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LG LSXC22396D side-by-side refrigerator review

The LG LSXC22396D gets you door-in-door and InstaView functions and is Energy Star certified. If you've got the money, we think it's worth it.

LG LSXC22396D Review
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Our Verdict

With no expenses spared, this refrigerator gets you door-in-door and InstaView functions and is Energy Star certified. It's a bit on the small side, though.

For

  • Door-in-door and InstaView panel
  • Counter-depth
  • Great warranty
  • Energy Star certified

Against

  • Small capacity
  • On the expensive side

It's one of the best side-by-side refrigerators, but the LG LSXC22396D is one of the most expensive we reviewed,. The capacity is limited by its counter-depth design, but if you're after a stylish and modern refrigerator with Energy Star efficiency and a good warranty, this is a great high-end side-by-side refrigerator. 

LG LSXC22396D side-by-side refrigerator review: Features  

  • Door-in-door and InstaView panel
  • Energy-efficient technology
  • Wi-Fi enabled with app and Smart Home compatibility 

The LG Electronics LSXC22396D 22 cu. ft. Slide-in Side-by-Side Smart Refrigerator features loads of great modern features. The popular door-in-door display, which is a fashionable and modern addition to refrigerator technology, gives you easy access to the drinks and snacks which you use the most without opening the full door. This means there’s 47% less cold air loss because you don’t open the entire refrigerator to access your most-used items. 

What’s more, the glass panel on this door-in-door feature means you won’t even have to open the fridge to know where the item you’re looking for is. No need to root around to see if you need more milk, you can see the bottle by knocking twice on the smart glass panel to illuminate the contents of your door-in-door display. LED panels illuminate the rear of the refrigerator to create a bright interior when opened whilst saving energy over traditional lighting.

This refrigerator features a smart cooling system and humidity crisper which maintains temperatures and humidity levels within the refrigerator and reacts to fluctuations to keep food fresh. This is created with vents in each refrigerator section which directs cool air to all food, no matter how hidden away it may be. 

LG has gone to new lengths to ensure that its inbuilt icemaker doesn’t take up freezer space. The Slim SpacePlus Ice System creates maximum space for freezer storage, not taking up the upper section of the freezer as in most side-by-side refrigerators. 

The ice-maker doesn’t have the easy-access door for internal access offered by the GE GSS25GSHSS, but the ice and water dispenser accommodates almost any container imaginable at 12.6-inches tall. This means you’ll have no trouble filling pitchers or ice buckets for events or entertaining. 

If all that wasn’t enough, this refrigerator is WiFi enabled with SmartthinQ technology. You can use the LG app or even connect your fridge to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant to operate smart features, such as boosting fridge temperature or making more ice. You can even be notified when the door is left open.

LG LSXC22396D Review

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LG LSXC22396D side-by-side refrigerator review: Size & dimensions 

  • 21.7 cubic foot capacity, one of the smallest side-by-sides you'll find 
  • Counter-fit
  • Stylish design

The LG LSXC22396D has a somewhat limited 21.7 cubic foot capacity. There’s 14.34 cu. ft. in the fresh food section and half this capacity in the freezer, which has 7.4 cu. ft. of space available. This would just about cater to a family of four, but it’s on the smaller end of side-by-side fridges which can fit up to 29cu. ft. If you’re after an LG model with a higher capacity and the same great door-in-door functions, the LG LSXS26366D has a capacity of 26 cu. ft (but misses out on the Instaview glass panel). 

What are the dimensions of the LG Electronics LSXC22396D side-by-side fridge? Well, there’s a width of 38-inches, 33-inches depth and 72-inches in height. Handles stick out from the unit, which can add bulk to your refrigerator. This model is a counter-depth refrigerator which means it will look sleek in your kitchen with a built-in fit. 

LG LSXC22396D side-by-side refrigerator review: Price 

  • $2,159 - expensive, but not the most expensive high-end model we've seen 
  • You get a lot for your money

There’s no denying it, this is an expensive side-by-side refrigerator at $2,159. This is because of the amount of impressive features on offer in the LG Electronics LSXC22396D. If you like the door-in-door functionality of this model but would forego the Instaview glass panel, you can shave a neat $700 off the price with the LG LSXS26366S side-by-side refrigerator. This is a high-end fridge with modern technology for convenience and energy efficiency, so don’t forget that splashing out on a more energy-efficient model of refrigerator can actually save you money in the long-run by cutting down electricity costs.  

LG LSXC22396D side-by-side refrigerator review: Efficiency & warranty 

  • Energy Star qualified 
  • Up to ten years warranty on the linear compressor 

The LG Electronics LSXC22396D is Energy Star qualified, exceeding federal energy standards to increase efficiency and cut down on your energy bill. This has obvious benefits for your wallet and carbon footprint in the long-run. 

In terms of warranty, you’ll get a standard one year coverage for parts and labor, five years on the sealed system and up to ten years on the linear compressor parts. This isn’t any more impressive than the warranty offered by the KitchenAid KRSF705HPS, but SmartDiagnosis features can help you diagnose problems in your refrigerator over the phone to make repairs easier. 

LG is a clear frontrunner for the best side-by-side fridges, not least because it was awarded the J.D. Power Award for highest customer satisfaction in side-by-side fridges. This means that you can buy an LG refrigerator with confidence, knowing that these have been acknowledged as the best in the game.  

Should you buy the LG LSXC22396D?

If you have it, we think the LG LSXC22396D is worth the money. Its warranty and energy efficiency rivals some of the best high-end refrigerators we've seen and there's a host of high-tech features such as app compatibility, door-in-door technology and an InstView panel which saves energy (plus, it looks pretty cool). This is our pick of high-end side-by-side refrigerators.