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- Kenmore 72023
- The Kenmore 72023 is a stainless steel French door fridge that holds its own with some of the best models we've tested to date. Similar to the LG LFX31925ST and made by the same manufacturer, this Kenmore is pricier than a lot of our tested appliances, but we quickly found justification for that financial blow within our test results. It has enough storage space to satisfy the whole family during the holidays, energy savings that may make the initial hit to the wallet more bearable, and a refrigeration quality that the manufacturer can be proud of. If you've got the money and are looking to upgrade from an entry or mid-priced fridge, the Kenmore 72023 (MSRP $2349.99) is a great model to consider.
Kenmore 72023 24.7 Cu. Ft. French-Door Stainless Steel Review$2,349.99
Fridge temperatures were very consistent over time, and remained constant throughout the entire compartment. There was a difference of about one or two degrees at the most from top to bottom, which is actually quite impressive given the size of the fridge interior and how much space cool air has to travel. Be careful, though—the exterior control panel measures air temperature, not the temperature of food. When we had it calibrated to 37 degrees Fahrenheit, the center of our test material was closer to 39 or 40 degrees. With food temperature a few degrees warmer than is ideal, we'd recommend turning down the thermostat just a little.
The Kenmore's freezer is a bit of a mixed bag with respect to our test results. The degree variance from the top of the freezer to the bottom was rather surprising. True, cold air does sink, but a difference of two and a half degrees came as a bit of a surprise. On the other hand, this freezer was more stable with respect to long-term temperature performance than almost any other model we've tested. This means your food is almost completely safe from freezer burn, resulting in less food wasted and more money saved.
The Kenmore's vegetable drawers averaged a moisture loss of about 0.19 grams of water per hour. This is slightly better than average—really anything less 0.2 grams per hour is quite acceptable. It's not enough water retention to make this a deciding factor in your appliance shopping endeavors, but know that your produce should remain fresh and fit to eat for slightly longer than it would in most average fridges.
Despite its large size, the Kenmore's freezer managed to keep our test materials frozen for well after 36 hours without power. As long as you don't open the freezer door during a power outage, you shouldn't have to worry about anything going bad for a full two days at least.
This test was the only one that possessed results which weren't above average. The faster an item is frozen, especially if it's a perishable item like meat or produce, the higher its quality will be after it's thawed. As such, you want an appliance that can freeze items as fast as possible. The Kenmore managed to freeze our room-temperature test materials in one hour and 35 minutes, an acceptable rate but nothing terribly praise-worthy. We've examined appliances that could do this in about an hour flat, as well as some that took over two hours; as such, the Kenmore did well enough that you may notice a slight decrease in the quality of thawed items, but not enough to make them inedible.