Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Refrigerators: Compare


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Product Grade
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Product Grade
Our Awards
Overall Score
76%
67%
57%
Date Reviewed
December 2012
December 2012
February 2013
Pros
ENERGY STAR® qualified; maintains optimal internal conditions; has external digital temperature controls with child lock; quiet; space-saving icemaker design; built-in water filter; external water and ice dispenser; bonus storage (ex. egg container, wine rack and can holder); open door alert; available in multiple finishes; LED Tower Lighting
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® qualified; offers more precise temperature controls; great useable capacity for a narrower (33") unit; reversible doors; bulk ice making feature; open door alert; air purification system
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® qualified; humidity- and temperature-controlled drawers; built-in water filter; open door alert
Cons
Some complaints about the icemaker not working properly; some reported quality issues with the handles (loosening and/or falling off); door bins aren't adjustable; some complaints about small drawers that didn't open fully; doesn't have built-in air filter; doesn't have temperature-controlled drawer
Some compliants about icemaker overflowing; some complaints about the door not closing all of the way (door alarm only sounds when door is fully open); shelves aren't spill-proof; doesn't feature a temperature-controlled drawer; no built-in water filter for icemaker
Can't make precise temperature adjustments; odor transfer possible since fridge and freezer share the same air; no factory-installed automatic icemaker
Refrigeration System (25%)
Storage Capabilities (20%)
Extra Features (25%)
Exterior Style/Functionality (10%)
Brand Reputation/Reliability (10%)
Customer Feedback (10%)
Type
Freestanding
Freestanding
Freestanding
Style
Side-by-Side
Bottom-Freezer (pull-out freezer drawer)
Bottom-Freezer (pull-out freezer drawer)
Total Capacity (cu. ft.)
24.5
22.4
21.9
Price (MSRP)
$2349 - $2399
$1400 - $1600
$1,699 - $1,799
Warranty
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 5-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the sealed refrigeration system
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 7-year limited warranty on parts for the sealed refrigeration system
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 5-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the cavity liner and sealed refrigeration system; 10-year limited warranty on parts for the sealed refrigeration system
Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
35.88" x 70" x 29" (taken from instruction manual)
32.88" x 68.5" x 34.25"
32.63" x 69.94" x 33.38"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
45.44"
62"
62"
Width with Door Open at 90°
36.33"
34"
35.13"
Weight
254 pounds
256 pounds
325 pounds
ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power
It uses 560 kWh/year. Samsung estimates that it could cost about $60 a year to run.
It uses 465 kWh/year. LG estimates that it could cost about $50 a year to run.
It uses 459 kWh/year. KitchenAid estimates that it could cost about $49 a year to run.
Cooling Technology
Twin Cooling Plus™ technology (single compressor / dual evaporator) offers precise monitoring and control over humidity and temperature levels in each compartment. There are also 5 temperature sensors and multiple vents to ensure that cold, fresh air is always circulating evenly throughout each compartment.
Features a linear compressor and dual evaporator and has energy efficient foam insulation to lock in cold air. The Multi-Air Flow Freshness System uses 3 digital temperature sensors and numerous vents to keep optimal temperature and humidity levels throughout the fridge and the freezer.
FreshChill™ Temperature Management System uses multiple sensors, a ventilation system and a single evaporator to monitor and maintain optimal internal conditions in both the fridge and the freezer.
Auto-Defrost (Frost-Free)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Temperature Controls
An external digital control panel (with a child lock) allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge or the freezer. Panel also has "Power Cool" and "Power Freeze" button that will quickly drop the internal temperature in the fridge or freezer.
A digital control panel in the fridge allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge or the freezer.
An electronic control system in the fridge only allows for general temperature adjustments in the fridge and freezer (Levels 1 - 7).
Built-In Air Filter
N/A
Yes, it comes with a built-in air filter.
N/A
Fresh Food Capacity (cu. ft.)
15.2
15.5
15.6
Shelf Material
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
ClearVue™ tempered glass
Spill-Proof Edges
Yes
No
Yes
Shelves
4 adjustable shelves including 1 that is also retractable
5 shelves including 1 stationary full-width shelf and 4 adjustable split shelves
5 shelves including 1 stationary full-width shelf and 4 adjustable split shelves
Total # of Drawers
3
3
3
Humidity-Controlled Drawer (Crisper)
1
2 (half-width)
2 (half-width)
Temperature-Controlled Meat/Deli Drawer
N/A
N/A
1 (full-width)
Door Bins
5 stationary door bins including 1 gallon-size bin and 1 dairy bin
6 door bins including 1 dairy bin and 5 gallon-size bins (Design-A-Door system)
6 door bins including 4 adjustable bins and 2 stationary bins (1 sealed dairy bin and 1 gallon-size bin that are both stationary and 4 smaller bins that are adjustable and lined with a mat
Additional Storage
Egg container, optional wine rack and foldable can holder
N/A
N/A
Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.)
9.3
6.9
6.3
Freezer Storage
4 shelves, 2 drawers and 3 stationary door bins
2 pull-out drawers including 1 DuraBase™ full-width drawer and 1 wire drawer
2 pull-out wire baskets (lower basket is divided into 2 sections)
Icemaker
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker that is built into the freezer door. The ice bucket is clear, so you can easily check ice levels when necessary.
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker (CustomCube™) in the freezer.
Sold separately for about $129 (Part #IC-13B).
Bulk Ice-Making Capabilities
No
Yes, it has IcePlus™ accelerated freezing technology and can produce as much as 6 lbs of ice in 24 hours.
No
Built-in Water Filter
Yes
No
Yes
External Water/Ice Dispenser
Yes, it has an external water and crushed/cubed ice dispenser on the freezer door.
N/A
N/A
Lighting
LED Tower Lighting systems in the fridge and freezer
2 60W incandescent lights in the fridge and 1 40W incandescent light in the freezer
40W incandescent light bulbs in fridge and freezer
Open Door Alert
Yes, after 2 minutes
Yes, after 1 minute
Yes, after 5 minutes
Product Design
It is available in 4 different finishes including Black (RSG257AABP/XAA), White (RSG257AAWP/XAA), Stainless Steel (RSG257AARS/XAA) and Stainless Platinum (RSG257AAPN/XAA). It has flat, smooth doors with concealed hinges and a concealed grill at the bottom.
It is available in 2 different finishes including Smooth White (LDC22720SW) or Stainless Steel (LDC22720ST). It has smooth, contoured doors, matching commercial handles, and hidden hinges for a sleek look.
It is available in 3 different finishes including White (KBRS22KWWH), Black (KBRS22KWBL) and Monochromatic Stainless Steel (KBRS22KWMS or KBLS22KWMS). It has flat, smooth doors and matching door handles.
 
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