This article is for someone considering buying a Whirlpool American fridge freezer. This perhaps because they already trust this brand from previous purchases or from a recommendation from a friend. Now is the time to narrow down your choice between the 13 different Whirlpool models side by side. Use the following 7 points as a guide.
They range in price from around £ 725; for the Whirlpool 20RI-D1L model at £ 1700 for the top of the range Whirlpool 20RI D4 ESPRESSO. With a difference of around £ 1000, this is clearly an important first consideration. Keep in mind that even the cheapest model has significant advantages over a conventional fridge / freezer, such as size and special features.
Here we are talking about the external dimensions of the refrigerator-freezer. Since adjoining fridge freezers are much larger than conventional ones, it is essential to pay attention to width, height and depth. First of all, due to its size, the manufacturer recommends a house door opening of at least 62 cm. (the unit will then enter without the doors). Second, it should not only fit in your kitchen, it should fit in well with the overall design and layout of the kitchen.
Models such as the Whirlpool WSC5555 AN and Whirlpool 25RID 4 are 177cm tall. high, 91.1 cm. wide and 74.3 cm. deep. If you need one with the shallowest depth, choose the Whirlpool 20 TBL 4 or the Whirlpool 20 TML 4, which are only 67.4 cm deep.
As with all American-style refrigerators with freezers, it is advisable to leave an air gap of 2 cm. around the unit for optimal performance.
3. Storage capacity
All hot tubs have at least a total net capacity of 500 liters. The models with the second largest storage capacity are actually the cheapest, the Whirlpool 20 RID 1l and the Whirlpool 20 RBD 1l, with a capacity of 521 liters (325 liters for the fridge and 196 liters for the freezer). The reason for this is that they do not have a water and ice dispenser, which leaves more space for food. Only the most expensive model, the Whirlpool 20RI D4 ESPRESSO has a capacity that exceeds them: 522 liters and has a water and ice dispenser.
There are many models that are black or stainless steel. Additionally, the Whirlpool 20RI D4 ESPRESSO is in satin mist, the Whirlpool 20TM L4 comes with a mirror finish, and the Whirlpool 20SI L4 has a brushed stainless steel look.
5. Energy efficiency
Everyone is much more energy conscious these days for the sake of the environment and pocket and with these rather large gadgets it is especially important. The good news is that all models are rated A + or A. In fact, with an A + energy efficiency, you may very well be saving energy by having a combined fridge / freezer, rather than using two separate units.
6. Ice and water dispenser
Aside from the Whirlpool 20 RID 1L and 20RBD 1l, they all come with an ice and water dispenser. With the exception of the Whirlpool 20RI D3L and 20RB D3L, all dispensers are in the door, allowing for more storage inside the freezer.
7. Additional functions
This is where Whirlpool American-style fridge freezers come into play. I will list a few for you, but there are many more.
- 6th Sense Technology: adapts quickly to changes in temperature (all models).
- Antibacterial filter with Microban: Keeps the unit free of bacteria and fungi (all models).
- Blackout Alert Alarm– After a power failure, if the unit detects that the freezer temperature has risen above freezing, an alarm will sound (all models)
- Makes espresso: I’m not kidding, the Whirlpool 20RI D4 ESPRESSO, as the name implies, will even make you a cup of coffee.
This concludes my 7-point guide to buying a Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator freezer. By now you should have a good idea of what to look for to find the ideal unit for you and your family.