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Frigidaire FGHF2366PF Counter-Depth Refrigerator Review

It doesn't stick out, and it doesn't stand out.

October 15, 2013
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The Frigidaire FGHF2366PF (MSRP $2,899) has a lot going for it, but it's just not enough. Out of the box, we immediately noted this French door's upscale look, from its beautiful stainless exoskeleton to the clean typefaces throughout. But while this fashion-forward fridge piqued our interest, it failed to hold our attention with average results in our barrage of lab tests. It may not score poorly, but at such a high price—even for a counter-depth—we're just going to need superior performance.

Design & Usability

Designed to be cool.

It's not always feasible to have a built-in fridge in your kitchen. Fortunately, counter-depths allow for the built-in look at a slightly friendlier price. Aesthetically, this 28.5-inch deep model sure looks like the silver bullet your kitchen needs. With simple text and minimal controls, Frigidaire's treatment of the control panel keeps it from being an eyesore. Inside, the design looks are on par with the façade, with four shelves and three drawers bathed in blue-white light. The icemaker does take up a large portion of the top left. It's done in a way that doesn't really offend the eye, but it definitely robs the already small fridge of useful space. In the freezer, a shallow drawer and a larger tub drawer are equally well-lit for convenience.

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The dispenser delivers crushed, cubed, or flowing water. View Larger

But while the design looks impressively luxurious, usability slightly lags. The right side has three movable shelves above one another, but there's not really any room to move them around. If you were to own this fridge, you'd probably want to ditch one of the shelves to make more space for items that aren't just four inches tall. All the shelves move in interesting ways—see the Vine below—but don't slide as smoothly shelves in a $2,899 fridge should. Accessing items in the rear isn't so difficult, due to the shallow depth, but this fridge does feel a little cramped. The freezer feels especially small, but access is easy with the pullout bottom and sliding wire drawer.




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Performance & Features

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We really like the unobtrusive control panel design. View Larger

An middling performance from an expensive fridge.

This Frigidaire's performance numbers aren't bad, but they aren't really that good either. The overall temperature of our test food averaged three degrees above display's 37°F, but only showed middling consistency. The crisper drawers, located in the slightly warmer bottom of the fridge, didn't do a great job locking in humidity, so produce might not last as long as you'd like. In the freezer drawer, our sensors recorded a very accurate average temperature barely above the thermostat reading of 0°F. But further examination of the data indicated that the numbers weren't so consistent throughout the freezer's testing period. These fluctuations above and below 0°F put your food at risk of freezer burn.

While this Fridgaire's biggest feature is most certainly its counter-depth dimension, this fridge boasts movable shelves, humidity controlled drawers, three genres of water—cold, cubed, or crushed. But even with those, it's a pretty basic fridge. No smart grid or sparkling water features here.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

Conclusion

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Frigidaire aced this stainless finish. View Larger

It's good, but it just has the wrong price tag.

The Frigidaire FGHF2366PF is not a bad fridge. Though its test results are far from the top, they're equally far from the bottom. But even with the pleasing aesthetics and counter-depth dimensions, it's probably not going to be the best choice for your money. There's just better options out there that don't tax the wallet so much. But if you find this model on sale for a price that reflects its average performance, this could be a satisfactory way to bring some style to your kitchen.

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