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Ask any of the major appliance manufacturers, and they'll tell you that black stainless steel is the hot new trend, but they typically reserve it for higher-end models only. That's not the case with the LG LFCS25426D, though. It's an entry-level French door model available in black stainless steel for less than $2,000 (and probably less than $1,500 if you shop around). Click through to see whether or not it'd be a good fit for your kitchen.

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Open up

Within that classy, black stainless-steel exterior is a fairly simple fridge with a comfortable 25.4 cubic feet of total storage space. You won't find any features worth mentioning -- no movable shelves, no touchscreen smarts, no temperature-adjustable compartments, no nothing. There isn't even an ice maker in the door.

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Ice down below

Fortunately, there is an automatic ice maker in the freezer. You'll have to scoop the cubes out yourself, but it's better than nothing!

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Drawers

As mentioned, you don't get a drawer with its own temperature presets like in some nicer models, but you do get a standard storage drawer below the crispers. It runs a few degrees colder than the rest of the fridge, making it a good spot to store meats, cheeses and other delicate ingredients.

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Crisper bins

Speaking of those crisper bins, they're nothing special, but they do feel sturdy and well-built. Drawers like these often rattle around, but LG did a nice job here.

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Controls

You won't find any controls on the door of the fridge. Instead, they're hidden up here on the top of the door frame.

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Performance

Here's the big flaw with this fridge: performance. At the default 37-degree setting, everything is just a few degrees too warm, with multiple hot spots in both the door shelves and the main body of the refrigerator. Not ideal!

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Coldest setting

Performance was better at the coldest setting of 33 degrees, but we still saw a hot spot in that top left door shelf. The freezer dropped a few degrees, too, which wasn't great since we left it locked at the 0 degree setting.

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A worthy upgrade

With mediocre performance and no features to speak of, this black stainless-steel fridge is a pure design play, but the price is pretty tempting. Check out our full review to see if we think the pros outweigh the cons.

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