10 Best Sabbath Mode Refrigerators [Star-K] to Cool Food on Shabbat (2018)

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Sabbath Mode Refrigerators

Remember the days where you had to manually turn off the refrigerator light before Shabbat?

I remember having to unscrew the lightbulb, covering the switch with scotch tape to stop it from turning it on, and other annoying workarounds.

Well, not anymore…

Thankfully, some of the biggest refrigerator brands didn’t forget about us Jews and created Sabbath mode refrigerators to make things easier on us.

Never again will you have to worry about turning off the lights yourself, disabling the door’s digital display or any other advanced feature the fridge might have.

In this article, we’ll shine a light on the best Shabbat & Yom Tov friendly refrigerators you can get your hands on.

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What Exactly is “Sabbath Mode”?

As you probably know – Shabbat has some restrictions.

According to Halacha, we’re not allowed to do any creative work on Shabbos (Melachot Shabbat). That includes lighting a fire, preparing food or using electricity-based products, like refrigerators (among others).

Thankfully, we live in the 21st century… many modern technology solutions were introduced to make life easier for us, so we can continue observing the Sabbath without sacrificing our lifestyle – one of those solutions is the Sabbath mode.

Sabbath mode is a special feature included in many modern home & kitchen appliances, which enables the use of the appliance on Shabbat.

Keep in Mind

This doesn’t mean the refrigerator can be used in the exact same way it’s used during a weekday. It simply means that the fridge comes with a special mode that disables the electronic pieces of the refrigerator, such as the interior lights, the digital display, sounds and any other advanced feature a Sabbath mode fridge might have.

What does “Star-K” Certified Mean?

Not every refrigerator labeled as “Sabbath Mode” is actually Shabbat certified. Just like when you go to a Kosher restaurant, you’d like to know if the restaurant just claims it’s Kosher or is it actually Kosher certified? If you’re “extra observant”, you might even check if the certification (Hechsher) is strict enough.

The same goes when you buy kitchen appliances: some kitchen appliance vendors create appliances with a “Sabbath Mode” feature, but did they actually certify their appliances? Now that’s a totally different question.

That’s where Star-K comes in…

Star-K is an officially recognized Kashrus organization that works with kitchen appliance manufacturers who are looking to “Kosherize” their products to make it available to Shabbat-observant Jews with strict requirements.

Now, every person is different:

  • Some Jews are happy with a Sabbath mode refrigerator, even if it doesn’t have a Star-K certification
  • Others require their refrigerator to be Star-K certified.

Since I can’t tell where you fit in, I decided to include the best of both refrigerators with, AND without a Star-K certification – so you can decide which one fits best for your needs.

Top Sabbath Mode Refrigerators

Now that we know what “Sabbath Mode” and “Star-K certified” actually mean, it’s time we take a look at the top refrigerators you can use on Shabbat:

           
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RefrigeratorKitchenaid Krmf706ess French Door RefrigeratorKitchenAid KRMF706ESS French Door RefrigeratorHaier Hrq16n3bgs 4 Door Refrigerator Haier HRQ16N3BGS 4 Door RefrigeratorElectrolux Ei26ss30js Side By Side RefrigeratorElectrolux EI23CS35KS Side by Side RefrigeratorGe Gne29gmkes French Door RefrigeratorGE GNE29GMKES French Door RefrigeratorFisher Paykel Activesmart Rf170adusx4 French Door RefigeratorFisher Paykel RF170ADUSX4 French Door RefrigeratorFrigidaire Ffhb2750ts French Door RefrigeratorFrigidaire FFHB2750TS French Door RefrigeratorLiebherr Cs2062 French Door RefrigeratorLiebherr CS2062 French Door RefrigeratorKitchenaid Kbsd608ebs Side By Side RefrigeratorKitchenAid KBSD608EBS Side by Side RefrigeratorKitchenaid Kbsd608ebs Side By Side RefrigeratorKitchenAid KBSD608EBS Side by Side RefrigeratorWhirlpool Urb551wngz Bottom Freezer RefrigeratorWhirlpool URB551WNGZ Refrigerator
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KitchenAid KRMF706ESS French Door Refrigerator

Top Pick

Kitchenaid Krmf706ess French Door Refrigerator

Pros

  • TONS of storage space
  • Plenty of features
  • Impressive sleek design
  • Includes ice maker & water dispenser
  • Star-K certified

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Ice maker isn’t reliable

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Why Should You Get It?

