Refrigerators  with a freezer compartment or drawer are one of the most popular designs around the world. These all-in-one cold storage devices are incredibly popular and, thanks to innovation in storage design, these appliances now come with more than enough room to store food for the entire family.

This article shares our favorite top four refrigerators with freezers, which we’ve compiled from exhaustive market research. We’ve also developed  a buying guide that asks some hard questions about refrigerators and discusses issues and features you may want to consider before picking the right product for you.

  • Large  25.3 cu. ft. capacity 
  • Height adjustable, extra wide interior door bins 
  • External water dispenser
  • Ice dispenser 
  • Spill-proof shelving
  • Large crispers
  • 1-year warranty

  • 16.8 cu. ft. capacity
  • Premium, bottom freezer design
  • Energy Star certified
  • LED lighting 
  • Scalloped wine shelving 
  • 1-year parts & labor warranty 
  • 5-year compressor warranty

  • 17.5 cu.ft capacity
  • Easy-access controls 
  • Adjustable humidity drawers
  • Spill proof shelves
  • Compact footprint great for small homes
  • 1-year parts & labor warranty 
  • 5-year warranty on the compressor

  • 16 cu. ft. capacity
  • Flexible bin 
  • Reversible doors maximize space
  • Large crispers
  • Easy-access freezer temperature 
  • 1-year warranty


The GE GSS25GSHSS is a side-by-side refrigerator with a simple, clean design. The external ice maker and dual door design may not turn any heads, but the over 25 cubic feet of space will store enough food for just about any-sized family. In fact, it is the most spacious fridge with freezer on our list in terms of square footage.

We also are appreciative of the highly-adjustable drawers and bins within the unit itself. While we would have preferred a slightly wider freezer compartment, we think most homeowners will be glad that the internal ice maker produces a surprisingly large amount of ice given its size. The internal storage is easily adjusted by rearranging the flexible door bins to meet your requirements, which is especially useful if you have tall bottles to store. 

The built-in cool water dispenser is a nice feature, allowing you to enjoy a quick, refreshing drink with little fuss. The generously sized crispers and spill-proof shelving add to this refrigerators’ overall convenience. All in all, we recommend the GE GSS25GSHSS as a great all-around product that’s going to easily fit in most spaces.

Pros

  • Large internal capacity
  • Ice and water dispenser
  • Adjustable internal storage
  • Large crispers
  • Spill-proof shelving

Cons

  • Freezer compartment could be larger

Unlike many fridges on our list that focus on use in the home, the Summit FFBF286SS premium refrigerator seems to fit just as easily into family spaces as it does commercial kitchens or bars. This refrigerator manages to offer nearly 17 cubic footage of space within a mere 27-inch footprint. Given the unique footprint, though, this Summit fridge has a commanding presence that requires extra height clearance, so you’ll definitely need to make sure you have the room for this model before making your purchase.

We like the small yet important considerations, such as dedicated wine space, LED lighting, and durable tempered glass shelving throughout. Crisper drawers and an ice maker would have been appreciated, but seem to have been dropped in favor of higher quality finishes throughout. There’s also no water or ice dispenser included with this model, so you’ll need to decide if this is a deal breaker for you.

Pros

  • Premium build quality
  • Dedicated wine storage
  • Highly efficient
  • Sleek design
  • Ample refrigerator space

Cons

  • Freezer space could be larger
  • No water or ice dispenser
  • Expensive


Much like the first Kenmore appliance on our list, this GE GTS18GTHWW focuses on a no-frills design that’s unassuming but powerful if used correctly. It uses a simple, white top freezer design that incorporates several internal changes to appeal to modern homeowners. 

For example, the included crisper drawers can be manually adjusted to allow for more or less humidity. This simple feature isn’t found on most other fridges on our list and allows for greater control over fresh produce . Likewise, the easy-access controls are designed to quickly adjust the freezer as needed, which is useful if you suddenly realize your fresh food is not being preserved properly. An ice maker isn’t included as standard but can be purchased as an upgrade when you place your order. 

