Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF Refrigerator Review
King of the top freezers.
Top freezers tend to be pretty boring inside: Three tiers of shelves, some door-mounted pockets, and two crisper bins usually do the trick. If you want something fancier, you'll have to pony up for a French door or side-by-side.
That's not the case with the Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF (MSRP $1,299), which gives consumers some of the most flexible storage we’ve ever seen in a 21-cubic-foot top freezer. Adjustable door buckets and an extra fridge drawer offer superior organization compared to most other fridges of this style.
We measured even temperatures over time, too. Our only complaint is its high MSRP. On sale, the price drops just below $1,000, putting this top-of-the-line top-freezer at the upper end of the market.
Design & Usability
Shelves and drawers galore
As far as top freezers go, this Frigidaire is downright fancy. On the outside, you get Frigidaire's smudge-free stainless finish. Inside, LED lighting casts a pale blue glow over an array of adjustable shelves and twin crispers.
Up at the top of the fridge, you’ll find Frigidaire’s new Store-More drawer. The drawer is situated at the perfect height for children to grab their own snacks out of the fridge, and the Store-More is tall enough to fit anything from single-serving yogurt containers to Tupperware filled with chopped vegetables. While this drawer's sliding action isn't the smoothest, it does feel sturdy.
Half-width shelves in the main compartment give consumers more storage flexibility than most other top freezers, but it’s the door that really impresses. Seven independent containers of multiple sizes create what Frigidaire calls the Custom-Flex Door.
In addition to an enclosed dairy bin—uniquely shaped to accommodate the Store-More drawer—you also get a dispenser capable of holding about seven 12 oz. cans at a time. There’s also the Mini Bin, a narrow compartment great for loose items like string cheese or juice boxes.
What’s more, every shelf—except the full-width one at the bottom—can slide along plastic mounts, allowing you to push drawers left or right for easier access. Plastic on plastic means they don't slide without some effort, but any customizability in a top freezer is welcome.
The freezer also has additional perks. A single-adjustable shelf divides the compartment, plus the bottom half has been outfitted with a sliding drawer. The top shelf on the door tilts forward, which helps minimize the risk of groceries falling out of an overcrowded freezer.
Food Preservation & Efficiency
Very consistent, but double check those temps
Easily the biggest strength our tests uncovered was the Frigidaire’s consistency. While in our environmentally controlled labs, both the fridge and freezer compartments maintained even temperatures over time.
The downside, however, is that both compartments ran too warm. The key here is to ignore the recommended setting on the controls (marked with an asterisk on the sliding thermostat), and simply turn the temperatures in both compartments down.
The other highlight of this model is its efficiency. Even with the icemaker running, this Frigidaire was exceptionally efficient, compared to both other top freezers and to refrigerators in general. Freezing times were average, as was moisture retention in the crispers.
That aforementioned icemaker is really the only extra feature that comes with this model, but top freezers tend to err on the side of low-tech.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Simplicity Meets Luxury
Flexible, family-friendly storage
While the Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF may not be the most expensive consumer top freezer on the market, it’s pretty close. Sale prices tend to place this unit at around $1,000, give or take. But for all those dollars, you do get some of the most innovative top freezer storage we’ve seen, as well as exceptionally consistent internal temperatures.
Its 21-cubic-foot capacity, energy efficiency, and flexible storage options make it an ideal fit for a low-frills, kid-friendly household... as long as you’ve got a little extra to spend. Either way, it's still less expensive than a French door.
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