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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
Taking into account the space taken up by shelves and drawers, the Fisher & Paykel manages to offer 8.72 cubic feet of usable space in the fridge compartment. The main section of the fridge offers the greatest percentage of storage space, spread out over four full-width shelves and two crisper drawers. Since the bottle rack is such a specialized feature, we didn't include it in our calculations, so you'll have slightly less space if you decide to use it.
The Fisher & Paykel offers some pretty substantial storage options on its fridge door, as well. Two dairy bins means you can keep your butter separate from your cream cheese, and the half shelves are perfect for small condiments or storing eggs with the optional inserts. The bottom two shelves are ample enough to fit liter bottles of juice and soda, and all of the shelves (including the bottom half of the dairy bins) are adjustable.
The freezer offers a grand total of 2.69 cubic feet of usable storage space. Keeping in mind that the Fisher & Paykel isn't a large fridge overall, that's small but not terrible. The two buckets on top (especially without the ice tray) serve up some options for organized storage. The thin, middle shelf is good for microwavable dinners or frozen pizzas, and the lower bucket is big enough to accommodate either large quantities of items or that plump turkey you've been keeping your eye on for Thanksgiving. The top-most tray is really only usable for ice cube trays, so we decided not to include it in our calculations.
The freezer door only serves as a cover to keep cold air in. No shelves means no storage space.
Below are the manufacturers own figures for capacity, and our own measurements for usable capacity. The manufacturers figures do not take account of the shelves, drawers and other removable features, but our measurements do account for the space these take up.