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The Best Refrigerator Brands! Who Makes The Best Refrigerator?

Buying a new refrigerator is a big decision. In the old days (The late 1900s) refrigerators would often last for more than twenty years! Those days are but a fading memory. Thank the Lord if you get fifteen years of service from a refrigerator produced today.

Refrigerator features are important, but a  fancy shelf inside a dead three-year-old refrigerator doesn’t do you much good, and don’t get me started about internet access on your refrigerator door! Below you will find current refrigerator reliability statistics for the most popular refrigerator brands by style.

Refrigerators Sold That NEEDED Repair or Had Serious Problems In The First 5 Years.

Most Reliable Refrigerator Repair Stats

Smaller Bar = Better chances you’ll get a reliable refrigerator and not a lemon…

Best Top Freezer Refrigerators

Most Reliable Refrigerator (Top Freezer With Ice Maker)

Kenmore 13%
Maytag 15%
Frigidaire 16%
GE 19%
Whirlpool 19%

Best Refrigerator (Top Freezer Without Ice Maker)

Kenmore 14%
Whirlpool 15%
GE 15%
Frigidaire 13%

Best Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Most Reliable Refrigerator (Bottom Freezer With Ice Maker)

Samsung 18%
Kenmore 19%
LG 19%
GE 19%
Maytag 22%
Whirlpool 25%
Kitchen Aid 26%
Frigidaire 35%
Electrolux 45%

Best Refrigerator (Bottom Freezer Without Ice Maker)

Kenmore 12%
GE 15%
Whirlpool 21%
Amana 24%

Most Reliable Refrigerator (Side by Side)

GE 27%
Kenmore 23%
Whirlpool 20%
Frigidaire 21%
LG 22%
Maytag 22%
Samsung 23%
Kitchen Aid 29%

In your search for the most reliable refrigerator, you may want to take note of a few things.


  1. Refrigerators with ice makers tend to have more repair problems that refrigerators without an ice maker.
  2. Refrigerators with the freezer on the bottom are more likely to need repair than top freezer refrigerators.
  3. Bottom freezer refrigerators of all brands with an ice dispenser are more likely to have problems than bottom freezer refrigerators that do not have an ice dispenser.
  4. Side-by-Side refrigerators are the most popular models but also the most likely to have repair problems.
  5. Kenmore refrigerators are produced by many manufacturers such as Whirlpool, GE, LG, Frigidaire, Samsung  & Others. Depending on who manufactures the Kenmore refrigerator you purchase will have a great deal to do with how likely your new refrigerator will need repair.
  6. Most new Maytag and Amana Refrigerators are built by Whirlpool but may have a few minor cosmetic differences such as shelving quality and orientation.
  7. In my experience, Samsung and LG refrigerators are well built but mechanically complicated. So if you need a Samsung refrigerator repaired it may be difficult to find a repair person willing to work on it.


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