If this year is the year you're finally going to buy a new fridge, then you'll want to read this brief review of Frigidaire's current lineup. We picked out some of the best the company has to offer, and contrasted them with some less-popular models.
An Informed Purchase
Fridges have come a long way in the past few years. While you're shopping around, regardless of the brand you end up choosing, you should notice capacity and performance improvements from more efficient condensers and more compact motors. You should also find a number of features that help you save power, keep food fresher, and customize the behavior of your appliance. Here's a breakdown of some frequently asked questions to aid you in the buying process.
1. What is Frigidaire?
Frigidaire is a relatively reputable brand. It's been around for a while; in fact, the company started the modern fridge market over 100 years ago in Indiana by inventing the first self-contained refrigerator cabinet. Fast-forward to the current times, and you have every Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator you could imagine, along with a bevy of other gadgets. Even though they have branched out to many different types of appliances, as you'll see later, the designers at the company are still just as focused as ever on their core product: refrigerators.
2. What is a side-by-side fridge-freezer?
All side-by-side fridges have one thing in common: they have a freezer and refrigeration compartment next to each other. These long, skinny cabinets are separated by an insulated wall.
3. How much do side-by-side fridges cost?
Prices on the official Frigidaire website run from $999 to $2299. You can sometimes find manufacturer deals, or you could check other online retailers.
4. What are the benefits and drawbacks of a side-by-side fridge over other types?
There are a few drawbacks to most side-by-side fridges. First of all, they're usually wider than other styles. Even so, some aren't wide enough inside to store large items. Large baking pans and frozen pizza boxes may need some creative reorganization if you intend to jam them in — or they might not fit at all. Ice makers, which are standard on this style of fridge, are a point of contention; some people love the convenience while others can't deal with the gurgles and clunks of ice being made. On the positive side, you're never going to need to dig through a drawer of frozen food to find your petite peas with a side-by-side appliance: everything is right there on the shelf for you to pick up. Many people also prefer the look of these fridges. That's a big benefit for anyone that spends a lot of time in the kitchen, but it could also be the deciding factor if you're trying to sell or rent your home.
How We Rate Fridges
The main method we use is to look through all of the information online so you don't have to spend hours shopping around. Some of the websites aren't that easy to navigate, but we're used to finding the information that matters. Customer reviews, manufacturer information and technical specifications are just a few of the resources we use to compile our appliance reviews.
Price Range of Frigidaire Side-by-Side Fridges
As mentioned above, the price range for this style of fridges is around a thousand to two thousand dollars. That makes them significantly more expensive than classic top-freezer fridges, which start at around five hundred bucks, but cheaper than Frigidaire's units with french doors, which could end up costing you as much as three grand for the top-end model.
Frigidaire has three lines of appliances. In order of least to most expensive, they are:
- Frigidaire brand
As you'll see in the product descriptions below, there are quite a few things that differentiate the three categories. In general, the higher prices will get you more features. Here are a few of the things you start to see in the fridges as the price goes up:
- Energy efficiency
- Advanced water filtration
- Special exterior finishes
- Storage upgrades
- Compact ice makers
- Air filtration and odor control systems
- Cabinet-depth design
Here is a brief summary of the ten models we chose to include in this review. You could shop online, or else find the fridge you like for sale near you by checking out Frigidaire's official vendor link on each product page.
1. FFHS2311LW: A Fine Value
This is the cheapest side-by-side option that Frigidaire offers. However, that doesn't mean that it is without many useful features. In fact, most people choose this because they wanted a large refrigerator with some solid perks. This model takes a water filter that costs around forty bucks.
Some of the features on this fridge seem relatively basic these days, such as humidity-controlled crisper drawers, water dispensers and adjustable storage. Some of the advertised features aren't really features at all, such as full-width freezer storage. However, this model does have an energy-saving mode that kicks in after 24 hours of nobody opening the door. It also has an LCD control screen, so you can orchestrate your appliance's performance at the touch of a button. This model has a classic white finish. The fridge gets a lot of good reviews on the Frigidaire website, mostly from people who seem to be surprised at how many features it has and how well it works for the basic model.
2. FGSC2335TF: The Best Mid-Range Frigidaire Fridge
This fridge is a medium-sized counter-depth option with a smudge-proof stainless steel finish. It's ADA-compliant, it's been chosen by at least one other major review site, and it gets good reviews from customers online. Some are taken by surprise when they hear the new style of compressor kick in for the first time, but remember while you're making your purchase that no fridge is absolutely silent. People appreciate the efficient use of space and generally feel like they got their money's worth. The fridge comes with air and water filters, glass shelves and multiple types of storage customization options.
