Best 6 Whirlpool Refrigerators for different budgets

BEST OVERALL

Whirlpool WRV986FDEM

Whirlpool’s WRV986FDEM 5-Door French door refrigerator finished in monochromatic steel has it all. Reliability, substantial storage space, tons of features, and it looks fantastic. 

Sure it costs a little more than the average appliance, be we feel our favorite Whirlpool refrigerator is worth the extra money.

BEST VALUE

Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ

The WRF535SWHZ is perfect for larger families on a tight budget. It’s substantial storage space, excellent reliability, and low cost make it the only choice to be crowned ‘Best Value’ on our list.

Large refrigerators are increasing in popularity. The number of appliances on the market can be overwhelming for consumers to research when looking for a new device. We’re going to narrow it down by revealing our favorite six models from American electrical company, Whirlpool.

1. Whirlpool WRV986FDEM French Door Refrigerator

BEST WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR

5-Door Double Drawer French Door Refrigerator With 26 Cubic Feet of Space in Monochromatic Stainless Steel

  • Produce drawer and 5-Temperature option drawer with a Thaw setting
  • Store loose items out of the way in the Small items bin
  • Dual icemakers help ensure you always have plenty of ice on hand

Things To Love

  • Massive Storage: While not the most significant appliance on our list, the WRV986FDEM is still a substantial unit. It’s not uncommon to have to choose between performance/features or storage space. Not in this case.
  • 5 Doors/Drawers: This epic five-door beast has a double door fridge and a triple drawer freezer giving it more storage options than any other appliance.
  • Produce Drawer With Five Temperature Settings: This is a feature that comes with many other refrigerators, but this version is better. With more temperature options, you get more functionality. The ‘Thaw mode’ is especially useful for defrosting meat without leaving it out.
  • Panoramic LED Lighting: A high-end lighting system ensures you can find all your food and makes it look fantastic at the same time.
  • Adjustable Storage: Not the most extensive adjustability on the market, but enough to help with storage options.
  • ‘EasySlide’ Bin: A handy feature for easily accessible snacks and drinks.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Ice Maker/Dispenser Takes Up a Lot of Space: Many appliances in the market have developed slim-lined technology to save storage space in the doors. The WRV986FDEM still has a larger unit.
  • Noisy Ice Maker: A noisy appliance is a common complaint in the industry; unfortunately, it is also the case with this one.

Final Remarks

This stunningly attractive refrigerator has cavernous storage space, tons of features, and performs as well as any sizeable French door appliance on the market, making it our favorite Whirlpool appliance on our list. 

Overall Score: 18/20

2. Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ French Door Refrigerator

BEST VALUE WHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR

3-Door French Door Refrigerator With 25 Cubic Feet of Storage Space in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel with Internal Water Dispenser

  • Resist fingerprints and smudges with fingerprint-resistant steel
  • Store wider items in the full-width, temperature-controlled drawer
  • Easily access filtered water with the interior dispenser

Things To Love

  • Low Cost: It’s not exactly a budget appliance but has a small enough price point to be considered an excellent value for money considering what your cash buys you.
  • Tons of Storage: When you consider the low cost of this device, 25 cubic feet of space (17.75 cu.ft for the fridge & 7.74 cu.ft for the freezer) is vast.
  • Adaptive Defrost: This system claims to automatically defrost the appliance, eliminating the need to perform it manually.
  • ENERGY STAR Rating: This unit has met strict criteria set out by the US Environmental Agency, making it efficient and friendly to the planet. It costs under $7 per month to run in 2020 energy prices.
  • Filtered Water Dispenser: Consumers love the water dispenser. That it comes with a filter that claims to remove 98% of contaminates is just a bonus.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Noisy: Yet another overly loud appliance.
  • Deli-Drawer Access: A practical feature that is hard to access because it is full width. Both refrigerator doors need to be open to be able to get to your food. 

Final Remarks

The WRF535SWHZ is perfect for larger families on a tight budget. It’s substantial storage space, excellent reliability, and low cost make it the only choice to be crowned ‘Best Value’ on our list. 

Overall Score: 15/20

3. Whirlpool WRX735SDHB French Door Refrigerator

4-Door French Door Refrigerator With 25 Cubic Feet of Storage Space in Black

  • Keep items in easy reach with the refrigerated exterior drawer
  • Get filtered water and ice with the exterior dispenser
  • This appliance exceeds government standards for energy

Things To Love

  • Style: This is the best-looking appliance on our list. Its angular appearance and sleek, black color are a break from the typical white or silver refrigerators.
  • ‘Accu-Chill’ Temperature Management System: Sensors control this device’s internal temperature, ensuring maximum longevity of your groceries.
  • External Refrigerator Drawer: A separate temperature-controlled drawer for better storage of your favorite items.
  • Adjustable Shelving: There are plenty of shelving configurations, making it a versatile appliance.
  • Internal Water Dispenser: The internal dispenser maintains the fresh look of the exterior. Some consumers prefer an external dispenser, but we think having it on the inside is a plus.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Ice Maker Takes Up Tons of Space: The ice maker is so large it probably takes up between 15%-20% of the internal space.
  • Loud: It appears appliances with ice makers and water dispensers have the propensity to be overly noisy.
  • Small Display: Having a display is a good thing … only if you can read it. If like me, you wear glasses, you might have trouble viewing the display-screen without them.

