Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Refrigerators: Compare


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Product Grade
Product Grade
Product Grade
Our Awards
Overall Score
77%
73%
67%
Date Reviewed
January 2013
January 2013
December 2012
Pros
Superior temperature performance; high-quality design built to last for 20 years; highly adjustable storage design; air purification system; built-in water filter; bulk ice making feature; humidity- and temperature-controlled drawers; open door alert; can be used in a standard installation or in a flush inset installation; Star-K certified with a "Sabbath" mode
ENERGY STAR® qualified; has external digital temperature controls with child lock; maintains optimal internal conditions; quiet; great lighting; humidity- and temperature-controlled drawers; three tiered freezer storage; Tilt-N-Take freezer door easy to open; built-in water filter; external water and ice dispenser; air purification system; open door alert
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
Cons
Very expensive; useable freezer capacity is relatively limited; no gallon-size door bin; energy efficient but not ENERGY STAR® compliant
Many complaints about the icemaker not working properly; some complaints about Sears' customer service; some complaints about frost build up in the freezer; left side door bins very narrow and won't be able to accommodate many condiment jars
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
Refrigeration System (25%)
Storage Capabilities (20%)
Extra Features (25%)
Exterior Style/Functionality (10%)
Brand Reputation/Reliability (10%)
Customer Feedback (10%)
Type
Built-in
Freestanding
Freestanding
Style
French Door (pull-out freezer drawer)
French Door (Tilt-N-Take freezer door)
Bottom-Freezer (pull-out freezer drawer)
Total Capacity (cu. ft.)
21.0
30.7
22.4
Price (MSRP)
$8,575 - $10,060
$2576 - $2812
$1400 - $1600
Warranty
2-year full warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 5-year full warranty on parts & labor for the sealed refrigeration system; 12-year limited warranty on just parts for the sealed refrigeration system.
10-year warranty on the linear compressor. You can also purchase an additional In-Home Master Protection Agreement for either $379.99 (3-year) or $549.99 (5-year).
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 7-year limited warranty on parts for the sealed refrigeration system
Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
36" x 84" x 24"
35.75" x 70.25" x 36.25"
32.88" x 68.5" x 34.25"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
43.38" (note: the freezer drawer fully open will exceed that depth at 47.5")
48.13"
62"
Width with Door Open at 90°
40.75"
44.25"
34"
Weight
529 pounds
Unknown
256 pounds
ENERGY STAR® Qualified
No
Yes
Yes
Power
It uses 571 kWh/year. Sub-Zero estimates that it could cost about $61 a year to run.
It uses 579 kWh/year. Kenmore estimates that it could cost about $62 a year to run.
It uses 465 kWh/year. LG estimates that it could cost about $50 a year to run.
Cooling Technology
High-tech dual refrigeration system with electronic microprocessor monitors/controls temperature and humidity levels in the fridge and freezer separately. The system is able to keep temperatures within 1 degree of your preset temperature.
GeniusCool™ technology features a linear compressor and dual evaporators to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels in the both compartments.
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.
Auto-Defrost (Frost-Free)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Temperature Controls
A digital control panel at the top of the fridge allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge and in the freezer.
An external digital control panel (with a child lock) allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge or the freezer.
A digital control panel in the fridge allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge or the freezer.
Built-In Air Filter
Yes, it has a built-in air purification system that reduces airborne bacteria, odors and even ethylene gas.
Yes, it has a built-in CleanFlow™ charcoal air filter to keep air fresh and clean.
Yes, it comes with a built-in air filter.
Fresh Food Capacity (cu. ft.)
15.7
20.7
15.5
Shelf Material
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Spill-Proof Edges
Yes
Yes
No
Shelves
4 full-width shelves (3 adjustable and 1 stationary)
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
2
3
3
Humidity-Controlled Drawer (Crisper)
1 (full-width)
2 (half-width)
2 (half-width)
Temperature-Controlled Meat/Deli Drawer
1 (full-width)
1 (full-width)
N/A
Door Bins
8 door bins including 4 adjustable bins, 2 stationary bins and 2 adjustable dairy bins (magnetically sealed)
6 door bins including 2 gallon-size bins, 3 narrow bins and 1 covered dairy bin
6 door bins including 1 dairy bin and 5 gallon-size bins (Design-A-Door system)
Additional Storage
N/A
N/A
N/A
Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.)
5.3
10.0
6.9
Freezer Storage
2 pull-out wire drawers that are divided into separate compartments
3 tiers of storage including 2 pull-out drawers and 1 deep bin
2 pull-out drawers including 1 DuraBase™ full-width drawer and 1 wire drawer
Icemaker
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker in the freezer.
Yes, it has a slim, factory-installed automatic icemaker built into the fridge door.
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker (CustomCube™) in the freezer.
Bulk Ice-Making Capabilities
Yes, in "MAX ICE" mode, ice production increases by 40% for a 24-hour period.
No
Yes, it has IcePlus™ accelerated freezing technology and can produce as much as 6 lbs of ice in 24 hours.
Built-in Water Filter
Yes
Yes
No
External Water/Ice Dispenser
N/A
Yes, it has an external water and crushed/cubed ice dispenser on the left-hand door.
N/A
Lighting
40W appliance light bulbs in the fridge and the freezer
LED lighting system along the sides and top of the fridge and 2 LED lights under its doors to illuminate the freezer.
2 60W incandescent lights in the fridge and 1 40W incandescent light in the freezer
Open Door Alert
Yes, after 1 minute (optional)
Yes, after set amount of time
Yes, after 1 minute
Product Design
It is available in Stainless Steel or Overlay (with custom panels). It has flat, smooth doors, and you can choose between 3 handle styles including Pro, Tubular or Framed.
It is available in 3 different finishes including White (72052), Black (72059) and Stainless Steel (72053). It has smooth, contoured doors and matching handles.
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.
 
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