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LG LMXS30776S Refrigerator Review

Everything but the kitchen sink... and who would want one of those in a fridge anyway?

November 19, 2014
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The 30-cubic-foot LG LMXS30776S (MSRP $3,999.99) is the big daddy of all LG French door fridges. All the features we’ve ever seen on an LG fridge are here, rolled up into this one massive package: Recessed shelves, an extra drawer, door-in-door storage, even hidden compartments. And aside from an overly warm fresh food section, it also did well across all of our tests.

Sounds amazing, but that's not all: This behemoth might have an MSRP a penny short of four grand, but we've found it on sale for $2,699. If you’re in the market for a luxury French door replete with toys and performance to match, be sure to check it out.

Design & Usability

The James Bond of fridges

At first glance, this LG looks like a fairly standard high-end fridge: Stainless steel on the outside, glass shelves on the inside. A door-mounted icemaker is easy to access, and doesn’t take up much room in the main compartment.

But look a little closer and you'll find a number of hidden features that are quite useful. One of the four adjustable shelves has a retractable front half for storing tall items. In front of the crispers, two pieces of tempered glass cover the EasyReach storage zones. These little nooks are great for storing snacks for the kids, condiments, or any number of small items.

On the right, you also get LG’s door-in-door storage. The layout and accessibility of the compartment is identical to what we’ve seen on all other similarly equipped LG French doors.

Most surprising was the placement of the water filter. Instead of squeezing it between the crispers or putting it up in one of the top corners, LG has actually hidden the filter behind the lowest shelf on the left fridge door, right under the icemaker.

The freezer, while exceptionally well lit and very easy to open, is less exciting. Three drawers of varying height make it easy to organize your frozen food. In the middle of the fridge, you get a separate drawer for specialized storage. It comes programed with four different settings—Meat & Seafood, Cold Drinks, Deli Snack, and Chilled Wine—as well as a control lock for households with curious children.

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Performance & Features

A fridge too warm...

This LG's test results were almost perfect. The freezer was sufficiently cold and very consistent, the crispers were extremely moisture-retentive, and the whole machine turned out to be quite energy efficient—even with the icemaker running. The only drawback was an overly warm fresh food section.

LG LMXS30776S Crispers
Three crispers give you more options for produce organization. View Larger

We set thermostats to 37°F, and while some fridges run a bit warm, food usually still stays well below the safe threshold of 41°F. Anything warmer, and you risk bacterial growth and spoiled food.

Unfortunately, the LMXS30776S's door-in-door compartment crossed that line. Most of the fridge ran about two degrees too warm, but the test item we placed inside the door-in-door section averaged 42.6°F.

While we think a fridge that costs over $3,000 should be a relatively hands-off appliance, there's an easy way to improve this LG: Just turn the thermostat down by about two degrees.

Features include through-the-door ice and water, a fast ice mode, and a control lock. What makes this model impressive are its subtle design perks, such as the large central drawer and EasyReach storage areas in the fridge.

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

A Luxury Model

Pleasant surprises

If you like hidden compartments, the LG LMXS30776S might be for you. It’s a solid performer, as long as you remember to turn down the thermostat, and all those moving parts help you organize its massive interior.

There are plenty of fridges in this price range with unique features—like a hot water dispenser or built-in SodaStream. But the LMXS30776S impressed us with its $2,699 sale price and its storage options. If you need a big fridge but still want easy access to all your food, this LG is worth a look.

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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