LG LFX31935ST Blast Chiller Refrigerator Review
Innovative Blast Chiller aside, this is a darn good—if darn expensive—refrigerator.
We knew to expect good things when LG released the massive LFX31935ST French door refrigerator. A towering, stainless steel behemoth, it's essentially the LG LFX31925ST fridge with a new toy: the Blast Chiller. To give you some context, the 25ST has won our Best of Year award for Best Refrigerator two years running, while the Blast Chiller was the recipient of several appliance innovation awards, including ours. We had high expectations.
Turns out, we were right to expect much of this fridge. Trumping its predecessor in almost every way, the Blast Chiller fridge has tons of storage space, spot-on temperature consistency, and surprisingly effective energy efficiency even with the extra internal gadgetry. That said, LG has slapped a $3499.99 MSRP on this bad boy, making it a purchase that's not for the faint of heart or slight of wallet. If you've got a pile of cash lying around, you're looking to remodel your kitchen, and you like products that combine both practicality and novelty, this may very well be the perfect fridge for you. Otherwise, wait for a sale. We've seen some significant discounts on this one.
Design & Usability
It was a blast...It was a monster blast.
Big, shiny, with cool LED lighting and lots of fancy gadgets and controls, our initial encounter with this fridge left us feeling a bit overwhelmed. But there's no need to worry: Drawers open and close easily, and even the pull-out freezer was straightforward to use.
The formerly-futuristic touch-sensitive control panel was our only complaint: its series of labels and circles are always going to be visible. Most flagship fridges released in the past year have hidden controls that fade out of sight when not in use. With all the effort made to relaunch a virtually identical fridge to add the Blast Chiller, you'd think LG might have taken the opportunity to revamp the most visible segment of the product's front.The Blast Chiller itself is very easy to use. Pop a can or bottle into the device, then push the button on the outside of the fridge, sit back, and wait. A few minutes later, presto! A nice cold drink...that didn't necessarily take a whole lot less time to chill as opposed to sticking it in the freezer...and [occasionally rattles up internal carbonation ](http://www.refrigeratorinfo.com/news/lg-s-blast-chiller-a-cool-trick-for-a-cold-drink.htm)despite the manual saying it doesn't...Ah, well.
Performance & Features
Solid performance all around...but that may not be enough to merit a $3500.
Without being nit-picky, we didn't have a single major complaint about this fridge's basic functions. Temperature consistency in both compartments was nearly perfect, though the occasional warm spot near the top and bottom of the fridge section kept the Blast Chiller from taking top accolades in this category. Moisture retention was acceptably average, as well, neither wowing nor dismaying us one way or the other.
Something you'll want to be aware of, though, is the length of time it took to freeze a room-temperature item. Lengthy freezing times can actually have a negative impact on sensitive items, such as meat or fish, and can ruin the product's consistency and texture when thawed. The nearly two hour freezing time with this particular LG—though expected, given the giant maw that is the pull-out freezer on this model—is long enough that you may not want to buy more filet mignon than you can eat in one sitting.
Conversely, energy efficiency on this giant appliance was strikingly effective, even while running the Blast Chiller a few times. While it's not the cheapest fridge in the world in terms of objective running costs—even at about $45 per year, it can't compete in terms of pure dollars and cents when taking size into account—it's easily one of the most efficient models we've seen based on its capacity.
A great fridge, if you can bear the initial blow to your wallet.
There's no doubt about it: the LG LFX31935ST is definitely a quality fridge. It's got reliable performance, tons of storage, a gorgeous appearance—both inside and out—and the nifty Blast Chiller feature.
LG's price tag for this guy is $3499.99. That's a lot, but it's only $300 more than the LFX31925ST model that came before which is essentially the same fridge sans Blast Chiller. Plus, both fridges can be found on sale for quite a discount. If you can afford it — and if you want to wow your friends with ice-cold drinks in minutes — we wholeheartedly give the LFX31935ST our recommendation.
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