Frigidaire FFHT2131QP Refrigerator Review
The Cold Hard Facts
With its excellent efficiency and consistent temperatures, the Frigidaire FFHT2131QP (MSRP $929) aced our biggest performance tests.
Much like its fancier counterpart, the Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF, the new 2131 runs warm when you set the thermostat to the recommended setting.
In the main section, we measured average temperatures of 38.67°F at the top, 39.55°F in the middle, and 42.65°F at the bottom. Similarly, the freezer maintained averages of 2.51°F and 5.79°F at the top and bottom, respectively. The trick to fixing this is simply to push the dial on the thermostat closer to the Coldest setting.
Inside our environmentally sealed labs, we also test fridges for consistency. That’s the performance element consumers can’t fix by tweaking the controls. Fortunately, this Frigidaire did very well in this regard: Temperatures fluctuated an average of just ±0.14°F in the fridge and ±0.5°F in the freezer.
The twin crispers did an adequate job retaining moisture, though you’ll want to keep an eye on more sensitive produce. Over the course of three days, our test materials lost an average of 0.19 grams of moisture each hour.
Freezing times of one hour and 21 minutes are actually quite good for a top freezer. It took our test materials that long to go from room temperature down to 32°F.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
The main fridge compartment doesn’t offer much in the way of customization—two of the full-width shelves can be placed in a handful of slots—but the overall capacity is pretty ample. When we factor in the fixed shelves and dairy bin found on the door, the amount of usable storage for fresh food comes to 12.23 cubic feet.
The freezer, with its single dividing shelf, is about as basic as it gets. With no icemaker or light bulb to take up any space, you can cram a total of 4.59 cubic feet worth of frozen food in here.
Perhaps the most exciting element of this fridge’s performance was its energy consumption—or rather, the lack thereof. Based on data acquired from our energy meters, it only takes about 0.05 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot. Using a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh, that means you’ll have to spend about $27.99 each year to power the fridge, making this one of the most affordable models we’ve ever tested.
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