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- Fisher & Paykel E522BRX
- Proving that counter-depth fridges can perform just as well as their full-sized big brothers, the E522BRX delivers performance that ranges from adequate in some areas to outstanding in others. At the end of the day, though, it's still a counter-depth fridge, offering less storage space than even some of the smallest—and cheapest—full-sized options.
Fisher Paykel E522BRX 17.6 Cu. Ft. Bottom Freezer Stainless Steel Review$1,849.00
The Fisher & Paykel manages to keep energy costs from getting too high. It uses the energy consumed very efficiently, even allowing for its smaller size.
The freezer offers some excellent performance, keeping food at an even temperature and bringing items from room temperature down to freezing in a fantastically small amount of time. The fridge has some issues with temperature consistency, though, but nothing that can't easily be counteracted through careful placement of quickly perishable items. Alas, the crisper drawers only performed adequately.
For a counter-depth appliance, the fridge manages to offer a fair amount of storage space. It's nothing compared to a full-sized fridge, but for what it is, consumers shouldn't have trouble find space for their food unless they're trying to accommodate a family of 6. The freezer, however, is rather small, so people who like to stock up at wholesale stores on meats, fish, and pizzas for the long haul may find that space is at a premium.
As long as you don't want to move shelves around too much, this fridge should work out just fine. Wide open shelves are easy to get at, drawers slide smoothly, and the controls are easy to use once you get past the slightly steep learning curve. The water filter being stored externally, though, is the biggest hiccup. It's almost not worth the benefit of having a filter if you have to move the whole fridge every time it needs to be changed.