We all use our refrigerators each and every day, so it's worth having one you really like in your kitchen. With a wide range of fridge features available from different manufacturers, you've got a lot of options when it comes to bells and whistles, and we've spent countless hours testing them all out. Click through for a rundown of our favorites thus far.
First up: fancy water dispensers. Fridges have long offered the convenience of fresh, filtered water on demand, but GE takes it to the next level with water dispensers that'll automatically fill your glass, pitcher, or pot to the brim, or dispense a specific amount of water.
Up next: smudge-proof finishes. Stainless steel is still all the rage, but it's often smudgy as hell. Enter Frigidaire, which offers a wide range of "smudge-proof" stainless steel refrigerators with a grained finish that does wonders to repel those ugly fingerprints.
Of course, if black stainless steel is too pricey for your tastes, you could consider GE's lineup of slate-finished fridges. They aren't as shiny as true stainless steel, but they still look classy, and they hardly smudge at all.
Next up: adjustable temperature zones. More and more, we're seeing fridges that offer a dedicated space with its own set of temperature presets, allowing you to dial things up or down as needed to better chill sensitive ingredients like meats and cheeses. Samsung's four-door models take it a step further with a "Flex Zone" that you can switch between fridge and freezer modes.
There's room for flexibility when it comes to storage, too -- which brings us to favorite fridge feature no. 4: movable shelving. This Samsung model has shelves that slide in, slide out and fold up -- all of them make it easier to find a place for large size items, or to reach items stashed in the back of the fridge.
Finally, we'd be remiss not to mention smart refrigerators, which have taken a big step forward this year. That's largely thanks to the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, a high-profile, can't-miss smart fridge with a whole host of features you won't find anywhere else. That includes a 21.5-inch touchscreen loaded with apps and special cameras inside the fridge that help you keep track of ingredients on hand. It's damned expensive, but it's still the first smart fridge that really wowed us.
GE's got an interesting new smart fridge, too. The ace up its sleeve? A built-in K-cup coffeemaker, complete with Wi-Fi smarts that'll let you start heating the water for a brew while you're still in bed.
The year isn't over yet, either. We're still awaiting the debut of Whirlpool's new smart French door refrigerator. Among other neat tricks, it promises to work with the Nest Learning Thermostat to automatically run defrost cycles when energy rates are at their lowest.