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Kenmore 70623 Refrigerator Review

A great fridge for a great price.

Credit: Reviewed.com / Matthew Zahnzinger
March 25, 2015

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The Cold Hard Facts

As with all of our fridges, the Kenmore 70623 (MSRP $1,179.99) was placed in our climate-controlled lab and then filled with sensors that record power consumption, average cooling, temperature stability, and more. The end result? We can safely say that this top freezer is one of the best on the market today.

Temperature Performance

Kenmore 70623 Controls
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Push the slider closer to Coldest for optimal results. View Larger

Temperature stability over time is key to proper refrigeration and freezing, especially for sensitive foods. Both the fridge and freezer sections of this Kenmore did an excellent job here, with average fluctuations of just ±0.12°F and ±0.44°F, respectively.

The average temperatures themselves, however, weren’t as great. When set to the manufacturer’s recommended setting—marked on the thermostat with an asterisk—we found the Kenmore ran a bit warm.

In the fresh food section, we recorded averages of 38.55°F at the top, 39.81°F in the middle, and 42.57°F at the bottom. The freezer held steady at 6.5°F up top, and 7.74°F at the bottom.

Fortunately, you can help fix this simply by moving the thermostat—in both compartments—closer to the Coldest setting. If you really want to be sure you’re getting optimal results, you’ll need to put a separate thermostat in the fridge, as the controls in this Kenmore are not digital.

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Moisture Retention

The crispers did a very good job retaining moisture... for a top freezer, anyway. We’ve seen better, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a fridge in this price range that loses less than 0.15 grams of moisture an hour—which is exactly what happened in the Kenmore.

Kenmore 70623 Crispers
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The roomy crispers did a fine job retaining moisture. View Larger

Freezing

Freezing times were also acceptable, with room-temperature foods cooling down to 32°F in just 1 hour 28 minutes.

Storage Space & Energy Efficiency

Kenmore 70623 Interior
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Big, well-lit, and exceptionally efficient. View Larger

The numerous shelves and the full-width drawer in the fridge offer plenty of usable storage surfaces, though it can still feel a bit cramped. When you add in the sliding storage buckets on the door, you get a total of 11.65 usable cubic feet of fresh food space.

Inside the freezer, it’s rather less complicated. To be clear, our measurements take into account stationary obstructions, like light fixtures or—in this case—an icemaker. However, removable accessories such as the ice bucket are removed, and it’s up to consumers to decide whether you want to keep them inside the appliance. With that in mind, the upper section of this Kenmore allows you to fit about 4.63 cu. ft.-worth of frozen food.

This is one of the first top-freezers equipped with an icemaker that we’ve tested since last year’s EPA guidelines were updated, and we were definitely not disappointed. With the icemaker running, we determined that it would take about 0.05 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot. That translates out to roughly $26.61 per year in electricity costs—based on a typical American rate of $0.09 per kWh—making this one of the most efficient fridges on our site.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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