KitchenAid KRFC704FBS/PS Counter Depth Refrigerator Review
We're in love with this modern, wood-trimmed refrigerator
About the KItchenAid KRFC704FPS
For the conventional stainless steel model, you'll be paying around $3,780—about $90 less than the fingerprint-resistant black stainless version.
About the KItchenAid KRFC704FBS
For the fancy fingerprint-resistant black stainless version, you'll likely be paying around $3,870—about $90 more than conventional stainless.
Remember back when refrigerators had fake woodgrain finishes like an old Ford Country Squire station wagon? Well, thankfully, that's not what KitchenAid tried on its latest fridge. Instead, the design-forward KitchenAid KRFC704FPS and KRFC704FBS (MSRP $4,299-$4,399 respectively) offer a more modern twist on natural materials.
The 24-cu.-ft. counter depth refrigerator also features industrial-style handles, a silvery platinum interior, and—on the KRFC704FBS we tested—a black stainless exterior.
But it's not just about looks. Our lab tests showed that this new KitchenAid also does a great job cooling and preserving food. If you want a unique fridge—and can afford its $3,800 sale price—we think it's worth your consideration.
You've never seen inside a fridge like this before
Like all counter depth fridges, this KitchenAid is shallow enough that it doesn't stick out too far from your cabinetry. Available in regular or fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel, its controls sit on the inside edge of the left door to keep the exterior sleek and uncluttered.
Open the doors, and the first thing you'll notice is the platinum interior. It gives the whole setup a higher-end feel compared to typical white plastic walls. Tall strips of energy efficient LED lighting run up the walls, and keep the interior from feeling too dark.
Instead of hanging off plastic hooks as they do in most fridges, the KRFC704's door-mounted storage bins rest inside metal bases. They look great, and they're easy to remove for cleaning.
But the boldest design choice? The wooden shelves, of course. Although it's not real wood—KitchenAid calls it a "moisture- and stain-resistant" trim—the juxtaposition of a natural finish against glass shelves and silver trim is like nothing else we've ever seen. You might think it's hokey, but most of our reviewers were excited to see something different behind the French doors.
There's also a practical aspect: The KRFC704's shelves span the whole width of the fridge, but slide away in the center. It's a stadium seating style twist on the retractable shelf, and is meant to make it easier to store large items without blocking your view of smaller ones. Honestly, we don't really see how there's much of a difference other than orientation—the retractable part is just moved center instead of putting it on the right or left side—but we admit it does look nice.
You also get two nifty little add-ons with this model. First, a plastic cylindrical tube serves as herb storage. It's meant to lock in extra moisture and keep herbs fresher for longer. There's also a dishwasher- and oven-safe metal tray for marinating inside the fridge.
All the drawers inside the fridge have a soft-close feature, like high-end cabinets. Unfortunately, the rollers they slide on feel far too rickety for a $3,800 refrigerator.
Another downside: The pull-out freezer feels cramped, which isn't unusual for a shallower counter depth model. KitchenAid tries to help by splitting the upper freezer drawer into multiple sections and tiers. The barriers should help keep food organized and accessible, but it does mean less storage compared to more conventional models.
It's not just another pretty fridge
We've covered how it looks. But how does this KitchenAid function as a fridge?
In terms of cooling, freezing, and food preservation, it's excellent. The fridge maintained stable temperatures around the ideal 37°F during our 72-hour test period. Similarly, the freezer stayed below 0°F, which helps prevent freezer burn.
It took a perfectly acceptable 79 minutes to freeze room temperature food, the crispers retained just enough moisture to keep produce fresh without rotting, and—despite its lack of an Energy Star badge—the fridge was still quite efficient.
If anything should fail, KitchenAid offers a three-part, 10-year warranty that includes five years of parts and labor coverage on the cavity liner, as well as five years of labor and 10 years of parts coverage for the sealed refrigeration system.
Why We Like It
Let's face it: It's not often that a refrigerator stands out because of its design. But that's exactly what the KitchenAid KRFC704FBS does. With an optional black stainless exterior, a unique interior finish, easy-to-organize shelves, and wood trim, this upscale KitchenAid is unlike anything else out there.
Plus, it comes with a great warranty and will treat your food right. If you like how it looks, there's no reason not to put the KRFC704FBS in your own kitchen—especially if the price drops.
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