LG LDCS24223S Refrigerator Review
This bottom freezer is a simple, affordable design alternative.
About the LG LDCS24223S
The LDCS24223S is the most expensive version of this model, featuring a stainless steel finish. Its MSRP is $1,599, or $100 more than either the black or white, but we’ve seen all three retail for about $1,100 on sale.
About the LG LDCS24223W
The LDCS24223W features LG’s smooth white finish, and has an MSRP of $1,499. While that’s $100 less than the stainless steel model, we’ve seen all versions of this fridge on sale for about $1,100 in stores.
About the LG LDCS24223B
The LDCS24223B is the version that comes in a smooth black finish. The $1,499 MSRP is $100 less than the stainless steel alternative, but we’ve seen all iterations of this fridge sell for about $1,100 in stores.
The LG LDCS24223 series (MSRP $1,499-$1,599) of bottom-freezer fridges put fresh food at eye level, do a great job keeping even temperatures, and cost as low as $1,100 if you catch the right sale.
So, why don't we wholeheartedly recommend them? Well, for less than LG's sale price, you could buy any number of French door refrigerators that offer the same amount of storage space. Catch the right sale price, and you could get the Samsung RF26HFENDSR or Whirlpool WRF535SMBM for a hundred or so dollars less. On sale, the Amana AFI2539ERM costs less than $100 more and even adds through-the-door ice and water.
French doors are lighter and easier to open than a big, single-hinge fridge door, and most homebuyers think French door fridges look more modern. Still, entry-level French door fridges have drawbacks—like chintzy shelves that are difficult to adjust. If you prefer an upscale interior, or if your kitchen just can't accommodate a French door model, the LDCS24223 is a good choice. Just be sure to check out the competition before you buy.
Design & Usability
Keeping it simple
The LDCS24223 is a straightforward fridge with few frills and a fundamentally familiar format. Bright LED lighting illuminates a sizable interior—this fridge is advertised at 24 cubic feet—with adjustable glass shelves and white plastic trim.
For a fridge in this price range, it’s a little surprising that the door shelves aren’t adjustable. That said, the small tray to the right of the dairy bin can be flipped up to make room for tall items like liters of soda or bottles of wine.
We had some accessibility issues with the pullout freezer, which is your basic upper and lower drawer configuration. Until we leveled it absolutely perfectly, the freezer door kept rolling shut when we were trying to get things in and out of the drawers.
Performance & Features
Good, not quite great
While the LDCS24223 is generally proficient at preserving food, it does have a few highs and lows. Efficiency, for instance, is a big feather in this fridge’s shiny metal cap. Even with an ice maker, this fridge ranks up there with the best of them when it comes to power consumption.
On the other hand, the crispers were flat-out disappointing. Sadly, that's not a surprise: In all our tests over the years, we’ve never been thrilled with LG's crisper designs, so keep that in mind before you stock up at a farmer's market or join a CSA.
Consistent temperature output—arguably the most important aspect of a fridge—was a mixed bag, but one that balances out mostly in this LG’s favor. Both the fridge and freezer were stable—good news for shoppers who buy in bulk and want to avoid freezer burn.
However, both compartments also ran a bit warm when set to the manufacturer-recommended 37°F and 0°F, respectively. You’ll want to turn down both zones by about two degrees to achieve the best cooling.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Most of this LG is covered by an industry-standard 1 year parts and labor limited warranty. However, the evaporator, condenser, and rotary compressor actually get seven years of parts coverage. The linear compressor gets a whopping 10 years of parts coverage. You can ready all about the coverage on LG's support page.
Why We Like It
Size, style, and savings
As French doors gain in popularity, only Whirlpool Corporation, LG, and Fisher & Paykel still make traditional bottom freezers. We've found that all three manufacturers do a great job. Whirlpool's models—usually sold under the Amana brand—tend to be a bit smaller and less expensive. Fisher & Paykel specializes in counter depth.
As for LG, the LDCS24223 is another recommendable model from the Korean manufacturer that serves up a massive amount of storage in a conventionally comfortable package.
Even if you can catch the LG at a remarkably low retail price of about $1,100—for white, black, and stainless—it’s true that you can get an equally good French door fridge for roughly the same price, or even less. However, if personal preference—or kitchen layout—nudges you in the direction of the LG, we feel comfortable supporting your decision.
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