Kenmore 51763 Refrigerator Review
If you're looking for a side-by-side refrigerator, check out this Kenmore.
French door refrigerators have been gaining in popularity over the past decade. But if you're still sold on a side-by-side, the wonderful Kenmore 51763 side-by-side refrigerator (MSRP $1,799.99) should be first on your list. It's a solid machine without any real drawbacks, and our tests revealed excellent energy efficiency, temperature regulation, storage space, and food preservation.
Even better: the 25-cubic-foot Kenmore retails for around $1,400 with a stainless steel finish, which makes it a downright reasonable deal. So long as you want a side-by-side and have room in your kitchen, we can recommend this one.
Design & Usability
Bright and spacious
Whirlpool built this side-by-side for Kenmore, and the result is sleek and cleanly designed throughout. A smooth stainless steel finish is resistant to major smudging, and curved handles on the fridge and freezer compartment allow you to easily tug each door open. A water and ice dispenser is set into the front of the freezer door, and controls are located right above it, along with an LED display screen.
Inside the fridge, storage space is ample and flexible. You won’t be able to fit a wide casserole dish or baking sheet in the compartment—which lacks the width of a top freezer or French door—but it still feels roomy for a side-by-side. Glass shelves are height-adjustable, and a deli drawer plus two crispers—one height-adjustable—provide plenty of drawer space to work with. LED lights set into the top of the compartment make it easy to see your groceries.
The freezer feels more narrow than the fridge—no respectably-sized frozen pizza could be successfully stowed here—but two small drawers and three shelves give the space some welcome organization. There isn’t a ton of door storage, but only because the vast majority of the freezer door is taken up by a door-mounted icemaker.
Performance & Features
Well-rounded with some cool extras
This side-by-side was excellent at just about everything, but we must note that it especially excelled in regard to energy efficiency among fridges its size.
Another number that we like to see as low as possible: Moisture loss in the crisper drawer. Our test materials lost just 0.07 grams of water per hour, which is good news for preserving fresh veggies.
Despite being preset to 37°F at the factory, the crisper drawers averaged about 39°F. That's actually good news, as produce tends to keep better at slightly warmer temperatures. Throughout the fridge, temperatures remained consistent over our 72 hours of testing, which indicates ideal food preservation.
The freezer was similarly consistent over time, and temperatures were nice and low. The bottom shelf averaged as low as -2.55°F, and temperatures never climbed above 0ºF—so you shouldn't have to worry about freezer burn.
You won’t need to do a lot of fiddling with temperature settings, but in the event that you do need to make adjustments, you’ll controls easily accessible on the front of the refrigerator. Hold down the temperature button for three seconds to activate up/down temperature controls.
Extra features include an ice maker, an ice/water dispenser that releases water or crushed or cubed ice, and an Accela-Ice function that ramps up ice production for times of increased need (like if you’re throwing a party, you social butterfly, you!).
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
If you find a defect in materials or workmanship on this appliance within one year from the date of purchase, Kenmore will provide free repairs. This is a standard warranty for a major appliance in this price range.
Something for everyone
We only gush when our admiration for a product is backed up by a formidable collection of data. So when we say we think this refrigerator is absolutely fantastic, it’s because our extensive testing process told us so.
There’s just no way to go wrong with the 51763, so long as you're looking for a side-by-side refrigerator. It’s not the cheapest possible buy—that honor goes to the sub-$1,000 Kenmore 51122 / Whirlpool WRS325FDAM twins—but it’s a good deal. It doesn’t have the width of a top freezer, but it’s roomy and well-organized for a side-by-side. Temperatures are consistently close to the ideal, crisper drawers retain moisture, and energy consumption is low. There are even a few nice extra features.
If you're looking for a side-by-side fridge, you'll find something for everyone; in fact, there’s everything for everyone.
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