7 Best Refrigerators For Less Than $500 (Slideshow)

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Hotpoint 28-Inch Wide 18.1 Cubic Feet Top Freezer Refrigerator

Another "Frost Free" fridge, this Hotpoint is available in white and also has reversible door hinges for right or left opening. Temperature controls are located in the front of the fridge, which also has incandescent lighting.

With adjustable wire shelves and clear crisper drawers, this model has ample storage and can help keep your produce fresh. There are even fixed freezer door bins to help your freezer stay organized.

Regular price: $499 at The Home Depot

Amana 17.6 Cubic Feet Top Freezer Refrigerator

This white Amana has reversible door options so you can decide whether it opens to the right or the left.

The fridge also has single knob, up-front temperature controls, and lots of storage, including two full-width adjustable wire shelves, a full-width bottom drawer, and crisper drawers for keeping your produce fresh.

There are three door shelves inside the refrigerator for easy access to common items and the freezer has on-door storage, too.

Regular price: $499 at The Home Depot

GE 28-Inch Width 16.6 Cubic Feet Top Freezer Refrigerator

This GE refrigerator, available in white or black, is a "Frost Free" model that also has a reversible door swing so you can make your fridge left or right opening — whichever works best for your kitchen.

Other features include clear crisper drawers, adjustable wire shelves, and temperature controls conveniently located at the front of the refrigerator.

At press time, 82 percent of The Home Depot buyers who own this fridge recommend it. One buyer wrote: "Very nice and quiet; also very spacious inside. I could not believe that this awesome refrigerator was so affordable."

Regular price: $499 at The Home Depot

Frigidaire 14.8 Cubic Feet Top Freezer Refrigerator

Available in white, this Frigidaire top freezer features an icemaker, single-knob temperature control, and two humidity-controlled crisper drawers for storing fruits and vegetables.

There's also a lot of storage, including two sliding wire shelves and enough door shelf room to keep a gallon of milk. Plus, this fridge has bright interior lights so you can clearly see everything you have. 

Regular price: $499 at The Home Depot

Whirlpool Top Freezer Refrigerator 14.4 Cubic Feet

Available in beige or white, this compact Whirlpool refrigerator is ADA compliant and Energy Star efficient. It has reversible door hinges so you can have a left or a right side handle, depending on the needs of your kitchen.

There's a dairy compartment to store butter, yogurt, and other dairy products, and two crispers provide storage for fruits and vegetables. Plus, it has an automatic defrost system to help control freezer burn and support freezer conditions. 

Regular price: $499.99 at Sears

Whirlpool 10.7 Cubic Feet Top Freezer Refrigerator

A compact model, available in white or black, this Whirlpool has many customer-friendly features, like Spillmizer glass shelves, humidity-controlled crisper drawers, an automatic defrost system, and up-front controls for simple temperature adjustment.

The majority of customers' ratings are positive. As of press time, 91 percent of Best Buy customers who bought the fridge say they would recommend it to a friend.

Regular price: $449.99 at Best Buy

Danby 10 Cubic Feet Top Freezer Refrigerator

This white counter-depth fridge has glass shelves and a "Frost Free" operation. It's compact, too, measuring "just under 60 inches tall and less than 24 inches wide," which makes it ideal for condos and apartments or for use as an extra refrigerator.

Benefits of this model include a reversible door hinge for left or right hand door swing, tall bottle storage, adjustable glass shelves in the refrigerator, and wire shelves in the freezer.

Regular price: $499 at The Home Depot