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Kenmore 79302 22 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer White Review$1,289.99
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The fridge is more or less accessible, but has a few spots that can be hard to reach. Since it's a top-freezer, some of the parts furthest back might be troublesome since you'll have to stoop to reach them, and you'll want to store things under the deli drawer only as a last resort. The freezer, too, is quite open, but the drawback here is found in the funky shelf on the door. The tipping wire cage may make for interesting storage options, but if you start stacking different things and want something on the bottom, there's no way to get to it without taking everything else out first.
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 controls aren't quite baseline in terms of complication, but they are very simple. The buttons on the fridge's console respond well to pressing, and the green-lit number indicator is straightforward and easy to read. The freezer just has a flippable handle which is even easier, though you'll want to make sure you don't hit it and adjust the temperature with some of your food items.
The water dispenser is a bit unusual, and you may find yourself accidentally bumping it from time to time. Fortunately, that prominence makes it very easy to get to, and its simplicity makes it easy to use. If you find yourself bumping it too often, though, but want to leave it connected, take advantage of the simple water lock on the fridge's control panel.
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 is about as easy to clean as your average fridge. The shelves offer some minor spill protection, but if anything drips on the retracting shelf, it'll spill right down the gap in the middle. Door shelves are more or less contained, but in the very front is found a series of small holes. They may be there to help cool air circulate, but they'll also lets small messes circulate, too. Also important to note is that the fridge shelves are only half-width, which makes them lighter and easier to manage, but shelves with rear-mounting hooks can be a bit of a pain to put back in.
This fridge is about as quiet as a fridge can get. You'll know when it's on from the typical ambient hum, but if you have other appliance going in your kitchen, it'll blend right in without making any extra noise.