Frigidaire keeps its cool amidst tough competition
Hi, I'm Andrew [UNKNOWN] for CNet.
Today, I'm taking a look at the Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QF.
It's a top freezer, refrigerator with 18.3 cubic feet of space And it costs $1000.
The smudge proof stainless finish, the curved handles, they look pretty good here, especially for $1000 fridge.
On the interior, the LEDs are nice and bright.
You have separate temperature dials for the freezer and the fridge and the temperature reading, solid here.
As a default setting, you want the freezer to hit zero degrees.
You want the fridge to hit 37, those 2 middle shelves, the bottom shelf and the middle shelf hit 37.0 and 37.3 as an average over the 3 day test.
On the coldest setting, we were hoping it would hit somewhere around 33 degrees And it did.
It actually kept everything except that really cold top shelf above 32 degrees where your food's gonna start to freeze, and below 40 where it's gonna spoil more easily, according to the FDA.
A cool result which means you have a high usable range in this fridge.
The different settings are gonna give you temperatures that are useful for your food.
When we put the 18.3 cubic feet of space to the test, it surprised us.
It did pretty well.
It fit all of the normal groceries we wanted to stuff in there, and a few of our large items like party platters and cake So yeah, I like this thing, but there are some kickers here.
When you try to move the shelves, for one, you're going to find they're somewhere between stuck in place and a permanent cemented fixture.
It's really, really difficult.
And the bigger issue Is that it gets beat by the $800 GE top freezer model in just about every way.
That GE performs slightly better and fits slightly more and costs 200 bucks less.
So if you want a few solid top freezer options, this one deserves to be on your list.
It is good enough to be worth your consideration.
I just have trouble recommending it because there is a better fridge out there that costs less.
For more be sure to check out my full review on cnet.com.
For Cnet with the fridgedair gallery top freezer, I'm Andrew [UNKNOWN]