Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB Review
A modestly priced refrigerator with a decent measure of storage space.
The Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB is a modestly priced refrigerator with a decent measure of interior space. Since it's a bit on the cheap side, we weren't expecting mind-blowing performance. What we did find were surprisingly consistent temperatures in the freezer and fridge, which can be difficult to get even on more expensive models. This appliance isn't perfect, but in the case of the Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB, the pros ultimately outweighed the cons.
Design & Usability
Design is handsome, but interior storage space is just average.
The Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB is a side-by-side refrigerator with a textured, glossy black finish. Luckily, fingerprints won’t really show on the matte surface, so unsightly smudges shouldn't be a hassle. For a side-by-side refrigerator, this model's storage space is merely average. The fridge can hold a fair amount of product on its wiry shelves, but it’s not anything spectacular, especially since customization is limited. Attempts to free up an extra inch or two of head-space will result in a lot of empty air. The door shelves can handle two gallon jugs side by side, with room left over. But thanks to the ice maker and its chute, the freezer has less room to work with, and its shelves take after those in the fridge—there just aren't many options to rearrange.
A set of controls is located inside the fridge, at the top. There’s a dial for refrigerator temperature, a dial for freezer temperature, and an LED indicator for the water filter, which lets you know when to change it. We do like the addition of this filter indicator, but temperature controls that use arbitrary scales instead of just telling you the actual degrees are highly frustrating. We recommend buying a couple of cheap thermometers for more accurate readings.
Features are basic and few, but at least they're easy to use.
The water and ice dispenser, located on the freezer door, is the main feature on the Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB. There are buttons that let you choose between crushed and cubed ice, as well as buttons for locking the dispensers and turning on lights for the cavity. The one gripe we had was with the ice maker: If something goes wrong and you need to manually fix it, the main mechanism is at a bit of an awkward angle.
Otherwise, shelves are all easy to remove and reposition, and the interior is accessible for the most part.
The ED5KVEXVB had decent overall performance for a low-cost refrigerator, but the freezer lost its cool a little too quickly.
A refrigerator should chill your food and maintain a constant temperature. If the temperature of the food varies, it may spoil. Happily, this Whirlpool's fridge maintained a very constant temperature for several days.
The freezer was pretty consistent too, which helps prevent food from getting freezer burn. There a few sudden rises in temperature, but only very occasionally.
The moisture retention in this Whirlpool's vegetable drawers was rather poor. Vegetables like to hide in cool, dark places where they won’t get too dried out—that’s why refrigerators have dedicated vegetable and fruit drawers. The ED5KVEXVB had disappointing results here, with vegetables drying out quicker than they would in other fridges. Don’t expect your fresh produce to stay moist and tasty in this refrigerator for more than a couple of days.
As far as entry-level fridges go, this Whirlpool is a decent buy.
The Whirlpool ED5KVEXVB is a fridge for the everyman. It doesn’t have an LCD panel or the most groundbreaking aesthetics, but it isn’t particularly expensive, it doesn’t smudge excessively, it looks nice, and—most importantly—it performs well in most of our tests. Temperatures in the fridge and freezer never fluctuated much, which goes a long way towards keeping food fresh. Unfortunately, the vegetable drawers will dry out fresh produce rather quickly and power consumption is just average, but even with its flaws, we think it’s a decent pick for an entry-level fridge.
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