The Good The Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF is a good-looking top freezer with an innovative set of modular door accessories. The "smudge-proof" exterior makes it easier to keep clean than other stainless steel models like it.
The Bad Temperatures ran warmer than we'd like throughout every section of the fridge, and a poorly thought-out meat-and-cheese drawer in the center of the fridge makes it tough to fit bulky items inside.
The Bottom Line Despite an appealing aesthetic and some attractive features, this fridge is too poor a performer for us to recommend.
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A Frigidaire top-freezer fridge that just isn't frigid enough
Top-freezer refrigerators are the most basic and least expensive models available, but that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities to splurge. Take the Frigidaire FGHI2164QF. At an MSRP of $1,300, it offers an all-stainless-steel build and an attractive interior packed with user-friendly features, including "Custom-Flex" door compartments that give you an outstanding degree of flexibility over how you store your groceries.
Unfortunately, it's not a strong performer, or anything close to one, quite frankly. At the default setting, the entire refrigerator yielded average temperatures above 40 degrees, a food safety benchmark set by the FDA. Even after dialing it down to the coldest setting, hot spots persisted in both the body of the fridge and in those in-door shelves. It's a far worse result than we've seen from other top freezers that cost less, including the $800 and , which boasts the same Custom-Flex compartments as the FGHI2164QF, but sells for $300 less. Despite getting a lot of things right, the FGHI2164QF isn't a fridge we'd recommend.
First, the good news. Frigidaire did a decent job with the design here, building a fridge that takes full advantage of the brand's "smudge-proof" stainless steel. While "smudge-resistant" might be closer to the truth, it's still a nice feature, and noticeably easier to keep clean and shiny than other stainless-steel models we've tested.