The Kenmore 7201 is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator
models like the 7201 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand
Kenmore offers a number of lines, including Kenmore Elite and Kenmore Elite Trio. Kenmore will be offering more products with LED lights and integrated dispensers on its high-end models.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Cabinet-depth model Cabinet-depth models usually measure 27 to 28 inches deep, not quite flush with the cabinets, but at least three inches shallower than many standard 36-inch-wide models. You can get models with stainless exteriors or panel kits.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser It is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
Works well, it is our first French Door refrigerator so it takes a while to get used to it and having the freezer at the bottom.On nice feature is the water dispenser. It is inside the fridge which leaves both doors free to have shelves. French door refrigerators with ice/water dispensers that are externally accessed basically lose half the fridge door space which is unhelpful. This is different from side by sides where the icemaker is in the freezer, freezer door space is less useful than fridge door space so the comromise is less important.The shelves are relatively close together, this buys you the wide shelf at the bottom - which is good for storing pizza boxes and other wide objects. Beer bottles, for example, can not stand upright with the shelves in their 'normal' level position.It is pretty quiet, you can hear it but it is not annoying. I think it is quieter than the previous one.Keeping the main doors shut is a little harder than a normal fridge. The door on the left has a seal attached which requires a bit of an extra push. Sometimes this doesn't get done. There is however an alarm that beeps if left open for more than a few minutes.In general we are happy with the fridge, it is actually made by Whirlpool. The price at [@] seems to bounce around quite a lot, we bought it for significantly less than the price here so its worth tracking the various sales through the year.