refrigerators

Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ Review

a refrigerator that straddles the line between entry-level and mid-level quality.

March 19, 2012
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Introduction

For a refrigerator that straddles the line between entry-level and mid-range, the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ impressed us by maintaining consistent temperatures throughout while keeping operating costs down. Its $1,449 price tag is higher than we expected, but you may be able to find one on sale for as low as $1,200. If you want your fresh food close at hand but lack the width for a French door, it's a good buy.

Design & Usability

The Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ is a bottom-freezer unit with a simple, clean look.

The Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ has a refrigerator on top and a pull-out freezer drawer underneath. It boasts a pristine, glossy white finish with no frills, though a stainless exterior is available for a little more money. The two covered screw holes on the side allow the door to be hinged in the opposite direction, depending on your kitchen's layout.

Though this is a single compressor fridge, temperature controls are independent of each other and both located at the top of the refrigerator. We recommend you pick up a thermometer, since the thermostat's scale ranges from 0-7, and doesn't correspond to actual temperatures.

The interior of the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ matches the exterior in its simplicity. Tweet It

The interior of the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ matches the exterior in its simplicity. It features four adjustable half shelves, as well as a full-width fixed shelf on the bottom resting above two identical crisper drawers, each with its own humidity control. The half shelves adjust using hooks on the back, which are cumbersome to manipulate but offer extensive options for customization. On the door, there's a full-width fixed shelf on the bottom that's deep enough to hold gallon-sized containers, along with three adjustable half shelves which can accommodate liter-sized bottles. There is also an adjustable dairy tray on the top-left corner.

The freezer has two pull-out wire shelves, dividing it into upper and lower levels. The ice maker is in the back, with an ice tray that slides out when you open the door. There's no through-the-door ice or water.

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Features

A straightforward product with easy accessibility and minimal features.

Depending on your lifestyle, this fridge may be set up ideally. If you want fresh foods at eye-level, you've got 'em. But storing frozen foods requires bending down and rooting through a slide-out drawer.

The Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ’s ice maker is found in the rear-left corner of the upper freezer drawer. The control switch is simple to manipulate and the ice tray beneath it can be removed for additional storage space if desired.

Most shelves and drawers can be removed for easy cleaning. Tweet It

The fridge's glossy white finish is very easy to clean, mostly because the surface picks up few stains. All but the bottom shelf in the fridge have spill guards on all four sides that will help contain small messes, while the door shelves will hold large ones. Most shelves and drawers can be removed for easy cleaning, excluding the dairy tray and the bottom shelf on both the door and the main section of the refrigerator.

Performance

The Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ exhibited solid performance across the board on all our tests.

Throughout our tests, the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ exhibited incredibly consistent temperature readings from the top shelf to the bottom. We kept the temperature control set to "4" based on the manufacturer’s recommended setting, but in our temperature-controlled lab, the overall temperature ran about three degrees higher than the optimal 37ºF. We'd recommend turning the temperature down just a little lower. Temperatures remained consistent over time, though, and the vegetable drawer performed adequately, retaining much moisture.

You won’t have to worry about your food getting any freezer burn. Tweet It

Bottom freezers are known for consistency and reliability, and the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ is no exception. The smaller freezer unit means that the cold air circulates easily and keeps temperatures consistent. The temperature in this freezer, regardless of sensor placement, fluctuated less than a full degree during the course of our testing process, which means you won’t have to worry about your food getting any freezer burn.

This Whirlpool functions at a very efficient rate of energy consumption. At a standard rate of $0.09 per kW-h, the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ costs about $36.75 per year.

Conclusion

An excellent bottom-freezer that is easy on energy consumption and consistent with performance.

A bottom-freezer with solid ratings across the board, the Whirlpool GB2FHDXWQ is a great choice, especially if you can find it for a reduced price. Fridge and freezer temperatures stayed consistent, plus energy consumption was pleasantly low. We found it online for as low as $1,200, substantially lower than the MSRP of $1,449. Its smooth white finish brightens a room and its consistent temperature performance and low energy use means your food will be well taken care of. What more could you ask for?

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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