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LG LDC22720
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Best Feature:
It maintains consistent and uniform internal temperatures
Worst Feature:
Some complaints about the icemaker overflowing in freezer
Best Uses:
For smaller households or as a 2nd refrigerator
Pricing:
$1400 - $1600 (see review for warranty information)
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Overview

We give the LG 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (LDC22720ST and LDC22720SW) a B+ because it is a stylish, ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator that is well made and has great useable capacity compared to similar machines in the narrow width category. The LDC22720 has excellent temperature performance and also has some of the same features as higher priced models like an open door alarm, accelerated freezing technology, adjustable moisture control in the crispers and two separate temperature controls for the fridge and the freezer. We had to deduct a few points because some customers had issues with the performance of the icemaker, but, otherwise, this is an excellent buy for smaller kitchens or as a 2nd refrigerator.

You can see how the LG 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (LDC22720ST and LDC22720SW) compares to other refrigerators in our Refrigerator Review.

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The LG 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (LDC22720ST).
LG is a well-respected refrigerator brand.
Inside the fresh food compartment, you can easily make temperature adjustments to the fridge or freezer.
The LG LDC22720 is an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator.
The LDC22720 has flexible storage capabilities that allow for excellent useable capacity.
The Design-A-Door system features 5 adjustable gallon-size door bins and a dairy bin.
It has four adjustable, split shelves with tempered glass, as well as two humidity-controlled crispers and a snack bin.
Adjustable shelving in the LDC22720.
The LDC22720 has two crispers for keeping fruits and vegetables fresher for longer.
Adjustable crispers for fruits or vegetables.
It isn't temperature-controlled, but the deli/pantry drawer helps keep your fridge more organized.
A built-in air filter reduces odors and keeps food fresher.
The pull-out freezer drawer is easy to open.
The freezer has two drawers for storing food and a factory-installed automatic icemaker.
In addition to Stainless Steel (LDC22720ST), this model is also available in Smooth White (LDC22720SW).
The LDC22720ST's model number is located on a wall inside the fridge.

 
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Most Popular
Overall Score
67%
77%
76%
Our Awards
Date Reviewed
December 2012
January 2013
December 2012
Pros
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
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; 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
Cons
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
Very expensive; useable freezer capacity is relatively limited; no gallon-size door bin; energy efficient but not ENERGY STAR® compliant
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
Refrigeration System (25%)
Storage Capabilities (20%)
Extra Features (25%)
Exterior Style/Functionality (10%)
Brand Reputation/Reliability (10%)
Customer Feedback (10%)
Type
Freestanding
Built-in
Freestanding
Style
Bottom-Freezer (pull-out freezer drawer)
French Door (pull-out freezer drawer)
Side-by-Side
Total Capacity (cu. ft.)
22.4
21.0
24.5
Price (MSRP)
$1400 - $1600
$8,575 - $10,060
$2349 - $2399
Warranty
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 7-year limited warranty on parts for the sealed refrigeration system
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.
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 5-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the sealed refrigeration system
Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
32.88" x 68.5" x 34.25"
36" x 84" x 24"
35.88" x 70" x 29" (taken from instruction manual)
Depth with Door Open at 90°
62"
43.38" (note: the freezer drawer fully open will exceed that depth at 47.5")
45.44"
Width with Door Open at 90°
34"
40.75"
36.33"
Weight
256 pounds
529 pounds
254 pounds
ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Yes
No
Yes
Power
It uses 465 kWh/year. LG estimates that it could cost about $50 a year to run.
It uses 571 kWh/year. Sub-Zero estimates that it could cost about $61 a year to run.
It uses 560 kWh/year. Samsung estimates that it could cost about $60 a year to run.
Cooling Technology
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.
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.
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.
Auto-Defrost (Frost-Free)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Temperature Controls
A digital control panel in the fridge allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge or the freezer.
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. Panel also has "Power Cool" and "Power Freeze" button that will quickly drop the internal temperature in the fridge or freezer.
Built-In Air Filter
Yes, it comes with a built-in air filter.
Yes, it has a built-in air purification system that reduces airborne bacteria, odors and even ethylene gas.
N/A
Fresh Food Capacity (cu. ft.)
15.5
15.7
15.2
Shelf Material
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Spill-Proof Edges
No
Yes
Yes
Shelves
5 shelves including 1 stationary full-width shelf and 4 adjustable split shelves
4 full-width shelves (3 adjustable and 1 stationary)
4 adjustable shelves including 1 that is also retractable
Total # of Drawers
3
2
3
Humidity-Controlled Drawer (Crisper)
2 (half-width)
1 (full-width)
1
Temperature-Controlled Meat/Deli Drawer
N/A
1 (full-width)
N/A
Door Bins
6 door bins including 1 dairy bin and 5 gallon-size bins (Design-A-Door system)
8 door bins including 4 adjustable bins, 2 stationary bins and 2 adjustable dairy bins (magnetically sealed)
5 stationary door bins including 1 gallon-size bin and 1 dairy bin
Additional Storage
N/A
N/A
Egg container, optional wine rack and foldable can holder
Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.)
6.9
5.3
9.3
Freezer Storage
2 pull-out drawers including 1 DuraBase™ full-width drawer and 1 wire drawer
2 pull-out wire drawers that are divided into separate compartments
4 shelves, 2 drawers and 3 stationary door bins
Icemaker
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker (CustomCube™) in the freezer.
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker in the freezer.
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.
Bulk Ice-Making Capabilities
Yes, it has IcePlus™ accelerated freezing technology and can produce as much as 6 lbs of ice in 24 hours.
Yes, in "MAX ICE" mode, ice production increases by 40% for a 24-hour period.
No
Built-in Water Filter
No
Yes
Yes
External Water/Ice Dispenser
N/A
N/A
Yes, it has an external water and crushed/cubed ice dispenser on the freezer door.
Lighting
2 60W incandescent lights in the fridge and 1 40W incandescent light in the freezer
40W appliance light bulbs in the fridge and the freezer
LED Tower Lighting systems in the fridge and freezer
Open Door Alert
Yes, after 1 minute
Yes, after 1 minute (optional)
Yes, after 2 minutes
Product Design
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 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 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.

