Dacor Heritage Series 36-Inch French Door Refrigerator Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


The Dacor DRF36C100SR Heritage Series 36-Inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator is an impressive appliance, offering a total capacity of 22.6 cu. ft. with a SteelCoolâ„¢ stainless steel interior, large through-door ice (standard and cocktail) and water dispenser, automatic defrosting, and dual evaporator technology to prevent odor circulation, while still only using 554 kWh/yr.

Our Rating: 4 / 5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)

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Table of Contents
  1. Product Highlights
  2. Overview
  3. Dacor vs. Samsung

Product Highlights

  • A massive, energy-efficient refrigerator with through-door ice and water dispenser
  • This model is counter-depth, so it can fit seamlessly with kitchen cabinetry
  • PreciseTemp technology helps keep things constant
Country of Origin:USA
Power and Capacity:Volts: 115 Volts
Amps: 15 Amps
Frequency: 60 Hz.
Wattage: 554 kWh/yr
Total capacity: 22.6 cu. ft
Cabinet Depth: 24″
Exterior Width: 36″
Depth: 26.75″
Depth with Door at 90 Degrees: 43.125″
Depth without Handles: 29.25″
Height: 70″
Height without Hinges: 68.875″
Certifications:Energy Star®


This model is counter-depth, so it can fit seamlessly with kitchen cabinetry. It features a FreshZone drawer with four customizable temperatures for meat/fish, chilled drinks, dairy and wine, and automatic humidity-controlled crispers to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for longer. This model features 4 spill-proof (split) shelves in the refrigerator, and two drawers in the freezer. PreciseTemp technology helps keep things constant and the interior is nicely illuminated by LED light columns. The interior pitcher automatically fills a 48 oz. pitcher with filtered water and there is a door alarm to let you know if it’s not quite closed.

This model has a Sabbath mode, but is not Star K certified or ADA compliant and doesn’t accept custom panels. Dacor offer a reasonable warranty with 2 years on parts and labor. Dacor have been acquiring impressive accolades for their appliances in recent years, with their Energy Star-certified refrigerators awarded Green Builder Media Hot 50 Product in 2017. Dacor also won the Energy Star® Emerging Technology Award for Innovative Refrigerant Systems in 2017. This award recognizes forward-thinking manufacturers and system designers by distinguishing promising technologies that offer savings and sustainability. Winners must demonstrate their commitment to manufacturing low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant systems that offer customers and end-users additional energy savings along with superior product performance. 

To be eligible for the EPA’s award, refrigerators must contain a climate-friendly refrigerant with a GWP less than 15; demonstrate an energy efficiency gain of 5 percent or greater; establish that efficiency gains are isolated to the refrigerant or components needed to support the refrigerant system; and use a refrigerant that has been approved for use in the U. S. market, and listed as acceptable by EPA’s Significant New Use Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, such as r600a.

This model by Dacor uses r600a as its coolant and cyclopentane as insulation, instead of chemicals linked to global warming and ozone depletion.

Dacor vs. Samsung

If you’re in the market for a massive refrigerator with through-door ice and water dispenser, the Dacor is hard to beat for energy efficiency. And, unlike most similarly sized models sold in the US, the Dacor DRF36C100SR doesn’t use HFCs as a refrigerant. That said, this model doesn’t perform all that much better in energy efficiency than the impressive Samsung RF23M8590SG model of a similar size, and the Samsung has a whole host of additional features, including the Family Hub™ system that could help you minimize food waste and eat better overall. 

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