Whirlpool WRS975SIDM Refrigerator Review
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The Cold Hard Facts
Every fridge we test is subjected to over 100 hours of analysis, and our data says this model is definitely worth considering. If you take a moment to lower the thermostat on the Whirlpool WRS975SIDM (MSRP $2,099), you’ll have an excellent fridge on your hands.
Our chief concern with this fridge was its average temperature output. On the fresh food side, our sensors recorded average temps of 39.22°F at the top, 37.65°F in the middle, and 40.39°F at the bottom. Aside from the very middle of the fridge, that’s too warm, especially because we also recorded temperatures fluctuating by an average of ±0.5°F over time. You’ll definitely want to turn the thermostat down to about 36°F for optimal cooling.
The freezer was even less stable—it averaged a shift of ±0.84°F over time—but temperatures were cold enough that it really didn’t matter. The upper portion of the freezer averaged -2.05°F, while the lower shelves clocked in at -1.93°F. That’s cold enough that freezer burn should be minimal.
Over the course of three days, our test materials lost only 0.08 grams of moisture per hour, making it one of the best crispers we’ve tested to date. We only wish more than one of the three fridge drawers featured an adjustable slider, but that lone drawer did a fantastic job retaining moisture.
Our room-temperature test materials took about 1 hour and 26 minutes to hit 32°F. That's a little faster than average, and it's important because the faster food is frozen, the more taste and texture is retained.
Storage Space & Energy Efficiency
The layout of side-by-side fridges is inherently bad for certain types of food—there’s no easy way to fit a frozen pizza into such a narrow freezer, for instance. Nevertheless, this Whirlpool has a decent amount of usable space. In the fresh food side, all those shelves and drawers offer a total of 12.07 usable cubic feet.
Over in the freezer, which also provides a number of adjustable slot heights for its shelves, you get a total of 6.18 usable cubic feet. Neither of these totals can compete with most French door fridges, but compared to other side-by-sides, it’s not bad.
More impressive is this Whirlpool’s energy consumption. With the ice maker running, the WRS975SIDM only needs about 0.05 kWh per usable cubic foot per day. That work out to roughly $32.83 per year in electricity costs, making it one of the most efficient side-by-sides we’ve tested.
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