French door refrigerators are quickly replacing side-by-sides and top freezer designs as the most popular refrigerator category for homeowners. With two doors quickly revealing fresh produce, drinks, and more, french door fridges make it easy to open the door you want while keeping frozen, long-term products out of sight and out of mind.

There are many options to choose from, which is exactly why we’ve assembled our top four best picks for french door refrigerators. Each of these four appliances would be perfect in any home, but only one will work for yours. We’ll cover features, functionality, frequently asked questions, and more in our quest to find the best french door refrigerator for you.

  • Adjustable slots Includes Turbo Cool setting for quick operation
  • Water dispenser
  • 1-year warranty on parts
  • 5-year warranty on the compressor

  • Compact design
  • Easy-acces temperature controls
  • Flexible storage
  • 1-year warranty on labor & parts
  • 5-year warranty on sealed system

  • Fingerprint resistant
  • Humidity controlled crisper
  • Frost-free
  • Alarmed door
  • 1-year warranty

  • Quick cool and quick freeze
  • 2 large humidity controlled food drawers
  • 20.7 cu ft. capacity
  • Frost-free
  • 2-years warranty


GE GNE25JSKSS French Door Refrigerators

The GE GNE25JSKSS seems to offer a direct alternative to the Kenmore Non-Dispense fridge that topped our list. We have to admit, there’s quite a lot to love here: this GE model’s interior design closely mirrors that of other models. The quick space shelves, however, are able to take up only half of the length of the fridge, so tall items can take up the space of two shelves while eggs and other smaller items can still hang in the back.

Otherwise, this GE fridge comes with a water dispenser within the freezer drawer alongside an ice maker and a handy Turbo Cool setting. While the included features are handy, the water dispenser namely has been reported to fail on occasion. Likewise, we would have appreciated more organizational capability in the freezer drawer. Still, we recommend this GE unit for those who need a water dispenser as well as great organization options.

Pros

  • Easiest fridge to organize and arrange
  • Built-in water dispenser
  • Turbo Cool setting can be useful
  • Excellent fridge storage bins

Cons

  • Little freezer drawer storage
  • Some quality control issues reported


Haier HRF15N3AGS French Door Refrigerators

The Haier HRF15BN3AGS offers easy storage across 15 cubic feet, which is lower than most on our list. This appliance, however, is thin and sleek yet is powerful and offers more options to organize two separate freezer bins.

The all-glass and clear plastic design for the interior was a bold choice to help homeowners find what they need faster. Plus, the LED lights are able to quickly illuminate the drawers and containers. Two freezer drawers make it easier to keep frozen pizzas and other snacks at easy reach while leaving the big stuff down below. And while the lack of ice maker is a bit frustrating, many will love that their fridge will no longer dominate their kitchen. We recommend the Haier HRF15N3AGS to those in smaller homes and apartments.

Pros

  • Two freezer drawers
  • Compact size
  • Exterior temperature controls
  • Extra cold air boost capable
  • Adjustable glass shelves

Cons

  • Not a lot of storage space
  • No ice maker
  • No water dispenser

SMETA Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator French Door Refrigerators

This Smeta model has a large 20.66 cu ft. capacity with 5 great size shelves that make storing and organizing your refrigerator easier. And because of the increased accessibility that having two doors gives, you should find that rotating your food is a breeze, meaning that you have less wastage and better control of perishable dates.

This unit is pretty hefty, weighing in a 293 lbs, but it does offer a full 14.7 cu ft. of fridge space alone. Also, it has two substantial freezer drawers that hold 5 cu ft. of frozen goods.

This fridge is quiet, at just 45 dB, so you won’t have to put up with that annoying buzzing sound when it is plugged in, and because it automatically defrosts, you never have to worry about the freezer compartments icing up.

However, this fridge is not cheap, costing much more than others featured on this list so the price tag might put some people off.

Pros

  • Auto defrost
  • Super-quiet at 45 dB
  • 5 large shelves
  • 20.66 cu ft. capacity

Cons

  • The price tag
  • No water dispenser
  • No ice crusher

Smad French Door Refrigerator French Door Refrigerators

This Smad French door fridge is stylish, sleek and will look good in any kitchen. It has 5 shelves, including 2 that are humidity controlled to keep your produce fresher for longer.

It also utilizes a dual refrigeration system that ensures you stay in control, with a quick cool and a quick freeze function. This helps to keep your shopping safe after a long commute, ensuring that it doesn’t have time to defrost.

Like a lot of newer fridge freezers, this model is frost-free, and because it has a high-efficiency inverter, it enhances the cooling speed to make sure that food stays fresh.

It has an LED light, an icemaker, and large door pockets for those extra wine bottles that need to be chilled.

Pros

  • Ice maker
  • Frost-free
  • Quick cool and quick freeze
  • Large capacity

Cons

  • Expensive to buy
  • Not suitable for smaller kitchens

Comparison Chart

FEATURESHaier HRF15N3AGSGE GNE25JSKSSSMETA Counter-Depth French Door RefrigeratorSmad French Door Refrigerator
Number or Shelves 4555
Frost-free
Max Capacity15 cu ft.24.8 cu ft.20.7 cu ft.20.7 cu ft.
Ice makerX
Water DispenserXXX
Price$$$$$$$$$$$
Weight201 lbs275 lbs293 lbs294 lbs
Dimensions26.5 x 28 x 7137.5 x 32.8 x 69.935.8 x 30.8x 69.935.9 x 31 x 69.9
Warranty1-year + 5-year sealed unit warranty1-year + 5-year compressor warranty1-year2-year

French door fridges are ideal for families that require greater capacity for storing their cooled items. Both doors can open, so you get added shelving in each door which gives you more space.

