KitchenAid KRMF706ESS Refrigerator Review

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Whether you are redoing your kitchen or updating your fridge, it can be a difficult and overwhelming task to find a refrigerator that fits your needs within your budget. To make your choice a little easier, we decided to review KitchenAid’s 25.8 cu. Ft. French-door refrigerator, model number KRMF706ESS. We will take an honest look at the refrigerator and provide an overview of its features, consumer pros and cons, and give our rating and recommendation based on comparisons with similar models.

About the KitchenAid KRMF706ESS

KRMF706ESS

The KRMF706ESS is a 36” freestanding French-door refrigerator, manufactured by KitchenAid. It has some exclusive features, which add to its versatility. This particular model of refrigerator has an attractive, professional designer appearance and comes in a brushed stainless-steel finish, complete with stainless restaurant-style bar handles. For our purposes, we are focusing on the stainless-steel finish. It has an attractive and easy clean platinum surface. The interior is optimized for storage and functionality. It features two independent cooling systems to help keep food fresh longer.

Features

Professionally-Inspired Design

Preserva® Food Care System

LED Lighting

5-Door Configuration

2 Soft-Close Drawers

Herb Storage

3-Tier Freezer Drawer With Storage Divider

SatinGlide® Crispers

Adjustable Spill-Resistant Shelves

Exterior Ice and Water Dispenser

In-Door-Ice® System

Specifications

Kitchen Aid KRMF706ESS KRMF706ESS 25.8 Cu. Ft. Stainless Platinum...
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 25.8 / Fridge: 18.15 / Freezer: 7.61
  • Preserva Food Care System
  • 2 Soft-Close Drawers

Brand

KitchenAid, freestanding, French doors

Appliance Type

French door refrigerator

Finish  

Brushed stainless steel, stainless handles, platinum interior

Energy Consumption

767 kWh/year

Counter Depth

No

Width

36.0 in

Height

70-1/8 in

Depth

26.88 inches excluding handles

Capacity

25.8 cu. ft. (18.15 cu. ft. fresh food, 7.61 cu. ft. freezer)

Ice Maker

Yes, single, in door

Water Filter

Yes, in dispenser and ice maker

Freezer

Bottom freezer drawer, pull out

Defrost Type

Auto / Cycle

No. Freezer Bins

Two sliding drawers, one basket with dividers

No. Door Shelves

Four, adjustable position

No. Fresh Food Shelves

Five, adjustable position

Other Storage

Pizza box slot, herb storage

General Features

Door alarm, hidden hinges, LED lights, Sabbath mode, fresh 

Warranty

10-year limited warranty

How Much Will It Cost You?

The KitchenAid KRMF706ESS is not priced for budget kitchens. It is a mid-range refrigerator and priced as such; however, we found KitchenAid has a couple of other French-door models that sell for a bit costly, so this model is a great deal.

We found this KitchenAid refrigerator at a few retailers with a bit of a spread on the price tag. We are going by the regular retail price, although you may obviously be able to find a deal somewhere.

How It Compares Within Its Price Range

For comparison’s sake let’s look at it alongside a few other French-door refrigerators in the same price range. Our star ratings are in comparison to the KitchenAid model. As you can see in the ratings below, the KitchenAid model has the best warranty. It also rated lower in energy consumption than the Whirlpool model. It was a hands-down winner in the number of features it offers.

Review model KitchenAid KRFM706ESS


KitchenAid KRMF706EBS KRMF706EBS 25.8 Cu. Ft. Black Stainless Platinum...
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...

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Convenience

Features

Energy Consumption 

Quality  

Warranty 


Maytag MFC2062FEZ 20 Cu. Ft. French Door Stainless Steel Refrigerator
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 20 / Fridge: 14.38 / Freezer: 5.62
  • Temperature-controlled WIDE-N-FRESH Deli Drawer
  • Factory Installed Ice Maker / BrightSeries LED Lighting

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Convenience

Features

Energy Consumption 

Quality  

Warranty 


Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ 25 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerato
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes...

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Convenience

Features

Energy Consumption 

Quality  

Warranty 


Capacity     

Convenience

Features

Energy Consumption 

Quality  

Warranty 

Pros and Cons

Now that we have introduced you to the KitchenAid model KRMF706ESS, let’s evaluate some pros and cons.

Pros

  • Well-lit and bright
  • Well planned and organized interior with divided crisper drawer
  • Multiple unique features
  • Designer look
  • Energy efficient
  • Excellent warranty
  • Quiet operation
  • Specialized compartments for herbs, pizza, produce
  • Extra drawer in freezer

Cons

  • May be more expensive due to design and appearance
  • Smaller icemaker
  • French doors must be closed in certain order to close properly
  • Thaw setting ineffective
  • Freezer drawer does not always close on its own as do the other drawers

Comparison Table

In Conclusion

With so many refrigerators on the market, it can be difficult to pin down just what you may want. Smaller capacity refrigerators with an upper, interior freezer can be found for just a few hundred dollars and can be a great fit for budget housing, or for a second fridge for a garage or storage room. You can find massive, double-wide restaurant style refrigerators with all the bells and whistles for the price of a small car. We feel that this KitchenAid model is definitely in the upper ranges for quality, features, and appearance, but in the mid-range for price. This striking refrigerator would give the professional look of a chef’s kitchen to any home.

This refrigerator offers some unique features such as a special drawer for keeping your herbs fresh and flavorful and an out of the way slot for a pizza. The filtered, in-door water dispenser will fill a glass but has the added perk of being able to dispense specific measures of water, so you can make coffee or prepare recipes without adding the extra step of doing it yourself.

The interior lighting is superior. The bright LEDs provide a clear view of every space, but they come on gradually so as not to shock the eye. Because they are LEDs rather than the incandescent lights seen in other refrigerators, they are virtually maintenance free. The clear shelves and bins in the fresh food compartments combine with the lighting to create a display-like feel when you open the doors.

The two exterior drawers provide great versatility for their use. The one on the right has a Produce Preserver system to control humidity and temperature and also comes with a divider to help with organization. The one on the left is designed with five environmental presets, allowing you to choose what you want to store in the drawer. There is a convenient control panel on the top edge of the drawer.

The only real drawbacks we found are the smaller capacity of the icemaker. Most negative comments from consumers have been related to that component; either that the icemaker sometimes doesn’t work or there is an occasional leak. Most other issues were related to improper installation, the owner not understanding how to operate the appliance, or some random glitches. Overall, we would give the KitchenAid model KRMF706ESS five stars and a big thumbs up.

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