Let’s start with the design: magnificent.

And I mean the kind of sleek design that captures the attention of your guests if you let them in the kitchen (expect “Ooooh and Aaahs”)… and yes, it gives you the urge to show them the kitchen… after all, who doesn’t love compliments?

That includes KitchenAid’s innovative 5-door configuration (including 2 soft-close drawers) – who here the first in the industry to introduce such a design. You know what that means?

No more stuffing everything on one shelf, and no more spending 30 minutes finding what you’re looking for every time you open the fridge.

But it’s not just the design… you know, let’s not judge the refrigerator by its cover…but by its size!

KitchenAid’s French door refrigerator has a TON of space – it has 25.8 cu ft. capacity. 

How much is that exactly?

Well, it can hold approximately 26 bags of groceries (!). I don’t know about you, but given my size, even I could fit in that thing…

The massive amount of space and adjustable shelves allow you to organize any way you want, without getting lost in it.

Why Not?

The ice maker, let’s put it simply, isn’t “the best”. Quite often, it starts causing trouble after consistent use.

For example, if you experience a power outage for too long, the ice maker may actually leak (yikes!).

So, my advice for you is this: if an ice maker is a MUST – then this might not be the best option for you.

Who is it For?

Best suited for large families, especially if you have kids running around with big appetites.

That also means it requires a certain amount of kitchen space – so keep that mind.

Also, If you’re used to your fridge being full (I certainly wish that for you), so much so that you often need to stretch your body to grab those drinks from the back of the fridge – then this refrigerator is a blessing.

You’ll FINALLY be able to organize your fridge without searching where every single thing is.

Notable Features

  • In-door ice system: The ice system is mounted on the left door, which means– more room in the refrigerator!
  • Spill-resistant shelves
  • On-dispenser touch controls: Quick access to Door alarm, Max Cool, Measured Fill and Sabbath mode
  • Herb storage: You can keep your herbs in a dedicated drawer, so they stay fresh and don’t lose all their flavor
  • Built-in air purifier: kiss that awful cabbage smell goodbye (sorry, I hate cabbage). If you store anything that smells “iffy”, the fridge will replace it with a fresh, delightful smell.

Certifications

  • Star-K
  • 1-UL Listed
  • AHAM

Bottom Line: Exceptional design, exception features, exceptional refrigerator, especially if you have lots of mouths to food at home.

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Haier HRQ16N3BGS 4 Door Refrigerator

Haier Hrq16n3bgs 4 Door Refrigerator

Pros

  • Counter Depth
  • Doesn’t take a lot of space (great for a small kitchen)
  • Very quiet
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not Star-K certified
  • Too small for large families
  • No ice/water dispenser

 

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Why Should You Get it?

Haier’s Sabbath mode refrigerator is a great option if you’re looking for a small fridge, and are on a relatively tight budget.

From a design perspective – it has a solid style. Although it’s not as chic as KitchenAid’s 5-door refrigerator, it does have a sleek stainless-steel look. Plus, the fridge is counter-depth, so it’ll blend in nicely in any small-medium size kitchen.

It has a cool & quick freeze function – meaning it will quickly cool those dairy products you’ve been carrying around all day in your car, and protect your food from going bad.

It’s easy to use (especially for you technophobes out there), easy to clean, and very reliable.

Why Not?

The storage space is quite limited – both in the fridge as well as the freezer.

Here’s just a small example: you can’t fit a gallon of milk in the fridge door. Now, you might be thinking:

“Oh common, That’s no big deal”…

Fair enough… but if you’re a heavy coffee drinker like me – it sure is… 

Try putting a huge gallon of milk in the center of the fridge, in an an-already limited-space refrigerator – and you get a pain in the ass.

Who is it For?

Ideal for small families with limited kitchen space. It’s counter-depth, so it can blend in perfectly with any kitchen style, without requiring too much space.

Notable Features

  • Counter-Depth: Blends in nicely with the surrounding kitchen cabinets & appliances
  • Quick cool & quick freeze function: The cooling & freezing of newly stored foods is accelerated while protecting the already-refrigerated food.
  • LED Lighting: Uses long-lasting, clear & bright light while preserving energy.

Certifications

  • Energy Star

Bottom Line: A affordable & durable Sabbath mode refrigerator from a reputable brand, without too many bells and whistles. 

