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Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB 25.3 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator Review$999.00
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We didn't run into many usability issues with the Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB. The shelves are all easy to extract and reposition. The one gripe we had was with the ice maker: if something goes wrong and you need to manually fix it, the main mechanism is at a bit of an awkward angle.
At the top of the refrigerator section you'll find a couple of knobs that control the temperatures of the fridge and freezer. There's also an LED indicator to help remind you when it's time to change your water filter.
The Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB keeps its controls inside the fridge, above the refrigerator portion. There's a knob for the refrigerator, a knob for the freezer, and a timer for the water filter.
The water dispenser is located on the fridge's left door, next to the ice maker.
The ice maker is located at the top of the freezer, behind a thin door. You can store some stuff on top of it, but for the most part it's just a space sink. The ice maker dispenses through a hold in the door.
The shelves in the refrigerator portion are glass sheets set in a plastic bezel. The plastic has a bit of a raise to it, which should prevent spills from pooling over the side of the shelf. In the freezer section the shelves are made of wires, which isn't exactly as spill resistant.
The refrigerator really didn't make much noise. We barely noticed it's humming over the gentle ambient noise of our testing labs. The ice maker, on the other hand, makes quite a bit of noise.