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Specifications

Refrigeration System

The LG LDC22720 is an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator that uses 465 kWh of power per year, and LG estimates that it will cost you about $50/year to run. It features energy efficient foam insulation to lock in cold air and has a Linear Compressor and Dual Evaporators for controlling temperature and humidity. It also has a Multi-Air Flow Freshness System that maintains consistent, uniform internal temperatures in the fridge and the freezer. The system utilizes 3 digital temperature sensors, a fresh air filter and numerous vents to keep cold, fresh air circulating throughout each compartment. Lastly, the refrigerator has a touchpad digital control panel where you can make precise temperature adjustments to the fridge or the freezer.

Inside the fresh food compartment, you can easily make temperature adjustments to the fridge or freezer.
Inside the fresh food compartment, you can easily make temperature adjustments to the fridge or freezer.
Credit: Mary Griffin
The LG LDC22720 is an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator.
The LG LDC22720 is an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Storage in the Fresh Food Compartment and Freezer

The LG LDC22720 has a total capacity of 22.4 cu. ft., and both compartments are designed to maximize useable capacity and make it easy to see and access food. The fresh food compartment has 15.5 cu. ft. of capacity and features four adjustable, split shelves with tempered glass, two humidity-controlled crispers and a snack bin. Its door has a dairy bin and five adjustable, gallon-size door bins (Design-A-Door system). The pull-out freezer has 6.9 cu. ft. of capacity. Inside, there are two separate drawers to help keep food organized including one DuraBase™ full-width shelf and one wire shelf. Overall, the LDC22720 has great capacity for a refrigerator in the narrow width category (33”).

The LDC22720 has flexible storage capabilities that allow for excellent useable capacity.
The LDC22720 has flexible storage capabilities that allow for excellent useable capacity.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Extra Features

The LG LDC22720 has a factory-installed automatic icemaker (CustomCube™) on the top shelf of the freezer, but, unfortunately, it does not use filtered water. However, the icemaker does feature IcePlus™ accelerated freezing technology and can produce as much as 6 pounds of ice in a 24-hour period. The refrigerator also has a built-in air filter that helps reduce odors and keeps food fresher for longer, and both the compartments are well lit thanks to two 60W light bulbs in the fridge and one 40W light bulb in the freezer. Lastly, for households with kids or forgetful family members, the LDC22720 has a built-in alarm that will start to beep if the door has been accidentally left open for longer than a minute.

The freezer has two drawers for storing food and a factory-installed automatic icemaker.
The freezer has two drawers for storing food and a factory-installed automatic icemaker.
Credit: Mary Griffin
A built-in air filter reduces odors and keeps food fresher.
A built-in air filter reduces odors and keeps food fresher.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Exterior Style and Functionality

The LG LDC22720 is a bottom-freezer refrigerator with a pull-out freezer drawer, and it is available in Smooth White (LDC22720SW) or Stainless Steel (LDC22720ST). It has matching commercial handles, contoured doors and hidden hinges for a sleek look. It also has reversible doors, so it fits easily into any kitchen set up.

In addition to Stainless Steel (LDC22720ST), this model is also available in Smooth White (LDC22720SW).
In addition to Stainless Steel (LDC22720ST), this model is also available in Smooth White (LDC22720SW).
Credit: Mary Griffin

Brand Reputation

In terms of overall customer satisfaction, LG (as a brand) received higher than average ratings from a 2013 J.D. Power & Associates survey of refrigerator owners. This particular refrigerator model has also earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports with a score of 71/100 (overall highest score was 73/100). Consumer Reports noted that it was quiet, had excellent temperature performance and very good energy efficiency. The LDC22720 comes with a 1-year limited warranty on parts and labor for the entire unit and a 7-year limited warranty on parts for the Sealed System (Compressor, Condenser, Evaporator).

LG is a well-respected refrigerator brand.
LG is a well-respected refrigerator brand.
Credit: Mary Griffin

User Reviews

The LG 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator has received very good feedback from customers online including an average of 4.35/5 on LG.com (141 reviews on the LDC22720SW and 190 reviews on the LDC22720ST) and a 4.5/5 on Abt.com (45 reviews on the LDC22720ST). Overall, customers have been pleased the LDC22720’s overall value in terms of its price, look, quality and performance. While professional tests found the LDC22720 to be relatively quiet, customer reviews were more mixed, and so you may want to listen to it in person if you think noise could be an issue in your kitchen. Most of the negative comments I came across made some mention of an issue with the icemaker’s performance. While the icemaker didn’t work well for some customers, it produced too much ice for others and cubes overflowed into the freezer. A couple of customers also had an issue with the door not closely tightly and they didn’t realize it was open since the fridge only beeps when the door is left fully open. That said, the LDC22720ST and LDC22720SW both sound like great refrigerators in the narrow-width category and within this price range.


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