Whirlpool WRF995FIFZ Refrigerator Review
Stadium seating for your food
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.
An innovative interior
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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