LG LSXS26466S Refrigerator Review
Door-in-door meets consistent temperatures
The LG LSXS26466S (MSRP $2,099.99) is a sleek side-by-side with a stylish aesthetic, plus strong performance that gives it a slight edge. If door-in-door storage is something you appreciate, you’ll be glad to see it here. Even if that extra compartment doesn’t hold much excitement for you, you’d be hard-pressed to find a side-by-side with temperatures this consistent over time. They were a little on the warm side in the main fridge compartment, but a small tweak to the thermostat should eliminate this issue.
It's not perfect—we had some issues with the crisper—but for a retail price of about $1,900, the LSXS26466S has a lot going for it. We’d definitely recommend giving it some serious consideration.
Design & Usability
Simple, sturdy, and spacious
This 26 cubic-foot side-by-side should easily accommodate enough food for a small family. The refrigerator is sturdy, with a stainless finish that's attractive, unless it gets covered in fingerprints.
There's a water and ice dispenser set fairly deep into the freezer door. Beside it, responsive touch screen controls glow subtly, allowing users to select from this fridge’s short list of features.
Inside, top-mounted LED lights brightly illuminate the interior of both the fridge and freezer compartments. Glass shelves in the fridge and freezer are adjustable, and boast a silvery edging that visually breaks up the white plastic inner walls. The freezer also has a door-mounted ice maker.
A little something extra
This side-by-side has a secret, albeit not a very well-kept one. The door-in-door compartment is all but hidden from view— unless you know which button to press. Tug on the handle and the fridge will open normally, but if you press a button on the fridge’s curved handle, you can pull open that nifty door-in-door compartment.
It’s a vital trick to know, since most of the door shelves are encased in plastic and hard to access when you open the fridge the regular way. However, the door-in-door compartment gives you easier access to those shelves from the other side. There are also three additional small shelves that can only be used by opening the door-in-door compartment.
It’s important to note that—unlike this fridge's predecessors—this compartment doesn’t extend down the entire length of the door. Also worth mentioning is that closing the fridge when the door-in-door is open requires a little extra force if you don’t want it to pop back open.
Performance & Features
In our scientific testing, the fridge compartment's temperatures proved consistent over time, if a little warm overall. However, bumping the thermostat down a few degrees should give you temperatures cool enough to keep your food safe.
We’d like to heap praise—and vegetables—in this fridge’s crisper drawer, but unfortunately it didn’t perform particularly well in our tests, losing more moisture than average over time. Without a humidity adjustment option, there’s nothing users will be able to do about this. Go ahead and keep your produce there, but perhaps take care not to buy in bulk.
The freezer worked quite well, with consistent below-zero temperatures across the compartment. However, it was a little slow to freeze room-temperature foods, increasing the possibility of freezer burn.
When it comes to features, this LG has little more than the basics, including crushed or cubed ice and a speedier Ice Plus option.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
For one year from the date of purchase, LG will cover the parts and labor required to repair any defects found in this refrigerator under a limited warranty. Parts (but not labor) for defects in the sealed system—which includes the condenser, dryer, connecting tube, refrigerant, and evaporator—will be covered for seven years after the date of purchase. Parts from the linear compressor will be covered for ten years from the date of purchase.
Why We Like It
An great side-by-side worth considering
The LG LSXS26466S is a really excellent option for those seeking a side-by-side refrigerator. The door-in-door storage is a nice touch, but accessibility issues may turn off some consumers who don't need a secret compartment.
Thanks to this LG's even temperatures, your food should stay nice and cold, so long as you turn the fridge thermostat down a few degrees. Plus, this LG is nice to look at and should match most kitchens. Bottom line: this is one of the highest-performing side-by-side refrigerators we’ve had the pleasure to test.
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