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- Haier RRTW18VABW
- Just because you may not be familiar with a brand doesn't mean it's not any less worthy of your attention than a more established name. Haier is a fairly recent addition to the American appliance market, but some of its products are as good as the more recognizable models. The Haier RRTW18VABW, for instance, is an excellent entry-level fridge that can more than hold its own with the major competition. Like all entry-level fridges, it has its flaws - a somewhat cheap interior design and inconsistent freezer temperatures were the biggest issues we came across - but with online sale prices hitting the $370 mark, it's a pretty fantastic bargain for consumers on a budget. Give this Haier a try, and see if this younger brand is a good fit for your kitchen.
Haier RRTW18VABW 18.2 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer White Review$704.74
Cheaper refrigerators aren't exactly known for their energy efficiency, but this low-cost Haier actually does a really good job in this respect. Despite lacking an Energy Star compliance label, its yearly operating costs are on the lower end of things, and it distributes consumed energy in a very efficient fashion.
This fridge is very much a mixed bag, and isn't the perfect fridge for everyone. Fridge temperature is more consistent than a lot of entry-level models, but the freezer is noticeably sub par. Freezing time is nothing special, and temperatures vary widely from top to bottom despite the single-unit design. On the other hand, the vegetable drawers retain an excellent amount of moisture, making this a great fridge for produce lovers.
The Haier actually has slightly more fridge space than the average entry-level top-freezer. On the other hand, the freezer has slightly less despite its wide open design.
A smaller number of shelves overall is a double-edged sword. If you don't typically pack your fridge or freezer to the brim, you'll be able to get to things in the back with increased ease. If, however, you prefer to buy groceries as though there's a natural disaster on the horizon, stacking food to use up vertical space may mean having to do a lot of shifting. The wire shelves and the slits in the bottom of the door storage also means there's virtually no spill containment, and the lack of a degree scale on the controls means you'll need to invest in an external thermometer.