"This Frigidaire side-by-side fridge offers counter-depth style but poor performance"
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This Frigidaire side-by-side fridge offers counter-depth style but poor performance
Hey, I'm CNet's Chris and I'm here with the Frigidaire Gallery, FGHC2331PF.
Now, this is a counter depth styled by side refrigerator.
And counter depth means that it isn't quite as.
Deep, it's not gonna stick out beyond your cabinets.
That gives it a more streamlined and flushed appearance that a lot of homeowners like, but you also have a little less interior space.
The grand total of 22.2 cubic feet, 14.2 of which are allocated to the fridge.
That's not great by standard side by side metrics, but compared to other counter depth models, it's pretty par for the course.
Now what isn't par for the course if the price At $1600 this fridge is about as inexpensive as counter depth models get.
So if you're looking for that flush appearance in your kitchen this might be where you start your hunt.
However I don't that this fridge is a very good performer.
You take a look at this heat map you see all those orange regions.
Eight out of the eleven total regions We tested in the fridge came in above 40 degrees Farenheit.
That's the temperature where you start to see Listeria in meat and other bacteria you don't want.
Even cranking the fridge down to 33 degrees, the minimum setting, we still have an orange hot spot there in the main body of the fridge, up at the top.
That's just not a good result, not an acceptable result, frankly.
The features of this fridge leave a lot to be desired as well.
You see that it's kind of a bare-bones interior.
You do get this chill drawer here that has a vent in the back with cold air piping directly into it.
You can adjust it with that slider and crank it a few degrees up or a few degrees down, but it's not precise.
It doesn't give you a number, and again, the fridge is so inaccurate to begin with that this doesn't make a whole lot of difference.
There's also this shelf here in the middle that slides out to give you easier access to items in the back of the fridge.
I like that feature, but there's just too much friction here.
It's kind of hard to use.
It sticks as you use it especially if anything heavy is sitting on top.
All in all, the price is pretty enticing here if you want a counter depth model.
This is one of only a handful you can get for less than $2,000, but like I said the performance is just not up to snuff.
So I'd probably pass and spend my money on something else.
For more check out my full review at www.cnet.com and field your fridge questions my way on twitter, for CNET appliances I'm Ryan Chris.
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