Best Refrigerators : Whirlpool 3-Door And 4-Door Refrigerators

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If you haven't gone appliance shopping in the past few years, it's possible that you aren't familiar with the 4-door model of refrigerator and possibly have never even seen one. To the untrained eye, it looks like sort of a hybrid of two older styles of refrigerator: the bottom-freezer style and the side-by-side style. The 4-door refrigerator can be considered a subset of the French door refrigerator style. In a French door refrigerator design, the freezer compartment is located on the bottom and may open with either a traditional swinging door or a pull-out drawer, the latter of which is typically more desirable because you don't need to crouch down to pull items out of the freezer. The fresh food compartment is at the top behind two symmetrical doors that open out in the manner of the architectural feature from which the unit gets its name. In a 4-door model, there is an extra refrigerated drawer located in the middle of the device between the upper fresh food compartment and lower freezer compartment, which is intended for easy storage of frequently accessed food.

Once dismissed as a passing fad, French door refrigerators, including their 4-door variants, have quickly become the most fashionable refrigerator style, especially among those with modern kitchens. The Whirlpool Corporation has been one of the leading manufacturers of home appliances for more than 100 years, so it makes sense that they would follow the current trend. Currently, there are two models of Whirlpool 4-door refrigerator featured on the Whirlpool website: the WRX735SDHV and the WRX735SDBM. Unfortunately, the latter is no longer available. Nevertheless, with diligent searching and a little luck, you may still be able to find it from third-party sellers. We will compare the 4-door models to similar 3-door models, which differ from 4-door models primarily in that they lack the middle drawer.

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​French Door Refrigerators: Frequently Asked Questions

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Since French door refrigerators are relatively new, you may have questions about them. This section will attempt to answer the questions that may be in your mind as you think about a French door refrigerator.

1. What makes a French door refrigerator appealing?

2. What practical features does a French door refrigerator offer?

3. Are French door refrigerators energy efficient?

4. How are French door refrigerators different from side-by-side refrigerators?

5. Does a French door refrigerator make effective use of space?

6. How much can you expect to pay for a French door refrigerator?

7. Is there anyone for whom French door refrigerators are not a good option?

8. How does capacity relate to energy usage?

Whirlpool Refrigerator Rating Criteria

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In evaluating Whirlpool French door refrigerators, we looked at four important criteria:

Customer Rating

​We looked at not only the average rating, but the number of reviews, as a higher number of reviews may indicate a more accurate average.

​Energy Efficiency​

​Looking specifically at estimated annual electricity usage, estimated annual cost of operation and whether or not the unit is Energy STAR certified.

​Capacity

​Based on the above criteria, we judged capacity based on the optimal size for a household of four, which would fall between approximately 16 and 24 cubic feet.

​Price:

​For more pricing details, see below.

Whirlpool French Door Refrigerators: Pricing

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The retail price of the WRX735SDHZ model varies depending on the color option you choose. There are four such options to choose from, and the prices are as follows:

The Whirlpool website doesn't specify if the black stainless is also resistant to fingerprints.

A retail price for the WRX735SDBM model is not available, and with good reason: it turns out that they are no longer being sold. This is not clearly stated on the Whirlpool website; it was only when we started looking for it on websites for other retailers that we discovered it. We will include it in our review anyway because you may still be able to find it on eBay, Craigslist or from other third-party sellers. We will also include some similar 3-door French door models for purposes of comparison.

Top Five 3-Door And 4-Door Refrigerators From Whirlpool

The following five refrigerator models from Whirlpool are all 36 inches wide. Two have four doors and three have three doors. They all have ice and water dispensers, although one has it interiorly. Four of these models are still available for sale. Let's see how they compare otherwise.

Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ 24 Cu. Ft. Stainless Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator

Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ 24 Cu. Ft. Stainless Counter-Depth French Door...
  • 23.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Counter Depth Design
  • Auto-Humidity Crispers


Energy Efficiency:

  • ​Estimated Yearly Electricity Use: 683 kilowatt hours
  • ​Estimated Yearly Operating Cost: $82
  • ​Energy STAR Certification: Yes


Capacity:

  • ​Freezer Chamber: 6.73 cubic feet
  • ​Refrigerator Chamber: 17.78 cubic feet
  • ​Total Capacity: 24.51 cubic feet
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​Frigidaire FFHB2750TS 36 Inch French Door Refrigerator with 26.8 cu. ft. Total Capacity, in Stainless Steel

Frigidaire FFHB2750TS 36 Inch French Door Refrigerator with 26.8 cu....
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 26.8 / Fridge: 18.1 / Freezer: 8.7
  • Cool Zone Drawer / LED Interior Lighting
  • Automatic Ice Maker / Adjustable Interior Storage


Energy Efficiency:

  • ​Estimated Yearly Electricity Use: 616 kilowatt hours
  • ​Estimated Yearly Operating Cost: Not provided
  • ​Energy STAR Certification: Yes


Capacity:

  • ​Freezer Chamber: 7.44 cubic feet
  • ​Refrigerator Chamber: 17.75 cubic feet
  • ​Total Capacity: 25.2 cubic feet

Whirlpool WRFA35SWHN 25 Cu. Ft. Sunset Bronze French Door Refrigerator

Whirlpool WRFA35SWHN 25 Cu. Ft. Sunset Bronze French Door Refrigerator
  • 25.2 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Internal Water Dispenser
  • Accu-Chill Temperature Management System


Energy Efficiency:

  • ​Estimated Yearly Electricity Use: 685 kilowatt hours
  • ​Estimated Yearly Operating Cost: $82
  • ​Energy STAR Certification: Yes


Capacity:

  • ​Freezer Chamber: 6.7 cubic feet
  • ​Refrigerator Chamber: 18 cubic feet
  • ​Total Capacity: 24.7 cubic feet

'Whirlpool 36" Print Resist Black Stainless French Door Counter Depth Refrigerator'

'Whirlpool 36" Print Resist Black Stainless French Door Counter Depth...
  • Total (cu. Ft.): 20 | Fridge: 14.38 | Freezer: 5.62
  • Counter Depth Design
  • Accu-Chill Temperature Management System


Energy Efficiency:

  • ​Estimated Yearly Electricity Use: 674 kilowatt hours
  • ​Estimated Yearly Operating Cost: $81
  • ​Energy STAR Certification: Yes


Capacity:

  • ​Freezer Chamber: 6.30 cubic feet
  • ​Refrigerator Chamber: 17.50 cubic feet
  • ​Total Capacity: 23.8 cubic feet

​Whirlpool WRF954CIHM 24 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door Refrigerator WRF954CIHM

Whirlpool WRF954CIHM 24 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel French Door...
  • 23.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Counter Depth Design
  • Auto-Humidity Crispers


Energy Efficiency:

  • ​Estimated Yearly Electricity Use: 749 kilowatt hours
  • ​Estimated Yearly Operating Cost: $90
  • ​Energy STAR Certification: No


Capacity:

  • ​Freezer Chamber: 6.70 cubic feet
  • ​Refrigerator Chamber: 18 cubic feet
  • ​Total Capacity: 24.7

Verdict

Even if the WRX735SDHB were not the only Whirlpool 4-door refrigerator currently available, it would still beat out its counterpart due to its energy efficiency. The best 3-door model is the WRF954CIHM, especially if you require more than 25 cubic feet of storage, as it offers more capacity for less money.

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