Chill Out: Finding Great Deals on Cheap Refrigerators

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A pristine stainless steel refrigerator sits in a clean kitchen, with its upper door open to reveal a plethora of food.

Frozen eggs, warm beer, wilted greens, curdled milk: all these are signs it’s time for a new refrigerator. An essential major appliance, refrigerators come in various styles and sizes to meet both individual and family needs — and the best part is that finding one that fits your aesthetic and budget is as easy as doing some online research and visiting a few big-box retailers.

Without further ado, here are the best places to score some truly great, cheap refrigerators:

AJ Madison

This major contender only has one brick-and-mortar store in Brooklyn, New York, but they claim to offer more brands than any of their competitors and an impressive website that ships anywhere in the continental US. For refrigerator shoppers, they offer popular lines including Maytag, Whirlpool, FiveStar, Samsung, Viking, GE, LG, and Frigidaire. Installation is available through a third party in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, although it may cost you a bit more. Whether you shop at their store or order online, be sure to check out their online rebate center for extra savings on many top brands.

Amazon

For a lot of people, Amazon is the go-to destination for everything from household goods to socks and underwear. They also sell fridges, although upon looking you’ll see that big brands like GE, Samsung, and Whirlpool are noticeably absent from their inventory. Indeed, the refrigerator selection here varies so much it can even change daily, so if you see a great deal, don’t dawdle. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on outstanding savings. Amazon’s appliances also include gourmet and European models you won’t find at other American retailers. Delivery terms vary by brand, of course, so be sure to read the fine print before hitting that “Buy It Now” button.

Best Buy

Shoppers often choose Best Buy for their electronic needs based on their wide selection of the latest models and most sought-after brands. Those advantages also apply to major kitchen appliances. Yes, this store has everything from basic, no frills refrigerators to top-of-the-line models with every imaginable extra, including special compartments to keep specialty foods fresh, remote access to check food inventory, touch-screen programming, and speed chilling. You’ll also be able to review all the environmental specs of each model here, which tell you exactly how much energy savings each refrigerator will give you over their respective lifetimes.

Best Buy offers free delivery on purchases of $399 and more, and for a little extra, they’ll even haul away your old refrigerator and install the new one for you.

Costco

Costco shoppers get so caught up in grazing food samples and ogling the roast chicken display that they forget the store also sells major appliances, including an entire line of top-brand refrigerators. The iconic big-box store’s members get some great perks with appliance purchases not offered by other sellers. For example, Costco offers an optional two-year extended warranty that lets you sleep better and could also save you substantial cash down the road if your refrigerator stops working or develops other problems over the next few years. On top of that, free technical support is available in the event that one of those new-fangled features gives you some trouble up-front. Finally, Costco provides free set-up and delivery of your new fridge and hauls away your old unit at no cost at all. Given all that, it seems pretty obvious that the savings here will quickly pay for the necessary membership fee.

Home Depot

A favorite destination for DIY fanatics, Home Depot also stocks a wide assortment of refrigerators, from basic models to ones with all the latest bells and whistles. While their in-store display is inspiring, their website is the real show-stopper. It includes clear pictures and graphics of all models, along with comparison charts regarding cubic footage of each refrigerator and freezer compartment, energy savings, consumer ratings, extras, and much, much more.

Price matching is also unique to Home Depot online appliance purchases. More specifically, they promise to match any advertised price from a local competitor plus shipping charges. On-site shoppers receive a 10-percent discount on any rival’s advertised price on in-stock appliances. If your total price for the fridge is at least $396, you also get free delivery and hook-up (except on gas appliances). Throw in an extra $15, and they’ll haul away your old refrigerator, too.

Lowe’s

Always in the price comparison game, Lowe’s sells all the big name refrigerators like LG, GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, Maytag, and just about every other brand you may have heard of. Since their website is rather limited in pertinent information, in-store shopping may garner more information here.

Price matching is a big plus at Lowe’s, especially since they’ll even price match local warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco. Unfortunately, no percentage discounts over competing prices are offered here, which can be considerable on big-ticket items. But a big plus is next-day delivery, free to customers who spend at least $396, and free unpacking and set-up. An extra $20 takes the old refrigerator off your hands forever.

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