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Kenmore Elite 79043 Refrigerator

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Elite 79043
This 23.8 cu.-ft. (claimed) bottom-freezer Kenmore Elite 79043 refrigerator has
  • digital controls
  • a door open alarm
  • spillproof shelves
External Dimensions
Height: 70 in Width: 33 in Depth: 33 in
Description
This 23.8 cu.-ft. (claimed) bottom-freezer Kenmore Elite 79043 refrigerator has
  • digital controls
  • a door open alarm
  • spillproof shelves

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Thermostat control

Thermostat control

This assesses the ability of the refrigerator's thermostat to 1) achieve the desired initial set temperatures following manufacturer's recommendations 2) achieve optimum temperatures in both the fresh food and freezer sections simultaneously and 3) keep internal temperatures constant despite large changes in room temperature.

 /  5
Temperature uniformity

Temperature uniformity

This performance test is based on how well a model minimizes warm and cold spots within its fresh food and freezer sections.

 /  5
Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

This reflects electricity consumption 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.

 /  5
Noise

Noise

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.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

This assesses features and design including layout, controls, and lighting.

 /  5
Claimed capacity

Claimed capacity

Capacity of refrigerator is as claimed by the manufacturer.

 /  5

About

The Kenmore Elite 79043 is part of the Refrigerators test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators models like the Elite 79043 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Thermostat control This assesses the ability of the refrigerator's thermostat to 1) achieve the desired initial set temperatures following manufacturer's recommendations 2) achieve optimum temperatures in both the fresh food and freezer sections simultaneously and 3) keep internal temperatures constant despite large changes in room temperature.

Temperature uniformity This performance test is based on how well a model minimizes warm and cold spots within its fresh food and freezer sections.

Energy efficiency This reflects electricity consumption 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.