Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QF Refrigerator Review
This affordable fridge combines good food preservation and good looks.
We’ve been consistently impressed by how well Frigidaire’s new 2015 top freezer lineup has performed in our tests. However, some of the best models have left out folks who want something in stainless and can’t afford the $1,000 FGHI2164QF.
Good news: At $699 on sale, the Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QF (MSRP $999) is one of the least expensive ways to add a splash of stainless to your kitchen without sacrificing food preservation. This 18-cu.-ft. fridge is nearly identical to the stellar FGHT2046QF, but with a few tweaks to storage and a slightly smaller overall capacity.
Design & Usability
Great style that's also affordable
On the outside, you get Frigidaire’s smudge-proof stainless finish, which is great for households with small children. That said, you might have a hard time matching it with stainless products from other manufacturers, as the Frigidaire finish runs a little darker than normal.
Yes, cost-cutting is evident: The seams on the edges of the fridge and freezer doors aren't finished as smoothly as those on pricier competitors, for instance. But if you're prepping your home for sale and want it to boast stainless appliances, those weld seams won't impact resale value.
On the inside, the FHTR1845QF has almost everything that you’d find in the 2046QF: Bright LED lighting in both compartments, glass shelves in the fresh food section, even the sliding bucket shelves on the fridge door.
We only noticed two differences, and they’re quite small. The 1845QF only has a half-width deli drawer compared to the 2046QF’s full-width version, and it also lacks shelves whose front halves retract.
If you don’t care about stainless, this model also comes in white (the 1845QP) and black (the 1845QE) for about $100 less.
Performance & Features
Top-notch cooling, low-end controls
One key element that gives away this fridge's price point is the thermostat control. As we’ve seen across all the Frigidaire models in this year’s lineup, setting the vague control dial to the recommended "Normal" mark causes the appliance to run warm.
Fortunately, the 1845QF's temperatures were very consistent over time. That means you can simply turn the thermostat down to fix the excessive warmth, and wind up with a fridge that should have no problem keeping your food chilled and fresh.
Rounding out the overall package, you not only get a pair of crispers that do a great job retaining moisture, but also the knowledge that—according to our power meters—this fridge is an exceptionally energy efficient machine.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
An Undeniable Bargain
It’s a great fridge for a fantastic price
As anyone who’s shopped for a car knows, you don’t have to buy the most expensive model in a series to get a great value. The same is true of refrigerators, too.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QF may not sport the manufacturer’s most innovative storage solutions—or even an icemaker, for that matter—but it does offer excellent food preservation in package that's perfect for a low-cost stainless steel kitchen upgrade. At $699, it's one of the least-expensive ways to give your house a new look.
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