When you have many mouths to feed (or just several very hungry family members), not having enough fridge or freezer space is a major inconvenience.
Large-capacity fridges are typically evaluated as such if they offer 25 to 29 cubic feet of volume. And if your space can afford your ambitions for more, ultra-large capacity starts at 30 cubic feet.
It should be noted that recent large-capacity models are manufactured to retain standard widths and, instead, alter the heights and depths across all configuration types.
To determine the ideal capacity for your prospective purchase, measuring the available space you hope to fill with your new refrigerator is a good start. As you assess the height, width, and depth of the space, be sure to take several measurements from different locations in case your cabinets or floors are uneven. In addition, don’t forget to measure the door opening (i.e., outswing path), allow room for the hinge, and account for ventilation.
Then, of course, look at the size of your family. Will your family be growing soon? Are you always the host? For reference, each adult will need at least 4 to 6 cubic feet of refrigerator space, and a typical family of four will need at least 20 cubic feet of capacity—and likely more as your family grows and as long as holidays continue to be celebrated.
Now, here are our favorite refrigerators from some of our most trusted brands. To take your aesthetic and functional preferences into account, we’ve listed them by their configuration type.
Our Favorite Top-Freezer Refrigerator
Measuring up to 33 inches wide, top-freezer refrigerators entail a larger fridge compartment at the lower level with a smaller freezer at the top. This tried-and-true style remains the most popular not just by its convenient organization but also by virtue of its affordability.
That said, it should be noted that top-freezer refrigerators are not among the most capacious configurations; however, if you’d like to maximize food storage in a compact kitchen, this style is a viable option.
To name a few, humidity-controlled crispers help maintain humidity levels to help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables. And easy access to fresh filtered water with an internal water dispenser makes it so you can enjoy a cold glass the instant you feel parched or fill up a small pot to boil water.
Our Favorite Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
A highly popular model, the bottom-freezer fridge includes a drawer freezer at the lower level. Hailed for its convenient organization, this style lets you access the items you reach for the most often, without having to strain your back and neck. And compared to its top-freezer counterpart, this style has a larger interior capacity in the freezer compartment, though their total volumes are comparable overall.
Batting for bottom-freezer models is the
Our Favorite French-Door Refrigerator
We’re onto the heavy hitters now.
As far as standard refrigerator sizes go, French-door refrigerators can measure up to 36 inches wide. Defined by their two side-by-side fridge doors and one or two bottom freezer drawers, this refrigerator style is also more energy-efficient compared to models with just one door since less cold air escapes the appliance when opened.
With built-in refrigerator options, you can expect more. Most impressively, the
Our Favorite Side-by-Side Refrigerator
If you tend to shop for your groceries in bulk, you’re in luck: Side-by-side refrigerators entail a vertical freezer next to the fridge compartment. As far as freezer sizes go, this style has the largest among traditional configurations. In fact, outside of built-in options, side-by-side refrigerators can hold the most items with a maximum width of 40 inches. This type of large-capacity fridge is also ideal if you’re looking for a slim appliance that doesn’t sacrifice on storage space.
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