LG LMXS28626S Refrigerator Review
- “Print proof” exterior finish, easy to clean
- Large interior storage space
- LED lighting
- Customisable storage options
- “Glide & Serve” organisational draw with separate climate control
- Ice/Water System & Door cooling technology
- Large size takes up a lot of kitchen space
- Lack of drip tray for ice/water system leads to wet floors
- Air & Water filters need changing every 6 months
- A little noisy
- Potential compressor issues
The LG LMXS28626S refrigerator is a sleek French door appliance that offers just under 28 cubic feet of storage space, making it a good choice for larger families. Despite the mid-range price tag (around $2000) it comes with high-end features both inside and out. From its “print proof finish” exterior to the customisable interior that can hold even the largest items from your shopping bags, the LG LMXS28626S, appears to be ideal for those who prefer fresh produce over frozen goods.
However, it does have one potentially damaging flaw.
This fantastic looking stainless-steel French door refrigerator comes with a “print proof finish” that ensures fingerprints and other unsightly marks are kept to a minimum and that the exterior is easily cleanable with a dry cloth. The sleek silver finish screams ‘modern kitchen’.
With 28 cubic feet of space (18.6 cu. ft in the fridge and 9.2 cu. Ft in the freezer) there is more than enough room for your groceries. The fridge has over double the capacity of the freezer, so this appliance is more suited to families who prefer fresh produce over frozen goods.
The LG LMXS28626S is a large unit (H 70 inches x W 36 inches x D 34 inches) and needs a good-sized kitchen to put it in. The height and width are standard for such a refrigerator, but the depth could mean the appliance protrudes somewhat from your worksurfaces.
While the freezer has a simple two drawer storage system, the fridge comes with four shelves, one of which is foldable, and a “Glide & Serve” drawer (more on that shortly). The doors boast an impressive 6 shelves, two of which can hold a one-gallon milk jug.
ThinQ technology and Wi-Fi connectivity
LG have installed their trademarked ThinQ smart technology in this appliance. It gives the customer the ability to connect their phone to the refrigerator via an app. The app enables the user to change temperature settings, monitor power usage levels and even see how many times the fridge door has been opened throughout the day.
Slim Space+ Ice and Water System
Ice and drink dispensers have been available in kitchen appliances for decades, but they often take up large amounts of space making consumers choose between ice & water or storage space. Until now.
The Slim Space+ technology fits neatly inside the door without compromising any of the interior storage space. The dispenser itself easily fits large glasses, water bottles and even a pitcher underneath the nozzle which is perfect for summer barbeques or dinner parties. However, it would benefit greatly from a drip tray as any overflow or spillage simply runs down the front of the fridge on to the floor.
Glide & Serve Drawer
The glide and serve drawer is one of our favorite features of the LG LMXS28626S and is located at the bottom of the fridge. This drawer is like a fridge within a fridge. The system itself spans the full width of the fridge, and as the product name suggests, glides smoothly out on command. As well as being a great organizational tool, the glide and serve have its own separate temperature control enabling you to store items at different temperatures without compromising other foods in your fridge.
Both the fridge and freezer come with LED lighting to ensure full visibility when raiding the kitchen for a midnight snack. For some reason, that light does not extend to the bottom draw of the freezer so keep this in mind when organizing your food.
When considering the cons of kitchen appliances, most of them are personal to the consumer and relevant to their situation. Kitchen size, financial constraints, food preferences and so on. But one thing that unites customers across the board is performance and reliability.
Sadly, this is where the LG LMXS28626S (potentially) falls down.
But not just this model, many different LG refrigerator models have suffered from the same problem. LG appliances have been fitted with linear compressors that are supposed to make the unit more reliable, but it appears they have had the opposite effect.
The situation became so bad that in 2019 a class action lawsuit was filed against LG as consumers fought to be compensated for these faulty machines. I must point out that many customers are happy with their purchase and have had no major problems with their refrigerators, but the number of complaints registered with the same issue are too many to ignore when considering spending a large amount of money.
It has been reported that faulty units will usually fail after 2 to 3 years of use. Yes, the appliances are covered by a lengthy warranty, however a brief search of customer reviews suggests that not only can LG take a significant amount of time to send an engineer to fix the problem but they replace the broken units with the same defective parts that were installed in the first place, meaning further failure in 2 to 3 years.
Should you buy the LG LMXS28626S?
Despite this appliance having great aesthetics, fantastic practicality, cavernous storage space, and modern features, the increased possibility of this refrigerator breaking down after only 3 years makes buying a LG LMXS28626S a risky purchase. Of course, anything you buy has the potential to break down, but with so many documented incidents of compressor failure, it might be wise to look elsewhere.
So, if you shouldn’t buy the LG LMXS28626S, what are your best refrigerator options?
If you’re dead set on a large French door refrigerator with an ice maker and water dispenser then the Maytag MFI2570FEZ comes well recommended. It isn’t without its problems, (it appears most models of any brand that come with an ice/water dispenser have issues of some kind) and is slightly smaller than the LG at 25 cu. ft. for almost the same price.
It boasts many of the same features as the LG but using different names such as “fingerprint resistant stainless steel” and “Wide n Fresh Deli drawer”.
If you can live without an ice/water dispenser (which actually seems to be the right way to go) and just a little less storage space, then the Samsung RF261BEAESR could be for you. At around 2 cubic feet smaller than the LG, but a whopping $800 cheaper, this appliance appears to be much better value for money.
It comes with French doors in stainless steel but lacks the fingerprint-resistant coating, making it more difficult to keep clean and a little more prone to scratching.
Despite the far cheaper price tag it does come with more than adequate storage and even its own climate-controlled deli draw in the fridge.