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LG LFXS30786S French Door Refrigerator with Bluetooth Speaker review: For four grand, this LG fridge jams

There were some warm spots, though. Unsurprisingly, they were in the Door-in-Door compartment. Door shelves often run a bit warm in general, and door shelves that sit behind an extra door panel typically run warmer still. Over two years of refrigerator tests, all of our data shows that these sorts of compartments tend to compromise the door's ability to hold the cold, at least to some extent.

Don't believe me? Take a look at that trio of drawers. In both tests, they get noticeably warmer from left to right. I suspect that the right door's Door-in-Door compartment is the culprit here -- the closer those drawers are to it, the warmer they run.

You have to open an extra door to get to the Door-in-Door shelves from the inside of the fridge. It's also the one part of the refrigerator that feels flimsy.

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Still, to LG's credit, those Door-in-Door hot spots were less egregious than we've seen in other, similar fridges. They also dropped down below 40 when we tested the fridge at its coldest setting, which is a better-than-average result.

That said, I maintain that LG's Door-in-Door compartments suffer from clunky execution. If you want to access anything from the inside, you'll need to pull open a thin plastic door first. LG calls it the "ColdSaver," but we've seen similar door-in-a-door fridges without any such barrier that perform just as well. The bottom line -- it's annoying and probably unnecessary.

Something else worth mentioning: the Glide N' Serve drawer at the bottom of the fridge. It's a wide, fairly spacious drawer that's comfortable to use, and it comes with three temperature presets: Meat, Deli and Produce. Drawers like that are always a nice addition, but I wasn't a huge fan of this one, because those temperature presets were more or less useless.

For the first round of tests, I set the drawer to Meat, which is ostensibly as cold as it goes. It came back with an average temperature of 34.7 -- noticeably colder than the rest of the fridge. That's a good result.

But look at that second set of temperatures. That's the fridge at its coldest setting, and for that test, I cranked the Glide N' Serve drawer up to Produce. You would expect the temperature to rise -- but instead, it actually came down with the rest of the fridge, averaging an even lower-than-before 33.1. Conclusion: those presets aren't doing much of anything.

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The verdict

There's a lot to like about this big, expensive fridge. Its cooling performance is about as good as we've seen from a model with a door-in-a-door compartment, and the inside offers an attractive design loaded with helpful features. The addition of a decent-sounding Bluetooth speaker is just icing on the cake.

Still, $4,000 is an awful lot to spend on a fridge with a not-terribly-distinctive design that doesn't come in anything other than standard stainless steel. And it's worth pointing out that Samsung sells a very similar model for several hundred less. Of course, that model isn't as big or as sharp of a performer as LG's, and it has no speakers to speak of.

Questionable value aside, this fridge is decent enough to justify the splurge if the combination of Bluetooth speakers and a Door-in-Door compartment appeals to you. Otherwise, you're probably better off spending less.

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