• Design features

  • Performance

  • What the owners had to say

  • The bottom line

We spent a week testing this refrigerator in our lab, and found that it does a decent job keeping food fresh, without blowing the budget.

Kenmore-60412-refrigerator
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

On the left, the Kenmore 60412 fridge waits for testing in our lab. (On the right: Kenmore 73025 French-door fridge)

Design features

The fridge interior is basic, but acceptable. Gallon bins in the door keep big bottles off the shelves, which maximizes usable space. The wire shelves that make up most of the storage space won't help if something leaks or spills. You'll want to keep on top of that, or you could end up with a lot of cleaning to do. If you'd like a different configuration in the fridge, the shelves are moveable.

Kenmore 60412
Credit: Sears

You can't do much to customize the interior of the Kenmore 60412 except to move the shelves.

Crispers are clear plastic, and they creak when you open them, but they keep humidity in, so fruits and vegetables you store there can stay crisp.

Don't expect an elaborate lighting scheme at this price point, but the fridge is bright enough. The freezer has no lighting.

Kenmore-60412-freezer
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

The freezer has a single shelf and no interior lighting.

Performance

The refrigerator compartment stays good and cold on the recommended setting. In our labs, the freezer required a temperature adjustment to get down to 0°, and it still vacillated. This is typical of what we've seen in economy top freezers. On the plus side, this freezer only took 86 minutes to pass the 32° mark.

We found it inexpensive to run this fridge, estimating the energy cost at about $23 a year.

What the owners had to say

The user reviews for this refrigerator are generally positive, and many people commented that it was a good buy. A small number of owners complained about the running noise, and a few noticed, as we did, that the freezer ran warm.

Kenmore-60412-crisper
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

The crispers are clear plastic, so you can see what's inside. They are noisy to open, but they do an acceptable job keeping your produce fresh.

The bottom line

If you're looking for a budget refrigerator for your small kitchen, basement or garage, and you don't mind wire shelves and plastic bins, we think this top freezer model could do the job. It's very basic—the only customizations you can make are adjusting the temperature and moving the shelves. If you'd like a fridge with more features, there are many of them on the market, but not at this price point.

Whether you fill it with beer, cold cuts, and snacks, and invite your friends over to watch the game, or load it up with milk, orange juice, apples, and American cheese, to feed a small family, this refrigerator could meet your needs at a budget-friendly price.

If you buy this model, adjust the freezer temperature down from the recommended setting to make sure it stays cold enough to keep food safe. You will probably still encounter some temperature fluctuations, so watch out for freezer burn. But if you go through frozen pizzas quickly, you might never notice.

Meet the testers

Cindy Bailen

Cindy Bailen

Editor

@orangesandlemon

Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that. In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.

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Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton

Product Tester

Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.

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