If you're looking to design your dream kitchen, a built-in refrigerator allows you to create a seamless, integrated space for storing, prepping and serving foods. Built-in refrigerators can be positioned within custom cabinetry and some can accept custom panels so they blend into your kitchen's decor. We've chosen our top five picks for the best built-in refrigerators from 2017 below.
If you're a serious home chef looking to outfit your kitchen with restaurant-grade appliances, the Viking Professional 5 Series 48-inch built-in refrigerator is a great pick. With a spacious 29.1-cubic foot capacity, this side-by-side model offers some serious storage space. In particular, we loved the five adjustable glass shelves and seven metal door bins, designed to secure heavy containers. The six clear refrigerator drawers with adjustable humidity are another stand-out feature, giving you flexibility to carefully organize your fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and deli items.
The Energy Star-rated Viking Professional 5 Series refrigerator also makes use of a cutting-edge Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier to actively eliminate bacteria and mold spores. This is also a great model if you have a particular kitchen color scheme in mind: find it in panel-ready finish, stainless steel, black, white, Apple Red, Graphite Grey, Cobalt Blue, and burgundy.
The GE Profile 42-inch side-by-side refrigerator is our next pick for the top built-ins of 2017, and a great model for families. This stylish stainless steel model boasts a big 24.3-cubic foot capacity and the flexibility of four adjustable cantilever glass shelves with spill-proof rims. There are also plenty of convenient storage features in this model, such as a gallon door bin, four additional door compartments, deli drawer, produce drawer and an adjustable climate control drawer.
The stand-out feature with the GE Profile is the external ice and water dispenser. Fans of this model like the speedy and smooth operation of the dispenser. If you have a sensitive pallet you'll also appreciate the dedicated evaporator, which keeps the ice and water free of food odors. The ice dispenser also includes temperature controls for easy access, and a child-safety lock to prevent accidental adjustments.
If you're in the market for a French door built-in refrigerator, Fisher & Paykel Active Smart 36-inch panel-ready refrigerator is our top choice. This model offers 16.8 cubic feet of space divided between a top double-door refrigerator and bottom pull-out drawer freezer. We liked the independent climate control feature that controls refrigerator and freezer sections separately, as well as the humidity control system with "ActiveSmart" technology that allows you to create a micro-climate ideal for your produce. Fisher & Paykel also put a lot of attention into energy efficient technologies, with sensors recording and responding to temperature fluctuations.
The Frigidaire Gallery Series 32-inch all refrigerator unit works as either a freestanding or built-in appliance. Offering an amazing 18.6 cubic feet of refrigerator space, this model allows you to store weeks' worth of groceries, while Frigidaire's PureAir Ultra Air Filter keeps those items fresh. The clean, stainless steel exterior features a smudge-proof finish that resists fingerprints and makes wipe-downs a breeze.
Inside, the Gallery Series refrigerator offers spacious flexibility in its adjustable glass shelves, Store-More Crisper Drawer with three compartments, and an extra-wide deli drawer that spans the entire width of the fridge, giving you plenty of space for meats and cheeses. The door also features two full-width bins with gallon storage and four half-width bins to organize all your condiments and beverages with ease. Two tiers of LED lighting fully illuminate all the shelves and bins to ensure everything is easy to spot at a glance. This refrigerator is also very cost effective, while offering two units for a combined 64"!
The slim but spacious Sub-Zero 30-inch integrated bottom-freezer refrigerator is an excellent built-in choice for a custom designed compact kitchen. Or, use it in tandem with other Sub-Zero cooling appliances in a larger dream kitchen. This 15.6-cubic foot bottom-freezer model provides three adjustable shelves with a special coating that limits the spread of spills without using rims. Sub-Zero has also been a leader in Dual Refrigeration technology, which offers separate compressors and cooling systems so the refrigerator stays moist and cool, while freezer remains dry to prevent frost and freezer burn.