In your head, make a list of your household appliances. Your refrigerator was probably the first thing that came to mind, with good reason. Feeding your family is one of your first priorities, but it can be expensive. You need your refrigerator to keep your groceries and leftovers fresh for as long as possible. In a perfect world, you would have time to research all the available features, styles, manufacturers, and models. But in reality, sometimes the fridge just dies, and you have to make a quick buying decision to avoid losing hundreds of dollars’ worth of food. If you don’t have as much time as you’d like to do your research, this guide can help you narrow the field.
The FFTR2021QS Full Refrigerator from Frigidaire is a basic model available in three exterior colors– white, black, and stainless steel. While it may not have all the most modern bells and whistles, like internet connectivity or filtered water in the door, the FFTR2021QS is a good choice if you’re furnishing your first home or apartment, or if you’re looking for a basic model for a cabin or for storage overflow in your garage.
The design of this machine is a traditional freezer-on-top style, one of the most popular choices of consumers for decades. If you don’t need a ton of freezer space, then you will probably be happier with this type of machine than with a side-by-side. Most consumers find that a freezer-on-top style of refrigerator makes it easier to see and reach what is inside. Because the refrigerator compartment is shorter, children and people who are short of stature find this type of appliance to be more user friendly.
For most families, buying a new refrigerator is a big expense. It’s important to get one that suits your needs because you’ll likely have it for many years. If you find yourself with buyer’s remorse, returning it to the store is not easy. We’ve reviewed not only the information provided by the manufacturer, but also reviews from those who own the Frigidaire FFTR2021QS. We hope this guide answers the most common questions you might have about this model.
What are the measurements and the capacity of this refrigerator?
The exterior of the FFTR2021QS measures 29-5/8 inches wide by 32 inches deep by 69 inches high. The total capacity is 20.3 cubic feet with 5.16 feet in the freezer and 24.5 square feet of shelf area. Most consumers know to check the exterior measurements against the available space in their home, but it’s easy to forget that you need to add a few inches all the way around so that air can flow freely, preventing overheating. This model does have a reversible door, so you can switch it to open right or left as needed. If it will be sitting next to cabinets or counters, carefully evaluate whether it will hit your cabinets and how far it will extend out past your countertops.
What features do I get with the Frigidaire FFTR2021QS?
Frigidaire uses a system called Store-More™ Capacity to maximize the space available to you. As part of this design, two humidity-controlled crisper drawers keep your produce fresh for longer. Spill-proof shelves control spills so that if something does leak, cleanup is much easier. Wide storage pockets in the doors can hold gallons of milk, liters of soda, and other large pitchers so they’re not taking up room on your shelves. Keep your butter, cheese, and other dairy products in a compartment with a transparent door so you can easily see what you have on hand. A deli drawer keeps cheese and meat at the ready for sandwiches and snacking. A simple temperature control sliding button lets you set the temperature exactly where you want it.
In the freezer, a wire shelf runs the full width of the compartment, so you can store your frozen boxed food like pizzas or cartons of ice cream. In the door, you get two more racks for storing smaller items. With the FFTR2021QS, an ice maker is optional, so households that don’t need a lot of ice can skip it and give themselves more storage space.
How energy-efficient is this refrigerator?
The Frigidaire FFTR2021QS is not Energy Star Certified, so the efficiency rating could be described as average. Consumers did not describe the energy usage of this model as worse than other similar machines.
How We Reviewed This Refrigerator
In compiling these reviews, we focused primarily on reviews by owners of the product. We feel this is the best way for you to determine whether this appliance will meet your needs. Where available, input from those who install and perform maintenance on these units was considered as well. Our goal is to give you an unbiased look at the FFTR2021QS.
Overall Price Range of FFTR2021QS
- With this budget friendly model, you get many features that you would expect of a more expensive model for under $1,000.
- The FFTR2021QS is available online directly from Frigidaire. The least expensive versions are white or black, both at $829, and the stainless-steel exterior runs $929.
- Various brick and mortar stores such as Home Depot and Best Buy offer it for a few dollars more or less.
