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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Kenmore Grab-N-Go Side-by-Side refrigerator

The magic button

A door within a door

Peeking through

Yet another door

Windows, too

Crisper bins

Shelving

Capacity

Low clearance

A bit cramped

If the cake fits...

Pizza problems

All in all

Performance woes

Dialing it down

The bottom line

Kenmore's Grab-N-Go refrigerator is yet another fridge with door-in-a-door functionality -- an increasingly popular feature these days. Click through to see the ins and outs of this kitchen appliance.

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There's a button on the fridge handle -- press it and pull, and you'll open a panel on the front of the refrigerator door instead of opening the door itself.

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Behind that panel are the refrigerator's in-door shelves, along with a few small-sized extra shelves on the inside of the panel itself.

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With the Grab-N-Go door open, you've got access to things like drinks and condiments stored in the door without needing to open the whole fridge to get to them.

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On the inside of the fridge, the in-door shelves are blocked by a plastic door. This helps keep the cold in when you open the Grab-N-Go door, but you'll also need to open it whenever you want to access those shelves the normal way.

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There are little windows leading into each of the blocked-off shelves -- if something's small enough, you might be able to squeeze it through, but all in all, they aren't terribly helpful.

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Inside of the fridge you'll find glass shelving and a pair of crisper bins. No humidity controls, though.

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The glass shelves are easy to rearrange, though there aren't a whole lot of extra racks to move them onto. Also, they aren't spill-proof -- if something leaks on the top shelf, you're going to have a mess dripping all the way down to the bottom.

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All in all, the Kenmore Grab-N-Go boasts 26 cubic feet of storage space, 16.9 of which is allocated to the fridge. That's a pretty good number compared to the competition, much of which sits at 16 cubic feet or below.

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The default shelf configuration doesn't leave much vertical clearance in the body of the fridge -- you'll almost certainly want to rearrange them to make more room for tall items like milk, orange juice, or a six-pack of beer.

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It wasn't an easy task fitting even bulkier items into the fridge. This party platter had to sit at an awkward angle.

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This cake tray made it in, though.

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An extra-large pizza? Not so much.

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All in all, it's a spacious fridge that doesn't take full advantage of its own capacity, but it's definitely workable.

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However, the cooling performance wasn't as great as you'd probably like. Things stay on target in the body of the fridge, but the in-door shelves run hot -- likely due to the extra seal around the Grab-N-Go door.

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Even dialed down to 33 degrees F, we still had averages over 40 in three out of four regions in the door.

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The Kenmore Grab-N-Go refrigerator has a retail price of $1,999, or $100 more if you want it in stainless steel. Kenmore sells its appliances through Sears, and usually discounts them by at least a few hundred dollars, so you can likely find it for closer to $1,600. Is the price right for this fridge? Read our full review to see what we think.

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