Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ Refrigerator Review
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The Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ is a large freestanding, French door refrigerator that offers standard features for a not-so-standard price tag, and I’m playing fast and loose with the word “features”.
However, where the appliance is lacking in style and imagination it makes up for it with reliability.
- Icemaker & water dispenser with Everydrop filtration
- ‘Fingerprint resistant’ exterior
- ‘Spill-proof’ shelves
- Humidity controlled crispers
- ‘ENERGY STAR’ rated
- LED lights in both fridge and freezer
- Looks bland and uninteresting
- Ice Maker is overly loud and messy when dispensing
- Does not generate much ice
- Reports of products freezing in the fridge when stored near the ice maker
- Lacks Wi-Fi connectivity that is standard on similarly priced models
- Air & water filters need to be changed every 6 months
While the exterior of the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ is not ugly, it’s not that special either. The fingerprint-resistant stainless-steel finish is fairly standard on the large French door style appliances, but the overall design is a little bland.
The interior isn’t much better, in fact, it’s even duller inside. There is a lot of white plastic and not many features to break up the monotony. Even full of groceries, there still seems to be an abundance of white plastic everywhere you look.
This appliance is available in four colors. Silver, black, grey, and white.
The dimensions of the WRF555SDFZ (H70 inches x W36 inches x D35 inches) provide the space for 25 cubic feet of storage, so this is a large refrigerator with ample room for all the groceries your family could need.
Space is split between the two-door fridge that has 18 cu.ft and the freezer which has 6.7 cu.ft making this appliance a good choice for those who prefer fresh produce over frozen goods.
The single drawer freezer has a two-tier storage system, while the fridge has a little more capability with three shelves of sorts (part of the space for the top shelf is taken up with the icemaker), a deli drawer and double drawer humidity-controlled crispers.
The doors house six bins for your bottles, jars, and jugs however again, a little room is lost thanks to the ice and water dispenser.
Ice & Water Dispenser with Everydrop Filtration
The ice and water dispenser gives easy access to fresh, clean water and cool, crisp ice (crushed or cubed) and uses the Everydrop filtration system that claims to remove 98% of water contaminants.
Having an ice and water dispenser doesn’t come without its problems though. The ice storage capacity is a little low for some people while the delivery system can be messy and forceful leaving a minor clean up job when used.
It’s also wise to consider which products are stored next to the ice bin in the fridge. It’s possible the ice storage system can cause some of your food to freeze.
Fruit and vegetables require different temperatures to meat and dairy to keep them fresh. These crisper drawers have their own climate control, to extend the longevity of your produce.
One minor complaint made by consumers was the need to open both French doors to be able to access either of the crispers. Not a deal breaker but something to consider.
It’s easy to leave your appliance doors slightly ajar, especially when you’re in a rush. The WRF555SDFZ has an alarm that sounds when the door has been left open.
The title ‘Spill-proof’ is a little misleading. Of course, you can still spill things in the fridge, however, the design of the shelving stops the spread of any spillage to other parts of the appliance.
An LED lighting system in both the fridge and freezer makes it easy to find all your groceries.
Up until now, the WRF555SDFZ hasn’t been all that appealing, the bland and uninteresting look coupled with a lack of any real features make this appliance difficult to recommend, however, the performance could make up for all that.
It’s impossible to manufacture a perfect product with a 100% success rate, you will always be able to find a bad review online, but maybe the lack of intricate design and fancy features have allowed Whirlpool to concentrate on performance and reliability, as this particular appliance seems to have far fewer complaints and bad reviews compared to other similar refrigerators (products with ice makers and dispensers, in particular, seem to have trouble with reliability).
The ‘ENERGY STAR’ logo is also present, meaning the refrigerator has met strict criteria set by the US Department of Energy or the US Environmental Agency to ensure great efficiency and has minimum impact on the environment.
It is estimated this Whirlpool model will use around 685 kWh annually, which equates to around $90 per year in 2020 energy prices.
Should you buy the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ?
If you’re looking for substance over style then, maybe. However, considering its mid-range price tag, there are plenty of other options out there for a similar cost that has a much better balance between reliability and looks.
If you want something that looks good and compliments a modern kitchen then I’d give this rather boring looking appliance a miss.
Overall Score: 10/20
For less money, this Samsung appliance has so much more to offer. It does have slightly less storage capacity, however, that’s because the RF23R6201SR is counter-depth for a better kitchen fit. It has Wi-Fi connectivity for more convenient control and power management and the ‘Cool-Select Pantry’ offers different temperature settings in different compartments so you can chill or defrost your foods at will without compromising other products.
If you’re looking for something with a little more style, then check out the LG LFXC22596S. With its ‘Insta-view’ door panel (knock twice on the panel to turn on the interior LED lights without opening the door), it is Wi-Fi enabled that’s compatible with Alexa & Google Home and a whole host of different features. It is also a counter-depth appliance.
Yes, it is smaller, and LG’s reliability can be questionable, but it offers so much more than the Whirlpool for the same amount of cash.
It is more expensive, but it is bigger, it has a better design, more flexible storage options. It is a four-door beast that has style coming out of all of them. It has a ‘Showcase Door’ which is similar to the ‘Insta-View’ panel but a lot sleeker.
It also has Wi-Fi connectivity, ice and water dispenser, adjustable shelves, ‘power freeze’ and ‘power cool’ for faster produce chill. In short, this is a far superior appliance for a little extra money.