this significant discount. But the higher price gets you a stainless steel finish and has a few features that are hard to find in a top-freezer, including an internal water dispenser and an icemaker. This Kenmore doesn’t offer great temperature uniformity (it rates a Fair in that test), so it will be more susceptible to warm and cold spots. But our surveys show that Kenmore top-freezers are extremely reliable.
Best Bottom-Freezer Deals
We’ve seen relatively few bottom-freezers on sale, and once again, Sears is offering a couple of good deals.
The deal: $990 at Sears
It’s rare to find a bottom-freezer that costs less than $1,000, which makes this Kenmore 69313 a steal. It receives a CR Best Buy designation thanks to its combination of stellar performance and value. Even at its sub-$1,000 price, you’ll get a stainless steel finish, an icemaker, and digital controls.
Kenmore Elite 79043
The deal: $1,260 at Sears
The savings on this Kenmore Elite bottom-freezer are a bit deceptive (our pricing data show it never sold for more than $1,600 in the past year). Still, this is one of the best bottom-freezers we’ve tested. It comes in a stainless steel finish and has an icemaker, spillproof shelving, and digital controls, all of which sweeten this deal.
Best Side-by-Side Deals
Good side-by-side deals are hard to come by, but we found three that stand out.
The deal: $1,170 at Sears
While priced slightly above its average sale price, this Kenmore side-by-side is still listed far below its highest price from the past year—almost $2,000. It performs fairly well in our lab tests and offers a few highly desired features, including a water/ice dispenser and stainless steel finish. Our survey data also show that CR members find that Kenmore side-by-sides offer decent reliability, something that can’t be said of all brands in this configuration.
The deal: $1,895 at AJ Madison
This LG justifies its high price with a few extra features that are unusual for a side-by-side, including a window into the fresh-food section and a door-in-door design. We tested a similar model that did quite well in our performance tests, and we expect this model to offer the same performance. One downside? LG side-by-sides don’t do well in our member surveys for predicted reliability, earning just a Fair rating.
The deal: $1,144 at AJ Madison
At a little over $1,100, this Whirlpool side-by-side is worth consideration. It does fairly well in our performance tests, even netting a rating of Excellent for temperature uniformity. When you add in a stainless steel finish and through-the-door water/ice dispenser, this fridge becomes a great choice for cost-conscious shoppers.
Best Three-Door French-Door Deals
There are dozens of three-door French-door refrigerators on sale, but only a handful combine value and top performance. Here are five models that offer both.
The deal: $1,392 at AJ Madison
This GE French-door is going for a few hundred dollars below its average sale price. It does fairly well in our performance tests, but GE French-doors don’t offer the greatest reliability, earning just a Fair rating in our surveys. And while it doesn’t have a through-the-door dispenser, it does come with an internal water dispenser, an icemaker, and a full-width deli drawer.
The deal: $1,980 at Sears
A good performer in our French-door ratings, this Kenmore does quite well in our thermostat control and temperature uniformity tests, the two critical tests of a fridge’s ability to keep food fresh and properly stored. In general, Kenmore French-doors also scored a Good for predicted reliability in our member surveys. This model offers a door-in-door design (uncommon in a fridge priced below $2,000), a through-the-door water/ice dispenser, dual evaporators, and spillproof shelves.
The deal: $1,650 at Sears
This is French-door styling without the premium price. This model does well in our tests, earning a very good Overall Score, and comes in a stainless steel finish with an external water/ice dispenser and spillproof shelves.
The deal: $2,696 at Home Depot
At about $200 less than its average sale price, this LG French-door gives you rock-solid performance and a bevy of features. It comes with an external water/ice dispenser, door-in-door design, half shelves, uniquely adjustable shelves, and more. At this price, you deserve everything but the kitchen sink, and this LG comes close to giving you just that.
The deal: $1,599 at Lowe’s
This Samsung French-door is priced around its average sale price, but it’s still well below its highest price from the past year. This model aces our thermostat control and temperature uniformity tests, which are the two critical tests of a fridge’s performance. It features a darker stainless steel finish, digital controls, through-the-door water/ice dispenser, and uniquely adjustable shelving that can be raised and lowered without removing food.
Best Four-Door French-Door Deals
On Black Friday, more doors meant more savings. While we’re not finding that to be the case this month, we did find four solid deals.
The deal: $1,049 at Lowe’s
This Haier is one of the most affordable four-door French-doors on the market, and this weekend, you can get it for one-third off its list price. It doesn’t offer much, just a stainless-steel finish and digital controls, but its performance is solid. Our testers give it strong scores across the board, with the exception of ease of use, where it earns a Fair.
The deal: $1,800 at Sears
The savings are a bit deceptive here—we typically see this Kenmore priced at $1,600, tops. Still, $1,800 is a good price for a four-door French-door. This Kenmore comes in a stainless steel finish and has two individual freezer drawers for more organization. It’s also a smart fridge, meaning it works with the Kenmore Smart app, as well as Amazon Alexa, for adjusting settings and checking your fridge’s status. It performs very well in our lab tests but isn’t the most energy-efficient when compared with the competition.
The deal: $1,998 at Home Depot
For about $2,000, this Samsung is a few hundred dollars below its average sale price. And this weekend’s price is a great deal compared with the highest we’ve seen it go over the past year: $3,200. This Samsung gives you a full roster of features, including dual evaporators, a temperature-adjustable middle drawer, and a water/ice dispenser. It also performs admirably in our tests and runs very quietly, rating an Excellent for noise.
The deal: $2,399 at Lowe’s
At about 33 percent off, this Samsung delivers a lot of features for the price. It comes with a black stainless steel finish, digital controls, a door-in-door design (which makes your most used items easy to grab), a temperature-adjustable middle drawer, and an external water/ice dispenser. This model performs quite well in our tests, too. It rates an Excellent for thermostat control and runs very quietly.
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