Frigidaire FFHT2131QP Refrigerator Review
Sometimes, you want a refrigerator with innovative storage, fancy lighting, and lots of adjustable shelves. Other times, you just want a big box that keeps your food cold. The new Frigidaire FFHT2131QP (MSRP $929) is one of the best boxes out there.
The 2131 is essentially a pared-down version of the excellent FGHI2164QF. Gone are the adjustable half-width fridge shelves, the Custom Flex door storage, and even the icemaker.
But this 21-cubic-foot top freezer still provides basic, no-frills storage and excellent energy efficiency for a reasonable price.
Design & Usability
Basic, but not bland
The front of the new Frigidaire is finished in a smooth white that’s very hard to smudge. This model also comes in black for the same price. Alternatively, Frigidaire offers a “smooth” metallic finish for about $50 more, or you can get stainless for an extra $100.
On the inside, this Frigidaire has everything you’d expect in a basic top freezer. Full-width shelves offer a modicum of spatial customization, while the use of glass instead of wire means you don’t have to worry about spills.
The use of incandescent bulbs may feel a bit dated, but they manage to light up the interior nevertheless. No such luck for the freezer, though—just cold, frigid darkness inside.
Door storage is completely fixed, but the shelf layout incorporates multiple heights to accommodate a variety of items.
Unlike the main compartment, the freezer’s shelf is a wire one. It can be slotted into one of two different positions, the choice of which is entirely up to you.
Performance & Features
Low tech but high efficiency
The 2131 behaved much like the 2164 Gallery model, which is to say, very well. Both compartments were incredibly consistent compared to other top freezers. Plus, without an icemaker (or any other extra feature to speak of), this model is exceptionally energy efficient.
Of course, there’s a drawback. Like the 2164, the 2131 ran warm. The trick is to simply disregard the suggested control settings. All you have to do is slide the thermostat—located on the left interior wall of the main fridge section—closer to the Coldest setting, and you should be fine.
Beyond that, moisture retention in the crispers was acceptable—so fresh foods should stay that way—and freezing times were actually rather speedy for a budget top freezer.
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A Legit Budget Bargain
Everything you need, nothing you don’t
Retailers are offering the Frigidaire FFHT2131QP for about $750, making this a highly affordable 21-cubic-foot top freezer. With superior energy efficiency and consistent temperatures, this fridge provides consumers with all the basic essentials you need to store food without any of the bells or whistles that typically run up a price tag. If you’re looking for a big bargain, look no further.
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