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Electrolux EI26SS30JS review

This Electrolux EI26SS30JS refrigerator is energy efficient and has all the convenience features we look for and then some. It has some unique and state-of-the-art features, but that means a higher price tag.

Electrolux EI26SS30JS review

Our Verdict

This Electrolux refrigerator is energy efficient and has all the convenience features we look for and then some. It has some unique and state-of-the-art features, but that means a higher price tag.

For

  • The Electrolux EI26SS30JS has an easy-to-use touchscreen with LED lighting.

Against

  • It's pricier than most of the refrigerators in our comparison.

The Electrolux EI26SS30JS with Wave-Touch controls has a 25.6-cubic-foot capacity, which is larger than average for some of the best side-by-side refrigerators. Even with the space devoted to five door bins, four shelves and two drawers, the Electrolux manages to have one of the highest capacities in our review for the refrigerator: 16.5 cubic feet.

This is also one of the most efficient refrigerators in our comparison. It is one of only four refrigerators we reviewed that is Energy Star compliant, which means it is at least 9 percent more energy efficient than required industry standards and has less of a negative impact on the environment. It uses an estimated $78 per year in energy, which is less than most of the units in our lineup, despite having an above average capacity. It also uses less energy than most of the fridges in our lineup.

The vacation mode is a unique feature to the Electrolux EW26SS75QS that activates an energy-saving mode if the fridge remains unopened for more than 24 hours. The refrigerator has adjustable shelves so you can arrange them to fit your needs, but none of them slide out. They easily lift out, however, for cleaning. The Electrolux has several special features to keep your food fresh. The Chill Zone drawer vents chilled air directly into the drawer to keep the contents extra cold.

The dual crisper drawer vents cold air directly inside and is humidity-controlled to keep fruits and vegetables crisp. It has a divider and dual controls so you can store fruits on one side, veggies on the other – and store them at separate humidity levels. Both the chilling and crisper drawers have a Luxury-Glide self-closing feature that lets them smoothly seal into place to keep food fresh with separate temperature or humidity controls.

The freezer also stores an impressive amount of food. At 9.45 cubic feet, it accommodates three shelves, three drawers and four door bins. The freezer and refrigerator temperatures appear on the touchscreen, where you can adjust the refrigerator’s temperature with the convenient LED controls. This fridge is pricier than most of the fridges in our lineup, but you get a lot for your money. If you are looking for a more affordable side-by-side fridge, the GE GSS23GSKSS  or the Samsung RS25J500DSR/AA are good choices.

This model comes with the standard one-year warranty for labor, but the parts, including the sealed system, come with a three-year warranty. You can find all the included paperwork online if you ever lose the owner’s guide, installation instructions, wiring diagram or energy guide. For specific questions, Electrolux also has phone, email and live chat support.

The Electrolux EW26SS75QS is a good combination of form and function and includes features such as humidity-controlled crispers and a touchscreen control panel. Despite the larger-than-average capacity, this efficient fridge has low operating costs and uses less energy than most of the models in our lineup. It’s also more expensive than most of the fridges in our lineup, but it is a high-quality unit with advanced features that will keep food fresh.

For more kitchen solutions, check out our guide to the best French door refrigerators.

Noel Case is a writer for Top Ten Reviews where he reviews home appliances, yard tools and software. He interviews people from a variety of backgrounds to get to the meat of what factors make the best products. Before Top Ten Reviews, Noel worked as a reporter and editor for many online and print publications including the Salt Lake Tribune and the Ogden Standard-Examiner, covering diverse beats like education, city development and politics. He also wrote and edited an online monthly magazine for the nutritional supplement company Max International. Noel has degrees from the University of Utah and Weber State University in psychology, English and creative writing and is passionate about writing in all its forms.