This bottom-freezer refrigerator is the best upgrade I’ve made to my small kitchen – it makes accessing the food I use most much easier

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Hisense’s Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators are ideal for small kitchens where space is at a premium.
My partner and I installed the fridge in our small New York City apartment to put it to the test for the past year.
We love having the spacious fridge at the top and the freezer at the bottom; it makes accessing the food we use most much easier.
Hisense fridges come in several sizes and are currently available at Lowe’s for $899 to $999 depending on the model.

17.2-cubic-foot Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (small)

I’ve hated the fridge in my apartment ever since my partner and I moved in nearly three years ago. It was too small, made by some company I’ve never heard of, did not adequately cool things, and was likely at least 20 years old.

We cook a lot, and were getting increasingly frustrated by the lack of storage space in our old fridge, having to kneel down to get potatoes, and never being able to find that sauce we were looking for in all that clutter. So after years of lusting after shiny new stainless steel fridges, we finally got one from Hisense.

We chose this brand for a few reasons:

Most models are small enough to fit through the narrow doorway into our tiny New York City kitchen (as well as all the other doorways it had to pass through along the way).
They have a decent 17.2-cubic-foot capacity, on average.
They have the freezer at the bottom instead of the top, which is a design I’ve always liked for its convenience.
They’re relatively affordable for the size and quality.
They look sleek and modern with their stainless steel finishes (especially when compared to our old dingy white one with its ’70s-inspired faux wooden handle).

Now that we’ve used this fridge every day for about half a year, I’ve pulled together our impressions of the Hisense’s fridges.

Dimensions and design

Hisense makes several bottom-freezer fridge models. I tested the the 17.1 cubic-foot Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (HBM17158SS) model, which is currently out of stock. However, you can find slightly larger 17.2 cubic-foot models available in the same design. Here are the specs for the HRB171N6ASE model.

Height: 69.1 inches

Depth: 29.1 inches with handles

Width: 31.1 inches

Total capacity: 17.2 cubic feet

Fridge capacity: 12.1 cubic feet

Freezer capacity: 5.1 cubic feet

Energy Star certified: Yes

Warranty: 2 years parts and labor

The freezer is located at the bottom instead of the top. If you primarily use fresh foods and don’t look in your freezer too often, this is an ideal setup, as the foods you use most frequently are located right at eye level and easily in reach. The freezer has two compartments so you can store larger items in the …read more

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