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LG's Diamond Collection fridge is a bit lacklusterThis surprisingly cramped high-end refrigerator is a tough splurge to justify.
Hey, fridge fans, this is Ryan Crist this is a T-Type Model. This is the LG Diamond Collection French Four Door Refrigerator Model #LPXS30866D Now this is a pretty eye-catching high end model. It sells for $4,300. That makes it a direct comparison to the Samsung RF32FMQDBSR that we reviewed last week. Like that fridge, you've got this four door design. The two swinging refrigerator doors up top and two swinging freezer doors matching it down below. But LG's kind of tacky in their own direction with the style here. They've got this dark finish that they claim is really good at repelling fingerprints. And we found that to be the case when we tested it out. And it's also got the door in door feature that you see in a lot of high end LG Fridges. And to open it you'll just press this button on the front here. The panel opens up and you can access the indoor shelves without opening the entire fridge. Inside that door in door compartment you get this easy lift bin, kind of like and elevator shelf that you can easily move up and down to make room Room for tall items. That's really it for notable features, though. In the Samsung model, you can adjust the right half of the freezer and dial it up into fridge mode for extra fridge storage space. You can't do that with this fridge. And there's no temperature controlled drawer, either, like in other LG models. This is a 30 cubic foot fridge, very big. But the fridge compartment actually is on the small side at 16.8 cubic feet. So really you're paying for a bigger freezer and not a bigger fridge. Now you do get LG's slim Space Plus ice system, which helps with the storage somewhat. I like that a lot. It's this flat ice maker that's totally in the door. There's nothing taking us space in the body of the fridge. And it's easy to put things in that shelf there without the overhang of a normal ice department. Makes less ice, but it does save space. As for performance the diamond collection did pretty well. Kept a very consistent and accurate temperature in the body of the fridge. But that right door. The door on door section ran a little bit warm in all of our test. We had a lot of orange in our heat map though. It's not terrible though. The Samsung had five orange hotspots. This one has three. And that top one there The butter bin, which is designed to be warm, so really only two problem areas. All in all, though, I think that this model and the Samsung model are both really clear design plates, aimed at consumers that want something really high-end in their kitchen that looks very fancy and aren't as concerned with performance or high-end features. For my money, I think I'd rather have the LG LMXS 30786S, that's a more traditional looking French door but it gives you more space, more features and is all in all a more complete package than this model. It also retails for $600 less than this model so if I'm buying a fridge that's $3500 or up I'm probably going with that one. For more, check out the full review at cnet.com and field your fridge questions my way on Twitter. For CNET Appliances, I'm Ry Crist. [SOUND]