Final Remarks

With a few tweaks, this could have been the best appliance on our list, it’s lacking a few features and loses a bonus point for the substantial amount of space used for the ice maker. However, the cool styling of this refrigerator makes it one of our favorites. 

Overall Score: 15/20

4. Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ Side by Side Refrigerator

Side by Side Refrigerator With 28 Cubic Feet of Storage Space in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel

  • Stock up with our largest capacity side-by-side refrigerator
  • Resist fingerprints and smudges with fingerprint-resistant steel
  • Get filtered water and ice with the exterior dispenser

Things To Love

  • Enormous Storage Capacity: The most significant appliance on our list by some distance.17.56 Cubic feet for the fridge and 10.93 Cubic feet for the freezer. This offers enough space for large families.
  • Very Cheap: Pound for pound this is the best value for storage. No other appliance on our list offers this much space for the price point.
  • Night-Light LED Dispenser Display: Light up your night with this dispenser display, making it easy to grab a drink without switching on the kitchen light.
  • Adaptive Defrost: An automatic defrost system that activates only when necessary.
  • ‘FreshFlow’ Air Filter: Stops your appliance from smelling when you’ve had odorous foods stored in your refrigerator. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • Poor Build Quality: Insulator foam found protruding out of parts of the appliance due to over-filling. It doesn’t affect the performance, but it does look unsightly.
  • Adjustable Shelves Are Difficult To Move: Adjustability is always good, but it can be frustrating when it’s not easy to move things around.
  • Poor LED Lighting: Poorly positioned LED lights installed in the WRS588FIHZ give the interior a dull glow.
  • Dispenser Takes Up A Lot Of Door Space: Even though this appliance has a substantial amount of storage space, Whirlpool has still used a large dispenser unit that takes up about 66% of the door. 

Final Remarks

The only side-by-side unit on our list, the Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ, is a large appliance with monstrous storage space. It’s super cheap, too, which would appeal to consumers on a tighter budget with large families.

Overall Score: 13.5/20

5. Whirlpool WRF540CWHZ French Door Refrigerator

3-Door French Door Refrigerator with 20 Cubic Feet In Storage Space in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel with Internal Water Dispenser Counter Depth

  • Resist fingerprints and smudges with fingerprint-resistant steel
  • Store wider items in the full-width, temperature-controlled drawer
  • Easily access filtered water with the interior dispenser

Things To Love

  • Counter-Depth: Even though it costs storage space, we love a counter-depth appliance because it gives a more high-end built-in appearance.
  • ‘EVERYDROP’ Water Filtration System: Whirlpool’s trademarked water system gives you fresh cold water every time.
  • ‘FreshFlow’ Produce Preserver: Helps keep your fruits and veggies fresher for longer.
  • Adjustability: There’s tons of adjustability throughout this appliance. The fridge shelves have a multitude of levels while the door bins are movable to store jugs, pitchers, and bottles.
  • Door Alarm: If you don’t close the door properly, the alarm with let you know, ensuring your shopping stays fresh and the kitchen floor stays dry. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • Random Temperature Spikes: Some consumers have reported changes in temperature inside the appliance, making it too cold in the fridge or too warm in the freezer.
  • Right Side Door Closes On Its Own: When using the fridge, the right-hand side door tends to close on its own. Annoying when you’re trying to put the shopping away.
  • Low Storage: The counter-depth look is excellent, but it comes at a cost. Larger families could struggle to store all their groceries. 

Final Remarks

For a low-ish price point, this is a decent appliance. It has a clean, sharp exterior and the counter-depth gives it a high-end look, at the expense of some storage space. It does lack in features somewhat, and it loses bonus points thanks to a couple of performance issues. Overall a sound choice for those with smaller kitchens and smaller budgets.

Overall Score: 13/20

6. Whirlpool WRX986SIHZ French Door Refrigerator

4-Door French Door Refrigerator with 26 Cubic Feet of Storage in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel

  • Keep items in easy reach with the refrigerated exterior drawer
  • Get more storage flexibility with the triple crisper
  • Easily find frozen food with triple-tier freezer storage

Things To Love

  • Exterior Fridge Door: This ‘extra’ drawer can is for all different kinds of products with a separate temperature setting for complete control over your groceries.
  • Triple Crispers: The average large French door refrigerator usually comes with dual crispers as standard. The WRX986SIHZ has 50% more crispers for those consumers who love fresh produce.
  • Triple Tier Freezer Storage: Once again, Whirlpool has gone that extra yard to include a bit more with an additional freezer tier for more storage capabilities.
  • Adjustable Shelving & The ‘Tuck Shelf’: Being able to alter the shelving configuration inside an appliance is a good way of appealing to all kinds of shoppers. There is no “one size fits all” so having ways to change shelf positions is a huge bonus.

What’s Not To Like?

  • High Price Point: While this is a great appliance, it’s rather expensive compared to other models with similar features.
  • Noisy: It’s not the only device to be loud. Probably won’t be the last.
  • Slow Ice Production: Having an ice maker is a luxury, but this refrigerator takes a while to produce ice, and a larger family will run out quickly.

Final Remarks

The WRX986SIHZ is a beautiful refrigerator and full of practical features. It does cost a lot more than similar products though it would seem it’s very reliable. Whether the “price to reliability” ratio is worth the cost is a judgment call.

Overall Score: 14.5/20

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