Frigidaire Professional FPBC2277RF Counter Depth Refrigerator Review
It's okay to buy this fridge on looks alone.
First and foremost, the 22.6 cu. ft. Frigidaire Professional FPBC2277RF (MSRP $3,499) is easily one of the most attractive refrigerators on the market. Part of Frigidaire's totally revamped Professional series, this counter depth, stainless steel French door fridge is designed to offer consumers luxury visuals at a fraction of the cost of a built-in fridge.
Instead of simply slapping thick handles onto an existing product, however, Frigidaire went a step further. The FPBC2277RF's handles are smooth and connected with attractive, contrasting brackets.
Because it's counter depth, it won't stick out past your cabinets, creating the more integrated look that some customers prefer. However, counter depth fridges have inherently shallower interiors that come with a higher price tag compared to standard depth counterparts. That's certainly the case here: Even on sale, the FPBC2277RF sells for just a hair under $3,000.
Compared to other counter depth fridges, the FPBC2277RF is slightly outperformed by competitors from LG and Samsung when it comes to food preservation. Temperatures fluctuated a little over time, and moisture retention wasn't ideal. However, it wasn't a bad fridge by any means. Fit and finish upgrades—like hidden controls and two icemakers—were welcome.
Our overall pick for a counter depth French door is still the Samsung RF23HTEDBSR, which features door-in-door storage and a price thats a few hundred dollars less than the FPBC2277RF. But the Frigidaire is a clear winner when it comes to looks.
Design & Usability
Professional can be stylish, too
You've probably gathered that we like the look of the new Frigidaire Professional series. The FPBC2277RF has other benefits, too: The stainless exterior is Frigidaire's so-called Smudge Proof stainless, which actually does help resist fingerprints. However, it makes for a slightly darker exterior, so be sure it matches the rest of your kitchen.
With the exception of the through-the-door ice and water dispenser, whose controls are attractively placed on a frameless black glass panel, all other controls have been moved to the interior edge of the door. This keeps visual clutter to a minimum, and gives the fridge a sleek, elegant appearance.
Things start off well on the inside, too: Bright, recessed LED lights illuminate an interior filled with clean white plastic and glass shelves. The adjustable crispers are designed to give you flexible storage: You can keep them side by side, per the normal configuration, or you can shift them around like any other shelf for a more customized experience.
Main shelves can either flip out of the way or feature retractable front halves, while door shelves come with washable rubber mats that prevent food from sliding around. You even get an optional rack that's ideal for chilling a bottle of wine.
Ah, but now for the downsides: The wide, bottom drawer occasionally failed to line up when we shut it, and some shelves felt a bit off-kilter. We weren't fans of the primary icemaker, either. While not as bulky as some other units, we still prefer the look of a fridge that leaves the top shelf wide open and puts ice on the door.
In fact, the Frigidaire negates the main advantage of the larger fridge icemaker—larger cube capacity—by including a second bulk ice dispenser in the freezer. Seems kind of redundant.
Speaking of which, the freezer's eye-catching bright lights and thick, metal rack both look great, but that rack’s tendency to jump out of its track frequently led to cubes stored in the large ice bucket to spill backwards into the freezer cavity.
Performance & Features
Room for improvement
To start on a positive note, the main fridge section was great: Perfectly cool, and very consistent. In that regard, it's among the better counter depth fridges we've tested.
Unfortunately, that’s about all that's perfect. The freezer, while suitably chilly, had issues maintaining consistent temperatures over time—a recipe for freezer burn. Crispers lost somewhat more moisture than average, while energy efficiency levels compared to other new units was decidedly unimpressive.
Aside from the aforementioned dual icemakers and dispenser, this fancy fridge is actually pretty slim on features. On the control panel, you'll notice the only extra option is the PowerPlus Freeze mode for fast chilling in the freezer.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
As with nearly all of its products, Frigidaire provides a one-year manufacturer warranty that covers unexpected product failure should anything arise. Normal wear and tear (bulbs blowing out, for instance) or user damage (your child throwing a toy at the door and denting the finish) are on you.
Style—But Some Substance, Too
If you like the look, it's a fine fridge
At the end of the day, the Frigidaire Professional FPBC2277RF is a stylish counter depth fridge that’s trading on a high-end design. While we found some issues with interior handling, there’s no question that the overall fit and finish on this model will make the $2,968 retailer price worth the expense.
Performance issues and usability snags keep it from being perfect, but none of its flaws were so bad that we wouldn't recommend it. The look is pretty darn unique, too. If you like it, you should definitely consider buying it.
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