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Electrolux EI27BS26JS Refrigerator Review$2,699.00
An expensive fridge that just might be worth what you spend.
The Electrolux EI27BS26JS (MSRP $2,699) offers almost everything you could ask for in a fridge without going ridiculously high end. With a glossy stainless finish, plenty of space, and strong performance, it would make for quite a showpiece in your kitchen. Yes, it had a few important performance lows in the freezer, and the controls are a tad busy. On the whole, though, it’s a really satisfying product.
Design & Usability
Blinded by the fridge.
We’re used to dealing with stainless steel, but this Electrolux is shiny. It's not reflective enough to use for shaving or putting on makeup, but it does bounce light something fierce. It’s definitely worth thinking about if your kitchen gets a lot of direct sun, or if you’ve got small children: That gleaming finish didn't hide our fingerprints at all.
On the inside, the fridge handles like a dream. Shelves slide forward and back for easy access to items in the rear, crispers glide like they’re on butter, and the door shelves have plenty of room for storing gallon-sized containers. It’s accessible and easy to use.
Speaking of the wire freezer shelf, Electrolux found a surprisingly simple way to deal with the lack of spill protection caused by the gaps: it comes with an easy-to-remove, easy-to-clean plastic tray that sits on the bottom of the freezer drawer. As someone who has witnessed the horror of a split bag of frozen peas, I say this is genius!
Still, that control panel kept aggravating us. Generally, most people don't touch the controls on their fridge unless they're plugging it in for the first time. Electrolux gives each fridge function its own button, meaning the control panel will stick out like a sore thumb. For folks who like a gadget-heavy fridge, though, it does make for easy use.
Performance & Features
Robust performance dampened by an inconsistent freezer.
We didn’t foresee great things based on the last Electrolux we tested, but this model really blew our expectations out of the water, with one major exception. Despite low power consumption, great fresh food preservation, and superb crispers, we weren't thrilled with the freezer. That said, let's start with the good stuff first.
The freezer is where things get a bit inconsistent. It's definitely cold enough, no problems there. Unfortunately, temp fluctuations went well above and below 0ºF. That might cause freezer burn over time, and is this machine's worst flaw. To counteract it, turn the freezer thermostat way down if you need to store anything longterm.
The EI27BS26JS has got a hefty amount of usable storage space, incredibly low energy consumption rates, and acceptable freezing times. One freezer flaw shouldn’t be enough to keep you away. Unless, of course, your diet consists entirely of year-old steaks.
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Expensive, but worth it.
There’s no way around it: this is an expensive fridge. But at least you get your $2,699 MSRP worth, as the EI27BS26JS is capable of commendable performance.
With phenomenal usability, low energy consumption, and solid performance that delivers in almost every way, it would be hard to go wrong with this model. Track down a sale and you’re golden: a quick internet search yielded prices as low as $2,145.