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Whirlpool WRT111SFAW Apartment Refrigerator Review

Small fridge, big value.

$549.00 MSRP
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The Cold Hard Facts

Even if you don't have a ton of cash, you should still care about how performance can make or break a big purchase. With that said, this Whirlpool proves you don't have to spend a lot to get a decent, small fridge. It's terrible at keeping produce fresh, but it proved perfectly adequate in every other test we put it through.

Temperature Performance

In our temperature consistency tests, we measured spot on accuracy in the fridge compartment: a near perfect 37°F average, with a variance of only 1°F. That's amazing for this price range, or any price range. Freezer consistency was less impressive. There, the temperatures could swing by as much as 5°F over time. But hey, it's a cheap fridge.

The freezer ran warm at about 4°F on average, so perfectionists should use the control dial to get that down to 0°F.

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Moisture Retention

Moisture retention? There isn't any. The "Humidity Control" (yeah, right) drawer lost an average of 0.38 grams of moisture per hour. That's ten times as much moisture as the best fridges we've tested. Expect fruits and veggies to lose their freshness much quicker than they would in a more expensive refrigerator.

Freezing & Thawing

The WRT111SFAW needed only 1 hour and 33 minutes to freeze our room-temperature test materials. That's an average result for many expensive refrigerators, and downright impressive for this budget model. The faster your foods are frozen, the better off they'll be in terms of taste, texture, and—some say—nutritional value.

On the other side of the coin, the freezer's insulation was able to keep food frozen for long periods of time. Even when starved of power for 36 hours, the closest our test materials came to room temperature was 26.19°F, so it passed this test with flying colors.

Storage Space & Energy Efficiency

It's a small fridge, but the simple design ensures space is used well. Whirlpool claims the total interior storage space is 11 cu. ft. (between both the freezer and the fridge), and our measurements of usable storage space weren't too far off. By our calculations, the fridge offers 6.26 cu. ft. of storage, while the freezer offers 2.58, for a total of 8.84 cu. ft. of usable storage.

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