Best Energy Star Refrigerators: 10 Models from High to Low

After air conditioning, refrigerators use more energy than any other appliance in the home. Most of us aren't about to ditch the fridge completely, but we can make a difference by choosing Energy Star refrigerators, which are 20% or more energy efficient than the federal standard. From high-end built-ins to budget-friendly models, here are ten refrigerators to consider.

High
1 Sub-Zero Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer (BI-30U) – Energy Star Rating: 27%, Price: about $7699
2 Jenn-Air Built-In Side-By-Side Refrigerator with Dispenser (JS42PPDUDB) – Energy Star Rating: 15%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Price: $7200
3 Miele Built-in Fully Integrated Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (KF 1801) – Energy Star Rating: 33%, Price: about $6999

Middle
4 Whirlpool Freezer on Bottom French Door Refrigerator (GX5FHTXVY) – Energy Star Rating: 20%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Consumer Reports Best Buy, Price: $1799-1999
5 Whirlpool Side By Side Refrigerator (GS5VHAXWA) – Energy Star Rating: 30%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Price: $1599-1799
6 Kenmore Elite French-Door Refrigerator w/ Acceler-Ice (7759) – Energy Star Rating: 20%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Price: $1560-1800

Low
7 GE Top-Freezer Refrigerator (GTH21KCXWW) – Energy Star Rating: 20%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Price: $939
8 Kenmore Top Freezer Refrigerator (7997) – Energy Star Rating: 20%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Consumer Reports Best Buy, Price: $807-977
9 Whirlpool Freezer On Top Refrigerator (W9RXXMFWQ) – Energy Star Rating: 31%, GreenerChoices.org Energy Efficiency Rating: Excellent, Consumer Reports Best Buy, Price: $799-999
10 Sanyo Frost-Free Apartment-Size (SR-1031W/S) – Energy Star Rating: 21%, Price: $436.63 on Amazon.com

[Information via U.S. Energy Information Administration, Energy Star, GreenerChoices.org, The Green Guide, and individual manufacturers]

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