Performance - 66%
Design - 54%
Capacity - 65%
Features - 75%
Energy Efficiency - 81%
The Haier HB21FC45NS is a great value as long as you don’t need a very large unit with an ice and water dispenser in the door. The unit is energy efficient and has a flexible design. Although it maintains proper temperatures, the materials and construction are poor.
The Haier Cabinet Depth Refrigerator HB21FC45NS is a stylish refrigerator designed for small spaces. Cabinet depth refrigerators are full-size models that can fit flush with a standard counter. Although a few years ago market availability was limited for this type of refrigerator, today these models are very popular. TIt has a somewhat integrated look with the cabinetry to allow more workable space in the kitchen. If you have a kitchen with a small footprint, this unit can make a noticeable positive difference. This fridge costs $1,999, being approximate $400 more expensive than an average French door refrigerator.
Like most basic refrigerators, HB21FC45NS has a single compressor and a single evaporator refrigeration system, meaning that the cold air inside is circulated between freezer compartments. There is also an air filter to neutralize bacteria and odor and a water filter to purify the dispensed drinking water. The temperature control is fully electronic and a digital control shows the actual temperature inside of it. There is also a door alarm that alerts you if you accidentally leave the door open. Spill Proof Glass Shelves prevent leaking from one shelf to the rest of the refrigerator and keep the environment clean and hygienic. The Full-Width Deli Tray is perfect for storing sheep cakes and platters and also for preserving large amounts of cheese and meat. A Glide-Out Shelf provides easy access to items stores in the back of the shelf so you won’t have to move other items. We also like the Quick Ice Option and the Express Freeze Option that work by temporarily lowering the temperature in the freezer compartment. Taking all features into account, the Haier Cabinet Depth Refrigerator HB21FC45NS has more to offer than average refrigerators. The manufacturer also offers a limited one year warrant and a special 5 years warranty on the compressor.
Design and Capacity
At a depth of 27.56 inches, the HB21FC45NS model has a 3.6-inch overhang from standard kitchen cabinetry. The 20.6 cu-ft French door refrigerator offers plenty storage room for a family of 4. It has a 6.6 cubic foot bottom freezer that is perfect for ice cream birthday cake, frozen meals, and ice. The efficient storage is a big plus in this unit, and we love its counter-depth design that creates enough space to store products. Because of its spill-proof glass shelf and adjustable shelves keeping up with the cleaning is easy. The 5-gallon storage door bins are very useful if you have space issues because they can hold all containers and bottles. The bins are adjustable, so they can be taken off without hassle. The attractive design is a plus, although the stainless steel doors easily shoe smudges or traceable stains. Moreover, the poor materials and construction can be a problem.
Haier HB21FC45NS was tested in various conditions to measure the temperature performance. These tests measure the accuracy of initial temperature setting and how well it performs when the exterior temperatures change. The HB21FC45NS refrigerator manages to keep temperatures even throughout each compartment despite changes in room temperatures and maintains set temperatures even with very high room temperatures. The pantry drawer stayed colder than rest of refrigerator and the temperatures in refrigerator and freezer remained very steady. We were very pleased with the noise level of this appliance after we measured it during steady running and when the compressor started up.
It is Energy Star rated and has an annual estimated energy use of 456kWh, significantly better than average among this type of refrigerator. The estimated yearly energy cost is $49 assuming the national average rate of $0.113/kWh. The unit also has an economic Sabbath mode that can save some more energy.
The fridge is a great value as long as you don’t need a very large unit with an ice and water dispenser in the door. There is a water filter in the unit and the ice falls into a clear removable ice drawer. The refrigerator did a great job maintain proper temperatures. The design is flexible and the cabinet depth provides a neat, built-in look. The unit is easy to use as it has the controls on the door. However, the materials are poor and the product is guaranteed for only one year.