The Wonderful Fridges of 2015

2015 is a great year to buy a new fridge. All new models are at record low energy use, thanks to the national product standards.

Exactly how low? Well, the 2015 fridge uses less than half the energy of an old-fashioned lightbulb on 24/7. That’s amazing!  Here are some of our favorite products:

TOP FREEZER

Top freezer models have a smaller size range (10 – 25 cubic feet) and lack many of the luxury features. But they can offer great value for the money with low energy use and a low purchase price.


Frigidaire

Frigidaire – 20.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel/Black
With lots of positive reviews, this fridge clearly appeals to value shoppers. Some complaints about noise. Energy costs are $60 per year.

Whirlpool – 17.5 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free Top-Mount Refrigerator – White
 This is another popular model with the value shoppers, and reviews rave about the interior space for the price. Energy costs are just under $60 per year. Again some complaints about noise.

Whirlpool

 

 

Whirlpool – 17.5 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free Top-Mount Refrigerator – White

This is another popular model with the value shoppers, and reviews rave about the interior space for the price. Energy costs are just under $60 per year. Again some complaints about noise.

 

 

BOTTOM FREEZER

Sized for the typical kitchen space, bottom freezers can be a good choice.  Just depends on whether you want to bend down for frozen foods.  Bottom freezers no longer use less energy than top freezers  — that’s now a dated piece of advice.

 

Whirlpool

 

Whirlpool – 21.9 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel

Lots of positive customer reviews for this fridge, and users note the large interior space and the bright lights. Some complaints about noise. Energy costs of $60 per year.

 

 

LG
LG – 23.8 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel

Customers rave about the large interior space, the lighting and the quiet of this fridge. A solid buy, with energy use of $70 per year.

 

 

SIDE-BY-SIDE

Side-by-side fridges range in size from 20 to 30 cubic feet, with lots of features to choose from, and a wide range of purchase prices, from $1000 to $2000. Note: Thru-the-door icemakers, which are common in this category, add about $30 per year energy costs, or nearly $400 over the expected service life.

 

Frigidaire
Frigidaire – Gallery 26.0 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water

It’s noticeable: This fridge exceeds customer expectations. With energy use at just under $90 per year, and a purchase price near $1000, this is a high-end fridge at a good price.

 

 

Samsung

Samsung – Showcase 21.5 Cu. Ft. Counter-Depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water – Stainless-Steel

With energy costs of $95 per year, this Samsung model is not saving energy with its showcase door feature. But customers love it! The counter-depth model has excellent interior space and a strong icemaker.

 

 

FRENCH DOOR

French door fridges are the most popular models sold today. Users love the freezer drawers and the ease of reaching everyday items. As features mount, so do energy costs, getting up to $110 per year.

 

Samsung French Door

Samsung – Showcase 27.8 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water – Stainless-Steel

With energy costs of nearly $110 per year, this model is at the high end of energy use. But customer reviews are glowing, especially about the adjustable shelves and interior space.

 

 

Whirlpool French Door

Whirlpool – 24.8 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel

This model is $400 cheaper than the Samsung, and has energy costs of only $40 per year, for a lifetime savings of over $1000. With strong consumer reviews, this model is an excellent option.


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