Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QF Refrigerator Review
This affordable fridge combines good food preservation and good looks.
The Cold Hard Facts
The Frigidaire Gallery FGTR1845QW (MSRP $999) offers consumers excellent food preserving technology, and all for a reasonable price. The only catch we found was that its controls didn't always reflect optimal temperatures.
First, the good news: This Frigidaire proved to be highly consistent over time. The appliance was placed in our temperature- and humidity-controlled lab, which means any fluctuations we record are a direct result of the fridge itself. Our sensors indicate that the fresh food section fluctuated an average of just ±0.12°F, while the freezer shifted ±0.67°F over time—very good for a top freezer.
The bad news, of course, is something we see almost all the time when dealing with fridges that don’t use a digital thermostat: It ran very warm. Temperatures in the main section averaged 41.01°F at the top, 42.06°F in the middle, and 44.28°F at the bottom. That’s too warm for effective food storage.
In the freezer, we recorded averages of 4.0°F and 4.91°F at the top and bottom, respectively. Again, that’s much too warm. Fortunately, the stability over time means you can just turn the thermostat down for optimal performance.
The twin crispers did a great job retaining moisture. Over the course of three days, our carefully monitored test materials lost an average of 0.17 grams of moisture each hour. While we’ve seen better, that’s excellent for a budget top freezer like this Frigidaire.
To test freezing efficacy, we place room-temperature test materials into a freezer that’s otherwise completely full, and then measure how long it takes for our sensors to reach 32°F. Freezing times in the Frigidaire were right around the average, about 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
As with many 18-cu.-ft. top freezers, there were certain sections of this Frigidaire that felt a bit cramped, especially right underneath the deli bin. Nevertheless, the multiple shelves, dual crispers, and sliding door buckets offer consumers plenty of storage space—about 10.99 cubic feet of usable space, as a matter of fact.
The freezer, with its single wire shelf and supplemental door storage, also gives you enough space to suit most individual or small household needs. This model provides 3.6 usable cubic feet of frozen food storage.
Keeping up with the trend of 2015’s exceptionally efficient refrigerators, we found that this Frigidaire used a minimal amount of electricity. Based on a typical American rate of $0.09 kWh, we determined that it would only cost you about $22.63 to power this fridge for a year. Essentially, the fridge uses just 0.05 kWh to cool each usable cubic foot.
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