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Kenmore Elite 72052 Refrigerator Review$3,529.99
The Kenmore Elite lives up to its name.
The Kenmore Elite 72052 (MSRP $3,529.99) is a 31 cu. ft. French door fridge that's a strong competitor among high-capacity refrigerators. With uniformly fantastic performance, a roomy interior, and low energy consumption, we can wholeheartedly recommend it to buyers looking for a great product with plenty of room. While the 72052 is rather expensive, our tests show it's worth every penny.
Design & Usability
Bright whites and cool blues
You can purchase this fridge for the same price as the black 72059, or spend $230 more for the stainless 72053, but our review of the white 72052 applies to all three of these otherwise identical models.
With smooth tapered handles and an unobtrusive control panel, this fridge will blend into most kitchens. That said, the controls also reminded us a little bit of HAL’s peering eye, especially when the bright and easily-readable blue indicator lights were active.
Inside the pull-out freezer, you’ve got your standard buckets, trays, and drawers, as well as a thin shelf on the inside of the door. What’s really interesting about this model, though, is the external door: it tilts open like a descending drawbridge. While it doesn’t go all the way down—that wouldn’t be very practical—it does give you the ability to get at food buried in the bottom of the freezer without having to root around in a cramped drawer.
Performance & Features
Not a single misstep
Normally there’s at least one test that a fridge fails, either partially or all out. Not so with this machine: It passed every single test we conducted.
Temperature output in both the fresh and frozen sections proved spot on and consistent enough over time for optimal food preservation. Freezer burn shouldn’t be a huge issue here, nor should the preservation of even delicate items like soft cheeses or fish.
What really blew us away were the crisper drawers. This model comes with two, both of which we tested: a regular drawer with adjustable controls—one setting for vegetables, one for fruit—and a second drawer labeled the Airtight Crisper. The regular crisper did a fine job retaining moisture, but the Airtight Crisper really lived up to its name—it may be the best crisper drawer we’ve ever seen. If you’ve got some delicate produce, you can place it in the Airtight Crisper with the confidence that it’ll be safer there than in almost any other fridge on the market.
For all of its features—this machine also comes with an accessible on-the-door icemaker that has pretty decent capacity—the Kenmore Elite turns out to be quite energy efficient compared to similarly-sized competitor models. It’s particularly impressive given the large amount of usable storage space.
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Elite performance for an elite price
The Kenmore Elite 72052 is a fantastic choice for consumers looking to buy a high-end, high-quality product that looks great and performs even better.
True, it’s pretty expensive, and the fact that Sears is the sole distributor of Kenmore products means sales may be hard to find. Nevertheless, this level of performance is rare, and worth paying for. A discount doesn’t hurt, though, and Sears sometimes sells it for as low as $2,399.99—a exceptional bargain.