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Electrolux EI23CS35KS Side by Side Refrigerator

Electrolux Ei26ss30js Side By Side Refrigerator

Pros

  • Star-K certified
  • Includes water & ice dispenser (with filtered water)
  • Sharp look

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Limited storage space
  • Ice dispenser often gets jammed

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Why Should You Get It?

Electrolux is a famous brand choice among Orthodox Jewish families. They regularly certify their appliances with a Star-K certification (as well as other certifications), so all is good in that regard.

The design is also quite attractive: the LED lighting gives it a nice, luxurious look.

It also comes with a built-in water & ice dispenser (it does have its issues though… keep reading), which is useful.

Why Not?

Here’s where it becomes tricky… Large Jewish families who choose this fridge, end up struggling with storage space issues. As a result – food gets put on top of each other, and soon enough, you end up with a food tower in your fridge… good luck reaching your dairy products at the back.

Another common issue is the ice maker. Many people complain that ice often gets jammed, or that the ice dispenser button gets stuck.

Also, this refrigerator is NOISY. At least when you compare it with the alternatives.

Who is it For?

If I base my opinion on size only, then I would say it’s a good option for a small-medium sized Jewish family.

However, I honestly think you’re better off one of the other refrigerators with Sabbath mode for a similar price, even cheaper.

Notable Features

  • Water & Ice Dispenser: Accommodate large containers, and delivers ice made with clean, filtered water.
  • IQ-Touch Control Panel: Easy to use control panel with LED display.
  • Energy Saver Plus: The refrigerator enters “energy-saving mode” if not opened for 24 hours.
  • LED Lighting: Uses long-lasting, clear & bright light while preserving energy.

Certifications

  • Star-K
  • Energy Star
  • 4-UL Certified
  • NSF Listed

Bottom Line: A stylish looking Sabbath mode refrigerator (star-K certified), but with a couple of noteworthy issues like noise and size issues.

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GE GNE29GMKES French Door Refrigerator

Our Favorite

Ge Gne29gmkes French Door Refrigerator

Pros

  • MASSIVE storage space (including the fridge, doors & freezer)
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Super quiet
  • Beautiful LED lighting
  • Affordable (great value for money)

 

Cons

  • Not Star-K certified
  • Ice maker takes up a lot of room

 

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Why Should You Get It?

GE is known for their high-quality appliances, and their Shabbos mode refrigerator definitely fits the bill.

There’s a HUUUGE amount of space in this refrigerator… and I’m not just talking about the fridge part… I’m talking about everything: from the fridge, doors, drawers, all the way down to the freezer.

You could literally store food for an entire Jewish extended family (and that’s saying something), and still have room left.

The price is pretty fair, considering the value and peace of mind you get in return.

Why Not?

This refrigerator is very close to perfect… But there are a few drawbacks:

  1. The first, and potentially the biggest downside – it’s not Star-K certified…
  2. Crisper drawer (where you store fruits and vegetables) doesn’t open very far. It’s not that horrible though… you get used to it.
  3. The ice maker takes up a significant amount of space

Tip: You can choose to remove the ice maker if you don’t need it. That will clear out some extra storage space.

Who is it For?

If there’s a refrigerator that’s a good fit for almost anyone, it’s this one. It doesn’t take up that much space (good for a small-medium sized kitchen), yet it’s very spacious inside (good for both small-large families).

The price point is very reasonable – doesn’t require a mortgage to purchase one.

Tip: This makes it a great option for both Kosher homes and Kosher workplaces.

Notable Features

  • LED Lighting: Makes it easy to spot and retrieve what you’re looking for
  • Ice Maker: No need to waste time filling ice trays
  • TwinChill Evaporators: In simple words – a mechanism that separates the climate in the fresh food and freezer sections à keeps the food fresh
  • Internal Controls + Digital Display: This is quite unique… You can set the temperature within the refrigerator, and a digital display actually shows you what the temperature is, so you won’t have to guess.

Certifications

  • Energy Star
  • 1-UL Listed

Bottom Line: A High quality, spacious and very reasonably priced fridge. GE’s Sabbath mode refrigerator is a great choice for both small & large Jewish households (and even offices).

