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Kenmore Elite 74025 Refrigerator Review

Sleek looks, unique features, and superior performance.

November 05, 2014
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The Cold Hard Facts

The Kenmore Elite 74025 (MSRP $3,899.99) aced every single one of our performance tests, making this high-end French door model one of the best fridges on the market today by our standards.

Temperature Performance

The primary fridge compartment exhibited some truly fantastic temperature consistency. Measured averages clocked in at 37.78°F up top, 37.61°F in the middle, and 39.95°F at the bottom of the compartment—that slight bump in warmth at the bottom is better for produce. Temperature deviations of ±0.22°F keep this fridge on track.

Down in the freezer, temperatures were more than adequate for long-term storage. We tracked average temps of -2.18°F and -2.55°F from top to bottom, respectively. An even more consistent deviation of just ±0.18°F means this freezer will do a great job keeping freezer burn at bay.

Kenmore Elite 74025 Controls
Most of the controls are actually found inside the fridge along the upper frame. View Larger
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Moisture Retention

We tested this Kenmore’s Airtight Crisper, a non-adjustable drawer designed specifically for produce best suited for a moist environment. Over the course of three days, it lost an average of just 0.5 grams of moisture each hour—the lowest rate we’ve ever recorded. The other drawer is a standard crisper with a slider controlling how much moisture it retains, but never performed quite as well as the Airtight in our testing.

Freezing

It took the Kenmore one hour and 32 minutes to bring our room-temperature test materials down to 32°F. That's dead average, but should be adequate for freezing all but the most delicate cuts of meat.

Kenmore Elite 74025 Freezer
The tilt-down door makes it easy to access the freezer drawers, as long as you have the kitchen space for a full extension. View Larger

Storage Space & Energy Efficiency

Kenmore Elite 74025 Interior
This fridge has plenty of space everywhere you turn. View Larger

The 74025 makes excellent use of its available space. Five shelves, four of which are adjustable, make up most of the usable storage options. You also get two crispers, the special Airtight drawer and the regular crisper, plus the full-width temperature adjust drawer at the bottom. With extra storage space on the left and right fridges doors, you wind up with a total of 14.45 usable cubic feet of storage—a very spacious total.

The freezer is just as roomy, proportionately speaking. Three sliding drawers of varying heights, as well as a shallow door shelf, provide ample space for frozen food. Kenmore throws in an ice bucket that you can use for the secondary ice maker in the freezer, should you want it. In total, you get 4.97 usable cubic feet.

Despite all that space, the Kenmore is exceptionally efficient. Using a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh, we calculate that this fridge will cost you about $44.53 each year to run. This translates to a mere 0.07 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot.

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