Consistent fridge temperatures
No through-door dispensers
Limited shelf adjustability
About the Haier HRF15N3AGS French-door refrigerator
Dimensions: 71" x 28" x 26.5" (H x W x D)
Measured capacity: 8.06-cubic-foot fridge, 3.48-cubic-foot freezer
Finishes: Stainless steel
User manual: Haier HRF15N3AGS French-door refrigerator manual
What we like about the Haier HRF15N3AGS French-door refrigerator
Stainless-ish, seamless, and striking
The Haier HRF15N3AGS has a cleaner look than many other affordable French-doors. This stainless-style finish, counter depth design, and specialty width usually commands a much heftier price tag.
Recessed handles leave the front panels seamless, and free up a few more inches of valuable workspace in your kitchen. And a minimalist, capacitive touchscreen control panel is one more feature that makes the HRF15N3AGS seem more expensive than it is.
Dig a little bit deeper, though, and you'll find evidence of cost cutting. That finish isn't actually stainless steel, and the front door scratched pretty easily while we were unpacking it. If you're putting it in your own home, take care. Inside, plastic abounds and shelves offer virtually no customization or spill protection—similar to competitors in the same price range. But at least the aesthetics are good: Blue trim gives the shelves some pop, while bright LEDs illuminate your groceries and the clean white walls.
This model's door shelves also lack the adjustable storage we're used to seeing even on entry-level fridges like Frigidaire's new Custom-Flex lineup. There's just one extra height level available, and none of the bucket shelves are deep enough to hold gallon jugs. You'll either store your milk in the main section, or you'll be buying half-gallon jugs.
Instead of one large pull-out freezer with drawers, Haier designers opted for two separate freezer compartments that can be opened independently of each other. Neither compartment gets its own light, but the drawers are so shallow that your ambient room light should be enough.
Impressive temperature performance
Many compact and counter depth fridges tend to do poorly in terms of overall temperature. The HRF15N3AGS is both a compact and counter depth fridge, yet virtually aced our temperature tests. The primary storage area maintained average temperatures of 36.55°F at the top, 36.62°F in the middle, and 38.31°F down by the crisper, deviating by an average of just ±0.1°F over time. These are numbers that most full-sized fridges almost never achieve.
To our surprise, the freezer scored just as well, with average temps that were both low and stable—great news for folks concerned about freezer burn. The upper drawer averaged -1.65°F and deviated by just ±0.18°F over time, while the lower drawer averaged -0.33°F and deviated just ±0.11°F over time.
Decent storage space for a counter-depth French-door
It may be compact, but this Haier used its internal storage space fairly well. In the fridge, wide shelves are bolstered by the lone crisper drawer, as well as six bucket shelves on the doors. In total, you get 8.06 usable cubic feet of space. The downside? Most of that space is pretty much stuck where it is, and none of the door shelves are deep enough to hold gallon containers.
The two independent freezer drawers are both pretty straightforward. The upper drawer is just a big plastic bucket. (You can even remove it for easy cleaning.) The lower drawer is essentially the same, except it's slightly taller and has an adjustable partition. Overall, you get 3.48 usable cubic feet of freezing space.
Relatively energy efficient
Without an ice maker to suck up power, it's no surprise that the Haier is an exceptionally efficient machine. The fridge uses about 0.06 kWh per usable cubic foot per day, and assuming the national average cost of $0.09 per kWh, that works out to roughly $24.02 per year.
What we didn't like about the Haier HRF15N3AGS French-door refrigerator
The crispers don't retain much humidity
The crisper was the most disappointing aspect of this Haier. Over the course of three days, our test materials lost an average of 0.2 grams of water each hour. You won't be able to store many greens in this small drawer anyway, but remember to eat the ones you do buy before they wilt.
Haier offers a standard one-year limited warranty, with partial coverage that extends out for fives years from the date of purchase. You can read more about it in the user manual.
Haier has a long history selling compact and wine refrigerators in the U.S., and although we haven't done any long-term testing on this full-size fridge, we still haven't found any reasons to worry in the short time we spent with it.
Should you buy the Haier HRF15N3AGS French-door refrigerator?
A counter depth, 30-inch wide, four-door French-door with a stainless finish at a decent price? While not completely unheard of, it is a rarity. Haier really stepped up their game with the HRF15N3AGS.
Our tests proved this Haier not only looks good, but does a great job preserving and storing food. If you don't need an ice maker or water dispenser, this is an exceptional choice for your apartment or small kitchen remodel, especially if the budget's tight.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the tester
Logistics Manager & Staff Writer@ReviewedHome
Matthew is a native of Brockton, MA and a graduate of Northeastern, where he earned a degree in English and Theatre. He has also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and spends most of his free time pursuing a performance career in the greater Boston area.
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