Frigidaire Professional FPHS2399PF Refrigerator Review
Raising the bar for side-by-sides.
We were certainly impressed with the Frigidaire Professional FPHS2399PF (MSRP $1,699). It nailed almost every test we threw at it; such effective performance translates into excellent food preservation. It's got plenty of features, like through-the-door ice and water, and a fingerprint-resistant stainless exterior. On top of that, it's surprisingly affordable, and quite inexpensive to run.
Design & Usability
Bright lights, big fridges.
This fridge is almost completely identical to its slightly larger sibling, the Frigidaire Professional FPHS2699PF, just a little smaller. Thinner, shorter, and somewhat shallower, the 2399PF nevertheless still feels quite roomy. The shelf layout gives you plenty of vertical room, and while you still won’t be able to fit a family-sized frozen pizza in the freezer, most other groceries will find a comfortable home here. Inside, you’ve got everything you might expect from a traditional side-by-side: A mix of white and stainless trim, a big ol’ icemaker taking up space in the freezer, and rear-mounting shelves in the fridge which can be adjusted to your taste.
If you're mixing and matching appliance brands, be aware that the FPHS2699PF's fingerprint-repelling finish—while not as dark as what we saw on the Frigidaire Gallery FGHS2655PF—may not blend in perfectly with other stainless appliances. Aside than the external finish, however, this fridge sets itself apart using a few subtle aesthetic—and practical—alterations.
For instance, the freezer is so well-lit you'll never lose a bag of frozen peas again. In addition, the shelves on the freezer door—normally shallow, cramped, and hard to use—tip forward to facilitate access.
In the fridge, you’ve got shelves that slide forward, allowing you to get at that last yogurt before it expires. Even the temperature-adjustable Chill Drawer—which we've found hard to open on other Frigidaires—slid smoothly on this model.
The external control panel also received some improvements. A tasteful grey border complements the stainless finish, as opposed to the plastic black borders found on other Frigidaires we've tested. The font is still small and the overall menu is still unnecessarily convoluted, but the responsiveness of the controls is excellent.
Performance & Features
Steady as she goes.
If nothing else, the FPHS2399PF can be praised for its incredible consistency. Temperatures in both the fridge and freezer sections displayed remarkably small shifts over time. Freezer burn shouldn’t be a problem for lovers of frozen broccoli, while cheese connoisseurs can rest easy knowing their newest Saint-André won’t spoil before its time.
There is a catch, though: For truly optimal performance, you'll want to ignore the number on the fridge's own thermostat. In our lab, the display showed 37ºF in the fridge and 0ºF in the freezer, and in both cases the internal food temperatures we measured were about two to three degrees too warm. Check your fridge's temperature with a thermometer in a glass of water, and adjust the thermostat accordingly.
Even with the large icemaker running all out, this model uses less energy than some smaller fridges, and definitely less than many similarly sized models. Dropping the fridge temp by as much as four degrees may slightly increase the fridge's energy use, but we were impressed enough with this fridge's consistency to give it a pass in this regard.
As for the rest of this fridge’s performance, it’s hard to argue with the strong results. Crisper drawers retained a better-than-average amount of moisture to keep veggies fresh, and even freezing times were faster than average. That means your meat, poultry, and fish will still be in great shape when you’re ready to thaw and eat them.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
A Phenomenal Food Preserver
If only more fridges were this Professional.
With style, space, and strong performance under its belt, the Frigidaire Professional FPHS2399PF is definitely a fridge worth considering if you're looking for an affordable side-by-side. It’s got a lot to boast about, from a roomy and accessible interior to excellent temperature consistency.
Even better is the fact that most retailers are offering it for a mere $1,450. You’d be hard pressed to find one that costs less and still gives you so much in return. Just keep an eye on the thermostat, and you—and your food—should be happy with this Frigidaire.
Don't forget: If you like everything about this fridge but want something ever so slightly larger, you can always turn to the Frigidaire Professional FPHS2699PF (MSRP $1,699). It looks the same, performs the same, even costs the same.
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