Unfortunately, you’re not working with much internal space with this GE product, but if you’ve got a smaller family and don’t mind a lack of ice and water from your fridge, this affordable and flexible option could easily have a place in your kitchen, basement, or guest house.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Highly adjustable
  • Humidity-controlled crispers
  • Ice maker could be installed separately
  • Slim design

Cons

  • No water or ice dispenser
  • Too small for some homes

Taking cues from smaller fridges, the Whirlpool WRT316SFDM brings lots of versatility to this tried and true design. This model is designed with reversible doors, which isn’t often found on appliances this large. This means that your refrigerator can be placed at just about any angle and still remain easy to open and access. The internal bins can also slide and adjust to allow for more room for your food, while internal lighting and glass shelving throughout makes it easy to spot what you’re looking for more efficiently. The included crispers are a generous size, so you shouldn’t have any trouble fitting all your fresh produce in this fridge, either. 

We appreciate the optional ice maker at an additional cost, but no water dispenser and a few customer complaints on warranty do hold this appliance back from being a go-to choice. Still, we can’t think of a reason why this model shouldn’t be considered a standard option that’s simple to use and ready to adjust as needed.

Pros

  • Reversible doors
  • Highly adjustable
  • Large crispers
  • Utilitarian design
  • Ice maker could be installed separately

Cons

  • No water dispenser
  • Weak warranty
  • Could be larger

Comparison Chart

FeaturesGE GSS25GSHSSSummit FFBF286SSGE GTS18GTHWWWhirlpool WRT316SFDM
CategorySide-by-SideBottom FreezerTop FreezerTop Freezer
Capacity25.3 cu. ft16.8 cu. ft17.5 cu. ft16 cu. ft
Weight320 lbs200 lbs173 lbs161.4 lbs
Water DispenserXXX
Ice DispenserXXOptional
Dimensions35.75 X 34.75 X 6927.25 X 27 X 75.332.5 X 28 X 67.428 X 30.4 X 66
Warranty1-year1-year parts & labor warranty/5-year compressor warranty1-year parts & labor warranty /5-year compressor warranty1-year

Buyer’s Guide:

Refrigerators with Freezers

Not quite sure which one of these fridges to pick? We’ve broken down the most important aspects of fridges you need to keep in mind before committing to one of our many options.

One of the biggest indicators for homeowners when it comes to prospective fridges is the dimensions of the appliance and way the doors are situated. Only you know the size of your home and what sort of space you need, so measuring twice before purchasing your fridge will aid in preventing any unhappy returns.

Likewise, the door placement and design of the fridge itself is important both for utilitarian and aesthetic reasons. If you’re working with a small corridor for your fridge, for example, side-by side-fridges will be a more effective use of space than top freezer designs and freezer drawers, which take up far more horizontal space when ajar. At the same time, freezer drawers can be easier on the back and more efficient on space, so you’ll need to weigh all of your options before committing to a design.

Managing space for your meals and frozen foods is going to be a difficult task. While it’s always important to have the cubic footage for the items you need, you also need to consider just how effectively that storage will be used. That’s why many refrigerators offer different drawers and crispers that are designed to keep larger items like heads of lettuce or mixed vegetables out of the way. That’ll leave more room for stackable objects and foods to fill up every inch available.

This is also why French door refrigerators are specifically popular. Since many homes rely on frozen pizzas and foods for quick meals, being able to stack these in an easy-to-reach drawer is more efficient than arranging within many top freezer fridges. We recommend opting for the most cubic footage possible with a fridge that you know will play to the strengths of the types of foods you keep around. If you cook large, flat pans of food, for example, the space provided by French door refrigerators may be more efficient. If you live in a small apartment and have very limited space, a 28-inch refrigerator or a stand-alone small freezer could be the best choice.

