The Good Kenmore's largest top freezer fridge offers a tremendous amount of storage space, a slew of helpful features, and an impressive knack for holding consistent, accurate temperatures.
The Bad The 79432 is a boring fridge to look at, and if you want it in stainless steel, you'll need to spend hundreds more. It's also less efficient than most of the competition.
The Bottom Line If you're looking to upgrade your refrigerator's features and storage capabilities without splurging on a trendy design, this fridge fits the bill, but other fridges just like it offer considerably better value.
|Kenmore 23.8 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator||LG LTCS24223S 24 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator||Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QF 18 Cu Ft Top Freezer Refrigerator||GE GTE18GMHES||Frigidaire FGHI2164QF|
|Price||$900 Sears||$1,000 Amazon.com||$1,038 Walmart||$786 Amazon.com||$1,068 Amazon.com|
This solid Kenmore fridge gets held back by bland design
When most people picture a fridge upgrade, they don't picture a top freezer. It's the most basic of styles -- the classic freezer-on-top, fridge-down-below approach that many of us grew up with. If you're upgrading your fridge, there's a good chance that a top freezer is the very thing you're trying to replace.
Don't be too quick to move on, though. For the same price as a low-end French door unit, you could get a high-end top freezer, one that offers better features, better performance, and more space for your groceries. Take the Kenmore 79432. At a retail price of $1,420 (you'll find it closer to $1,200 on the floor at Sears), the 79432 offers a best-in-class 23.8 cubic feet of storage space, along with a bevy of useful features that help it feel the part of a legitimate upgrade.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look the part. The build is basic and boxy, available only in plain white or black finishes. There's a stainless steel version (the 79433), but it retails for an excessive $1,780 -- several hundred more than comparable top freezer upgrades from brands like Whirlpool, GE, and Frigidaire that all come with stainless-steel finishes by default.
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