LG LDC24370ST Refrigerator Review
This bottom freezer is near the top of the list.
Bottom freezers aren't as common as they used to be. These days, you can find an entry-level French door for almost the same price. But if your kitchen can't fit a French door unit and you don't like the layout of a top freezer, a bottom freezer may be a great alternative.
This holds especially true when the alternative is something as excellent as the 24-cu.-ft. LG LDC24370ST (MSRP $1,799.99). This roomy, energy efficient, and highly effective bottom freezer is easily one of the best we've tested, trumping many entry-level French door models and top freezers alike.
Our only quibble? For a fridge that retails at about $1,500, we’d have liked to see an included water dispenser. But if that’s not a make-or-break feature, you should feel comfortable putting this LG at the top of your shopping list.
Design & Usability
Bright lights, wide spaces
The LDC24370ST is essentially an energy efficient upgrade compared to the LBC24360ST, with a few minor visual alterations. LED lights brightly illuminate wide shelves and accessible storage in both units.
Both models also sport a stainless steel finish, which smudges easily. However, when it comes to hands-on interaction, these models have two distinct differences. In the 24360, the upper area featured two adjustable full-width shelves. However, the newer 24370 model adds a third adjustable shelf—one of the large shelves is split into two half-width ones. That means even more flexible storage without losing overall capacity.
Down below, the freezer for the new 24370 is a traditional pullout type, compared to the 24360, which uses a side-hinged door.
Performance & Features
Temperatures in both the fridge and freezer were exceptionally consistent over time. That’s great news for people who buy in bulk or worry about freezer burn. In the fresh food compartment, less stable items like dairy or deli meat can be kept on any shelf without any risk of accelerated spoiling.
That said, this LG isn’t perfect. The upper fridge section ran a bit warm; you’ll want to set the controls to 36°F instead of the standard 37°F to optimize storage conditions. Also, the crisper drawers just didn’t do a good job at all: Moisture loss was substantially worse than average. Keep an eye on your produce, as there’s a chance it’ll spoil or dry out sooner than you might think.
Environmentally conscious consumers will also be happy to know that this is one of the most energy efficient fridges we’ve tested to date.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
This LG's warranty is composed of three parts. The entire refrigerator has one year of parts and labor coverage. If anything breaks during that time—through no fault of your own, that is—you're good to go.
Additionally, the sealed system—which includes the condenser, dryer, connecting tube, compressor, refrigerant, and evaporator—gets seven years of parts-only coverage from the date of purchase. Ditto for the linear compressor, though parts-only coverage there extends for 10 years.
A Clear Winner
This bottom freezer is the tops
If you want a large fridge in your kitchen but balk at the price tags on French door models, consider a bottom freezer like the LG LDC24370ST. With retailers offering it up for a mere $1,500, it’s substantially more affordable and should do a great job keeping your food fresh.
This no-frills fridge has plenty of space, consumes minimal amounts of energy (even with the icemaker), and does an excellent job preserving your food—both fresh and frozen. What more could you ask for?
If you’re looking for extra savings and don’t really like stainless, the same fridge is available in white as the LDC24370SW for about $100 less.
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