This refrigerator gets top marks for its spaciousness and lighting, as well as the fact that the ice maker is built into the door.
Noise, particularly from the ice maker, is one common complaint. Many have claimed that the doors also don’t close flush.
An ideal choice for those seeking a smaller refrigerator, this unit is quiet, easy to clean and the best pick for those looking for a bargain.
Some owners find it to be too small, while others report mechanical problems within the first year or two.
Looks great and is very energy-efficient. Customers love that it is both easy to install and easy to clean.
Many find it to be too noisy. The magnetic seal strip on this unit can also make it difficult to open the door.
A relatively inexpensive option that comes packed with features. Customers love the spacious interior and quietness of this model.
Some report problems with the ice maker that can crop up soon after purchase. Poor lighting and inconsistent cooling are also common issues.
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Refrigerators are appliances that you and your family use several times a day … and maybe a few times during the night. A good fridge needs to be functional so you can find what you need quickly, without wasting energy. A solid refrigerator also needs to be reliable and trustworthy. You invest in groceries every week, so your refrigerator must protect that investment by keeping your food at a safe temperature to prevent spoilage.
A highly trusted brand name in kitchen appliances, especially refrigerators, is Whirlpool. You’ll find Whirlpool refrigerators in a variety of configurations, designs, and colors. Multiple price points are available, too, so you have a strong chance of finding a unit to meet your needs and your budget. But which one is right for you?
Just chill. It’s all under control. We created this Whirlpool refrigerators buying guide to help you balance all the practicalities and intangibles when selecting a refrigerator for your kitchen.
The primary consideration with a Whirlpool refrigerator is design layout. Whirlpool fridges are available in five primary configurations.
This design consists of a top freezer section with a door and a lower refrigerated section with a single door. This design often is narrower in width than other designs. A few decades ago, this was the primary design available.
The bottom-freezer design from Whirlpool consists of a drawer with a freezer compartment on the bottom. The refrigeration section is above the freezer with a single door. This design places the frequently used refrigerated section at eye level.
French door models also have a bottom freezer section with a drawer. The upper refrigerated section has two doors that open in the middle. These narrow doors are good for kitchens where there isn’t much clearance space for the doors.
This design has a freezer section on the left and a refrigeration section on the right. Both sections are accessible through doors that extend the full height of the unit. This design is handy when you don’t have much clearance space for the doors in your kitchen setup. But it’s tough to fit wide items, like pizza boxes, inside the refrigerator section.
Whirlpool also manufactures undercounter refrigerators. They’re usually specialized units that only have a refrigeration section with no freezer section. They’re typically around 5 cubic feet in capacity and less than 36 inches high. They’re often made for beverage storage. (Because these refrigerators aren’t made to serve as a primary appliance, we will not discuss them any further.)
Here are some of the key options available in Whirlpool refrigerators.
Although shoppers often focus on the refrigerator’s capacity, the layout of shelves and drawers on the inside is also extremely important.
The prices of Whirlpool refrigerators vary by capacity, configuration, features and finishes. Standard black or white refrigerators generally cost $100 to $250 less than models with stainless steel or fingerprint-resistant finishes.
Inexpensive: The least expensive Whirlpool refrigerators will be smaller models, usually between 10 and 20 cubic feet in capacity. Expect to spend $400 to $900. These models will rarely have in-door water dispensers or other advanced features. Budget-friendly Whirlpool refrigerators are often configured as top-freezer models.
Mid-range: A standard-size Whirlpool refrigerator will have a capacity between 20 and 25 cubic feet. The cost of a mid-sized fridge runs from $900 to $1,800. These models can appear in a variety of layouts, including side-by-side, French door, top freezer, and bottom freezer. Models in this price range often have water dispensers.
Expensive: The priciest Whirlpool refrigerators cost $1,800 to $4,000. They often will have a capacity greater than 25 cubic feet. However, refrigerators of almost any size can appear in this price range if they have enough advanced features, such as customizable temperature drawers and designs that maximize organization.
When seeking a refrigerator that will fit in your kitchen, it’s important to know how to properly estimate the space you have available. You don’t want to purchase a refrigerator that’s too big, only to discover the mistake after the fridge is sitting in your kitchen.
Whirlpool refrigerators commonly are available in widths (the horizontal measurement along the front) between 28.75 and 39.75 inches; in heights between 61.75 and 71.25 inches; and in depths (the front to back measurement) between 28.75 and 34.75 inches. Here are some tips for making sure the fridge will fit.
A. You typically can pick whether you want a left-opening or right-opening refrigerator door at the time of purchase. Certain models also allow you to swap the door swing after you have it in your kitchen. Keep an eye on this feature when considering models, if this is important to you.
A. Traditionally, Whirlpool refrigerators appear in white, black, or stainless steel. Less commonly, you may find a biscuit or sunset bronze color for certain models. Because black and stainless steel tend to show fingerprints clearly, Whirlpool offers some models in a fingerprint-resistant finish that’s easy to wipe clean.
A. The counter-depth refrigerator will sit flush with the edge of the counters in your kitchen. This creates a nice appearance and enhances free space in the kitchen. Keep in mind that a standard refrigerator may have more storage capacity than a counter-depth fridge, as a counter-depth fridge has less depth than a standard fridge.
A. The majority of Whirlpool refrigerators are easy to clean. The drawers and shelves should be removable, so you can clean them thoroughly. Removing them also makes the interior of the fridge easy to wipe down.