LG LBC24360ST Refrigerator Review
LG's pricey bottom-freezer is a great choice for most families
The Cold Hard Facts
The LG LBC24360 returned great scores across the board, minus two test results that were way below average: crisper drawer humidity and freezing time. Other than these tests, performance was excellent.
Despite setting the temperature of the fridge compartment for 37°F, actual temperatures averaged 40.98°F, too hot for ideal food storage. Still, at least temperatures were consistently off by this much, drifting only as low as 39.76°F and as high as 42.04°F. Since bacterial growth can accelerate in foods stored above 41ºF, we recommend you turn the temperature down if you buy this fridge.
The freezer, on the other hand, was perfect, averaging -2°F. It was also consistent within about 3°F, and such consistency should help prevent freezer burn.
Here's where things start to go wrong. We put a standard vegetable substitute in a fridge's crisper drawers and weigh it daily to see how moisture it loses. Over the course of three days, test materials inside this LG's crispers lost an average of 0.33 grams of water per hour, or roughly twice as much as we'd see from the average refrigerator at this price range. Veggies stored in this fridge will dry out and lose their flavor and texture much faster than they would inside a better performing model.
Freezing & Thawing
Thawing—or rather, the absence of thawing—was fine for this well-insulated freezer. We simulated a 36-hour power outage by unplugging the fridge, and measured the temperature of the food substitute we stored in the freezer. It never came close to 30°F. In fact, after 36 hours, test materials in this freezer only reached 21.70°F.
It is with freezing in the first place where this model has trouble. The freezer took a whopping 1 hour 56 minutes to bring room-temperature test materials down to 32°F, and that will mean more damage to the taste and texture of frozen meats. Other freezers in this price range are more than 40 minutes faster.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
LG lists the LBC24360 at 22.4 cu. ft. of internal storage space, and that's pretty close to our actual usable storage space measurement of 16.87 cu. ft. (that's 12.24 cu. ft. in the fridge, and 4.63 in the freezer, after deducting obstructions). Since we've also calculated the LBC24360 will cost average families about $35.60 to operate each year, that works out to a running cost of 0.06 KW/h per cubic foot, which is quite efficient.
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