Kenmore Elite 72483 Refrigerator Review
An excellent fridge, as long as you're not turned off by the price.
The Cold Hard Facts
As one of the best scoring fridges we’ve ever tested, the Kenmore Elite 72483 (MSRP $4,199.99) nearly aced every condition we have a test for.
It’s not often (even with fridges that use degree-based thermostats) we see such spot-on temperature accuracy. The main fridge section averaged 37.13°F at the top, 37.03°F in the middle, and 38.59°F at the bottom. That extra spurt of warmth near the crispers is actually good for storing produce, so we’d say that’s just about perfect.
Temperatures did shift by about ±0.28°F over time—one of the widest gaps we’ve seen in a fresh food section—but the average temperatures were so accurate that this fluctuation shouldn’t have any impact on your food.
The freezer was even better, with fluctuations of just ±-0.18°F over time. What’s more, average temperatures at the top and bottom were -2.58°F and -1.3°F respectively, meaning freezer burn won't accumulate right away.
For our tests, we focused on Kenmore’s Airtight Crisper drawer. As we’ve seen before, the Airtight Crisper lived up to its name: After three days, our test materials lost an average of just 0.06 grams of moisture each hour. Excluding other fridges that have this specialized crisper, that performance is second to none.
Freezing times were very much in line with the established averages we’ve tracked over four years of testing. Room temperature testing materials hit 32°F after after about 1 hour and 25 minutes inside this freezer.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
Not only does the 72483 look good, it can fit a huge amount of food.
Between the ample shelf space, large crispers, sliding compartments, door shelves, and central drawer, the main section offers up an impressive 15.58 usable cubic feet of fresh food storage.
The freezer, with its multiple sliding drawers of varying heights, is proportionately roomy. Altogether, it provides consumers with 5.78 usable cubic feet for frozen food storage.
As one of the first large French door models we’ve tested since the new EPA guidelines were launched last year, it was unsurprising that the 72483 was one of the most efficient fridges we’ve tested. It only needs about 0.06 kWh to refrigerate each usable cubic foot, which—based on a typical American electricity rate of $0.09 per kWh—translates into about $42.88 per year in electricity costs.
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