The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF is a lot of fridge for the money. It offers 26 cubic feet of storage space, an Energy Star rating and lots of high-end features. However, its performance in professional tests is rather uneven -- very good in one test, disappointing in another. It's also noisier than our top-rated side-by-side, the Samsung RS265TDWP (*Est. $1,340) . Moreover, like the Samsung, it has some problems with the ice maker and the shelves.
Plenty of features. The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF refrigerator has pretty much every feature you could ask for. The shelving is adjustable, slides out for easy access and has a lip to contain spills. The crispers are large and humidity-controlled, and there's a separate deli drawer as well. The freezer also has several shelves and bins, including one specially sized to hold a pizza box; however, the built-in ice maker takes up much of the compartment. Other features include digital controls, a child safety lock and a water purifier -- complete with a light to let you know when to change the filter.
Mixed results in tests. The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF receives vastly different scores in two professional sources. One source gives it top scores for temperature control, but these aren't based on actual test results; the FGUS2642LF is rated based on its similarity to another Frigidaire model. However, a different source, which actually did test the FGUS2642LF, says its temperature performance is very inconsistent. The top section of the fridge stays warmer than the bottom, and both temperatures shift quite a bit over time. The freezer temperature also fluctuates, and the vegetable crispers aren't good at holding in moisture. Moreover, several users complain that this fridge can be disturbingly loud at random times.
Two trouble spots. The two weakest links on the Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF are the same as on the Samsung. The first is the ice maker, which users say tends to dispense ice much too fast, spewing it out all over the floor. The other is the shelving. Keith Barry of Reviewed.com says they're heavy and awkward to reposition, since they have to be hooked into place rather than sliding in. Users also report problems with the bins on the inside of the door, saying they can break or fall out, damaging the door lining. On the plus side, most reviewers find the fridge's digital control panel quite easy to use.
Smudge-proof stainless. The stainless-steel exterior on the Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF has a vertical-grain finish that gives it a darker look than most stainless appliances. This darker finish doesn't tend to show fingerprints and smudges the way most stainless surfaces do, but, on the downside, it may not match other stainless appliances in a kitchen. The sides of the fridge are not stainless, but their gray color blends with other surfaces that are. In other respects, the styling of the fridge is fairly modern, with a slightly curved front and contoured handles. Virtually every owner who reviews the Frigidaire at HHGregg.com loves its design.
ConsumerReports.org has ratings on its site for about 80 side-by-side refrigerators, including the Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF. Fridges are rated on their temperature control, energy efficiency, noise level and ease of use. Results appear in chart form for easy comparison.
Review: Refrigerators, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Last updated July 2013
The Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF earned an Editors' Choice award from Reviewed.com in 2011. The archived review says this refrigerator is roomy and "has a good set of features for the price," but its temperature performance in tests is disappointing.
Review: Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF Review, Keith Barry, Sept. 26, 2011
We found about 65 reviews for the Frigidaire Gallery FGUS2642LF at this retail site, with ratings averaging 4.5 stars out of 5. While users like the fridge's looks, temperature control and adjustable shelving, several say it's noisy and the ice maker is poorly designed.
Review: Frigidaire 26 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Side-by-Side Refrigerator, Contributors to HHGregg.com, As of October 2013