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LG LFX25991ST Counter-Depth Refrigerator Review

This counter-depth LG gets almost everything right.

October 24, 2013
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Our sympathies if you're stuck with filling a shallow hole in your kitchen. We know it can be annoying when you're choices are constrained by size. The LG LFX25991ST (MSRP $3,499) is an expensive way to fill that hole, but its excellent usability and performance strengths make it appealing despite some temperature fluctuations in the fridge. Yes, it might cost the same as a similar mega-capacity, but to paraphrase Flannery O'Connor, a good counter-depth is hard to find. We're leaning toward the positive with this LG, but ultimately, it's going to come down to your tastes and budget. We'll let you lean the rest of the way.

Design & Usability

Incredibly user-friendly

The LG LFX25991ST is one of the most user-friendly counter-depth fridges we've seen. As a French door, fresh food is right there in front of you at eye-level, and as a counter-depth, shelves don't go too far back. It's got a funky collapsible shelf, and the others can be moved to create your own custom fridge setup. Though the main cavity doesn't seem that spacious, the door has plenty of storage—there's even a dedicated spot for gallon jugs.

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The door has lots of room to hold stuff—including an attachment that perfectly fits gallon jugs. View Larger

When it comes to design, this fridge feels decidedly high-end in everyday operation. Its depth means it's designed to blend into a kitchen, though not quite as seamlessly as a built-in. The crisper drawers slide smoothly, the door is easy to open, and attention has been paid to the details. My only complaint was that casual apostrophe on the "Glide 'N Serve" drawer. I don't want my appliances getting too familiar.

Aside from my linguistic hangups, there's little else to annoy the user. As with all French doors, the freezer drawer required bending down, though this one's middle drawer did stick a bit. The ice and water dispenser's paddles are a little bizarre in the way they pivot from the bottom—not the top—but it's nice to have individual paddles for each, and not have to any more buttons than necessary.

The features list isn't particularly long, but it's got what you'd expect from a fridge in this price range. Air and water filters, in-door icemaker, dual paddles over a tall dispenser, and a pretty bluish interior light round out the spec sheet.

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Performance

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The crisper drawers slide very, very smoothly and keep the moisture from escaping. View Larger

The fridge could stand to learn something from the freezer.

In our lab tests, our food substitutes averaged slightly higher temperatures than the fridge's indicated temperature setting. The consistency of the fridge temperatures over time also left something to be desired, but we did see the top stay cooler than the crisper drawers, a deviation we welcome since dairy should be kept colder than spinach. Speaking of spinach and other leafy greens, you can rest easy knowing the crisper drawers will keep them from wilting away.

Down in the drawer freezer, the temperatures we recorded hit the thermostat setting of 0°F right on the nose, and kept fluctuations to a minimum. That's the perfect recipe for reducing the likelihood of freezer burn. In our freezing test, room temperature items froze quickly, proving that the freezer is as powerful as it is consistent.

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

The Decision

You'll be even happier if you wait for a sale.

For the most part, this fridge is a joy to use, and we think it's aesthetically pleasing. The LG LFX25991ST's price and fridge performance constitute our only major hangups, but we haven't tested any counter depths that really wow us. Dacor sells a solid alternative if this LG's high price gives you pause. But if you need a counter-depth and can find a sale price, the LFX25991ST is a good choice.

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.
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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