Frigidaire Gallery FGHT2046QF Refrigerator Review
Keeps everything simple while adding touches of elegance.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGHT2046QF (MSRP $1,199) is one of the manufacturer’s newest 21-cubic-foot top freezers, and is essentially a more traditional version of the FGHI2164QF. If you don’t care about icemakers or fancy door storage with can dispensers and sliding bins of multiple sizes, then the 2046 could be the model for you.
It displayed the same highly commendable performance in our rigorous tests, sports Frigidaire’s special smudge-resistant stainless steel finish, and includes LED lights in both the fridge and freezer compartments. If you’re in the market for a straightforward top freezer but want something more attractive than what you’d find in your kid's dorm room, give this one a closer look.
Design & Usability
Functional, but stylish
First off, this fridge deserves some points for a family-friendly finish. As any consumer with kids and stainless steel appliances knows, fingerprints and smudging can be the bane of a spotless kitchen.
Fortunately, Frigidaire uses a smudge-resistant finish on the 2046. It's a little darker, so the color might not match non-Frigidaire stainless appliances in your kitchen, but it’ll be a whole lot easier to keep clean.
On the inside, things are a bit more straightforward. Full-width shelves don’t offer a whole lot of flexible customization, but one shelf does come with a retractable front half to accommodate the occasional bottle of wine or other tall items.
The door storage is an interesting blend of traditional bucket shelves and the sliding design of Frigidaire’s Custom Flex system found in the pricier 2164 model. Four smaller door shelves—including the dairy bin—can be mounted on one of four plastic runners. These runners allow you to slide shelves left and right to customize the arrangement and allow for improved access.
LEDs in both compartments cast a pale blue glow over the white plastic edges, giving the interior a clean look. Most top freezers don’t have any illumination in the frozen food area, but everything in this Frigidaire is quite well lit.
Performance & Features
These are the tops for top freezers
Both sections in this Frigidaire were incredibly consistent over time in terms of temperature output. If you can get this fridge to produce suitably cool temperatures, your food will be in great hands. The trick there is, don’t believe what you see on the thermostat.
As was the case with the 2164, both the fresh and frozen food areas ran warm when the controls were at the default setting. Simply move the slider closer to Coldest, and you should be fine.
Freezing times were adequate and the crispers were acceptable when it came to retaining moisture. More moisture for your produce means crisp greens and flavorful fruits. What really impressed, though, was this model’s exceptional energy efficiency. Taking its cue from recently updated EPA energy standards, this top freezer is one of the most efficient models we’ve ever tested, along with another icemaker-free top freezer, the Frigidaire FFHT2131QP.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
High-End, Low Learning Curve
Why mess with a good thing?
The Frigidaire Gallery FGHT2046QF takes the basic top freezer layout, adds high-end fit and finish, and throws in superior performance with excellent efficiency to round out the package. Most retailers are offering it for around $950, and you can also get it in black or white for about $100 less.
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