LG LTNC11121V evaluate: An honest little top-freezer fridge (emphasis on little)


The LG LTNC11121V is just not a type of higher-end fashions. In reality, at $700, it is the least costly fridge that LG sells, and the smallest, too: simply 24 inches vast, with a complete capability of simply 11.1 cubic toes. It is about as compact as fridges come with out venturing into mini-fridge territory, however with good efficiency and an honest design for the worth, it could be good match for a again room or a decent kitchen.

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Except these two 12-packs, I used to be in a position to squeeze all of our check groceries into the fridge.

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Design and options

The LTNC11121V virtually seems to be extra like a locker than a fridge. At 24 inches vast, it is as skinny as full-size fridges come, so should you’re making an attempt to fill a decent area in your kitchen, there is a good likelihood it is as much as the duty.

Appears-wise, it is a good design for the worth, with a stainless-steel end and recessed handles. It would not scream luxurious, however then once more, neither do most different compact-sized fridges.

With 11.1 cubic toes of complete space for storing inside, 8.5 of that are allotted to the fridge, you’ve got received lower than half the area for recent groceries than you will get with LG’s largest prime freezer mannequin (which, by the way, occurs to be our prime top-freezer choose). That is not plenty of room to work with, so should you’re considering of utilizing this factor to maintain a household fed, assume once more.

Then once more, the LTNC11121V did higher than I anticipated it could once I began stuffing groceries into it. The door cabinets have been large enough to accommodate a pair of two-liters together with just a few different massive drinks, and the cabinets have been deep sufficient to carry two 1-gallon jugs of milk — although not deep sufficient to suit both of the 12-packs of soda from our standardized load of check groceries. They have been the one two issues I could not match inside.

As for options, you aren’t getting a lot — simply the one crisper bin, together with a “Pull-Out Tray” that sits just a few inches under the highest shelf and slides out for straightforward entry. Up within the freezer, you will discover a guide ice maker with a pair of smallish ice dice trays which you could twist to dump the cubes right into a bin. It is an attention-grabbing strategy, although it feels a bit flimsy. Additionally, you may’t take these trays out to fill them on the sink. As an alternative, you need to deliver the water to the freezer, and I had a tough time pouring it in with out spilling.

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It did not ace our assessments, however the LTNC11121V retains the physique of the fridge proper the place you need it.

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Efficiency

Like all the fridges we check at CNET Home equipment, we put the LTNC11121V via a rigorous battery of assessments, together with a number of days in our climate-controlled testing chamber. And, when all was mentioned and carried out, the LTNC11121V did a wonderful job.

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The fridge stayed constant at its coldest setting, with most sections of the inside dropping by about three levels.

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Its cooling energy is not outstanding by any stretch. The door cabinets constantly ran heat, as did the crisper, and we weren’t in a position to modify the fridge temperature with out affecting the freezer temperature, too. Nonetheless, the cabinets within the physique of the fridge all the time stayed on level, with the highest shelf scoring an ideal bull’s-eye of 37 levels F after we examined the fridge at its default setting of 4 out of seven.

We noticed extra of the identical after we cranked the fridge as much as 7 out of seven, its coldest setting (and yep, dialing as much as decrease the temperature is a bit counter-intuitive). The temperature on that prime shelf, the coldest spot within the fridge, fell to 34.3 levels F, which is one other good outcome (most fridges goal for 33 or 34 levels F at their coldest setting). The remainder of the fridge adopted swimsuit, with most sections dropping by about three levels. The one exception: the fridge’s prime cabinets, the place you may maintain your butter — the temperature really rose by 3 levels.

The actual takeaway is that LG’s engineers appear to have calibrated this small-sized fridge’s restricted cooling energy across the prime shelf of the fridge compartment. I feel that is the correct strategy, because it retains essentially the most most vital a part of the fridge at an acceptable temperature. With slightly extra oomph, they may have been in a position to deliver these door cabinets alongside for the trip, however at $700, I feel it is a suitable tradeoff.

One different efficiency consideration: effectivity. The LTNC11121V burns via 339 kilowatt hours (kWh) per yr, which can add about three and a half bucks to your month-to-month energy invoice. That is proper on par with similar-sized fridges from Whirlpool and Kenmore, every of which consumes 338 kWh per yr.

That is clearly lower than it prices to run a much bigger fridge — however not by as a lot as you may assume. As an example, LG’s greatest prime freezer (the one which’s greater than twice as massive because the LTNC11121V) makes use of 501 kWh, and can add about 5 bucks to your invoice every month.

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The decision

At an MSRP of $700, the LTNC11121V is not something flashy, but it surely is not an eyesore both, and it did effectively sufficient in our assessments for me to say that it would be a wonderful fridge for a cramped kitchen. It could be an excellent higher match as a second fridge for the storage or for a makeshift man-cave within the basement. There is no purpose to pay to chill extra space than you really want, so for restricted makes use of like that, the place you are not counting on it for the majority of your groceries, much less might be extra.



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