The Kenmore 7809 is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator
models like the 7809 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.
All my foods keep much better than in my old fridge.<br />Excellent lighting in freezer and refrigerator.<br />Ice maker has worked flawlessly.<br />Single refrigerator door makes for better access.<br />I am going to buy another one for another dwelling.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Dog Daddy
from Ringgold, GA
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Expect Frequent Repairs
Space For Tall Items
Bad Ice Maker
Have had it for 7 years, ice-maker re-fill tube constantly freezes up and stops making ice. When this happens, the water spews out the back every time the ice-maker tries to re-start, causing huge puddles of water in the back and under the fridge. It has virtually ruined the floor and wall under and behind it. Repairs cost $350 to $400 through Sears repair service and involves replacing the water valves and/or hoses and fittings. Also the freezer door gasket had to be replaced because it split open when my wife tried to clean a spill off of it. The freezer door and basket do not slide out very smoothly. Water filters are rather expensive to replace. Makes a lot of weird noises, which the owners manual claims are just normal operating sounds.