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Kenmore Pro 79993 Counter Depth Refrigerator Review

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October 20, 2015

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The Cold Hard Facts

Based on our test results, we're positive the Kenmore Pro 79993 (MSPR $4,499.99) is more than just a pretty face. With consistent temperatures, low energy consumption, and Kenmore’s signature Airtight Crisper, this French door counter-depth refrigerator serves up plenty of bang for your buck.

Temperature Performance

In our experience, counter-depth fridges tend to run warm. That's because their smaller interiors can lose a lot of cold air when the doors open. The Kenmore 79993 is no exception. Our sensors recorded averages of 39.36°F at the top of the main fridge compartment, 39.94°F in the middle, and 40.85°F at the bottom.

That's nothing to worry about in terms of food safety—but if you're a stickler about a fridge hitting 37ºF at its coldest shelf, we found temperatures were similarly warm throughout the different regions of the compartment. A simple two-degree adjustment of the thermostat will solve the problem. Over time, temperatures fluctuated by an average of just ±0.18°F in the fridge compartment, which is excellent.

Kenmore Pro 79993 Controls
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Almost all of the controls are found along the top edge of the door frame instead of on the front of the fridge. View Larger

The freezer scored even better, with average temps of -1.76°F at the top and 0.38°F near the bottom. Consistency could've been better (we measured that the cooler areas could fluctuate by as much as ±0.9°F over time), but none of these results make us worry about freezer burn.

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Moisture Retention

For our moisture retention test, we opted for the 79993’s Airtight Crisper to see just how well this fridge could do. We were certainly not disappointed.

After 72 hours and carefully curated measurements, we found the Kenmore’s specialized drawer lost only 0.06 grams of moisture per hour. No other crisper (including this one's second drawer) has ever come close to the Airtight's results. Delicate greens, you've met your match.

Kenmore Pro 79993 Crispers
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Two crispers, but only the one on the right is Airtight. The drawer underneath also comes with three distinct temperature settings. View Larger

Freezing

Freezing times were acceptable. After placing our sensors inside the Kenmore’s freezer, they chilled from room temperature down to 32°F in about 1 hour 26 minutes. We’ve seen faster, but not by much.

Storage Space & Energy Efficiency

Kenmore Pro 79993 Interior
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Stylish, spacious, and counter depth in design–Kenmore's new approach to luxurious appliances. View Larger

Counter depth models are, by definition, shallower than conventional fridges, but this Kenmore makes good use of its space. For the purposes of our measurements, we removed any optional items, such as the wine rack and extra plastic bucket in the freezer.

The main fridge compartment, including all door shelves, offers 10.73 cu. ft. of usable storage space. Down in the freezer, we totaled 4.3 cu. ft. of usable space for frozen food—pretty standard for counter depth models.

One final feather in the 79993’s proverbial cap is energy efficiency. With the single ice maker running, this fridge requires roughly 0.1 kW/h for each usable cubic foot according to our measurements. Assuming typical American energy costs and use patterns, that works out to about $51.88 per year. It's not the best we’ve seen, but a competitive figure compared to all of the new Energy Star fridges that debuted in 2014 and 2015.

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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