The Kenmore 79432 is a classic-looking top freezer and a surprisingly strong performer. Click through to see what's so special about it.
Most manufacturers don't make top freezers with much more than 20 cubic feet of total storage space. The 79432 offers almost 24 cubic feet, giving it best-in-class capacity, and plenty of room for your groceries.
It's still a pretty basic fridge though. The controls are located inside the fridge. You can dial up and down between five settings ranging from "cold" to "coldest."
You'll find a pantry drawer that runs the width of the fridge. That's a nice feature for a top freezer -- pantry drawers are more commonly found in French door models.
There's a water dispenser, too, but it's inside of the fridge.
The in-door shelves offer plenty of width and plenty of vertical clearance. You'll also find plastic sliders to help you section things off.
There's also a pair of crisper bins at the bottom of the fridge.
Each crisper comes with its own adjustable humidity vent.
And yep, there's a butter bin at the top of the door. It runs a few degrees warmer than the rest of the fridge by design, to help ensure your butter or margarine is soft and spreadable.
The freezer is pretty basic, though the glass shelf is a nice touch (most top freezers only offer a wire rack, if anything).
You'll also find an ice maker up here.
After testing the 79432 at its default setting (right in the middle between "cold" and "coldest"), we came away impressed. The body of fridge held very tight around 37 degrees, with the door and crispers running a few degrees warmer (but not too warm).
Things were equally consistent at the "coldest" setting, where the body of the fridge averaged closer to 35 degrees.
The Kenmore 79432 retails for $1,420, though you'll likely find it for closer to $1,200 at Sears. Check out our complete review to see whether or not we think it's a worthy top freezer upgrade at that price.