Review: Hisense RF20N6ASE Refrigerator
Hisense's first U.S.-bound fridge costs just $1,099. Will American buyers bite?
The Cold Hard Facts
Since the RF20N6ASE (MSRP $1,099) is the first Hisense large appliance being sold in the United States, we wanted to give it the full scientific treatment. After a week in our labs, we've come to the conclusions that—at least from a data-driven standpoint—it's actually pretty darn good.
There's no question: This Hisense nails fresh food preservation. Our sensors recorded average fridge temperatures of 36.72°F at the top, 37°F exactly in the center, and 38.05°F down by the crisper. Throw in an average fluctuation of just ±0.13°F over time, and you've got truly amazing performance.
The freezer was almost as good. Deviation over time was similarly positive at just ±0.1°F. However, it ran a bit warm: We had it set to 0°F, but our sensors recorded average temperatures of 2.65°F and 3.67°F at the top and bottom, respectively. Turn the freezer down about three degrees for optimal performance. Additionally, it took 1 hour and 31 minutes for our sensors to go from room temperature to 32°F—solidly average.
On the flip side of things are the Hisense's two crisper drawers. Over the course of three days, our test materials lost an average of 0.26 grams of moisture per hour. That's definitely on the worse end of the spectrum, and not a great sign for salad lovers.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
As with every counter depth fridge, there's not a ton of space inside this Hisense. However, it uses what it has well: The upper section offers 11.48 usable cubic feet of space, while the three freezer drawers serve up 4.03 usable cubic feet. That second measurement was calculated without the ice bin; if you want to use it, keep in mind that it does take up a fair amount of space.
Since there's no ice or water dispenser on this model, we weren't surprised that it used minimal amounts of energy. We were surprised, however, that it only need 0.05 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot, making this one of the most efficient fridges we've tested. At a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh, that comes out to roughly $26.21 a year.
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