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Fisher Paykel RF170ADUSX4 French Door Refrigerator

Fisher Paykel Activesmart Rf170adusx4 French Door Refigerator

Pros

  • Lots of storage space (even though it’s counter-depth)
  • Adjustable shelves & removable bins
  • Easy to clean & maintain
  • Very quiet

 

Cons

  • Not Star-K certified
  • Ice maker isn’t the best

 

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Why Should You Get It?

If there’s one phrase I would use to summarize Fisher & Paykel’s Sabbath mode refrigerator, it would be “straight to the point”.

In other words, they focus on what you actually need from a refrigerator, and less so on fancy gadgets. I’ll give you a few examples:

  • Adjustable shelves & removable bins: This is particularly useful for flexibility, organization, and cleaning. You can easily adjust the shelves to meet your own needs, and easily take out the bins anytime you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for (and of course, you can easily clean it while you’re at it)
  • Meats & cheese drawers: For a Jewish family – this is a godsend. You can easily divide your meats into one drawer, and the cheese into another drawer, without having to worry about them getting tangled up with each other.
  • Dead-quiet: There’s nothing more annoying than having your kitchen sound like a garage. Fortunately – this is one of the quietest refrigerators you’ll come across.

Why Not?

You probably noticed the empty “Certifications” area. Unfortunately, Fischer & Paykel didn’t go out of their way to certify their refrigerator… So if a Star-K certification and/or an Energy Star certification are a must for you, then this Sabbath mode fridge is probably a “no-go”.

The ice maker is also a bit shaky and might cause problems over time.

Note: Although to be fair, Fisher & Paykel aren’t the only ones suffering from a challenging ice maker (as you’ve probably noticed by now).

Who is it For?

Small families, AND big families.

But wait, aren’t counter-depth refrigerators limited in space?

There seems to be a common belief that counter-depth refrigerators are often too small for big families. Well, this Sabbath mode fridge completely busts that myth.

So yes – you CAN have your cake and eat it too.

Speaking of cakes – the adjustable trays and removable bins make organizing your food a real piece of cake, and very easy to clean too.

If organization and ease-of-use are important to you, and you don’t mind the (lack of) certifications – then you’ll really like this fridge. 

Notable Features

  • Counter-Depth: The fridge is only about 28-inch-deep, so it blends nicely with the rest of the kitchen.
  • Ice Maker
  • Fast Freeze + Ice Boost: Special modes to quickly & drastically lower the freezer temperature – so you could freeze newly added items
  • ActiveSmart Technology: The fridge monitors your behavior, and adapts the temperature accordingly to keep your food fresh for longer periods
  • LED Lighting: Clear & bright LED lights all across the shelves, bins, and trays.

Certifications

  • None

Bottom Line: A well-designed, cool (pun intended) & simple Shabbat compliant fridge that does what you’d expect of it, without lots of the bells and whistles (or certifications) other refrigerators have.

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Recommended: Sabbath mode refrigerators give you cold drinks on Shabbat… what about hot drinks? That’s where Shabbat hot water urns come in…

Frigidaire FFHB2750TS French Door Refrigerator

Best Value

Frigidaire Ffhb2750ts French Door Refrigerator

Pros

  • Plenty of storage space (including full-width drawer)
  • Built-in ice & water dispenser (filtered water)
  • Very affordable
  • Star-K certified

Cons

  • The water from the water dispenser isn’t cold
  • Ice maker is a bit shaky
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Why Should You Get It?

If you go to your neighborhood synagogue, and randomly ask 50 observant Jews what refrigerator they have, there’s a pretty good you’ll hear “Frigidaire” come up most of the times.

Jewish households have welcomed Frigidaire’s beautiful and reliable appliances into their homes for many years. And this Star-K certified refrigerator is right at the top of that list.

Wonderfully designed, with an impressive amount of space in the fridge to accommodate a large family. The cool part is the full-width drawer – which means you can safely store your Shabbat pans, platters, and other food and enjoy it for the rest of the week, without bloating your refrigerator.

Why Not?

Like many others refrigerators, the ice maker is a “hit or miss”. After a while, you may run into issues with ice not being dispensed properly, or a jammed button.

Who is it For?

Great for strict Jewish observant families (this refrigerator is Star-K certified) who need a durable Sabbath mode fridge with lots of storage space that can last them for years, without having to pay a small fortune to get one.

Frigidaire is a very reputable brand, with great customer support (but hopefully you won’t need it).

