Kenmore 70333 Refrigerator Review
Door-in-door storage costs less and less
Consumers looking for a door-in-door fridge but don't have over $3,000 to spend may be intrigued by the Kenmore 70333 (MSRP $3,199.99). It's the absolute cheapest door-in-door fridge we've reviewed, with a Sears floor price of $2,500.
True, it's not perfect: Temperatures ran too warm and the crispers are relatively ineffective, plus the overall fit and finish feels a little cheap. Nevertheless, if you're dying for a door-in-door, this is the best deal you're going to get.
Design & Usability
Functional fit & finish
This Kenmore’s traditional layout and design might not win it any beauty contests, but it's at least easy to match with other stainless appliances in your kitchen.
Controls that look like a touchscreen actually hide a series of small buttons underneath. If anything, the responsiveness of the buttons made them easier to use than an actual touchscreen.
As with similar LG products, the door-in-door compartment is mostly enclosed by a plastic barrier that you can pop open from the inside. Access door-in-door storage from the front by pushing down on a small button found in the main door handle.
The rest of the interior is fairly basic. Cool, dim LED lights illuminate half-width shelves, and these shelves each have a white plastic trim. The crispers use old-fashioned dial controls.
The pull-out freezer has an upper drawer, a lower drawer with a sliding partition, and absolutely nothing else.
Performance & Features
Turn it down if you want to chill out
Every fridge we review is tested in an environmentally controlled lab, and—for the sake of consistency—we set any model with a degree-based thermostat to 37°F in the fridge and 0°F in the freezer for our tests. Final scores are based on the internal temperature of our test materials, not air temperature. As such, it's pretty common for average temperatures to run about a little warm—say, a degree or so—but this Kenmore was much worse.
Average temps in the fresh food section clocked in at 41°F, while not one part of the freezer ever actually made it down to 0°F. Fortunately, this problem isn’t without a potential fix: Both sections were at least consistently bad over time, so cranking the thermostat down by about four to six degrees should set things right.
Despite the presence of adjustable controls, the crispers also did a generally poor job, and barely retained any moisture over time. At least this fridge turned out to be exceptionally energy efficient, so the news isn't all bad.
Aside from an on-the-door icemaker, an Ultra Ice feature, and an Energy Saver mode, there’s not much else going on with this fridge.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Affordable Door-in-Door Storage
A decent deal for what it is
There’s a lot about the Kenmore 70333 that left us underwhelmed. Between a bland design and several performance issues, other models easily surpass this fridge. That said, this Kenmore offers unmatched savings when it comes to door-in-door fridges. At $2,500 on the Sears floor, you’re simply not going to find a French door fridge with door-in-door storage for less... at least, not without an incredibly deep sale.
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