Kenmore 51763 Refrigerator Review
If you're looking for a side-by-side refrigerator, check out this Kenmore.
The Cold Hard Facts
We put this side-by-side refrigerator through its paces to see where it excelled and where it fell short. To our great delight, it excelled in almost every way, and did not fall short in any capacity. Well-rounded, efficient, and fairly spacious? We don’t have any complaints about that.
Overall, refrigerator temperature is close to what it should be. Plug it in, and the fridge will default to 37°F, which is the ideal.
The compartment averages 37.17°F, with a minimal temperature fluctuation of ±0.36°F over time. Individually, the top and middle of the fridge clock in at 36.59°F and 35.67°F respectively, while temperatures averaged 39.26°F at crisper level. The bottom of the compartment is definitely a tad warmer, but that is actually ideal for most fruits and veggies.
The freezer too did quite well. Overall, temperatures averaged -2.13°F, and fluctuated just ±0.64°F over 72 hours. Average temps varied just a little between the top and bottom of the freezer. On the top shelf, our test materials averaged -1.7°F, with the bottom of the compartment coming in at -2.55.
The crisper drawers in this Kenmore don’t just glide nicely—they also manage to hang onto the humidity needed to keep your veggies from wilting before their time. Our test materials lost an average of just 0.07 g per hour over the course of three days. That’s quite excellent.
Freezing & Thawing
Freezing is one area where the 51763 performed at a level only slightly—rather than significantly—above average. Our test materials took 1 hour and 37 minutes to chill from room temperature to a frosty 32°F. The faster a fridge performs this task, the better food will taste when it's thawed.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
Despite the relatively narrow compartments that come with the territory of a side-by-side refrigerator, the 51763 is more-than-adequately spacious.
In the fridge compartment, you’ll find 3 height-adjustable shelves that fill up the top and middle of the fridge. As you move closer to the bottom, a deli drawer and two crisper drawers offer additional storage space, plus two more shelves located on top of the drawers. The refrigerator door adds a dairy bin and multiple height-adjustable shelves to the mix. Over all, that’s 12.44 cubic feet of usable storage space in the compartment.
Inside the freezer, you can pile your food on four shelves, or pack it into the two drawers located at the bottom of the compartment. Three of the shelves are height-adjustable. The freezer door houses three fixed shelves, but most of the door space is taken up by the ice maker. Still, usable freezer space totals to 7.29 cubic feet. That means this Kenmore’s overall usable space totals a respectable 19.73 cubic feet.
The extremely efficient 51763 requires just 0.05 kWh to cool each cubic foot of this space. At a rate of only $0.091 per kWh, this makes the fridge’s running cost just $34.95 per year—quite cheap.
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