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If you’re looking for an affordable fridge for your home—or even a secondary one for your garage—the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV (available at Home Depot for $497.70) might be the perfect pick. Not only does its small size (about half as big as a full-size fridge) ensure it’ll fit in more locations, but we saw very steady temperature consistency throughout the fridge and freezer. It’s incredibly energy efficient as well, using about half as much energy as the average fridge. If you’re looking for something in this price range, but not keen on the small size, we’d recommend the Insignia NS-RTM18SS7, which is currently our best fridge under $1,000.
Top-freezer refrigerators may not experience the fanfare of their modern French-door counterparts, but this fridge is proof they can still hold their own in the kitchen. The Frigidaire FFHT1425VV is an impressive fridge for its size. While it's about 50% the size of a typical refrigerator, it maintains a fairly high capacity—certainly enough for a couple or small family to store food without issue. The EvenTemp Cooling System keeps fridge temperatures consistent, fluctuating only one-tenth of a degree in our tests. If you’re looking for a small fridge for an apartment or for a smaller space like a garage, the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV is a great pick.
About the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV
Dimensions: 60.5" x 27.625" x 31.25" (H x W x D)
Usable space: We measured 9.9 cu. ft. in the refrigerator partition and 3.03 cu. ft. in the freezer.
Finishes: Brushed Steel
What we like
It's sized well for smaller areas
Measuring its external dimensions, the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV is about 57% the size of a full-size refrigerator. This smaller size is perfect for areas where a full-size fridge might be too big or not make as much sense, like in a garage or small apartment. If a mini-fridge is too small and a full-size fridge seems like overkill, the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV might be just right.
Capacity is fairly high for its size
Despite being so small, the interior of the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV is efficient when it comes to creating storage space, managing 12.93 cu. ft. total. To put this in context, the Kenmore Elite 72483, a full-size fridge, has 29.9 cu. ft. of storage; and our top-rated fridge, a counter-depth, has 13.41 cu. ft. total capacity. So for such a small footprint, you'll be getting roughly what you'd expect from a full-height counter-depth fridge.
It has a self-closing door
It’s a minor feature, but we really liked the self-closing door. When the door is very slightly ajar, the fridge will pull the door shut with a satisfying snap. No more returning to the fridge to see the door open just a crack, full of groceries that aren’t quite cold enough.
It's energy efficient
You’d expect a smaller fridge to use up less energy, so it’s no surprise that the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV will only cost an estimated $18.11 a year—quite a bit less than the average cost of $40. But the savings are not just due to its smaller size, as it’s also very efficient with how it uses it energy. If you compare the ratio of energy to the capacity of fridge, the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV is twice as efficient as the average fridge.
What we don’t like
A smaller size means less capacity in general
Despite using what space it has very efficiently, the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV still doesn't have a lot of raw storage space. It's a concession you'll have to make for the reduced size. This might be an issue if you plan on hosting large dinner parties regularly, but may not be a problem if you know you have less need for the space.
Drawers and controls are difficult to operate
The plastic drawers and bins feel flimsy and hitch a bit as they slide. So while we like that the deli drawer can be repositioned, we found it difficult to move around. In the door, storage consists of three large bins that can't be readjusted, and there are no smaller compartments like a butter drawer. We also thought the controls were a bit imprecise by modern standards, opting for an old school dial instead of a digital readout. The fridge is also very bare bones, so no modern extras like a water or ice dispenser, or WiFi connectivity. Again, for its price, this is somewhat expected, but we would've liked better execution of the details, like smoother-sliding drawers or a few customization options.
What owners are saying
Currently the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV has a pretty good reception online, averaging about 4.6 out of 5 stars across major retailers. Many owners claim the fridge is perfect as a secondary fridge for their garage or rec room. There were no aspects that seemed to get consistent complaints.
Frigidaire will offer a one-year warranty for parts and labor. Some refrigerator brands offer warranties that cover certain parts for much longer—Samsung, for example, ensures some parts for up to a decade. We understand this is a more basic refrigerator, but we still would've liked to see a more robust warranty.
Should you buy the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV?
Yes. If the Frigidaire FFHT1425VV's size is part of its selling point for you and not a downside, it's a great fridge. Not only does it make the most out of its limited space, it also has some stellar temperature consistency and energy efficiency. If you see the small size as a downside, and you’re just looking for an inexpensive fridge, however, we’d recommend checking out the Insignia NS-RTM18SS7, our pick for the best affordable fridge.
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