Finding the right refrigerator can be tricky, especially if you want a high-quality yet affordable brand made in the United States of America. So which refrigerators are made in the USA?
Despite popular belief, many brands of refrigerators are manufactured in the USA. Amongst the most well-known are Whirlpool, General Electric, Viking Refrigerators, Thermador, and Sub-Zero. They are widely available and have a rich history of quality products.
To help choose the right refrigerator for your home, we will explore some of the more popular models from the brands mentioned above. We will also briefly discuss some of the brands’ history to better understand their affiliation to the United States of America.
Refrigerator Consumer Brands and Luxury Brands
Our list of refrigerator manufacturers includes two consumer brands: Whirlpool and General Electric, three luxury brands, Viking, Thermador, and Sub-Zero. All are made and manufactured in the United States of America; however, the consumer base differs widely due to price, size, and function.
Whirlpool has a rich history starting in 1911. Lou Upton, an insurance salesman, founded the Upton Machine Company in Michigan with his uncle Emory Upton, who owned a machine shop. Lou acquired a patent to a manual clothes washer following a failed business venture. He approached his uncle and inquired if Emory could add an electric motor to the design. With investment from a retailing executive Lowell Bassford, they started producing electric motor-driven washing machines.
The company grew steadily in the next decades, overcoming technical and economic problems, and sold its first Whirlpool-branded automatic spinner-type washer in 1948. Whirlpool diversified and acquired the Seeger refrigerator company in 1955 and started to produce Consul Refrigerators. Today Whirlpool is a major manufacturer of not only refrigerators but also various kitchen appliances. They continue to produce their products in the USA.
Our Whirlpool fridge recommendations
Whirlpool fridges come highly recommended as they offer a nice variety of sizes, features, and standard colors. Below we offer our two favorites for budget-conscious buyers as well as big spenders.
Best bang for the buck
If you are in the market for a budget-friendly refrigerator, we recommend the 28-inch Wide Top Freezer Refrigerator model, WRT134TFDW. Coming in at a very reasonable $659, this models’ features include;
- Quiet Cooling, because nothing is more annoying than being woken by your fridge starting up in the middle of the night
- ADA compliance means that this fridge meet the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and is accessible to everyone
- Freezer Temperature Controls allow you to regulate the temperature in the freezer separately from the fridge’s temperature
- Energy Star Certified ensures that this refrigerator consumes electricity safely and sparingly to save you money on utility bills
Money is no object
If you have the cash to spare and you are looking for the crème de la crème of refrigerators, we recommend the 36-inch Wide Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator model, WRF954CIHZ. For $3998, you can expect a multitude of features such as;
- Fingerprint resistant surfaces come in handy when you are busy cooking and have to access the fridge or just have kids
- Infinity slide shelves for those leftovers from thanksgiving
- Platter pockets for pizzas, browny pans, or even lasagna
- Indoor ice storage for easy access to ice cubes for drinks
- Auto-Humidity Crispers are especially useful when storing fruits and vegetables of all sizes to help keep them fresh and crisp
- Freezeshield Option helps prevent freezer burn by reducing temperature fluctuations
- 30% more storage than competing brands
- Deli Drawer with Customizable Temperature which is ideal for keeping proteins and different kinds of meat in premium condition
General Electric is one of the most well-known appliance manufacturers in North America and is 150 years old. General Electric originally was comprised of many individual businesses in which Thomas Alva Eddison, the inventor of the light bulb, had business interests. In 1889 these individual businesses were merged into one big company called General Electric and headquartered in New York.
The first-ever commercially available electric refrigerator was invented and produced by General Electric in 1927. It was called the Monitor-Top and cost $520, which would be around $7000 today. This type of refrigerator would continue to be produced and sold well into the 1940s. General Electric’s Appliance Park was built in 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky, where it remains one of the largest appliances manufacturers in the United States today.
Our General Electric Recommendations
General Electric produces some of the most popular refrigerators in the United States of America and has a reputation for quality products and service. As before, we will list a budget-friendly option alongside a no holds luxury model, leaving the choice in your hands.
General Electric budget-friendly fridges
The GE® 17.5 Cu. Ft. Top-Freezer Refrigerator, model GTS18DTNRBB, is an excellent choice for smaller apartments. It comes with everything a couple or small family needs for daily life at the low price of $709. The features include;
- Adjustable wire racks for easy reconfigurability to handle most food containers
- LED lighting comes in handy when you want to get that glass of milk in the middle of the night without waking anyone up
- Upfront separate freezer and fresh food section temperature control to individually regulate the temperature of your frozen goods and refrigerated produce
- Separate dairy compartment for products such as cheese and butter
- Gallon door storage bins enable you to store larger containers
- Clear crisper drawer that allows you to organize your fruits and vegetables neatly
- Highgloss handles that not only look good but cleans up easily
General Electric deep pocket option
The GE Profile™ 27.9 Cu. Ft. Smart Fingerprint Resistant 4-Door French-Door Refrigerator with Door In Door comes in at a hefty price of $3799 but with luxury features such as;
- The Hands-free autofill station will fill any container with filtered water while you go about other tasks in the kitchen
- An Adjustable temperature drawer with bin caddy that allows you to organize and store a variety of things such as canned drinks and control their temperature separately
- The LED light wall illuminates every corner of this big fridge with clear white light
- Soft-close drawers ensure that your fruits and vegetables remain crisp and fresh and close smoothly and softly
- The door in door rotating bin is perfect for storing bottles of wine, beer, or your favorite beverages
- Built-in Wifi notifies you when you have left the door open and lets you know what the temperature is at all times
Luxury refrigerator brands made in the United States of America
As mentioned before, the luxury brands of refrigerators manufactured in America are Sub-Zero, Thermadore, and Viking Refrigerators. Some of these brands have price tags that start at $5000 and only go up. However, there is a reason for this. Sub-Zero, for instance, has options to be custom-built into your home to your specific directions. Viking and Thermadore come in various high spec options used in some of the most expensive and luxury hotels and retreats in the world.
We will explore one option from each brand that exemplifies the exceptionally high-end refrigeration we have come to associate with these brands.
At $7999, the Thermador Freedom Collection model T36IT905NP is a beautiful stainless steel 36inch Panel French doored model with a total capacity of 19.4 CU.FT. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in style and features. Wifi, carbon air filters, Theater LED lighting, Diamond ice-making system, and UltraClarity Water filter are but some of this refrigerator’s features.
Viking steps it up a notch price-wise with the 5 Series model VCSB5483SS at $11069. This 48-inch built-in refrigerator with a 29.1 CU. FT capacity comes with Plasmacluster Air Purifying, adjustable humidity drawers, and much much more. You can choose from seven different color schemes, with colors ranging from gold to cobalt blue. Viking claims that it also has spillproof shelves with nanotechnology that creates an invisible barrier to contains spills.
Sub-Zero refrigerators are considered by many to be designer appliances. The 36″ Classic Refrigerator with Glass Door model is no exception at an estimated price tag of $12000. It has a glass panel allowing you to see inside the refrigerator, with a fully automatic icemaker, Wifi, LED lighting, Crisper, and automatic defrost mode, making it not just a pretty designer piece but also a very functional refrigerator.
Many different brands of refrigerators are still manufactured in the United States of America. Your choices are limited only by your budget and practical needs. And if money is no object, you can have a designer refrigerator in your home.