Whirlpool WRF757SDEM Refrigerator Review
A simple, affordable French door refrigerator.
If you’re looking for an affordable French door fridge, but don’t want to sacrifice the convenience of an ice and water dispenser, consider the Whirlpool WRF757SDEM (MSRP $2,699). Currently retailing for almost a thousand bucks off its MSRP, this 27-cu.ft., stainless steel fridge is one of the better values on the market.
It does a great job preserving food, doesn't use a ton of power, and features a familiar streamlined design that will look good in almost any kitchen. We'll admit parts of the interior felt a little cramped—but as long as you don’t plan to store enough food to feed a small army, this fridge is a great option that won’t cost you a ton of money.
Design & Usability
Playing it safe
With its stainless steel finish, adjustable shelves with silver trim, and LED lighting in both sections, this French door fridge looks good.
What it doesn’t do is surprise, and that’s okay. Whirlpool has checked all the boxes a French door fridge should, but you'll need to pay more for that "wow factor." Considering that folks tend to hang on to appliances for upwards of a decade, we think it makes sense to play things safe when it comes to design.
Responsive controls sit above a through-the-door ice and water dispenser. Crispers slide smoothly, but are prone to slamming shut if you’re not gentle, and temperature-adjust pantry drawer comes with three different settings. The door-mounted ice maker isn’t a slim model, but it uses space efficiently and holds plenty of cubes.
We've seen marginally better implementations of nearly every individual feature—but this overall package is one that shouldn’t disappoint any consumer, especially for the price.
Down in the freezer, we encountered one element that may be divisive, so to speak. The pullout freezer has two drawers, each divided into three sections by a sliding central piece. The extra zones make for easier organization, but come at the cost of usable space.
No issues here
While our tests of the WRF757SDEM uncovered some minor flaws, they aren't likely to have much impact on your food. Take the freezer, for instance: Yes, temperature fluctuations over time were pretty wide, but the whole compartment is so cold that freezer burn shouldn't be an issue. Turn down the thermostat to -1°F to be extra-sure.
The fridge, which was cool and stable from top to bottom, should do a fine job with food preservation. Crispers, too, were fine when to came to retaining moisture. Energy efficiency was competitive with other 2015 models.
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A Popular Choice
This familiar-looking fridge is a safe choice
Bells and whistles aren’t for everyone, especially when you end up paying for something you never use. The perks found in the Whirlpool WRF757SDEM are subtle enough that, even if you don’t take advantage of them, they don’t hinder your experience. And you may just enjoy having a temperature-adjustable pantry drawer.
The best part: This French door fridge is available for just under $1,700. That makes it one of the best bargains on the market, excluding models that cut out the through-the-door dispenser entirely.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more pizzazz, this model also comes in Whirlpool’s Black Ice and White Ice finishes. Just remember, those two iterations don’t yet share the stainless version's low price—they're much closer to the full MSRP.
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