Frigidaire Professional FPHS2699PF Refrigerator Review
A Frigidaire Professional that lives up to its name.
Designed for folks who like a high-end look but not a high-end price, the Frigidaire Professional FPHS2699PF (MSRP $1,699) is a product that performs as well as it looks. It's sleek, energy efficient, and has no problem keeping an even temperature over time.
Design & Usability
Bright lights and glittery trim outshine minor flaws.
Compared to products that sport the regular Frigidaire moniker, you may wonder what the Professional badge gets you. Well, in the case of the FPHS2699PF, it gets you a traditional layout customizable shelves and spacious drawers combined with silvery trim, streamlined handles, and tons of interior lighting.
The control panel, too, looks sleeker than standard Frigidaire fare: the primarily silver console blends in unobtrusively with the stainless finish. While its touch controls are quite responsive, its simple design hides a clunky navigational system. It shouldn't take five pushes of a button to access your fridge's temperature adjust option.
When you start getting hands-on with this model, though, it becomes clear that not all the design improvements translated into a superior user experience. Crisper drawers, freezer trays, and sliding fridge shelves tended to stick when we slid them in and out. It was difficult to access the bulk icemaker, too, but through-the-door ice proved not to be a problem.
Performance & Features
Steady temperatures and great energy efficiency.
In both the fridge and freezer compartments, temperatures were consistent over time. That's the most important factor in food preservation, as steady temperatures prevent spoilage and freezer burn. Temperatures were warmer towards the bottom of the fridge, which is preferred since milder temperatures are ideal for storing produce. Keep your dairy and meats closer to the top and you should be fine. What's not preferred is that temperatures ran a bit warmer than the exterior display indicated, so you may want to turn the thermostat below the recommended 37ºF.
Most other aspects of the fridge were more than satisfactory. It's got plenty of room for a side-by-side, and enough shelf flexibility that even larger items such as the Thanksgiving turkey should be able to fit. Energy efficiency was exceptional, too, even with the ice maker running. This will definitely keep your electric bill down even compared to some smaller models.
The only really disappointing part? The crisper drawers. They're spacious, which is perfect if you like to buy a lot of vegetables, but not great at retaining moisture. Unless you eat all of that broccoli before the week is out, you may end up with a sizable pile of food waste.
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The Professional Opinion
Frigidaire puts one eye on design and another on quality.
The FPHS2699PF is one of the best Frigidaire products we've seen, both in terms of style and performance. It's also one of the best side-by-sides we've tested period, which is good news for folks who want a fridge this size and this style in their kitchen. It looks quite stylish, is pleasantly well lit, performs well, and may even save you money on your electric bill. We don't normally come across side-by-sides so worth of praise, making this fridge a welcome addition to a market full of mediocre appliances.
True, Frigidaire could have done better in certain areas: the controls need some streamlining, the thermostat could have been a bit more accurate, and the sliding components should move in and out with greater ease. That said, none of those aspects hindered our experience with this model. If you need a side-by-side, this one should definitely be on your list. Make sure to look for a sale price, though, as we found the FPHS2699PF for as low as $1,460.
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