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Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Refrigerator Review

Stadium seating for your food

May 09, 2017
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When we first saw the new 32-cu.-ft. Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ (MSRP $3,899), our immediate reaction was, "What a cool interior!"

Unfortunately, our second and third thoughts were, "Who is going to pay that much?" and, "Wow, that fridge sticks out pretty far from the counter."

On sale for roughly $3,420, this Whirlpool costs more than almost any freestanding French door fridge that doesn't double as a tablet. It's also one of the deepest fridges on the market.

Of course—in addition to its massive capacity—you get two ice makers and some storage tricks with cool names like Infinity Slide and Treasure Bin... all of which unfortunately feel kind of gimmicky.

If you like this refrigerator but don't need all its features, the Whirlpool WRF993FIFM has similar storage but sells for around $2,400 at Home Depot and AJ Madison.

An innovative interior

Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Exterior
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This 32-cu.-ft. fridge looks simple on the outside, but offers some interesting innovations on the inside. View Larger

With a claimed capacity of 32 cu. ft., the WRF995FIFZ is one of the largest fridges on the market. It's also exceptionally deep, meaning it might literally stand out in your kitchen.

Not including the handles, it's 36.625 inches from front to back—almost three inches deeper than an LG fridge with comparable capacity. Before you put this Whirlpool in your kitchen, double check how far it'll stick out past your cabinets; remember to leave an inch of space between the fridge and the back wall for proper ventilation.

Behind that fingerprint-resistant stainless exterior is a truly unique interior. The top two fridge shelves feature retractable sections in the center—that’s the Infinity Slide shelf we mentioned earlier—so you can arrange your shorter items around the sides of the fridge while storing tall items in the center.

Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Infinity Slide Shelves
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The Infinity Slide shelves put a retractable section front and center. It's supposed to let you store tall items without obstructing the rest of your food. View Larger

You also get a Stadium Divider—essentially a plastic booster seat designed to lift up items in the back of a door bin so your mustard doesn't get lost behind the mayonnaise. It sits very loosely in the bin, and we found the sound of plastic-on-plastic grating when adjusting items caused it to shift.

The Platter Pocket is a pull-out shelf right above the crispers designed for sliding out heavy trays of crudités, and the Treasure Bin is a removable lid for one of the door bins designed to keep grab-n-go items in one convenient place. We don't really see the point to that last one—the bins are deep enough already that there's really no risk of those loose items falling out even without the lid in place.

Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Fridge (Right)
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This fridge has plenty of gallon-deep door bins, but most have so little vertical clearance that they might not be useful for storing large items. View Larger

Whether you find all those features useful will depend on how you organize your fridge, and we were surprised that such a large interior could feel so cramped. For instance, with all the door shelves in place, vertical storage is so tight that a milk jug could only fit comfortably in two of the eight bins. The Treasure Bin, too, cuts off access to vertical storage by putting a lid on one of the door bins.

Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Treasure Bin
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The Treasure Bin is an optional lid and liner that you can attach to the top of any regular door bin. Frankly, we don't see the point behind it. View Larger

Down in the pull-out freezer, things are more clearly beneficial. Tiered storage and movable bins all help improve food organization, cutting down on time spent digging through piles of frozen meat and veggies. It's a big freezer, though, so expect it to feel pretty heavy once it's full of food.

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A safe place to keep your food

Overall, this fridge was an average performer in our food preservation tests.

Although the refrigerator compartment ran about a degree warm when we set it to its recommended setting, the crispers did a fine job retaining moisture—not so much that produce might rot, but not so little that it would dry out.

Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Controls
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Temperature controls—including for the adjustable drawer, are found on the upper edge of the main fridge section. View Larger

Despite its size, the freezer was faster than average to chill room-temperature food, bringing it down to 32°F in just 73 minutes. That means it's one of the more effective freezers we’ve seen.

Surprisingly, such a fancy and expensive fridge comes with only a basic one-year limited warranty. And although this is a new product without many customer reviews, those that exist aren't universally glowing.

Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Drawers
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The fridge comes with asymmetrical crispers, a temperature adjust drawer underneath, and two recessed nooks right in front. The water filter is also found in the lower left corner. View Larger

What's not surprising is that such a large fridge uses more energy than a smaller model. Twin ice makers also use a lot of power—so if you aren't using a ton of ice, turn one of them off to improve efficiency. Even so, it gets an Energy Star rating.

The WRF995FIFZ also has some smart connectivity features, including an integration with Nest thermostats that will automatically put the fridge in an energy saving mode when you've told your Nest you're going on vacation.

Measure your kitchen and wait for a sale

In terms of size and features, the Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ is a lot of fridge. But, at $3,400, it's also a lot of money.

If you'd like to see some of the Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ's unique design elements on a more affordable fridge, you're in luck: The Whirlpool WRF993FIFM has a single Infinity Slide shelf and a Platter Pocket. It doesn't have fingerprint-resistant stainless, it won't work with Nest, and it isn't Energy Star certified, but it does sell for just $2,400.

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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