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LG LFC22770ST 22 Cu Ft Largest Capacity 30" French Door review: Cramped style limits LG's fine performing fridge

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The Good The LG LFC22770ST packs a basic, but helpful assortment of features into its compact frame. LG didn't skimp on performance in making this French door model more budget-friendly.

The Bad Due to rigid shelf placement, this French door fridge feels more cramped than necessary. You'll run out of space quickly and have a hard time finding a spot for tall items.

The Bottom Line The LG LFC22770ST performs well enough to be worth your consideration if you're looking for a small French door fridge, but you can find fridges that cost less and make better use of limited space.

6.8 Overall
  • Features 7
  • Design 7
  • Performance 8
  • Usability 5

For once, an LG fridge didn't make it through our review process smelling like roses. Both its $4,000 door-in-door and its $1,800 bottom freezer model outclassed most refrigerators from other companies of similar type and cost. The LG LFC22770ST aims to dominate yet another fridge group -- low-end French doors.

At $1,800 it's budget-friendly for a French door model. With a 30-inch width, it also brings the premium feel of a French door fridge to those with limited space. It's just not able to best the $1,600 GE GNS23GMHES French door model . Both do well with temperature consistency, with GE gaining a slight edge, but the LG doesn't give a lot of options for shelf placement on the LFC22770ST.

It's a small fridge that feels small. GE's model escapes that trap with a more customizable, better-designed fridge interior. If you have room for the GE GNS23GMHES's 33 inch width, I'd recommend that fridge over the competent but clumsy LG LFC22770ST.

A horse of a standard color

The LG LFC22770ST does its part to look like a typical premium fridge, but therein lies the problem. It's too typical. It makes sense that it doesn't stand out as much as LG's $4,000 French Door model, but the $1,600 GE GNS23GMHES uses a Slate finish to be distinctive for less.

It looks fine and inoffensive, if average. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

It doesn't look bad, by any means. The stainless finish gives it a pleasant sheen, unbroken on the outer front save for the logo and the curved handles. The silver steel smudges more easily than GE's Slate coloring or Frigidaire's smudge-proof variation on stainless used on both its $1,000 FGTR1845QF and $2,600 FGHB2866PF9A , so if you buy this LG fridge, be sure to stock up on stainless-specific cleaners.

The gentle outer curve of the fridge's front panel doesn't save it from looking like yet another big silver box. Still, it's inoffensive and has a high-end look. It's just a generic high-end look.

It's what's inside that counts

Open the French doors, and the interior has a similar familiarity. Few fridge interiors stand out with looks, though, so the all white inner surface and bright LEDs shining down from the top work well enough. It strikes a friendly, welcoming tone.

The friendly confines. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

You won't find the folding shelves or custom temp drawer of LG's more high-end models, but the LG LFC22770ST does include four half-width spill-proof shelves, humidity sliders on the two fruit and vegetable drawers with an additional full-width shelf forming their ceiling, and a full-width deli drawer called a "Glide N' Serve Drawer" at the bottom of the compartment.

On the left door, you'll find three movable bins and a small immovable compartment at the bottom. The right door has that same small bin, two movable bins and a butter bin at the top.

The shelves handle spills well. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

The spill-proof shelves work well. We see how easy it is to clean up a mess in our of our fridges by dumping an 8 ounce glass of water on the top shelf and seeing how far down it drips. The LG LFC22770ST gained top marks by not letting a drop over the sides during the initial dump or the cleanup.

At the top of the fridge, the flat panel controls feel sparse, but are responsive and intuitive. Green LCDs show the current set temp for both the fridge and the freezer, there's a button letting you scroll through the ranges for each, as well as a button to control a door alarm, and one called "Ice Plus" to put the automatic icemaker into high gear.

Simple controls. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Ice, ice baby

That icemaker sits in the upper left corner of the freezer, and can holds 6 pounds of cubes, producing at a reasonable rate of 3 pounds a day. You can turn the icemaker on or off with a simple switch just above the bin.

