The Hisense 26.6 Cubic Foot French Door Refrigerator With Ice Maker is a beautiful refrigerator that looks more expensive than it is, packs great features and is a great way to bring more organization into your kitchen.
Over the past several months, I tested the Hisense HRF266N6CSE refrigerator, which retails for $1,599. I put this through its paces at home with two teenagers and a busy kitchen and fell in love with its built-in water dispenser, innovative storage and modern style. Since then, this model number has been recalled due to loose door hinges. The issue has been resolved, and the model name has been updated to HRF266N6CSE1 (also $1,599). Otherwise these fridges are identical.
The Hisense offers a lot of storage inside. But it doesn’t take up as much space as our previous fridge, thanks to its integrated door handles.
- Modern, smart design
- Judicious use of interior space and organization
- Water and ice without an external dispenser
- Show fingerprint
- Door storage options are fixed
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Using the Hisense French Door refrigerator
Hisense does a great job of designing around the concerns that most refrigerators force users to deal with on a daily basis. I love having this fridge in our house and I love using it.
This may seem like a small detail – but it’s significant: The water dispenser starts quickly and stops immediately after you pull your glass away. So many refrigerators don’t stop running water soon enough, leaving water on the floor, in a drip tray or on your clothes. Hisense indoor water dispenser is fast and impressive. The inner dispenser is great for cups but can be awkward filling more oversized items.
It is on the inside of the refrigerator, which means that the front of this model is visually very clean. This design choice also means that there is no water or ice dispenser taking up storage space inside the door or in the fridge. This frees up enough space for three storage boxes on each door. It would be nice if the door storage was adjustable up or down.
There is plenty of space when both French doors are open. This allowed us to fit a charcuterie tray or a large pizza box inside. All the shelves are glass, which looks great, lets light throughout the fridge and makes it easy to find things. One of the shelves is pushed back to allow for taller items such as trunks without much rearranging.
The meat and cheese drawer is wide and deep, which makes it very easy to organize, and it holds a lot without stacking. This ensures that everyone can see what’s in the drawer, which can accommodate additional storage boxes for smaller snacks. There are two vegetable and fruit drawers, each with a loose selection, which can keep different items fresh.
A two-tier freezer allows for a significant amount of storage and organization. The bottom freezer area needs to be stacked, and while you’ll have to sort through it to get some items, there’s plenty of usable space. The top freezer drawer slides in and out smoothly. This is where the ice tray sits for easy access. We bought a plastic scoop to quickly fill tumblers and cups. The water filter lasts six months and is $45.
Hisense French Door Refrigerator Design and Performance
The Hisense French Door refrigerator has a modern look with a clean design, thanks to its internal water dispenser and ice maker. However, with its stainless steel finish and integrated handle, it looks like a much more expensive appliance. With no arms sticking out, it also opens up the area to walk between the fridge and the kitchen island.
The stainless steel face of the fridge is magnetic, perfect for displaying children’s artwork. It shows fingerprints, but it is easy to clean. The sides of the fridge are gray instead of black, which helps it blend into the kitchen rather than standing out and showing dust.
Occasionally something slips from the top level of the freezer drawer into the back of the freezer, but it’s easy to reach in from the sides to catch it. Hisense makes a very quiet refrigerator, which is essential in an open floor plan home where the family room is directly across from the kitchen table.
Should You Buy Hisense French Door Refrigerator?
A refrigerator rarely brings joy. In fact, many times using the water dispenser or accessing a drawer is frustrating or infuriating competing appliances. Hisense produced a refrigerator that made us smile when we used it.
The internal water dispenser is the best we have ever used. The Ice cubes are a perfect size. Both the fridge and freezer do a great job of maintaining the temperature we set them to. The shelving and drawer arrangement is great for organizing our food, leftovers and the many snacks we need in a teenage boys house.
If you’re looking for a new refrigerator, the Hisense 26.6 Cubic Foot French Door Refrigerator With Ice Maker is a great choice.
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