Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF Refrigerator Review
King of the top freezers.
The Cold Hard Facts
Aside from its fancy interior, the Frigidaire Gallery FGHI2164QF (MSRP $1,299) maintained some of the most consistent temperatures we’ve seen in a top freezer. Sure, the entire unit ran warm, but simply turning down the thermostat will easily mitigate the only major flaw we could find in this model.
First, the good stuff: This Frigidaire is extremely consistent. Temperatures in the main fridge compartment had an average fluctuation over time of just ±0.11°F. The freezer—which almost always has a bigger shift than the fridge—varied about ±0.62°F.
On the other hand, overall temperatures ran quite warm. At the top, middle, and bottom, the fridge retained average temps of 39.85°F, 40.53°F, and 43.01°F, respectively. The freezer clocked in at 3.49°F near the top and 6.16°F near the bottom. That’s definitely too warm, but easily fixed by turning down the thermostat.
The twin crispers performed on par with other fridges in this price range. Our test materials, which were weighed over the course of three days, lost an average of about 0.19 grams of moisture each hour. It’s not great, but we’ve certainly seen worse.
Freezing times were average. We placed room-temperature simulated food test materials inside the Frigidaire, which was housed in our climate-controlled test lab. The internal temperature of those simulated foods reached 32°F after an hour and 35 minutes.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
At an advertised capacity of 21 cubic feet, this model is larger than most top freezers. By actually measuring the main fridge compartment, including the Custom-Flex door, we found 11.23 cubic feet of usable storage space. We did our best to optimize the position of the sliding door shelves to get as much use out of each shelf as possible.
The freezer, with its sliding bottom rack and tilting door shelf, proved more straightforward. Without the ice bucket in place, it provides 3.77 usable cubic feet of frozen food storage—not bad for a top freezer.
Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of this Frigidaire’s performance was its energy efficiency. Even with the icemaker running, this model only needed 0.06 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot of space, making it one of the most efficient models we’ve tested. At a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh, this model should only cost you about $30.67 per year to run.
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