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This LG fridge has a door in the door, but what is it good for?The LG LSXS26386D Door-in-Door Side-by-Side fridge looks classy, but it's a pain to use.
[MUSIC] LG makes a lot of door in door refrigerators that have a sort of secret compartment here in the front that lets you access the indoor shelves. Most of them are french door units but this one is a side by side. It's a $2000 fridge, 26.1 cubic feet, and 16.9 cubic feet in the fridge compartment itself. And a nice looking unit here. It's wax stainless steel and kind of a minimalist, monolithic design. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of door in door and other features like it. It's not that much more convenient Just to open the different door and get the thing you want out of the shelf than opening the door like normal and getting that thing out of the shelf. And plus it doesn't ever impact performance. It doesn't make the fridge any better at keeping your stuff cold. In fact, if you look at this performance heat graph from the tests we ran, you can see that those door and door shelves run kind of Of hot. That's not surprising, that's kind of par for the course for door in door compartments, and with door shelves in general. More of a red flag is that then at the bottom, you can see that it creeps up at an average above 40 degrees, that's not a great result. Even worse, inside that door in door compartment, you get this plastic barrier that kind of blocks off your shelves. You can get in by opening this door here, by reaching in through this window, but it's kind of a tight fit. And this top shelf, where you're probably keeping your butter, totally blocked off. You can't get in unless you go in through that front door in door compartment. Compare that to the Samsung Food Showcase side by side that we reviewed last year. It's a very similar side by side fridge with a front panel you can open up and those indoor shelves aren't blocked off at all on the inside. There's no plastic barrier, no nothing. And the performance on that fridge was even better than this one. So I'm not sure why LG needed to include that plastic barrier blocking things off. If you like door, in-the-door features more than I do, then a fridge like this might be tempting. But I say go with that Samsung or with another unit that doesn't block the shelves off and performs a little bit better than this one does.