LG LDCS24223S Refrigerator Review
This bottom freezer is a simple, affordable design alternative.
About the LG LDCS24223S
The LDCS24223S is the most expensive version of this model, featuring a stainless steel finish. Its MSRP is $1,599, or $100 more than either the black or white, but we’ve seen all three retail for about $1,100 on sale.
About the LG LDCS24223W
The LDCS24223W features LG’s smooth white finish, and has an MSRP of $1,499. While that’s $100 less than the stainless steel model, we’ve seen all versions of this fridge on sale for about $1,100 in stores.
About the LG LDCS24223B
The LDCS24223B is the version that comes in a smooth black finish. The $1,499 MSRP is $100 less than the stainless steel alternative, but we’ve seen all iterations of this fridge sell for about $1,100 in stores.
The Cold Hard Facts
The LG LDCS24223 (MSRP $1,499-$1,599) did well in our tests—enough that we're comfortable recommending it, but not enough to unseat the best models around.
The fresh food compartment was incredibly stable, displaying a shift in temperatures over time of just ±0.08°F. Average temperatures ran a bit warm when set to 37°F, though, so you'll want to turn it down about two degrees. Our data displayed average temps of 38.57°F at the top, 39.15°F in the middle, and 40.09°F down by the crispers.
In the freezer, temperatures shifted about ±0.47°F over time—more than in the fridge, but proportionally just as steady since colder temperatures are harder to evenly maintain. Our sensors recorded average temperatures of -0.54°F and 0.34°F at the top and bottom, respectively. That's good, but not quite enough to avoid freezer burn; we set our model to 0°F, and recommend that you turn it down about two degrees further.
LG's crisper drawers were probably the worst thing about it. Over the course of three days, we recorded an average moisture loss of 0.29 grams per hour. That's not great news for salad lovers; don't buy more greens than you can eat within a few days.
The LG's large pullout freezer proved to be resoundingly average when it comes to chilling food. Our sensors recorded that it took this unit 1 hour and 32 minutes to bring our sensors down to 32°F from room temperature.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
While it's quite large, the LG's space is made up mostly of large and wide expanses. It may be tricky getting at items in the back of shelves, or in the bottom of the freezer drawer, without having to do some digging. Up top, our measurements determined that you'll get 12.34 usable cubic feet of fresh food storage. Down in the freezer, you get up to 4.46 usable cubic feet—and that's if you take out the ice bucket.
If nothing else, though, this bottom freezer uses its energy well. Even with the ice maker running, we found that you'll only need 0.06 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot of space. Using a fixed rate of $0.09 per kWh, that comes out to $31.37 per year.
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