Whirlpool WRS975SIDM Refrigerator Review
Familiar, effective, and affordable.
Refrigerators rarely get as much scrutiny as we give them. After the week we spent testing the 25 cu. ft. Whirlpool WRS975SIDM (MSRP $2,099), we can confidently say that if you’re in the market for a conventional side-by-side that balances looks, performance, and price, this could be the fridge for you.
Why do we like it? Well, the design is straightforward but attractive, we recorded temperatures steady enough for good long-term food preservation, and the retail price of about $1,800 is fair for a unit this size.
Yes, this model costs as much as many popular French door models. We like how a French door fridge puts fresh food at eye level and fits wide items like baking sheets. But if you prefer a side-by-side layout and don’t want to visit your local Sears and buy our favorite Kenmore, this extremely similar Whirlpool should also be on the list.
Design & Usability
That old familiar feeling
This standard side-by-side has few surprises in store. Glass shelves in both the fridge and freezer are a nice touch, and they easily adjust to a few different heights. Bright LEDs illuminate both the fridge and freezer compartments, though we noticed a shadowy area in the freezer's midsection.
On the outside, the upscale touch screen control depicts cool blue icons against white text that’s easy to read. Certain "press-and-hold" features make the interface more streamlined, but also a little convoluted.
Performance & Features
Efficient, but a bit warm
This stainless fridge did an excellent job in most of our tests, and its key detractor is easily fixed: We suggest manually setting the fridge thermostat to 36°F, instead of the recommended 37°. It might use a little more energy, but it will do a better job keeping your food fresh.
Once that's done, you'll find your groceries keep as long as they're supposed to. That's especially true for those in the crisper drawer—which is one of the best we've tested. This fridge is also exceptionally energy efficient, and the freezer did a great job freezing our room-temperature test materials quickly. That preserves taste and texture.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Whirlpool offers a standard one-year limited warranty that covers parts and labor for manufacturer defects and failed parts. After that time, you get an additional four years of partial coverage specifically for the cavity liners and the sealed refrigeration system. More details about the warranty are available on Whirlpool's website.
Why We Like It
A Safe Choice
If you’re looking for something flashy or unique, the Whirlpool WRS975SIDM is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of the side-by-side layout and want something that’s attractive and relatively affordable, this fridge is a fine choice. With phenomenal energy efficiency and some fantastic crispers, it’s hard to go wrong here.
The model we tested will run you about $1,800—not exactly a bargain, but a fair price for a stainless finish and 25 cubic feet of storage. If you’re still not convinced, consider the Kenmore 51763, which retails for just $1,350 at Sears and is our top pick for side-by-sides.
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