Kenmore 79432 Top Freezer Refrigerator Review
An awesome fridge and a hidden water dispenser.
From the outside, the 24 cu. ft. Kenmore 79432 (MSRP $1,389) may look like a simple white top-freezer—albeit a big one—but it's façade doesn't tell the whole story. With phenomenal fridge performance, unexpected internal design touches, a ton of usable space, and an awesome internal water dispenser, there's a lot to be excited about.
The 79432's report card wasn't all A's—the freezer got a little warm for our liking—but overall, this fridge is a top-freezer to keep an eye on.
Design & Usability
Don't judge this fridge by its front.
A glossy, sleek exterior gives a modern touch to this classic top-freezer, but inside is where this fridge differentiates itself. The 79432 features an interior water dispenser—a cool feature that does eat up some space in the top shelf. LED lighting, reflected through the prismatic designs in the door shelves' glass, adds a touch of luxury.
In use, the fridge had few usability hangups, including impressively smooth-sliding drawers. Like most top-freezers with full-width shelves, we had trouble getting to items at the rear of the fridge. It also might be difficult to access the back of a packed freezer, which is also where the controls are.
Better for fresh foods than frozen ones
This is a great fridge. In our lab tests, the 79432 consistently kept the temperatures right where they should be, and were warmest at the bottom—which benefits the produce in the crisper drawers. But despite the excellent fridge performance, the freezer's temperature fluctuated and never quite got cold enough. That could lead to freezer burn, so make sure not to store anything in here long-term.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Does almost everything well
The Kenmore 79432 has a lot to love. We're big fans of the interior water dispenser, luxurious design, and great fridge performance. We weren't thrilled with the freezer, but nearly everything else about this Kenmore was ideal. It's not often that you can find a feature-laden top-freezer, and it works well if you're short on space but still want a roomy fridge with a water dispenser.
If you can find it on sale for around $200 below its MSRP—which we have—the Kenmore 79432 isn't a bad choice at all.
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