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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
This Kenmore exhibited near-perfect temperature consistency in its fridge. Over time, temperatures fluctuated less than a quarter of a degree, resulting in even temperatures ideal for food preservation. It was only near-perfect because the very bottom of the fridge was just a few degrees warmer than the rest of it, so you'll want to keep foods that need the lowest temperatures at the top.
The freezer actually ran a little cooler than is normal, with temperatures a bit bellow zero degrees Fahrenheit. The consistency over time is something to be praised, an important point given that minimized temperature change like what we saw in the Kenmore means your food will be safe from freezer burn.
The Kenmore's vegetable drawers performed adequately enough, but nothing quite so attention worthy as its other performance points. On average, our test material lost 0.18 grams of water per hour. Your vegetables will remain fresh and crisp for a few days, but they won't last an unusually long amount of time.
After we pulled the plug to see how well the fridge kept food cold without power for 36 hours, items in the freezer were all still quite frozen. As long as you don't leave the door open, or have a questionable electric company, your food should be safe from short power outages.
It took one hour and 34 minutes to bring our room temperature test materials down to freezing. This isn't perfect - we've seen fridges do it in just about an hour flat - but it's better than some other models we've seen. Thawed food generally has a slightly inferior texture compared to their original quality, and efficient appliances are able to minimize the effect but cutting down on freezing time.