The Linea 800 Series refrigerator, with its counter-depth size, hidden hinges and grille-free doors, is an easy fit in almost any kitchen. It is just as impressive inside, with CoolGlow LED lights and EasyLift shelves/bins that move up and down even when fully loaded. It also has antibacterial wall linings and a Freshprotect box with adjustable temperature settings for fish and meat, dairy and produce.
Bosch Linea 800 Series Refrigerator #B22CS80SNS, $3,099;
The Epicure French-door bottom-freezer refrigerator reduces your carbon footprint with its Adaptive Defrost system that tracks door usage and adjusts frost patterns accordingly for maximum efficiency. There’s also a multi-zone cooling system and an alarm that sounds when the door has been left open for more than a minute.
Dacor Epicure 36-inch Freestanding French Door Cabinet Depth Freezer Refrigerator #EF36BNNFSS, $2,849;
The ICON French-door refrigerator has a Custom Temp drawer that lets you pick from nine preset settings like white/sparkling wine, fish/shellfish, snacks and chilled beer, three “My Favorites.” The Custom-Design tri-level storage system, with removable dividers and baskets, allows you to reconfigure the interior to suit yourself. It also delivers twice the ice of competitors: up to nine pounds in 24 hours.
Electrolux ICON Professional Series French Door Refrigerator #E23BC78IPS, $4,399;
These European-made refrigeration and freezer columns have stainless steel interiors that ensure better energy conduction, more hygienic food storage and less odor transfer. The refrigeration column has a motorized glass shelf, halogen spotlights and light pillars. The freezer column has precise temp controls like those in a professional walk-in unit. Each has heavy-load hinges that allow the doors to hold up to 200 pounds.
Gaggenau #RC472 30-inch Refrigeration Column, $6,299; and Gaggenau #RF471 30-inch Freezer Column, $6,599;
Billed as the largest freestanding refrigerator in America, this stainless steel side-by-side model delivers 29.1 cubic feet of storage in the same footprint as a 26-cubic-foot fridge. Each of the three bins on the GallonPLUS doors holds two gallons of milk or six 2-liter soda bottles. ClimateGuard space-saving air-tower sensors continually monitor temperatures, while a TurboCool element maintains consistent interior temps even if the door is frequently opened.
GE 29.1 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator #GSHS9NGYSS, $1,999;
This 72-inch-high fridge looks built-in, but it’s a smartly designed freestanding unit with an extra three inches to fill the gap that 69-inch models leave beneath a standard cabinet. It has a Euro-style oiled-bronze finish, Twin Fresh electronic climate control, a meat/produce drawer with temp control, sealed deli and crisper drawers.
Jenn-Air 72-inch Cabinet Depth Side-by-Side JCB2588WER Refrigerator, $2,999;
The industry’s first 72-inch-high French-door model, this refrigerator also has a narrow door swing, making it a good fit for tight kitchens. Wide shelves have no interior divisions, so cookie sheets, baking pans and serving trays fit. Its Max Cool feature accurately maintains temps during excessive use and a Star-K kosher-certified Holiday/Sabbath mode makes preparing for the Jewish Sabbath and holidays a snap.
KitchenAid 72-inch Counter-Depth Freestanding Refrigerator with French Doors #KFCS22EVBL, $2,999;
Contoured doors and handles are just one reason this refrigerator caught our eye. Another : it is the first ice- and water-dispensing refrigerator with four French doors. It has a full-width pantry drawer, four climate-controlled crisper compartments, two freezer drawers and the tallest (13-inch) filtered-water dispenser in the industry.
LG 4-door French Door Refrigerator #LMX25985ST, $3,199;
When its MasterCool control system is activated, this refrigerator displays a food-driven menu system so that each of its four independent cooling zones can be custom adjusted. A Drop and Lock system lets you move shelves and bins with one hand. RemoteVision Wi-Fi technology alerts Miele’s client service center when a problem occurs so that a repair call can be quickly set up.
Miele 30-inch Bottom-Mount Refrigerator-Freezer #1811SF, $6,966 and up;
Food stays fresher inside this model because its Twin Cooling Plus system reaches 75 percent humidity, compared to 17 percent in conventional models. A versatile CoolSelect pantry makes it possible to thaw or chill food for a last-minute dinner or spur-of-the-moment party. A digital display shows inside temps, alerts you when filter changes are needed and controls ice-making.
Samsung French door Refrigerator #RF268ABWP, $2,199.99;
The black stainless finish of the Kenmore Elite TRIO refrigerator resists fingerprints yet blends with conventional stainless appliances. Inside is recessed LED lighting, a full-width temp-controlled pantry drawer and an exclusive Tilt N Take freezer door for quick access to often-used items.
Sears Kenmore Elite Black Stainless 25.0 cu. ft. TRIO Ice & Water Dispensing Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator #79757, $3,009;
The BI36 Built-In All-Refrigerator has an air purification system that scrubs the air of bacteria, mold and viruses every 20 minutes. A dual-compressor operating system lets you control temperatures within -or-minus one degree and a microbiological water filter preserves the fresh taste of water and ice. The All-Freezer has adjustable wire shelves and a flip-out grille so it can be serviced from the front. And it produces ice 40 percent faster in a 24-hour period than its competitors.
Sub-Zero BI36R Built-In All-Refrigerator, $6,250 and up; and Sub-Zero BI36F Built-In All-Freezer, $6,525 and up;
Designers like Freedom Fresh food and freezer columns because they can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, meaning they’re not obliged to arrange the space around traditional bulky refrigerator/freezers. The Fresh Food column has luminous halogen light towers, a FreeFlow cold-air system and a motorized Liberty Shelf that means you can move the fully loaded shelf up or down with the touch of a button. The freezer column has an electronic control board, a large capacity drawer and a FreeFlow ice system that rotates filtered ice inside the ice maker to avoid clumping.
Thermador Professional Series 30-inch Freedom Fresh Food Column #T30IR70NSP, $5,649; and Thermador Professional Series 24-inch Freedom Freezer Column #T24IF70NSP, $4,099;
Under wraps until November, the Designer Series freestanding refrigerator has clean, subtle lines that blend easily into kitchens of any style. Bold, elongated handles with rounded edges open to an interior with MeatSavor drawers with separate temp controls for produce and long-term fresh meat storage, moisture-adjustable produce drawers and internal filtered-water dispensing. The freezer has adaptive defrost, a max ice feature and two slide-out baskets.
Viking Designer Series Freestanding 36-inch Bottom-Mount Refrigerator #DDFF136, $3,325 and up;