The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2632LP is a side-by-side refrigerator with a 26-cubic-foot capacity and a reasonable price. It has far fewer features than the more expensive Samsung RS265TDWP (*Est. $1,340) , but it does include an electronic control panel and the through-the-door ice and water dispensers found on most side-by-sides. In professional tests, it gets excellent ratings for temperature control and very good ratings for efficiency, but its noise level is average. Users agree that this fridge can be noisy, but they love its ample storage space, which they say can accommodate large items like pizza boxes with ease. Although some owners like that the ice dispenser offers crushed ice as well as cubes, others complain that it shoots ice out too fast and is too narrow to reach into.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2632LP comes in white or black, or in stainless steel as the FGUS2642LF (*Est. $1,260) . All versions have a one-year limited warranty. The stainless-steel FGUS2642LF is included in tests of side-by-side refrigerators at ConsumerReports.org. User reviews for this fridge are scarce, but we found about 20 at Sears.com, and a handful more at BestBuy.com and AJMadison.com. The annual appliance survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates gives users' opinions of the Frigidaire brand as a whole.
The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2632LP is one of more than 90 side-by-side refrigerators rated at ConsumerReports.org. Each is evaluated based on temperature performance, energy efficiency, noise and ease of use. Various brands are also judged on their overall reliability.
Review: Refrigerators, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 2011
Together, the white, black and stainless versions of the Frigidaire FGUS2632LP receive about 25 user reviews at Sears.com. Feedback is mixed, with owners giving the fridge 3.8 stars out of 5. Many admire the unit's large and well-organized space, and roughly 75 percent say they'd recommend it.
Review: Frigidaire 26.0 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator - FGUS2632LW Energy Star, Contributors to Sears.com, As of Feb. 2012
We found only two reviews for the Frigidaire FGUS2632LP at BestBuy.com -- one each for the black and stainless-steel versions -- and neither is positive. One user complains of problems with the ice maker and the other reports a complete product failure after one month.
Review: Frigidaire - Gallery 26.0 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of Feb. 2012
Only two users review the stainless version of the FGUS2632LP at AJMadison.com, but both give it a perfect 5-star rating. They say the fridge is attractive, spacious and a good value, and the ice maker is singled out for praise.
Review: Frigidaire Gallery Series FGUS2642LF, Contributors to AJMadison.com, As of Feb. 2012
5. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey of more than 5,000 consumers who have purchased refrigerators in the past two years, Frigidaire is one of the lowest-rated brands for overall satisfaction. Features, performance and styling are all rated below average, and the brand gets only average scores for warranty, price and ease of use.
Review: 2011 Home Appliance Study: Refrigerator, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011