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- Kenmore 79302
- Kenmore has come out with some really excellent fridges for consumers with a modest budget, and this model is no exception.
Kenmore 79302 22 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer White Review$1,289.99
The front has a glossy, smooth finish white that looks and feels excellent. It's not quite as high-end as a stainless finish, but it certainly looks sharper than a more traditional matte finish found on mid-level fridges.
Even though it's white, this fridge is surprisingly stain resistant. Fingerprints and every-day smudges show up hardly at all given the white coloring, and the smooth texture makes wiping off any stains a breeze. Unlike matte finishes, there aren't any little cracks for spills to settle into, either.
There are two sets of controls on this fridge, but both are very low-tech and easy to learn. In the fridge, right in front at the top of the compartment, is a little scale from 1 to 5 that controls that fridge's temperature. There's a button to push in order to adjust it, as well as a button that locks the water dispenser shut and a warning light notifying you when the filter needs to be changed. In the freezer is a simple switch that can be pushed up or down to select a number from 1 to 5. Both of these have a clearly labeled manufacturer's recommended setting.
The handles on this appliance are recessed into the top and bottom of the freezer and fridge doors, respectively. This means you don't have to worry about anything sticking out into your kitchen, and the handles remain large enough to offer a solid grip. Also, for those with a different kitchen orientation, the doors appear to be reversible.
There is a small spout located to the left of the fridge's temperature controls. It's colored blue, distinguishing it from the rest of the panel, and just has to be pushed on to make it work. Since it's inside the fridge, there's no spot to rest your glass on, making it a two-hand device.
The inside of the Kenmore looks much like many of the other mid-level Kenmore fridges that we've tested. Both compartments, though, have a few little touches that make for some more varied and flexible storage options.
The fridge interior is broken up using a fairly traditional layout. There are four half-width shelves that mount onto the rear of the fridge using hooks. Affixed to the bottom of one of these is a deli drawer. At the bottom is a full-width shelf, and all of these are set above to matching crisper drawers.
One of the half-width shelves, positioned on the top right here, has a retractable portion that allows you to shift the front half of it back. While this blocks up some storage space on the shelf below, it also allows you to refrigerate taller items if you should need the space and don't want to actually remove a shelf.
The filter is located directly to the left of the actual water dispenser, inside the fridge compartment. It slides in horizontally, locked into place with a twist. All the directions are clearly labeled.
The Kenmore's fridge door is surprisingly flexible, and can be altered to suit almost any door storage need. At the top is a standard dairy bin, as well as an open, flat tray. It's an unusual addition, and it's declining angle and open lid makes it suitable for a plethora of options - you can stack light bagged foods without them taking up space that could be used for taller items on other shelves, or use it as a reminder spot and keep your lunch for the next day there without having to dig around for it in the morning. Under these are three identical bucket shelves than can be repositioned, and at the very bottom is a full-width fixed shelf.
The main portion of the freezer is exactly what you'd expect. A single wire shelf separates it into two sections. A bulk ice maker is found in the top left corner, and the fridge comes with an optional ice tray. If you want to move the shelf up, though, keep in mind that the ice tray only fits when the shelf is on its lowest rung.
Like many freezer doors, the Kenmore has two shelves for food storage. In a twist, though, the top shelf has a very eye-catching design. Instead of being a traditional shelf, it looks almost like a wire trap that can be tipped forward, and items are then placed down into it. This is great storage for loose frozen treats like popsicles or ice cream sandwiches, as you can stack them and take advantage of the vertical space without worrying about them rolling away.
The ice maker is of a traditional kind, located in the top left corner of the freezer and operated using a single switch.
The Kenmore has a full-backed metal covering. There's a removable port for any sort of repair access, as well as a panel near the bottom that covers the water port for the ice maker and water dispenser.
Unlike the front, the sides have a white matte finish instead of a glossy one.