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- Frigidaire Gallery FGHS2655PF
- It won't win a beauty contest, but it's one of the best side-by-sides we've seen yet.
Frigidaire Gallery FGHS2655PF Refrigerator Review$1,599.00
It won't win a beauty contest, but it's one of the best side-by-sides we've seen yet.
Frigidaire seems to have hit the nail on its proverbial head with their new Gallery side-by-side flagship. The FGHS2655PF (MSRP $1,599) is one of the better side-by-sides we've encountered in terms of actual performance. It's far from perfect—there are definitely some cheaper design elements that made us wince a little, and side-by-sides have fallen behind more fashionable French door fridges when it comes to popularity—but it's better than we'd expect for such a reasonable price. This is a very affordable and consistent piece that we're comfortable recommending.
Design & Usability
Great for a side-by-side, even with a few missteps.
There is nothing wrong with your computer monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. The Frigidaire Gallery is in fact darker than a traditional stainless steel fridge despite what the manufacturer's specs state. Compared to the equally new FGHB2866 French door, which has a standard, horizontal grain and shimmery steel surface, the side-by-side has a more muted exterior with a subdued, vertical grain. Neither product is actually stainless, though, but that's not such a bad thing depending on your needs in the kitchen. You can put magnets on the surface, and it's got a freakishly strong resistance to smears and fingerprints, two things that make for a really family-friendly appliance.
Update (5/17/13): Turns out the old-fashioned magnet test isn't entirely fool proof: this fridge really is a stainless steel product. It's finished with "430 stainless," a particular grade which does actually take magnets. A representative from Frigidaire informed us that this Gallery also features a fingerprint-resistant coating applied over the steel, likely the cause of the darker-than-average look.
Performance & Features
It doesn't trump every side-by-side, but it comes pretty close.
And now, for the crux of the argument: it's not a mind-blowing fridge overall, but it's got great performance for a side-by-side in that price point. Because it's hard to circulate air through tall, thin compartments, side-by-sides typically subject consumers to temperature consistency issues from top to bottom more than other fridge types. Nevertheless, Frigidaire's new Gallery flagship manages to avoid that pitfall in the fridge... for the most part. Temperatures were mostly consistent throughout, warming up mostly down by the crisper, and remained exceptionally stable over time. The freezer was a little worse, exhibiting a larger temperature gap from top to bottom, as well as a slightly wider margin of long-term fluctuation, but as long as you don't swap items from one shelf to another the risk of freezer burn should be pretty low.
Side by Side by Satisfaction
For the price, it's excellent.
Side-by-sides tend to have more features than a basic top freezer, but lag behind most French door models. As such, the Frigidaire Gallery FGHS2655 is swimming in a sea of mediocrity, a market where many side-by-sides fail to stand out for positive reasons. Frigidaire's new product, however, is one of the rare exceptions. For a reasonably priced model like this one to do as well as it did and still have a very affordable MSRP of $1,599 is unusual. With some promising sale prices dropping this product down to about $1,350, fans of the side-by-side style should definitely keep an eye out.