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KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY Refrigerator Review

This fridge fills a niche—quite literally!

$1,899.00 MSRP | Buy now at Amazon

Upgrading from a top freezer can be surprisingly difficult, especially if you're trying to fill a specific, height-challenged hole where the old fridge once lived. Often, your options are limited to buying another top freezer that fits the space, or shelling out big bucks for a kitchen renovation. Not exactly ideal.

Enter the KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY (MSRP $1,699). Part of the manufacturer’s upscale Architect Series II lineup, it's a side-by-side refrigerator that's just 65 7/8-inches tall—perfect for fitting under the preexisting cabinets that tend to be found in older homes. We think it's stylish, and our lab tests showed that it's a good performer, too. A through-the-door ice and water dispenser is a nice touch.

We found the KSF22C4CYY on sale for around $1,620. That's more than many top freezers, but still cheaper than most quality side-by-sides... or new cabinets. Our only major complaint is that there's no counter-depth option, with shallower variants running between 68 and 71 inches tall.

Design & Usability

KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY Exterior
The design and layout of a stainless side-by-side with the height of a standard top freezer, all in one machine. View Larger

Short in stature, but not on storage.

If you took a full side-by-side and squished it down by a few inches, you’d be left with a good approximation of this KitchenAid. Storage is ample, and between the glass refrigerator shelves and wire freezer shelves, there's plenty of room for customization.

The KSF22C4CYY's only significant design flaw is its narrow compartments, which lead to a particularly cramped freezer. Side-by-sides typically have trouble accommodating tall or bulky items, but this issue is even more prevalent here. However, as long as you use the height between shelves to your advantage, the problem isn't an insurmountable one.

Perhaps the most unusual design element is a tall bin built into a shelf on one of the doors. The bin flips forward for vertical access, and comes equipped with two dividing walls and a removable bucket. These features should make organization a cinch, and the bin's reasonable size means it can hold what you need without blocking the more traditional door storage.


Performance & Features

Double check those temperatures!

Despite the presence of a touch screen, we were surprised to discover that the console used a 1-7 scale rather than actual degrees. This disappointing choice makes setting the fridge an imprecise exercise.

KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY Controls
Despite the presence of a touch screen control panel, this fridge doesn't use a degree-based thermostat. View Larger
KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY Crisper
There's only one adjustable crisper, and it's merely adequate. View Larger

While the freezer’s manufacturer-recommended 4 setting proved to be more than adequate for chilling food, we noticed some disturbingly warm temperatures in the fridge. Temperatures at the top of the fridge nailed the ideal 37°F, but it got warmer the further down we went.

At crisper level, average temperatures hovered around 42°F, with peaks of almost 44°F. That's way too warm for storing anything safely. We'd recommend that you turn the temperature settings down a notch or two—and get an external thermostat to double check the end result—before putting your food away. Since temperatures didn't fluctuate too much over time in our tests, your foods should be fine as long as you make sure they're cold enough.

The KSF22C4CYY earned points for a decent crisper and low energy consumption, but we did find it to be slim on features. The icemaker and water dispenser are basically the only extras to speak of. Then again, it can be hard to find a decent side-by-side in this price range with any features at all.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

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A Great Alternative

KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY Interior
The interior should be spacious enough to comfortably accommodate a small family. View Larger

Upgrade your fridge, keep your cabinets

The KitchenAid KSF22C4CYY isn’t a fancy product designed to wow consumers with bells and whistles. Instead, it's a simple, well-performing machine that will fill a particular need—and a particular gap in your cabinetry.

Consumers looking to plug that top freezer-sized hole in their kitchen with something stylish and functional can turn to this machine. Folks just looking for a decent side-by-side shouldn’t rule it out, either.

With retail costs hovering around $1,620, this KitchenAid is surprisingly affordable, plus it has the added perk of through-the-door ice and water. That makes this slightly diminutive fridge a great bargain all around.

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