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- Kenmore 79009
- The Kenmore 79009 is an excellent example of a good bargain fridge. It may not be the most accessible appliance out there; with a cramped fridge, low freezer, and accessibility issues, it certainly has flaws. But despite some physical drawbacks, this fridge really delivers where it counts.
Kenmore 79009 19.7 Cu. Ft. Bottom Freezer Black Review$1,119.99
The inside of this Kenmore's fridge appears rather crowded, and it is...but not as much as it may seem just from looking at it. Despite the small presence of appliance claustrophobia, there's still ample storage for an average household, with the Kenmore offering 9.3 cubic feet of usable fridge space. Four half-width shelves and a full-width shelf on the bottom provide most of the storage capacity. In addition, you have three drawers: one placed under a half-width shelf in the location of a traditional deli drawer, and two tall crisper drawers on the bottom. The unusually tall crispers push the shelf storage a bit closer together vertically than is usually seen, which seems to be the primary cause of the cramped feeling. The odd thing is, the Kenmore has a fairly average amount of storage - there's a just a lot more of it found in drawer storage than is typical, which is great for those who like produce that takes up a lot of space, such as eggplant or broccoli.
The fridge door is a bit crowded, but still capable of surprising versatility. Storage is spread out over six assorted compartments. There is a full-width shelf on the bottom which pretty much stays as is, but the interesting thing about all the other shelves is that they can slide around. Two large shelves, two smaller shelves, and a dairy tray are hooked into the door in such a way that if there is any free space to their left or right sides, they can slide in those directions. This could be useful for storing large or tall items, shifting things around for ease of access, or just to change up the look if you get bored with the layout. All the shelves are quite deep as far as door storage goes, giving you ample and accessible areas to store anything from salad dressing to a gallon of milk.
The wide, open spaces in the freezer may lead to lots of stacking. The shelf is great for TV dinners and frozen pizza, while the pull-out bucket can store your frozen meats and vegetables. Regardless of how you organize your frozen goods, you'll find a grand total of 3.91 cubic feet of usable space. You lose a good chunk to the ice maker, so keep that in mind when shopping around if you prefer to use smaller ice cube trays instead of ice in bulk.
Like many bottom freezers, the Kenmore doesn't offer a lot of door storage in its colder section. A small, shallow tray running the width of the door is great for storing loose items like chocolate or nuts for the baking aficionado, or pints of Ben & Jerry's for consumers with a sweet tooth.
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.