Electrolux French Door Refrigerator Review
We test Electrolux’s new fridge lineup for 2017.
We’ve been testing products in our lab for a long time now, and one thing that we’ve learned over the years is that Electrolux fridges are stylish, overpriced, and usually underwhelming. Or are they?
For 2017, Electrolux is substantially improving its French door fridge game. Of course the bar wasn’t set very high, and they’re not going to beat out our absolute favorites, but at least Electrolux is now serving up a fridge that you might actually want to buy.
What's the Difference?
There are five fridges new to 2017:
• EW28BS87SS—the only full-sized French door, comes with through-the-door ice and water
• EI23BC37SS—counter depth model with Energy Star certification, equipped with through-the-door ice and water
• EI23BC32SS—counter depth model with Energy Star certification, but no through-the-door dispenser
• EW23BC87SS—the same as the 37SS, but without the Energy Star badge
• EI23BC82SS—the same as the 32SS, but without the Energy Star badge
Apart from which ones have through-the-door dispensers and Energy Star certifications, these are all basically the same. They all look like higher-end fridges with stainless steel exteriors and LED interior lighting.
So What's New?
Compared to older models that we’ve tested, the 2017 lineup does offer some subtle improvements.
• Improved touch screen controls (on the EW28BS87SS and EW23BC87SS) that are more responsive and look much less cluttered
• A Perfect Temp Drawer with 9 different independent temperature settings for specialty storage (available on models without EStar badges)
• A revamped shelf design that gives the interior a higher-end feel
• Repositioned and brighter lighting compared to older models
• A revamped limited warranty that offers three years parts coverage and one year of labor
We specifically tested the EW23BC87SS and the EI23BC82SS, and we’ve got to say, we’re impressed. Compared to Electrolux’s past offerings, these models have more stable temperature output in the fridge and freezer, much lower energy consumption, and impressive moisture retention in the crispers.
Is It Worth It?
If Electrolux keeps upping their game this way, we may see them become a serious threat to other manufacturers with similar products currently on the market. That said, we still think that they're a bit overpriced despite the aesthetic and functional overhaul.
They range from about $3,550 for the EW23BC87SS (the fanciest counter depth model) down to about $2,300 for the EI23BC32SS. Even at its most affordable, it feels somewhat pricey, so you may want to wait for a holiday-based sale or look for a package deal. If you can find a good deal, though, definitely consider one of these models for your next kitchen overhaul.
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