Best Refrigerators 2013: Consumer Reports vs Viewpoints

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Viewpoints vs Consumer Reports top refrigerators

When you are ready to buy a refrigerator you want the best, and whether you want to spend a little or a lot, you want to get the best value for what you are spending. Below are the top five models from Consumer Reports for 2013 and how they matched up with the same or similar models reviewed on Viewpoints.

Superb Temperature Controls and Energy Efficiency

Samsung 31.7 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator

Samsung 31.7 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator

Consumer Reports Pick: Samsung T9000 RF32FMQDBSR ($3500)

Consumer Reports Says: It’s the first 4 door refrigerator in the industry and “Besides boasting superb temperature control and energy efficiency, it’s No. 1 among all refrigerators in terms of usable capacity, with nearly 23 cubic feet among its three chambers.”

Viewpoints Pick: The Samsung T9000 has not been reviewed as of yet on Viewpoints but Viewpoints writers like the KitchenAid Architect Series II French door refrigerator KFCS22EVMS for temperature control.

Viewpoints Says:

“We love this refrigerator. It is very durable, has plenty of room, very easy to clean, looks nice, and rates a 10 in temperature control.” — rosa11tr

On Viewpoints this refrigerator scores a 9.2/10 on temperature controls and an 85/100 overall.

First Sparkling Water Dispenser from Sodastream and Great Middle Drawer

 Samsung 30.5 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator

Samsung 30.5 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator

Consumer Reports Pick: Samsung RF31FMESBSR ($2900)

Consumer Reports Says: This is the first refrigerator of its kind with a water dispenser from Sodastream. It also has flexibility of functions for the middle drawer as “Its temperature-controlled middle drawer can go from 29° F for meat to 42° F for party platters.”

Viewpoints Pick: Viewpoints reviewers loved another model, the Samsung 25.5 cu ft French Door Refrigerator RF4267HARS for its middle drawer.

Viewpoints Says:

“I love the middle drawer which allows for separate housing and temperature control for items from ‘Wine and Party Dishes’ to ‘Meat and Fish.’” —NGCW

“We love the 4th drawer too! It’s an an excellent place to keep sandwich makings, puddings and other grab ‘ n ‘ go cold snacks.” — Clabk2000

Hot Water Dispenser in Refrigerator

GE Cafe 29 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator with Hot Water Dispenser

GE Cafe 29 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator with Hot Water Dispenser

Consumer Reports Pick: GE Cafe French Door Bottom Freezer CFE29TSDSS ($3,000)

Consumer Reports Says: This is the first refrigerator that can produce hot water. The temperature can be tepid or piping hot and this refrigerator also boasts is dual evaporators will maintain a higher humidity level in the fresh food section.

Viewpoints Pick: Viewpoints reviewers love another model with great humidity, the LG 30.7 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator LFX31925ST.

Viewpoints Says: Viewpoints reviewers give this refrigerator a 93/100 overall and a 9.7/10 in temperature control.

“Excellent temperature control. I have actually kept a bag of salad and a stalk of celery fresh and crisp for 10 days.” —QueenSala

Hidden Compartment

Kenmore 31 cu. ft. Grab-N-Go French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

Kenmore 31 cu. ft. Grab-N-Go French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

Consumer Reports Pick: Kenmore Elite 7206[3] ($3600)

Consumer Reports Says: This refrigerator has a hidden compartment on the door, allowing you to grab often used items without opening the rest of the refrigerator. This refrigerator is also great for temperature performance, efficiency, and quietness.

Viewpoints Pick: Viewpoints reviewers also liked the Kenmore Elite 33 cu. ft. French door Refrigerator 72093 for quietness and temperature control.

Viewpoints Says: This refrigerator rates a 90/100 on Viewpoints and an overall rating of an 8.8/10 on quietness and a 9.4/10 on temperature control.

“I never hear any noises from the refrigerator, not even when ice is being made.” —CindyGibsonBrown

“Excellent! Have not had any problem with some foods freezing and others being too warm. Very even temperature control.” —lizwilcox

Low Cost/High Value

Haier Energy Star Rated Frost-Free Top Freezer Refrigerator, 20.7 Cubic Feet

Haier Energy Star Rated Frost-Free Top Freezer Refrigerator, 20.7 Cubic Feet

Consumer Reports Pick: Haier HT21TS45SW ($800)

Consumer Reports Says: This 17.5 cu. ft. top-freezer has solid temperature performance and energy efficiency for its cost.

Viewpoints Pick: Viewpoint reviewers also love the Frigidaire Top Freezer Refrigerator FRT21S6JK th

($649) for its’ overall value.

Viewpoints Says: This refrigerator has an overall rating of 92/100, and many reviewers talk about the cost effectiveness of this refrigerator.

“it is not energy star compliant but for the same fridge energy star compliant we would have paid an extra $300. The cost to operate it monthly was only about $5 difference and it would have taken us over 10 years to recoup the difference in cost, the way we figured. I would go with this fridge again!” — Sporksoma

All of these refrigerators would make excellent choices. This information can help lead you to the kind of refrigerator that you are looking for and help you to get the most value from your money. If you find yourself buying one of these newer models please come back to Viewpoints and share your review!

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Jackie Conn is a penny pinching, stay-at-home mom who has researched and written reviews for 7 years.