Frigidaire FGHD2368TF Refrigerator Review
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Frigidaire’s FGHD2368TF is a mid-to-high priced French door refrigerator. This sleek-looking appliance is counter depth to give it a more bespoke, built-in appearance.
It has many useful features to complement its attractive aesthetics, which are unfortunately negated by a design flaw that can possibly cause the fridge to freeze fresh produce.
- Great Appliance Access
- Humidity-Controlled Crispers/Adjustable Shelving
- Ice Maker & Water Dispenser
- Automatic Door Close
- Many Reports of Food Freezing In The Fridge
- Stainless-Steel Finish Only on the Front
- Ice Maker is Very Noisy When Emptying
- Low Ice Storage
- Filters Need Changing Every 6 Months
The general opinion of the Frigidaire FGHD2368TF is that it’s a seriously good-looking refrigerator. Even those consumers who took to the internet to give this appliance a one-star rating, for one reason or another, mentioned how pretty this machine is.
Available in stainless-steel black (model FGHD2368TD) and stainless-steel silver (model FGHD2368TF), this refrigerator will blend seamlessly into any modern kitchen.
Being counter-depth, it looks more high end and built-in than a standard appliance, though this comes at a cost with less overall space for storage.
However, it loses marks due to the stainless steel finishing only coming on the front of the appliance, leaving the sides with a grey matt finish. This doesn’t pose a problem for those consumers setting it back among cupboards and work surfaces, but for those that aren’t it sticks out like a sore thumb.
While this particular appliance is approaching the higher end of the ‘mid-range’ price point the storage size is at the lower end of the scale thanks to the counter-depth design. That’s not to say that this is a small refrigerator, far from it, it’s just not as large as other expensive models.
There are 22 cubic feet of space (giving the FGHD2368TF measurements of H70 inches x W36 inches x D31) split between Fridge (14.9 cu.ft) and freezer (6.8 cu.ft) making it a good choice for families who favor fresh produce over frozen goods.
The official blurb for this appliance says the fridge has 5 shelves for storage, however, thanks to the placement of the ice maker, the top shelf loses around 25% of its space. Though the shelves are adjustable with tons of different configurations to give the consumer complete control of their storage space.
As part of the 5-shelf system, Frigidaire installed 2 humidity-controlled crispers and a large ‘CoolZone’ deli drawer. The doors house 6 bins for condiments, beverages, and 1-gallon milk jugs. There is also a covered dairy compartment for butter and cheese.
The single-drawer freezer is split into a two-tier system made from wire baskets. It’s a basic design but is more than adequate for storing frozen goods.
Ice Maker & Water Dispenser
These days an ice maker and water dispenser seem to be as important to consumers as the actual ability to store groceries themselves. As ice makers go, this seems to be pretty good in terms of reliability however some consumers report a poor ice storing capacity. Not only that, when the ice maker empties frozen water into the storage facility the process is extremely loud.
Humidity-controlled crispers are almost industry standard at this point, and with good reason. Fruits and vegetables require higher storage temperatures than other chilled goods, so being able to store them and regulate their temperatures independently from the rest of the fridge will extend the longevity of the goods.
Automatic Door Close
Have you ever been in such a rush that you failed to close your fridge door properly, only to find when you return half your food has spoiled? Well, the automatic door has been fitted into this appliance to stop that from happening. If you leave your door open at 90 degrees or less it will close by itself leaving your groceries intact.
Covered Dairy Compartment
It’s only a small feature, but one that is often missing from modern appliances and often requested by consumers. A small, dedicated section to store butter in the door and thus making it more likely to be spreadable right out of the fridge.
Great Appliance Access
While it might not be a listed feature of this appliance, it’s worth noting the comments of a customer who is a wheelchair user. She says despite the constraints being in a wheelchair can cause, this refrigerator was easily accessible for her with most of the storage being within reach.
Up until now, the Frigidaire FGHD2368TF has done well in this review, despite its hefty price point, however, we’re about to talk about the biggest failing of this refrigerator, and it could be a deal-breaker.
Across the board, there are a huge number of reports of products that have been stored in the fridge becoming frozen. And this isn’t a few random reviews, most people, even those who love this appliance, claim this often happens, ruining hundreds of dollars worth of food over time.
When kitchen appliances are mass-produced, a small amount of unit failure is to be expected, but this appears to be a lot more widespread which is something you have to consider when looking at this model.
On the plus side, this is an ENERGY STAR appliance, which means it has passed stringent criteria set out by the US Environmental Agency meaning it’s an energy-efficient refrigerator. It uses 660 kWh annually which equates to $85 to run per year in 2020 energy prices.
Should you buy the Frigidaire FGHD2368TF?
Given that this appliance is quite expensive, is fairly small compared to other French door appliances, and that the fridge tends to freeze your food, it’s difficult to recommend purchasing this model.
When you consider the market has many other French door options, it’s probably a good idea to shop around.
Overall Score: 12/20
For the same amount of money, the Café CYE22TP2MS1 comes with a little more storage space over the Frigidaire, is wi-fi enabled, and even has a hot water dispenser alongside the cold water and ice dispenser. It’s arguable better looking but most importantly, there are far fewer performance issues reported with this appliance.
This kitchen appliance is one of the most attractive refrigerators on the market, in my opinion. The quality finish, both inside and out is evident in every inch of the refrigerator. Reviews of this Viking model are amongst the highest for appliances of this nature. Yes, it’s expensive but it could be worth the extra money.