3. FPSS2677RF: Professional Depth
This is the large option from the Frigidaire Professional Collection. There isn't much to complain about with this fridge, except that the price might end up being out of your range if you're on a tight budget. The heavy-duty shelves take a good amount of abuse while still retaining space efficiency and customizability. There are also many types of alerts to let you know what's happening with your fridge. A stunning finish and special trim options round out the package.
4. FPSC2277RF: A Slimmer Pro Model
The counter-depth high-end fridge from Frigidaire is comparable to its full-depth counterpart. The difference between the two, and something that some customers didn't appreciate, is that you have to sacrifice some internal space to achieve a slimmer profile. However, this fridge still has the top-quality air filtration and water filtration systems, efficiency alerts and other upgrades you would expect from the highest-quality appliances Frigidaire offers.
5. FFSS2615TD: Simple Style
This fridge is also from the basic Frigidaire brand line. It's more expensive than the basic white model for a couple of reasons. First, it has a few more customizations options in the refrigeration chamber. Second, it is covered in a different finish: black stainless steel. Third, it has a more advanced water filter than the other fridge. You will also receive alerts when it's time to change your water filter, which is definitely an upgrade if you are forgetful and you would like to maximize the lifespan of your water dispenser and ice maker. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this is a larger model with more capacity. All of these options are pretty big so these larger fridges are probably better for a multi-person home then they would be for a small apartment.
6. FGSC2335TD: The Top of the Middle
The top fridge in the Frigidaire Gallery Collection has its position for a reason. It's well-reviewed and chock-full of features. It has most of the premium features you'd expect, such as air filtration to remove odors and advanced water filters. It also has some perks you probably never knew existed, such as special lighting to make sure all of your food is illuminated. It also comes in a smudge-proof black stainless steel finish.
7. FGHS2631PP: Affordable Performance
This alternative comes from the Frigidaire Gallery Collection, which, as you probably remember, is the brand's mid-range category. This white-finish fridge happens to be the cheapest in the line — well, it's a tie with the black version. It's just as big as the largest options in the basic line, which could make it a contender for many homes. The reviews are also mostly positive, with a lot of good comments about the organization options and the cooling power. Since this fridge is sold at a significantly lower price than the expensive mid-range option, this is a viable choice if you want something big that's not too basic.
8. FFSC2323TS: A Budget Counter-Depth Option
This is a stainless-steel fridge from the Frigidaire basic category. It's about the same size as the cheapest fridge but it is significantly more expensive. The reason for this is the counter-depth design. This setup is optimized to save floor space in your kitchen. If you have ever had to maneuver around an open fridge door, then you know the value of this particular feat of engineering. What's more, this model has all of the upgrades that the deluxe black stainless steel model does.
9. FFHS2313LE: A Basic Mistake?
Here is a model from the basic Frigidaire line that doesn't stack up as well as the others. Complaints are nearly unanimous about the noise that this unit makes. Between the condenser motor and the ice machine, it seems that this fridge generates a lot of decibels. Furthermore, the ice maker doesn't have a very good reputation. If you are considering this particular option, it might make more sense to opt for fewer features in a cheaper fridge or else increase your budget, if possible.
10. FGHC2355PF: A Gallery of Annoyances
Frigidaire's middle-range line isn't always an upgrade from the basic options, and this could be one example. People just don't seem to like this counter-depth fridge, regardless of the fact that the specifications are similar to the best options in the category. Customers mention flimsy shelves that aren't strictly covered in the warranty, noisy operation and — the most common complaint — an erratic ice maker. Some of these issues are directly related to features that get upgraded in more expensive Frigidaire Gallery Collection fridges, so it might make sense to spend money on the higher-grade alternatives in this case.
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Based on our research, we can't recommend the last two fridges in our list; that's why we didn't include statistics on those. Their customer reviews were around 3 stars, and that's probably not the quality you're looking for if you intend to spend over $1,000 on an appliance. Overall, the lowest cost also represents the best value. Unless you're looking for something with a little more flair, go for the plain white side-by-side fridge. If you need something with style and a lot of upgrades, you would probably want the best of the Frigidaire Gallery Collection line or one of their high-end options. Any of the top four choices on the list are excellent options.