French door refrigerators are also much simpler to keep clean, because the access is wider, enabling you to reach right to the back of the appliance.

Also, because of the way they are designed, they make access easier, so if you live in a small or awkward space – a French door fridge could be the answer.

French door fridges come in many different shapes and sizes. We’ve gone over some of the best options, but not all of them are going to work best for your home. From drawers, freezers, dispensers, and even digital screens, here’s what you need to know about french door refrigerators:

We’ve deliberately made note of the dimensions of each of these refrigerators, and that’s for a very good reason. Regardless of whether or not your current refrigerator fits in your space, you need to carefully re-measure and compare with the dimensions of your prospective refrigerator. Nothing is worse than committing to a fridge only to find that your cabinets are far too low to allow your new appliance to slide in underneath.

On top of this, french door refrigerators also need lots of clearance in front of and slightly to the side of the unit. The two french doors may protrude a few inches from each edge beyond the stated dimensions. Likewise, the freezer drawer or drawers will extend a foot or two across the front of the fridge. Be sure your dimensions give ample room for the fridge, both with the doors ajar and closed.

The french door refrigerator is popular in large part due to the freezer drawer, which keeps frozen goods down below so that the more-often used refrigerator takes up most of the space in easy reach. Proper organization is paramount, however, because you’ll need to stoop down or bend over to access the contents of the freezer drawer. We made mention of drawers and great dividers in our overview above, so consider what types of freezer products you’ll be filling your drawers with and align them with the types of options listed above.

You also have the option of choosing a french door fridge with two drawers, like the Haier french door appliance we’ve covered. This will reduce your overall freezer space, but that extra drawer just might come in handy for separating TV dinners and quick-reach items from larger foods that will be residing in your freezer a little while longer.

An increasing number of french door refrigerators are incorporating smart technologies. These smart refrigerators come with screens and computer systems built into them so that they show you to contents of your fridge, notify you of missing objects, and much more without ever opening the fridge doors. Smart fridges are also far more expensive, reduce internal space, and the technology is still in its infancy, so we’ve shied away from recommending any smart fridges with a french door design.

Speaking of reduced space, you’ll notice that half of our french door fridge picks come with the traditional ice and water dispenser; the others may not. Some of these fridges even have two ice dispensers. While we think water and ice dispensers are popular for a good reason, it is important to note that these will reduce your fridge’s overall capacity overall. You’ll need to make a personal choice as to whether easy access to water is more preferable to more space. Likewise, filtered water does mean purchasing new filters seasonally to make sure that the water coming from your fridge tastes great every time.

 ProsCons
French door fridge
  • Greater capacity
  • Ease of access
  • Stylish
  • They are expensive
  • Bulkier
  • Doesn’t suit every kitchen style
Standard fridge
  • Cheaper
  • More choice of products
  • Come in compact sizes
  • Less features
  • Less stylish
  • Limited capacity

  • Do french door fridges have more space than side-by-side fridges?
  • Generally speaking, side-by-side refrigerators and french door refrigerators are greatly preferred for smaller spaces. That’s because you only need to open a door a fraction of the width of the refrigerator to access the internal components. French door refrigerators, though, come with a top and bottom approach to freezers and fridges that gives a little more space inside of the appliance itself. While there are exceptions to the rule, if you need space, a french door refrigerator is going to be a better and more convenient option.
  • Do french door fridges come with ice makers? What are dual ice makers?
  • Since some french door refrigerators don’t come with the traditional water and ice dispenser, many people might assume that french door fridges don’t have ice at all. Many on our list do feature ice makers, which can be found in the bottom freezer compartment of the refrigerator. Some of the french door fridges on our list also come with dual ice makers, which are able to dispense ice both from this bottom compartment as well as from the traditional water and ice dispenser on the fridge portion of the appliance. Dual ice makers are preferred for families that need lots of ice on hand.
  • Can I plug my french door fridge into the wall with a standard outlet?
  • As with all refrigerators manufacturers for retail in North America, french door fridges almost all utilize a 120V standard wall outlet. If your home or apartment has a dedicated outlet behind the refrigerator space, this is the outlet you need to use. It is required in almost all North American building codes that refrigerators operate on their own separate circuit. This prevents the refrigerator from dimming the lights or overloading the home’s power.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to the most consistently loved french door fridges, few compete with the GE GNE25JSKSS. Offering a host of features at a reasonable price point and lots of ways to customize the interior design, it’s hard to think of a better french door fridge to recommended for a first-time buyer.

If cost and affordability are also important to you, however, then the Haier HRF15N3AGS is also a worthy choice and provides great storage options for you. Otherwise, you’ll need to think long and hard about whether or not the addition of the water dispenser is going to be worth the price and limited storage capability. Dual ice makers are convenient, and if you really want the french door look without the large slot for water, then the Smad French Door Refrigerator has you covered.

No matter which french door fridge you select, we hope you measure your space carefully and pick the appliance that not only fits your space but your needs and desires for a fridge as well.

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