The bin sits in a cozy spot on the freezer's only shelf. LG calls that all-white full-width shelf a drawer, since the front of it is closed in by a plastic cover with a handle, but nothing encloses the top, so we'll have to agree to disagree. Beneath the shelf, the main bin of the freezer uses the rest of the space well. A single divider splits the deep white plastic compartment front to back, and you can scoot it side-to-side to separate the space as you see fit.

The freezer keeps things simple, but includes a sizable ice bin. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

That bin pulls out with the drawer-style freezer door. For any unit with the freezer on the bottom, I much prefer a drawer over a hinged door , as the latter makes accessing your frozen food more ergonomically tedious. Generally, freezer drawers cost a little more, but it's a price I recommend paying and I'm glad this model includes the upgrade. The handle for the freezer makes things even easier to maneuver by gently pivoting upward as you pull on it.

Minor stumbles

The freezer's shelf glides a little too easily on its rails, and slides out over the lower bin when you open the door. I found it annoying to have to push the shelf back in every time you open the freezer and want to reach food in the main compartment. The shelf has a handle; I'd have preferred it stay put when I open the door and wait for me to pull it out when I needed it.

The fridge also has a minor annoyance with the door, though this one has the potential to be worse than a nitpick over time. Most French door fridges have a mullion attached to one of the doors which helps to create a seal between them when shut. It's the part that flattens out parallel to the doors when the fridges are shut, and swings perpendicular to them when open.

A small knob sticking out from the top of the mullion usually slides into and out of a rail at the top of the fridge to guide it open and closed. The mullion on this LG fridge plays by the same rules, but the opening of the rail isn't narrow enough to ensure the part goes perfectly perpendicular to the left door every time it opens.

The mullion can jam on the wire rail you can see behind it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Most of the time, the doors still work fine, but over the course of our testing, that mullion didn't open properly several times, and its knob would then slam on the rail when we tried to shut the door, as opposed to sliding into it.

If you shut the door gently, it'll still sound and look like you've shut it all the way. That could cause you to accidentally leave your fridge open for an extended period of time without knowing it. Alternatively, if you shut the door with force, the mullion whacking its rail repeatedly could be a durability concern. It's a simple issue to fix once you notice it, but one that could have long term durability implications.

Availability

Door issues aside, the freezer takes up 7.3 cubic feet of the 21.8 cubic total, and it does well to keep things simple with just enough storage options to be helpful but not get in the way. The fridge holds the other 14.5 cubic feet, and includes an adequate mix of basic but helpful features.

You can purchase the LG LFC22770ST from Home Depot, Best Buy, Amazon, Sears and other major appliance dealers. The LG site can direct you to retailers in your area. The MSRP is $1,800, but you can find it for closer to $1,400 at the stores listed above.

Similar models are available overseas. The US price converts to approximately £1,159 and AU$2,281.

Searching for space

Things got cramped quickly when we tried to load the fridge with food. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

At first glance, LG looks to have smartly trimmed the LFC22770ST for the sake of space and cost, but the interior of the fridge became much less pleasant to me once I started trying to load it up with food. Most of this fridge makes sense to me, but I can't figure out why LG so severely limited the number of spots where you can put your fridge shelves.

Each one has to stay on its respective side. The inner part of the half shelves have hooks that go into slots at the back of the fridge, the outer part slides onto a rail, so you can't switch them around and do three shelves on the right and one on the left.

Additionally, you only have four possible slots for those hooks, so you can really only move each shelf one step up or down short of removing them entirely. As a result, when we started to load food into the fridge, we had a lot of trouble finding spots for tall items.

With evenly spaced shelves, the milk wouldn't fit in the main body of the fridge. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

We use an assortment of groceries to put the space of each of our fridges to the test. We don't take the listed cubic feet at face value. Some models use space more efficiently than others and are able to fit more food as a result.

On the first round of our test, we keep the shelves spaced evenly from top to bottom, then fill the fridge with everyday groceries such as jugs of milk, bottles of soda, condiments, snacks and veggies. We avoid stacking items or placing them too close together on this round; doing so isn't great for air circulation in the fridge, and something to avoid during day-to-day use.

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