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HolidayBuyer's Guide

LG 30 cu. ft. 4-Door French Door Refrigerator (LMXS30786S)

A big, boxy icebox

Touch controls

Roomy interior

CustomChill Drawer

Temperature control

Handy dividers

Fridge space

Spill-proof shelving

Slide-in shelf

Glide 'N Serve Shelf

A trio of drawers

EasyReach bins

A slimmer ice maker

The trade-off

A+ in our capacity test

A look at the freezer

Default performance

Minute-by-minute

Dialing it down

A tighter graph

Freezer performance

The right fridge for your kitchen?

The LMXS30786S is one of the top French door refrigerators in LG's home appliance lineup. Click through to see everything this classy cooler has to offer.

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The LMXS30786S is about as big as fridges get, so don't expect it to fit very well into cramped kitchens.

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You'll control the thing with a sleek-looking metallic touch panel on the front of the left door.

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The total capacity clocks in at 30 cubic feet, which is about as spacious as fridges come before you start paying more than $4,000.

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3.8 of those 30 cubic feet come from the "CustomChill Drawer" that sits between fridge and freezer.

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The CustomChill Drawer offers extra storage space for the fridge, complete with four ingredient-specific temperature presets.

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You'll also find a pair of sliding dividers that make it easy to section things off.

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Those glass shelves have spill-proof ridges, too.

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That top shelf slides in under itself, making room for tall items.

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The bottom shelf slides out, making it easier to access items you've got tucked away in the back.

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You'll find three drawers below the shelves for your fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses. They look great, with fancy, diamond-shaped patterns at the bottom -- but they don't offer humidity controls, which is a bit of an odd oversight.

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In front of the drawers sit two "EasyReach" bins at the very front of the fridge. Just slide the tempered glass back to expose neat little compartments for freshly chopped veggies, grated cheese or anything else you'll want quick access to on Taco Tuesday.

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The ice maker is located inside of the left door, and features a slimmed-down design, which gives you more room in the in-door shelves.

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The rub is that it doesn't produce quite as much ice as the average French door fridge.

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All of those flexible, storage-minded features add up to a ton of usable space. In our tests, we were able to fit all of our groceries and all of our stress test items inside with room to spare.

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Down below, the freezer offers 8.8 cubic feet of storage space.

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At the default setting of 37 degrees F, the fridge performed well, although the right door ran a little warm.

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Here are the minute-by-minute results from that same test. Even with the warm temperatures in the right door, things are fairly tight region-to-region. It's not a bad result by any stretch.

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We tested again, but this time, we dialed the fridge down to the 33-degree setting. Naturally, things got colder.

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Things got tighter, too. That overlapping jumble of lines is a good result -- it means that the temperature didn't vary all that much from one part of the fridge to another.

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As for the freezer, it did a very solid job, holding steady at the target temperature of 0 degrees F. The main body of the freezer (the blue line) even averages out to a perfect bullseye of 0.0 degrees. And don't worry about those spikes -- those are our regularly scheduled door openings, a controlled part of the test. As you can see, they never threw the freezer out of rhythm.

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At $3,700, this fridge isn't a casual purchase, but it offers plenty of space, plenty of features, and impressive performance. Worth the splurge? Check out our full review to help decide.

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