Got an ugly kitchen? Class it up with a better-looking fridge (pictures)
Fancy a new fridge?
The humble refrigerator sits front and center in most of our kitchens, and a good design can go a long way toward tying the whole room together. Fortunately for you, there's a veritable bumper crop of design-centric models available in all shapes and styles: top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side, French door, you name it. All of them look the part of a high-end upgrade -- and a lot of them cost a lot less than you might expect.
We've reviewed them all, so click through to see what your options are, and to see how they stand up against the competition.
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Samsung Chef Collection Refrigerator (RF34H9960S4)
At the top of the list sits Samsung's four-door Chef Collection fridge. The suggested retail price is a staggering $6,000, but for the money, you're getting one of the finest-looking fridges on today's market. The "t-type" design splits the refrigerator into four sections -- a swinging door fridge up top, and a matching two-door freezer down below. It looks good inside, too, with tons of storage space and a whole host of unique features designed with help from a prestigious panel of world-class chefs.
Not to be outdone, LG has an ultra-fancy four-door fridge, too. Part of its new "Diamond Collection," the LPXS30866D features a darker shade of stainless steel, giving it a distinctive, high-end appearance. You also get LG's "Door-in-Door" feature, which lets you open the front of the right fridge door to access the in-door shelves without opening the whole fridge.
Whirlpool Double Drawer French Door Refrigerator (WRV996FDEM)
Here's another high-end kitchen behemoth -- the Whirlpool WRV996FDEM. A clever design tweak splits the central storage drawer in two, offering you some extra flexibility and making for a good-looking icebox, too.
Of course, $3,300 is a lot to spend on a refrigerator. If you're looking for something priced considerably lower, consider the GE GNS23GMHES. At $1,600 -- less than half the cost of that Samsung French door -- it's about as inexpensive as French door fridges come. Plus, it's available in an attractive slate finish -- sort of a less shiny spin on stainless steel.
GE Artistry Series Bottom Freezer Refrigerator (ABE20EGHBS)
Fancy fridge design isn't all about French doors and side-by-sides -- and it doesn't have to cost you thousands of dollars, either. Take the GE Artistry Series fridge, for instance. Available in black white, blue, or red, it's a retro-inspired spin on classic refrigerator design, and it only costs $1,200. While not inexpensive, that's roughly at the bottom of the bottom freezer price range, making this fridge a design-minded bargain.
Up at the high end of the bottom freezer price scale sits the LG LDC24370ST, which costs $1,800. The stainless-steel build keeps things clean and simple, and the inside is filled with helpful, user-friendly features. Plus, it's one of the best-performing fridges we've tested, meaning the value stretches far beyond the good-looks.
If you see slate as a step down from stainless steel, you won't have to pay that much to step back up. At an MSRP of $1,000, we like this all-stainless steel Frigidaire model for its simple, understated build and solid value.