When you need a aspect-by-facet fridge, the 28-cu.-ft. Kenmore Elite 51773 (MSRP $2,199.99) gives a beautiful look and more-than-adequate meals preservation for $1,440 on sale. With excessive fashion, superb crispers, and a chilly freezer working in its favor, the 51773 is a blend of excellent seems and value that does not go overboard in either direction.
Design & Usability
For a fridge in this value range, the 51773 has lots of design cred. From the ample LED lighting to the silvery grey trim on the drawers and shelves, it is a stylish side-by-side.
On the skin, the blue-tinted symbols on the control panel match the cool elegance of the stainless finish perfectly. Sadly, there are a selection of symbols and textual content that don’t fade away when the fridge isn’t actively getting used, and they are often distracting in a minimalist or darkish kitchen.
After all, not all is perfect: The drawers really feel free, and can slam in case you’re not careful opening or closing them. What’s extra, all those fridge cabinets can cramp general storage depending on the way you lay them out.
Regardless of design and features, a fridge is simply nearly as good as its cooling. In that sense, this Kenmore falls just shy of “Elite” status. First, the good: The freezer stayed chilly enough that even moderate fluctuations over time won’t ever be sufficient to speed up the development of freezer burn.
The crisper drawer also did a unbelievable job. Regardless of an underwhelming really feel and common looseness, it retained loads of moisture. Plus, Kenmore consists of two ethylene filters to help decelerate the ripening process in both drawers. The one downside? Just one of the two crispers is outfitted with a humidity slider.
Over in the main fridge compartment, temperatures hovered around the excellent 37°F, however the fluctuation over time was wider than we prefer. Plus, the shelves down across the crispers reached almost forty one°F.
It’s good to retailer produce at a barely warmer temperature than the rest of your meals, but storing many ready-to-eat meals above forty one°F for greater than two hours can accelerate bacterial growth. Usually we’d let you know to simply flip down the thermostat, however with the remainder of the fridge already hovering at slightly below 37°F, turning it down could risk freezing the stuff up top.
Power effectivity was additionally not something to crow about, and it will cost extra to run than many French door models.