Notable Features

  • Full-width Drawer: You can keep large pans & platters without worrying about running out of space (useful on Shabbat and holidays)
  • Water & Ice Dispenser: And a tall one, making it easier to fill even big water bottles (the ice is made from PureSource Ultra filtered water)
  • Energy Saver Plus: Puts your refrigerator in energy-saving mode if not used for 24 hours
  • Express-Select Control Panel: The control panel with LED display is very intuitive, giving you a lot of control at your fingertips

Certifications

  • Star-K
  • Energy Star
  • 1-UL Listed

Bottom Line: A very popular, affordable and well-designed fridge with lots of storage capacity – capable of serving large Jewish families.

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Liebherr CS2062 French Door Refrigerator

Liebherr Cs2062 French Door Refrigerator

Pros

  • Star-K certified
  • Lots of space
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not reliable
  • Ice maker is troublesome

 

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Why Should You Get It?

OK, this Is a tough one…

If you ask me? You shouldn’t get it.

The only reason I included this fridge is that a lot of people seem to recommend it, especially as a “premium fridge” … So, I figured I’d give my own two cents.

Don’t get me wrong, this fridge does have its benefits:

  • Elegant & practical design, both from the outside as well as the inside (as you’d expect from a high-end German brand). This makes it easy to organize your food, instead of cramming everything on one shelf.
  • The cooling system is top-notch. They really do keep the food cool & fresh, and rather quickly.
  • Lots (and lots) of space.

Now that we’ve given this refrigerator its due, let’s jump into the “Why Not”s…

Why Not?

Story Time

Let me tell you a quick story…

A few years ago, I was looking for a new car…

I had a pretty limited budget, which helped me narrow down my options to 3 different car brands:

  1. Volkswagen
  2. Hyundai
  3. Daihatsu

I was leaning towards Daihatsu, put my friends & family recommended I’d do my best to find a Volkswagen, because it’s German, and German cars are reliable.

And I did… I found a cool, little VW Golf for a decent price – so I bought it.

I was stoked!

Until things started breaking…

…First, it was the cooling system.

…Then it was the exhaust system.

…Then it was the window motor.

…Then it was the timing belt.

This kept going for about a year and a half… until I finally gave up and sold the car.

Why am I telling you this story?

Because I’ve heard too many people going through similar things with their Liebherr refrigerator…

  • One thing breaking after another
  • Repairmen every few weeks
  • Customer service –> Replacement fridge –> Customer service again à Rinse repeat…

So, if there’s something you should take away from my little rant, it’s this:

  1. Don’t blindly follow “perceived reputation” – German doesn’t necessarily mean reliable…
  2. Do your own research.
  3. Get extended warranty when you can

Who is it For?

Traditional wisdom might say: “For people looking for a premium refrigerator”. And from a design and price standpoint, that’s actually true…

Where it falls through – is in reliability.

For such a high price point, you’d expect a premium refrigerator to last at least a couple of years without problems.

Notable Features

  • DuoCooling: Liebherr engineered a dual refrigeration system in both their fridge and freezer, to avoid transfer of unwanted air & moisture between the two systems. This helps increase the shelf life and preserve the flavor of your food.
  • Gallon Storage: Exactly what it sounds like: the door rack is so wide it can hold a large gallon of milk or juice.
  • Ice Maker: The fridge produces ice cubes automatically from pure water

Certifications

  • Star-K
  • Energy Star

Bottom Line: A fairly expensive refrigerator, with severe reliability issues… If you do decide to get it, then please do yourself a favor and get an extended warranty.

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Also Recommended: The best Shabbat hot plates to keep your food warm on Shabbos.

KitchenAid KBSD608EBS Side by Side Refrigerator

Premium Choice

Kitchenaid Kbsd608ebs Side By Side Refrigerator

Pros

  • Star-K certified
  • Sharp design
  • Resists smudges & fingerprints
  • Adjustable shelves and door bins (including freezer)
  • Exterior ice & water dispenser
  • Intuitive controls
  • Gorgeous LED lighting

Cons

  • Expensive
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Why Should You Get It?

Just looking at the “Pros” column will get you a pretty good idea of why you should get it… but allow me to elaborate here:

  • The design is simply stunning. The kind of look that invokes a “WOW” response every time a guest steps into your kitchen.
  • Doesn’t show any smudges or fingerprints. If you have kids running around the house, you know what I’m talking about.
  • Exterior ice & water dispenser that actually works, even while the refrigerator is open (multi-tasking!)
  • Space, space, space. You won’t run out of it. And if you think you’re getting close, then you can easily reorganize the shelves and move stuff around.