How the Frigidaire FFTR2021QS Compares
The FFTR2021QS fits into a category of refrigerators that range in price from around $500 to just over $1,000. The features vary with the cost, so consumers have several good options depending on their needs and available space. This price point appeals to those who are looking for a basic, functional unit rather than something with all the bells and whistles. Single people, newlyweds, or those looking for a second fridge often shop in this range.
Price: From $800 in black or white, and from $900 in stainless steel
Ease of Use
This refrigerator performs well in a variety of settings. Owners liked the way the space inside is used, especially the way the doors hold gallon containers. The fact that it is easy to clean is another big selling point.
Most consumers took advantage of professional installation, so assembly did not enter into the reviews.
While most consumers reported a positive experience, several reviews mentioned some initial issues with operation. However, these problems were corrected under the warranty. Consumers also mentioned part breakdowns within a few weeks or months of purchase, and several owners said the unit is noisier than they expected. Freezer issues were the most commonly described problems.
While this machine carries an industry standard warranty of one year on the parts and labor, some consumer expressed some frustration that there is no provision for replacement of the machine, only repairs after the first day of use.
Price: $525 to $650 - With a starting point under $600, this was the least expensive model in the comparison.
Ease of Use
Owners were pleased with the amount of space available inside such an inexpensive model. Several reviews did caution shoppers on how important it is to keep the freezer vent closed to prevent malfunctions.
Installation did not come up in the consumer reviews. Most retailers offer delivery and installation, either in the sales price or for an additional fee, so customers did not routinely have to deal with assembly.
As compared to the Frigidaire model, the reviews and experiences with the Amana reflected very few problems with the construction of the Amana. Some consumers did report that utility bills went down when they replaced another unit with this refrigerator.
The Amana warranty is good for one year, just like with the Frigidaire. However, Amana allows for the possibility that the unit may need to be replaced entirely rather than just repaired. The warranty documentation allows for that possibility at Amana’s discretion.
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Price: Within the range of $1,600 to $2000 – This was the most expensive refrigerator in our comparison, and the only one with a retail price over $1,000.
Ease of Use
To go with the higher price, the Blomberg has more features than others in the comparison. Interior LED lighting and higher end materials enable this model to receive an Energy Star qualification and help save on utility bills. The Blomberg is made to sit flush with the counter depth for a sleek appearance, and the digital display is easier to see than the manual controls on the Frigidaire. A feature called Flexi-rack allows you to store wine or soda bottles on their sides while suspending them up off the shelf to save space.
No installation difficulties were noted in the reviews.
As compared to the Frigidaire, we found almost no complaints about the build quality of the Blomberg refrigerator. One consumer did feel that the LED lighting was not as powerful in aiding visibility as it might have been. Also, the Blomberg is only available in stainless steel, whereas the Frigidaire comes in three colors. Blomberg prides itself on using environmentally friendly materials as well, so if green living is important to you, then this is something to consider.
The Blomberg offered the strongest warranty of the machines we reviewed. The standard one-year comprehensive warranty is supplemented by additional coverage on the compressors, evaporators, condensers, and/or dryers for years two through five.
Price: This was the most comparable unit to the Frigidaire in terms of price.
Ease of Use
One of the GE model’s advantages over others in the comparison was the availability of five colors rather than three. In addition to the traditional black, white, and stainless steel, you can also choose a bisque or silver. Some consumers were unhappy with the lack of lighting in the freezer, and icemaker malfunctions were a common complaint.
This was not an issue in the reviews, presumably because of the availability of professional setup and installation.
Consumers reported very few problems with the components or build quality of the GE. A few mentioned the noise level, especially of the icemaker. GE’s reputation for reliable construction and dependability was cited by multiple shoppers as the reason they chose this model.
The GE warranty is similar to that of the Frigidaire for the first year. A 30-day warranty applies to the water filter, which is unique among the units we reviewed.
The Frigidaire FFTR2021QS serves its purpose well at an affordable price, and as long as you’re educated about the more common issues, you can watch for them and get them repaired under the warranty. For most shoppers in this range, budget is a significant consideration. If you can afford to spend another $200-$400, you have a wider option of models with many more features and higher quality, more reliable construction. But if you need to stay below $1,000, this model is likely to serve your purposes well.