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Kenmore 79009 19.7 Cu. Ft. Bottom Freezer Black Review

The Kenmore 79009 is an excellent example of a good bargain fridge. It may not be the most accessible appliance out there; with a cramped fridge, low freezer, and accessibility issues, it certainly has flaws. But despite some physical drawbacks, this fridge really delivers where it counts.

$1,119.99
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Introduction

For a mid-level fridge, the Kenmore 79009 is actually a really dependable appliance. The fridge manages to fight off the stigma of more easily affordable appliances that display inadequate performance by delivering superior temperature control, excellent moisture retention, and a level of energy efficiency potent enough to actually make a difference in your electric bill.

There are, of course, some things that keep this appliance from ranking up there with the best of them: There's no water filter, the door handles and interior layout look cheaper than those found on high-end appliances, and items can be rather hard to get to depending on where you put them. The price tag, at least, doesn't hurt that much—it has an MSRP of $1,119.99, but we managed to find it on sale for as low as $780. The large vegetable drawers and easy-access fridge at least make this an excellent choice for fresh produce lovers, and as long as you don't overstock much this appliance is definitely an excellent contender.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Performance
  5. Storage Space
  6. Usability
  7. Conclusion

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