Kenmore 41152 Refrigerator Review
Simplicity and performance from this competent side-by-side.
The Cold Hard Facts
The Kenmore 41152 (MSRP $1,649) produced above average results in our various lab tests. Obviously it's difficult to quantify subjective criteria of design and features, but this page should answer the questions you can't answer just by looking and touching the product on the showroom floor.
The Kenmore kept the average temperature at 36.8°F, pretty much exactly where we like to see the normal setting. Though the bottom averaged a warmer 38.3°F, and the top a chilly 35.4°F, we generally like a cooler top and warmer bottom because produce doesn't need to be as cold as the milk. And while the temperature may have differed from to top to bottom, they hardly fluctuated over time during our testing process.
We recorded an average freezer temperature of 1.54°F, which is good, but slightly warmer than the 0°F standard for freezers. Fortunately, the freezer remained at a consistent temperature, so this fridge shouldn't exhibit any major freezer burn issues.
The crisper drawers lost an average of 0.19 grams of water per hour to evaporation, which is about average for moisture retention. A crisper's moisture retention will keep produce like lettuce and broccoli from drying out and losing freshness. This fridge will keep your harvest fresh for a normal amount of time—say a few days—but don't wait too long to chow down.
Freezing & Thawing
While many fridges take close to two hours to freeze our food substitutes, the Kenmore 41152 took only an hour and 23 minutes to drag our food below zero. It's a good indication that this is a powerful and effective freezer, and the stuff you freeze won't spend too long at those in-between temperatures on the way to freezing.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
Of the 15.4 cubic feet of storage space specified by Kenmore, we counted 10.3 of it as usable, and for the 9.3 cubic foot freezer, we found 7.3 of it usable. These are decent ratios, with the freezer showing an especially efficient use of space. Comparing this space with the 5.4 kilowatt power consumption over the four day testing period, it's relatively green. If we factor in the national average of $0.09 per kilowatt hour, this fridge should cost around $44 to run per year.
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