I can go on and on…but you get the point.

Why Not?

Only one reason I can think of: the price.

Other than that, this refrigerator is nearly flawless. If you can afford it – then this refrigerator is as good as it gets.

Who is it For?

Shabbat-observant families (this Sabbath mode fridge is Star-K certified) that don’t mind spending top dollar for top quality, sleek design, and reliability.

There isn’t much more you could hope for from a refrigerator.

Notable Features

  • Exterior Ice & Water Dispenser: Dispenses freshly filtered water, even while the refrigerator is open
  • ExtendFresh Plus Temperature Management: Contains a high-tech, sensor-controlled system with a variable-capacity compressor. Essentially – keeps your food & ingredients extra fresh.
  • Adjustable Shelves & Door Bins: That includes both the fridge AND freezer. Plus, it’s also spill-resistant. 

Certifications

  • Star-K
  • Energy Star
  • 1-UL Listed
  • NSF Listed

Bottom Line: A stunning, premium and reliable Star-K certified refrigerator for people who aren’t willing to compromise on quality.

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Whirlpool URB551WNGZ Refrigerator

Whirlpool Urb551wngz Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Pros

  • Doesn’t take up a lot of space
  • Sharp design
  • Quiet
  • Cheap

 

Cons

  • Not Star-K certified
  • No water & ice dispenser
  • No numerical temperature indicator
  • Not a lot of features
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Why Should You Get It?

Albert Einstein famously said:

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

Whirlpool’s Sabbath mode refrigerator is a good example of just that: not a lot of features, no special bells, and whistles – but it does what it’s supposed to do, and does it really well.

Small enough to fit in any kitchen, or even smaller rooms like your basement (if you’re looking for a “backup” refrigerator).

It’s cheap, it’s durable and it’s reliable… if that’s all you’ll ever need – then you’ll be satisfied with this refrigerator.

Why Not?

If you DO want the cool features, like an ice & water dispenser, adjustable shelves, showcase door or any of the other cool features you saw in the other refrigerators, then you’re better off going for one of the other refrigerators on this list.

And obviously, if you require a Star-K certification, this isn’t a good fit either.

Who is it For?

Whirlpool’s counter-depth refrigerator is ideal for small-medium sized kitchens.

If you don’t need all the cool toys and functionalities most of the other Sabbath mode refrigerators on this list have, then this is a great choice to consider.

Tip: Could be a great 2nd refrigerator too… you know, a “backup fridge” to put in the basement for the food that isn’t worthy of space in the main fridge.

Notable Features

  • Counter-Depth: Space efficient and fits in perfectly most kitchens
  • Fingerprint-resistant Steel: No annoying smudges or fingerprints whatsoever
  • Dual Cooling: Adjust the temperature and humidity levels automatically on both the fridge and freezer (using sensors)
  • Full Depth Drawers: Allows you to easily store meat or large platters (useful for Shabbat)

Certifications

  • Energy Star
  • 1-UL Listed

Bottom Line: A fairly simple, cheap and durable refrigerator that does exactly what it’s supposed to do, without the extra “cool” toys and functionalities.

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Samsung RF22K9381SG 4-Door French Door Refrigerator

Samsung Rf22k9381sg 4 Door Flex Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator

Pros

  • Outer showcase door for quick & access to food
  • WiFi support
  • Ice & water dispenser
  • Gorgeous design
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Wine rack
  • Flexible bottom section (can be used for cooling AND freezing)

Cons

  • Not Star-K certified
  • Limited door space
  • Attracts fingerprints and smudges
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Why Should You Get It?

Flexibility, period.

Imagine this scenario:

You wake up late…

“Sh*t, I’m late for work”…

You rush down to the kitchen to make a quick coffee and have your yogurt…You open the fridge…

“Damn, what a mess… Where the hell is that yogurt?!”

Before you know it – you just spent 2 minutes mindlessly staring at the refrigerator, you made an even bigger mess moving things around to find that yogurt… not to mention you haven’t even started making that damn coffee.

Any of that sound familiar (or is it just me)?

Here’s the solution:

  1. Store your “on-the-go” items on the showcase door
  2. Problem solved

Another smart thing Samsung did is they allowed us, the consumers, to choose how to organize our fridge. If the storage space isn’t big enough, then you can turn the bottom section into extra fridge space – which is quite unique.

