This fridge has lots of open storage space. Storage options are very basic - standard shelves, plain open door bins, and a few drawers. The left door bins are not adjustable. The right door bins only adjust to a few places. There are no specialty compartments included, such as egg trays, butter compartments, etc. The right door bins are large, and will hold one gallon milk jugs. They will contain approximately 32 oz of spilled liquid without overflowing. The lower pull out drawer in the fridge section is one big flat space; there are slots for dividers, but none are included and I didn't see any available for puchase. The freezer has two storage spaces, the main bins and a pull out wire drawer. If you need large spaces for storage, as opposed to lots of compartments, you will probably like the layout of this refrigerator.
This fridge takes forever to cool down, and the temperature is very uneven. Instructions say to leave it running for 24 hours before using, and I now know why. It takes forever to get cold. After 12 hours, the fridge section was only at 60 degrees. Granted it was about 85 degrees that day, but that's pretty slow. After 24 hours, my cup of 'test' water finally reached 45 degrees - however the fridge was set to the recommended 38 degrees. I decided it cold enough to load with food. I took temperature readings over several days. The lower shelves were the coldest at about 42 degrees. The upper shelves were about 52 degrees, which is not good. A fridge needs to be at 40 F. for proper food safety. I lowered the fridge section down to 35 and waited a few days. That brought the upper shelf food temperature down to 43. I lowered it all the way down to 33, and that finally brought it down to 40 degrees. The freezer was also slightly above the set temperature, around 2 degrees. I lowered that down to the minimum setting too. All the readings were taken with a NIST traceable thermometer.
The Fast Cool setting does not cool the refrigerator any faster than normal, and it even says that in the instructions. It simply causes the system to run at the lowest thermostat setting. The setting cancels automatically after 24hours. Of course if you have it set like I do, Fast Cool does nothing.
The sliding fridge shelves barely moved when I got it. The rails had sharp edges which had to be sanded smooth. I also used food safe silicone grease, and after that they were smooth as butter. The other drawers all operated smoothly. The freezer drawer rails are a bit rough, but considering the size and weight of the freezer, it's pretty decent.
There is a door alarm, but it apparently works on the same circuit as the interior light. You can leave the door ajar by about an inch and it won't trigger the alarm, which is where you need it most. Since the interior light is not on at this point, you can't tell that the door is ajar just by a casual glance. With this type of double door fridge, the alarm should trigger when the door is ajar by even 1/8 inch.
The door controls are pretty straightforward, and operate well. The chimes are friendly sounding and after a couple weeks of use I don't find them annoying. The door light is LED and works great as a night light. The interior light is bright but not glaring, and uses replaceable LED bulbs. The freezer light is also very functional.
Water input is a 1/4 inch compression fitting. You may need an adapter kit; I had to get a G.E. Icemaker kit at Home Depot, which worked perfectly for connecting the 1/4" line from my R.O. unit. The cold water setup is pretty standard; there's a long length of coiled hose hiding inside the fridge which holds the water. Unfortunately it's not much, and I can only get one large glass of cold water at a time. The second glass is "cool" but not cold, and the third glass is room temperature. It takes about 12 hours for the water to get fully cold again. There was no noticeable taste or odor to the water, which is surprising because many cold water dispensers introduce off flavors and odors. The fridge comes with a high performance filter, but I elected not to use it since I'm using reverse osmosis. It comes with a bypass device installed in case you don't want to use the filter. The filter housing is located on the interior ceiling and takes up very little space. It's nice because it is in a 'clean' area and not underneath or behind the fridge.
The icemaker is fairly small, it holds 48oz of cubes when full. With 4 people on a hot day it runs out early in the day. It takes a full 24 hours to make about 32 oz of ice. The cubes are on the small side, which is great because they are easy to fit into water bottles, etc. I just wish it made ice faster. As with the water, the ice was free from any flavors and odors. The auger is solid stainless steel rod, the crusher blades are zinc coated steel plate. The bin is fully enclosed, which probably helps keep out odors. The bin is difficult to remove though, it's difficult to unlatch.
Noise is on par with most refrigerators, which means it's pretty quiet. The icemaker makes 'normal' sounds when filling with water and when dropping the cubes. After dispensing water, there is a moderate clunk from the solenoid, but nothing too bad. Dispensing crushed ice is loud of course, but every fridge is like that. I did not notice any other pops, groans or weird noises in general.
Overall quality is good, but there were some construction issues, including the sticking shelves. I had to trim off insulation foam that was sticking out of seams, the shelves had sharp plastic 'flash' that needed trimming, and there were sharp edges on the handles. The ice bin was full of plastic and metal debris and had to be hand cleaned. The interior had a very strong plastic odor and had to be aired out for 2 days, even after a full wipe down.
All in all, I like the layout and the large open spaces, and the simplicity of the storage and controls. I'm a little disappointed in the uneven temperature and the fact that it doesn't cool down to the configured setting.
Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Stylish, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design
poor temperature control