Refrigerator brands include Viking, KGE, Whirlpool, Samsung, Kenmore, Electrolux, Bosch and Frigidaire. The manufacturer Whirlpool is a well-establised American business, and its brands include Maytag and KitchenAid. This Michigan-based company has been rated one of the top 25 most reputable U.S. companies by Forbes Magazine.
Refrigerators usually come with freezers attached, in three standard styles. There is the side-by-side refrigerator, a bottom freezer style and a top freezer style. Compact refrigerators are also available, as are custom, built-in designs that blend with kitchen cabinetry in an individual home.
As of 2014, Consumer Reports rated GE and Samsung as the best side-by-side appliances, while warning against KitchenAid side-by-sides. For bottom freezers, Consumer Reports recommends avoiding Electrolux and its related brand, Frigidaire. Instead, the Kenmore Elite is its recommended brand, as of November 2014. For appliances with the freezer on top, two versions of Kenmore with both a high and low price point are the recommended options, while GE and Whirlpool brands most often need repairs.
When positioning a refrigerator by any maker, it should be pulled out a few inches from the wall so that air circulate. Condenser coils are able to regulate heat better when the coils are cleaned periodically.