The final point of consideration for most is the ability to get water and ice from their new appliance. While some don’t like the look of a fridge with an ice dispenser, others appreciate the convenience. Most often ice and water dispensers often come together; it’s important to keep in mind, however, that many French door refrigerators come with ice makers hidden away in a freezer drawer. This allows homeowners to benefit from an ice maker without having an external space on the appliance that takes up valuable room within the compartment.

We were sure to note which refrigerators had ice dispensers, so if this feature is high on your list, be on the lookout for a fridge that features one or more ways to cool down your beverages.

  • Which refrigerator type has the most room/most freezer room?
  • Determining which refrigerator type has the most room is a difficult prospect. As we’ve mentioned, different uses of space can make cubic footage a less clear indicator of the type of space with which you’ll be working. Generally speaking, though, French door and side-by-side refrigerators will have the most room overall. If you specifically need room in the freezer drawer or compartment, we’d recommend sticking with French door refrigerators or other types that utilize freezer drawers. These allow you to utilize every cubic inch of space more efficiently than most other types.

  • Do French door refrigerators come with ice makers?
  • French door refrigerators, much like other types, come in variations that do or do not include ice makers. While it is true that French door refrigerators are unlikely to have ice makers as a whole, several exceptions exist—including a few on our list. 

    Ice makers in French door refrigerators typically will be found in the freezer drawer. In many instances, these will produce ice at a quicker rate than standard ice makers on side-by-side models, as more space has been allocated for the components. Be sure to check your respective fridge and be sure of ice making and water dispensing capability.

  • How do I install my refrigerator? Do I need an electrician?
  • Installing a refrigerator can be done either professionally or manually. Most refrigerator retailers, including online retailers, offer the option of professional installation, which will take the bulk of the burden of installation off of you. To prepare, you can check the size of your door and any tight spaces in your home that may pose a problem to installers. If there is no room in which to maneuver your fridge, there is little you’ll be able to do.

    Electricians will not be necessary provided your home or apartment has been adjusted for a refrigerator. Most homes either recommend or require that a refrigerator be installed on a separate circuit than the rest of the home’s appliances in an effort to avoid overloading and tripping the system. If you plan to install a refrigerator in a location not built for one, however, you may need to make a call to your local trusted electrician. 

    You will also need to run a basic water line to the refrigerator if your appliance uses a water or ice dispenser.

  • Do I need to defrost my refrigerator/freezer?
  • Most of the refrigerators on our list come with automatic defrosting capabilities, which means that whenever ice builds up within the freezer compartment the fridge will detect the problem and get rid of the ice so that you’ll never have to defrost it manually. If the defrost feature is not working as fast as you’d like, though, or your refrigerator operates with a manual defrost, then you’ll need to take the time to handle the ice once it gets near a half-inch of ice. 

    You can defrost your fridge by first removing all items from the freezer compartment, as well as sensitive items from the refrigerator compartment. Next, unplug your refrigerator and leave the freezer door ajar. Be sure to place basins below the fridge to collect the melted ice. After about two hours, most accumulation should be gone. You can optionally scrape off any residual mess with a plastic scraper. Just be careful not to use metal, as you could damage the internal integrity of your fridge and void your warranty if applicable.

Final Thoughts 

While we’re confident in the quality of each of our refrigerator picks, we know that not everyone is going to benefit from each option. Generally speaking, if you need something that’s got great reviews and offers a great all-around balance of price and quality, then it’s hard to go wrong with the GE GSS25GSHSS. Despite forgoing the popular modern trend of French door refrigerators, this option packs enough of a punch to deserve a spot in just about any home.

If you just need a no-frills replacement fridge that’s going to get the job done for a low price, then the GE GTS18GTHWW conserves space and cost. We appreciate the slick design and smart internal choices that maximize every inch of space available to homeowners. Otherwise, the Summit FFBF286SS is great for compact freezer organization and storage, while the Whirlpool WRT316SFDM is flexible enough for homeowners and small business owners alike.

Ultimately, the right refrigerator for your home may come down to personal preference, interior design choices, or simply your available space. Regardless of the parameters you need to meet, however, we hope that one of these fridges freezers will get to work in your home someday soon.

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