Frigidaire Gallery FGHT2046QF Refrigerator Review
Keeps everything simple while adding touches of elegance.
The Cold Hard Facts
The new Frigidaire Gallery FGHT2046QF (MSRP $1,199) offers commendable performance in almost every way: consistent temperatures, low energy consumption, and acceptable freezing times. Just make sure turn the thermostat down further than you might think necessary.
Both the fridge and freezer sections of this Frigidaire were highly consistent. The main section displayed an average shift of ±0.12°F, while the freezer held steady with a shift of ±0.66°F—excellent results for their respective areas.
The trouble we noticed was with getting average temperatures down to an appropriate level. When we conduct tests in our environmentally controlled labs, we always default to manufacturer-recommended settings. In this case, that produced average temperatures in the main fridge section of 37.74°F at the top, 38.81°F in the middle, and 42.65°F near the bottom. The freezer had average outputs of 0.49°F at the top and 3.85°F at the bottom.
On the whole, this is way too warm. It’s an easy fix, though—simply move the thermostat closer to the Coldest setting; that quick adjustment should lower the temperatures and bring your appliance to heel.
The twin crispers were only adequate when it came to moisture retention. Our test materials were weighed repeatedly over the course of three days, and lost about 0.19 grams of moisture each hour. It’s not bad, but sensitive produce should probably be eaten sooner rather than later.
Our test materials are all kept at an even temperature in our climate-controlled testing facility. This way, we can ensure that our freezing test—which measures how quickly a freezer can chill something that’s “room temperature” down to 32°F—is consistent. The new Frigidaire’s freezer was able to make this transition in one hour and 31 minutes.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
Between the lack of extra features and the use of recessed LED lighting, this Frigidaire makes excellent use of its available storage. The main section has a combination of full-width shelves and drawers—as well as twin crispers—that are supplemented by adjustable door shelves. In total, you get 11.77 usable cubic feet of storage space.
The freezer is divided by one adjustable width shelf, and also comes with fixed door storage. This very basic compartment serves up 4.6 usable cubic feet of frozen food storage.
One of the most impressive aspects of this new top freezer’s performance is its energy efficiency. Assuming the average U.S. electricity cost of $0.09 per kWh, we determined that this appliance should only cost you about $29.16 each year to run. It comes out to just about 0.05 kWh needed to cool each usable cubic foot of space, making this one of the most efficient fridges currently on the market.
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