Best French Door Refrigerators 2013
Best in Efficiency
French Door refrigerators aren’t generally the most efficient. Which is why the refrigerators on this list all the more praiseworthy. There are difficulties with sealing and insulating where the doors come together in the middle. Unlike with Side By Side refrigerators where there is usually a divider, with French Doors the upper compartment is left open.
These refrigerators however overcome those difficulties to post extremely good energy efficiency numbers. They are all Energy Star qualified at the CEE Tier 3 level in fact, which is the highest energy rating a refrigerator can get. So which models made our list? Let’s find out!
French Door: LG’s LSFS213ST – Bronze
LG starts us out with the LSFS213ST at the #3 most energy efficient French Door refrigerator you can buy in 2013. This isn’t some basic model where all the features have been stripped out either, it’s part of their LG Studio line of premium refrigerators. That means you’ll find temperature controlled and humidity controlled doors, Spill Protector™ sliding and folding shelves, LoDecibel™ sound management, child lock, digital controls, door alarm, LED lighting, and lots more!
The LSFS213ST also comes with an in-door Slim SpacePlus™ ice maker that free’s up more room in the freezer compartment. Their tall ice and water dispenser is perfectly incorporated into the exterior design. Contoured stainless steel doors and commercial grade handles make this one of the better look refrigerators as well.
Energy efficiency is where LG’s LSFS213ST really shines though. It’s linear compressor not only performs well, but comes with a 10 year limited warranty. With CEE Tier 3 certification the LSFS213ST from LG sits high on the list of most energy efficient refrigerators, and certainly deserves the spot here on our best list for 2013.
French Door: RF263BEAESR from Samsung – Silver
Samsung captures the Silver in our list of most energy efficient French Door fridges for 2013 with their RF263BEAESR refrigerator. This is a 25.6 cubic foot refrigerator that has plenty of features to add to it’s exceptional energy efficiency. CEE Tier 3 at 31.4% more efficient than Federal Standards makes this the second most efficient French Door refrigerator you can buy at the start of 2013. (If you are interested in buying the RF263BEAESR, you can find it for about $700 less than it’s $2799 MSRP!)
Perhaps the most interesting feature of this refrigerator is it’s ice maker. The other refrigerators on this list will make about 3 lbs of ice a day, but that’s nothing compared to the RF263BEAESR’s output of 10 lbs per day. That’s over 3 times the amount of ice that the competitors on this list produce.
Samsung’s Twin Cooling® Plus technology ensures that not only is the RF263BEAESR efficient, but it also will keep your food fresher for longer. Twin Cooling® Plus works by keeping the fresh food at a higher humidity level with dual evaporators, and circulating air throughout the compartment. There are also temperature and humidity controlled drawers, as well as a full width removable pantry drawer for easy serving.
French Door: 2013’s Most Efficient – Gold
Not satisfied with just the Bronze, LG is back to claim Gold with their LFX28991ST French Door refrigerator. This is a big refrigerator at 27.6 cubic feet, but still short of the largest ones from LG. When it comes to energy efficiency though, it’s huge! 36% better than Federal Standards, the LFX28991ST is almost 5% more efficient than the second place refrigerator. That’s a huge gap!
The LFX28991ST doesn’t skimp on features to hit it’s impressive energy efficiency numbers either. Even at 36% better than Federal Standards, this LG fridge comes equipped with in-door water and ice dispenser, SmartDiagnosis™, LoDecibel™ sound management, water and air filters, temperature and humidity controlled drawers, and Spill Protector™ tempered glass shelves.
LG’s LFX28991ST is a very impressive refrigerator all-around, and one of our favorite fridges for 2013! It’s still available from LG’s website, but can be found elsewhere for much less than it’s $2999 MSRP.