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Maytag MFX2876DRM Refrigerator Review

The first fridge with stainless steel shelves

November 26, 2014
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One of the newest entries into the four-door French door refrigerator market is the 26.2-cubic-foot Maytag MFX2876DRM (MSRP $3,299). The fridge features unique stainless steel shelves and LED lighting, and is one of the most visually remarkable products we've seen.

Unfortunately, its performance isn't as stunning as its design. We measured temperatures over time that were less consistent than similarly priced competitors, and crisper drawers that had issues with moisture retention.

If you want a big, professional-looking, four-door fridge, you’d be hard pressed to find one that looks better. But in terms of performance, you can do better.

Design & Usability

Industrial chic

Maytag MFX2876DRM Exterior
The aesthetic vibe of this fridge is definitely industrial. View Larger

While the MFX2876DRM has an overall layout that's familiar, it also features Maytag's new design language. On the outside, door handles are bookended by cast caps painted in a silvery grey. We're divided on whether or not this was an improvement over traditional, tapered handles, but they certainly make this Maytag distinct.

The controls are also a bit busier than we’d normally expect, but they match the handles well, giving the fridge exterior a unified aesthetic. While some icons fade off when the fridge is dormant, several symbols are always visible, though not too brightly. Dispenser buttons break up an otherwise unified panel—while a rear paddle is still present, the buttons actually made dispensing water and ice easier.

At first glance, the inside appears quite normal: Half-width shelves, one with a retracting front half, offer plenty of adjustable space. A recessed panel in front offers convenient snack storage, while the right door has several gallon-sized buckets.

Maytag MFX2876DRM Fridge
The main fridge compartment looks great and has plenty of adjustable storage options. View Larger
Maytag MFX2876DRM Shelf Lighting
To deal with the opaque design, both stainless shelves have built-in LED lights just underneath their front edges. View Larger

There is one very unusual touch, though: stainless steel shelves. Two of the four adjustable shelves are solid metal panels. They’re not all that heavy, a pleasant surprise, but they did raise an important question: If the shelves are opaque, wouldn't they cast a shadow on the food below?

Maytag’s solution was to build small LED lights under the front lip of the shelves. They’re bright, and are powered through the rear mounting slots. The lights turn off when you remove the shelves for cleaning or adjustment.

The pull-out freezer is standard fare, with sliding drawers and a thin section zoned off just inside the door for storing thin, boxed items like frozen pizza. The separate central drawer has adjustable partitions for organizing your food.

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Performance & Features

Big and efficient, but inconsistent

Both the fridge and freezer sections of this large Maytag ran just a hair warm—about a degree in each compartment. But that’s easy enough to fix: Simply turn the thermostat down by one or two degrees for optimal temperatures.

What you can’t do anything about, however, is consistency. In both compartments, we measured shifts in temperature that were slightly wider than we've seen in other fridges in this price range. These temperature shifts weren't large enough to make any major impact on food.

Maytag MFX2876DRM Controls
Even the control panel, with its ridged lower section and large buttons, and an industrial feel to it. View Larger
Maytag MFX2876DRM Water Filter
A recessed water filter is found at the top of the fridge interior. View Larger

On the other hand, our tests showed that crisper drawers were ineffective. Not only do they lack user-adjustable humidity controls, they also lost moisture quickly. That could make produce spoil sooner than expected.

Other test results were acceptable: The Maytag is roomy, efficient, and could freeze room-temperature food in a decent amount of time.

The door-mounted icemaker can hold plenty of ice, and Fast Ice and PowerCold options are available for folks who need chill meat or churn out cubes quickly.

The divided central drawer has four distinct temperature settings: Cold Drinks, Meats/Cheeses, Assorted Items, and Fruits/Vegetables.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

A Unique Aesthetic

Maytag MFX2876DRM Interior
Multiple drawers, stainless shelves, and spacious interiors—oh my! View Larger

If you like an industrial look, this fridge gets points for style

With its industrially inspired exterior and unique stainless shelves, the Maytag MFX2876DRM certainly has personality. That said, an MSRP of $3,299—and retail prices hovering just under $3,000—demands something more than just a pretty face.

For that kind of money, you could easily find a fridge with better temperature stability and more useful features. Consider the GE Café CFE28TSHSS, our 2014 Best of Year award winner.

If you’re specifically on the prowl for a four-door French door, we recommend the KitchenAid KFXS25RYMS as a more affordable—alternative.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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