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What are the best French-door fridges?

We look at the pros and cons of this type of fridge, and which models CHOICE experts recommend.

Last updated: 21 March 2024

If you're buying a new fridge and you want to opt for something bigger and fancier than the old-school top- or bottom-mount models, you may be considering a French-door fridge. 

Favoured for their stylish looks with multiple doors, good storage capacity and added features (always dreamt of having a built-in water dispenser?), these fridges are billed as a great option for large households or keen entertainers.

But here's the catch: they're among the priciest models on the market, with some costing more than $5000.

So, are French-door fridges worth it, and which is the best to buy?

Price doesn't always equal performance

CHOICE experts have put several French-door fridges through their paces in our labs and note that each has slightly different features and performs differently. 

And price doesn't always equal performance – some that cost several thousand dollars failed to impress our testers. 

Here we explain some pros and cons and, exclusively for CHOICE members, we reveal which ones came out top in our tests. 

What is a French-door fridge?

French-door fridges have double doors that open outwards – you can open a single door at a time or both – to reveal wide shelves inside. They may have one or two large freezer drawers on the bottom, or another 'cupboard-style' freezer.

They're typically larger than other types of fridge:

  • Average width: 920–960mm
  • Average height: 1700–1800mm
  • Average depth: 900–960mm.

Best things about French-door fridges

  • Modern and stylish: If you've spent thousands on a luxe kitchen renovation and want a top-of-the-range fridge that looks the biz, a French-door fridge fits the brief.  
  • Large with good storage capacity: It's easier to fit wide platters or dishes in both the fridge and freezer than in a single-door unit, and they usually have larger door bins than traditional fridges.
  • Multiple configurations and styles available: Their large size means they have many options for shelving configurations based on your needs, and you can opt for a drawer-style freezer or cupboard-style freezer. 
  • Lots of added features available: These include built-in ice and water dispensers and multi-use compartments. One brand's French-door fridges also include an 'auto-fill' water jug.

Disadvantages of French-door fridges

  • They're bigger so they use more energy and cost more to run: The 10-year running cost for French-door models in our current test ranges from $1280 to $2520. By comparison, the 10-year running cost for top- or bottom-mount fridges in our current test ranges from $808 to $1684.
  • Ice makers and water chillers can take up a lot of fridge space: Ice makers, for example, can take up to 30% of your freezer capacity. 
  • Large physical form: They can take up a lot of space and can't fit in a tight corner.
  • More expensive than other styles: The French-door fridges we've tested in our labs range in price from $1540 to $4649, with the average price being about $3000. By comparison, the top-mount fridges in our test cost from $549 to $1425, with bottom-mount fridges starting at $999.

Which are the best French-door fridges?

We independently test and review dozens of new fridges each year in our onsite labs, and we recommend fridges that achieve a CHOICE Expert Rating of 75% and at least 60% for all aspects of temperature performance.

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lg gf b530bl



  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 87% (Recommended)
  • Volume: 530L
  • Price: $1999
  • Brand reliability score: 89%

This 530L LG was rated 'very good' or 'excellent' across every single test our experts ran – that's no small feat, considering how rigorous our tests are. 

"This fridge scores well across the board in our tests, and actually received the top score of not only all the French-door fridges, but every other fridge in our current test," says CHOICE appliance expert Ashley Iredale.

It's also the cheapest recommended French-door fridge in our test, outscoring even fridges that cost $4000+. 

The only critique our experts had is that it doesn't have a chiller. It also doesn't have an ice dispenser or water dispenser, but some people prefer not to have these as they can reduce the amount of usable space in the fridge and freezer.

Read the full LG GF-B530BL review


Samsung SRF7300SA.

Samsung SRF7300SA

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 86%
  • Volume: 649L
  • Price: $3399
  • Brand reliability score: 78%

If you're a sucker for interesting features, you'll be impressed by the auto-fill water pitcher that comes with this fridge – a self-refilling water jug that sits in the fridge door, meaning you'll never run out of chilled water. 

It also scored particularly well for temperature stability. 

Read the full Samsung SRF7300SA review.

lggf l570pl



  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 83%
  • Volume: 570L
  • Price: $3119
  • Brand reliability score: 89%

Another high-performing LG, this model scored well across all our tests, doing particularly well in temperature range, response to outside temperature, noise level and default setting. 

The only quibble our testers had was its lack of a chiller, but it does have a water and an ice dispenser.

Read the full LG GF-L570PL review.

The best of the (recommended) rest

These models are also recommended, scoring 75% and higher.

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