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9.3

Kenmore Elite 74033 Refrigerator Review

High-end style with door-in-door storage... for a price

November 19, 2014

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The massive, 30-cubic-foot Kenmore Elite 74033 (MSRP $4,299.99) is similar to the Kenmore Elite 74025 in every way but one: It has a door-in-door storage compartment. The 74025 is already an incredible fridge, earning runner-up for Best Fridge and Best French Door in our annual Best of Year Awards. But if you need the extra level of organization and efficiency that door-in-door storage can provide, you should definitely consider the 74033.

Design & Usability

Kenmore Elite 74033 Exterior
This sizable fridge will look sleek in any upscale kitchen. View Larger

Sleek and modern, with door-in-door perks

Aside from its door-in-door fridge compartment, which Kenmore calls a Grab-N-Go Door, this LG-built Kenmore Elite is identical to the 74025. Bright LED lighting, plenty of adjustable storage, and smooth-sliding drawers are all hallmarks of this high-end fridge.

The exterior control panel takes a minimalist approach, and deals solely with dispenser options. If you want to toggle anything else—temperature levels, Ultra Ice mode, even the light for the external dispenser—you’ll have to open up the fridge and access the internal controls.

The interior of the fridge offers plenty of adjustable storage, but the door-in-door compartment does not. Varying space between the shelves allow for items of different heights, but none of those shelves can be moved into other positions. They can be removed entirely, however, should you need to clean them.

We can only recommend this fridge if you have a large kitchen: The freezer door not only pulls out, it also tilts down. This allows for superb freezer access, but also takes up a lot of floor space when fully extended.

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Performance & Features

Turn down the thermostat for best performance

Our only real complaint with the 74033 was that the main fridge section ran warm, despite being set to 37°F. The interior of the door-in-door compartment was the worst offender, averaging about 43°F. Foods stored at temperatures warmer than 41ºF are at risk of spoiling prematurely.

This doesn't hurt the 74033's score too much, because you can always adjust the thermostat. Excellent temperature consistency in the fridge compartment over time makes the excess warmth easy to fix—we recommend turning it down by three degrees.

Every other element of this fridge—from the Airtight Crisper to the exquisitely chilled freezer—aced our tests. The 74033 also proved spacious and energy efficient, which makes it an excellent all-around package.

Kenmore Elite 74033 Controls
Most controls are actually located inside the fridge along the upper border of the main cavity. View Larger

Inside the fridge, you’ll find a pantry drawer with three adjustable temperature settings: Meat, Deli, and Produce. You also get a control lock—which seems rather redundant, given the height of the control panel—as well as an Ultra Ice mode for the door-mounted icemaker and an optional ice bucket for the freezer.

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Luxurious Accessibility

High-end performance meets door-in-door flexibility

Thermostat imperfections aside, the Kenmore Elite 74033 is a fantastic fridge. It’s also the best model equipped with door-in-door storage that we’ve tested to date, so fans of that convenient compartment should take notice.

The only real downside is cost: A sale price of $3,400 makes it about $200 more than the 74025, which is the same fridge without a door-in-door compartment. That said, it’s still one of the largest fridges you can buy. If you're looking for style and storage, the Kenmore 74025 is hard to beat.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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