Not to mention you can connect your fridge to your WiFi, and control it from your smartphone… how cool is that?

Why Not?

The most irritating part of Samsung’s refrigerator is the limited door space. The door shelves are all fixed, and they can barely fit a single large bottle – so you’ll have to store your bottles on the main shelves.

Another thing I found slightly annoying, is that the door handles attract fingerprints fairly easy (and they’re pretty noticeable). If you have kids running around the kitchen, then it’s a matter of time until you notice it. Thankfully, they’re easy to clean, so I wouldn’t say it’s a big deal.

Who is it For?

Mostly for people who like having control over their refrigerator.

  • Want to use the freezer as extra refrigerator space? No problem…
  • Need to store taller jars and bottles? Move the shelves around, and voila…
  • Like to quickly cool the beers for tonight’s big game? Tap one button on your phone – Done.

Notable Features

  • Food Showcase: The outer door provides quick and easy access to your “on-the-go” food
  • Counter-Depth: A sleek design that blends into your kitchen style.
  • CoolSelect Plus/FlexZone: The bottom section of the fridge can be set as either a refrigerator or a freezer – depending on your needs (it’s flexible, hence the “flex” in FlexZone)
  • Water & Ice dispenser: Dispenses fresh & filtered water
  • Triple Cooling: The fridge has 3 evaporators, one in each “zone” of the fridge. This adjusts the temperature and humidity to keep your food fresh for a long time.

Certifications

  • Energy Star
  • 1-UL Listed
  • NSF

Bottom Line: Flexibility. Durability. Controllability (is that a word?) – all in one wonderfully designed Sabbath mode refrigerator.

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Final Verdict

    
Top Pick Our Favorite Best Value Premium Choice
Kitchenaid Krmf706ess French Door RefrigeratorKitchenAid KRMF706ESS French Door RefrigeratorGe Gne29gmkes French Door RefrigeratorGE GNE29GMKES French Door RefrigeratorFrigidaire Ffhb2750ts French Door RefrigeratorFrigidaire FFHB2750TS French Door RefrigeratorKitchenaid Kbsd608ebs Side By Side RefrigeratorKitchenAid KBSD608EBS Side by Side Refrigerator
Star-K
1-UL Listed
AHAM
Energy Star
1-UL Listed
Star-K
Energy Star
1-UL Listed
Star-K
Energy Star
1-UL Listed
NSF Listed
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Top Pick: KitchenAid KRMF706ESS French Door Refrigerator

Sleek design + extra storage space + great functionality + Star-K certification = Top Pick award. Not a lot more you can expect from a Sabbath mode refrigerator, and that’s exactly the sort of quality you’d expect from a brand like KitchenAid.

Our Favorite: GE GNE29GMKES French Door Refrigerator

GE’s French door refrigerator came close to being our top pick, but the fact that it’s not Star-K compliant made it “lose” to KitchenAid… because unfortunately, it wouldn’t fit most Orthodox Jewish families. But it still is one of the top refrigerators you can get for your house, especially if you’ve been blessed with a large family and abundance…

Best Value: Frigidaire FFHB2750TS French Door Refrigerator

There’s a reason why Frigidaire is so popular among Jewish households: it’s affordable, looks great, has lots of space, and of course, its Star-K certified. If there’s one refrigerator that would be a good fit for almost any Jewish family, religious or not – it’s Frigidaire’s French door refrigerator. 

Premium Choice: KitchenAid KBSD608EBS Side by Side Refrigerator

KitchenAid’s side-by-side refrigerator is in a league of its own… But if you expect a lot (and I mean that literally) from your refrigerator, and you’re willing to pay to get that level of quality – then you’re looking at one of the top refrigerators you can put your hands (and food) on.

Conclusion

Making your refrigerator Shabbat-ready used to be a struggle.

But then the top refrigerator manufacturers started introducing Sabbath mode in some of their refrigerators, and all of a sudden it became a breeze (get it?).

That was the reason I wrote this article – to make your decision even easier.

With these Sabbath mode refrigerators, whether Star-K certified or not, you can now cook your food for Shabbat and keep it cool & fresh for the rest of the week, without having to worry about an unwelcomed lightbulb getting the best of you.

Shabbat shalom 🙂

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