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Limited options and I'm so happy this was the one I chose.
I searched high and low for a replacement for our 13 year old side-by-side. I really wanted a french door style as I was sick of not being able to store an entire turkey...Read complete review
I searched high and low for a replacement for our 13 year old side-by-side. I really wanted a french door style as I was sick of not being able to store an entire turkey or a frozen pizza in our freezer. I also didn't want to sacrifice the "swing out" space required for a bottom freezer with a single top door AND I wanted ice and water on the door. So I ended at a French Door. I thought it'd be so easy to pick one out but quickly realized our builder put us in a pickle. We have a full wall that extends 55" on the left side of where the refrigerator sits. (If you are ever designing a kitchen, DO NOT DO THIS.) This means that the left door cannot be opened even a full 90 degrees because the handle hits the wall. If the door can't open past 90 degrees, the full bottom fresh food drawer in most models will not open. It's not even a possibility. I spent countless hours on the internet looking at models and found a few options. From memory, I think they were Viking, Maytag or this Kitchenaid. The Viking was just crazy expensive so that was out. That left Maytag or Kitcheaid. The Kitcheaid was the only one that came in white so this is the model we chose. (With two kids in the house, I refuse to be a slave to keeping stainless clean!) Even though I couldn't find a model to go see in person, I was confident ordering it through Lowe's because they have a 30 day "Appliance Advantage" that allows you to return it if you don't like it. I figured we had nothing to lose. (And they price match!) We had this model installed nearly 2 months ago and I'm still happy with this selection!It is worth mentioning that we do have to pull out the refrigerator if we want to take out the ice maker. It's on tile and I can do it myself with a tiny bit of effort. I don't consider myself a strong person at all so this is quite impressive. It rolls very easily.FRESH FOODThe single drawer in the large fresh food compartment can be moved to where it works for you. We use it for cheese and it does it's job as well as a drawer can.All of the shelves are adjustable.The door compartments on the left hand side are practically worthless since they are so small but I really don't even mind. I store vitamins on that side and sticks of butter would fit on the top shelf if desperate.The ice maker takes up about 1/3 of the top shelf but, going from a 19.1 cubic food side by side, I don't even notice that space.The shelves on the right door are all adjustable and hold a ton.The glass shelves are all very easy to clean and I love that the bottom shelf is glass through to the fresh food drawer. Helps me remember about the options in there.The large fresh food drawer, above the freezer is a DREAM! The temperature is adjustable in the main compartment. We use it for vegetables and then some yogurt and cheese that my kids (4 & 6) can easily grab on their own. It comes with the drawer divided into 3 "columns" and you get one adjustable divider. Honestly when we first got it I didn't think that was enough but it's now fine. I really love that drawer!FREEZERThe bottom freezer took some getting used to just for arranging my food but I really like it now. I can fit in a frozen pizza but I'm not as confident about a turkey. I can definitely fit it in the fresh food compartment so no worries there.The freezer has 4 drawer and they all slide very easily. I use one for vegetables, one for proteins, one for breads and one for convenience foods. I must admit that I have it packed full but it is very usable space.FRONT PANELSome may not realize that this refrigerator comes with a sort of "mini" version of the half moon ice cubes. I believe they would fit better in water bottles and such. I don't use them for that but someone may care if they used water bottles a lot.I honestly use the control panel very little. There are light controls so you can leave on a night light, there is a door ajar feature (which I also appreciate), a water amount selector which I also don't use much. Also, there's a tray that pulls out to allow larger containers to sit to be filled with water. I guess that'd be handy but it doesn't take long to fill anything so I typically hold it.My kids can reach to put ice and water in their cups but cannot reach the buttons. I see this as a plus. ;)I've also seen some concerns about the ice capacity. We are a family of 4 (two are pint size) and I use ice all day long and I'm home every single day. My husband doesn't use any ice but I easily use the amount of two typical people. My kids use it here and there. After getting the ice storage built up in the first couple of days, we haven't run out at all. If I was having a big party I may start pulling some out to store in the freezer but it'd be an exception.NOISEI have read some reviews that say the ice is very loud. We thought the entire thing ran louder when we first got it but I think we tend to notice new noises and then they just become background noise. (I put a new light timer above my kitchen cabinets a couple of weeks ago and I could hear that hum over the refrigerator. Makes me think the fridge isn't very loud.) The ice does make noise when dropping but, let's be honest, don't they all? Also, one little thing that took some getting used to, when they ice tray is filled with water, it pulses about 12 times and you do hear it if the rest of the house is quiet. Again though, it's not a reason that I would tell someone not to get this modelISSUESWe have had one very slight, cosmetic issue since having it install. There is a silver accent around the temperature controller for the fresh food drawer and that essentially became unstuck (it's just a sticker). I called it in and a service man was here within days. He told me we could super glue it and I said I wanted a new one considering it wasn't even 30 days old and we spent good money on it. He understood and ordered a new one. He had to replace the entire bottom plastic piece but it is replaced. If it happens again I may superglue it but you'd think they could attach that with something more durable.This isn't an issue but another cosmetic thing that drives me a little wacky. The screws they use to attache the handles are silver and they really, in my humble opinion, stand out on the all white refrigerator. I keep meaning to buy some white nail polish to fix it myself but you'd think that's something Kitchenaid would do.... include white tipped screws.
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Love my new fridge
I'm normally a simplest and don't spend the money on features. However, we wanted something easy to maintain and that last for years to come. The frig is well designed to make the...Read complete review
I'm normally a simplest and don't spend the money on features. However, we wanted something easy to maintain and that last for years to come. The frig is well designed to make the most out of every cubic inch of space. I love the stainless face which makes it easy to wipe down between cleanings. I was worried about the stainless make every little finger print stand out, but I doesn't. The metal texture hides a lot more than you would think. My only negative comment and I mean my only negative comment would be that every once and a great while the ice maker gets stuck. it's probably because we don't use a lot of ice and it doesn't get used as much as some other may. But, I love the option of crushed ice and the programmable fill settings. I find myself drinking more tap water now that we have the built in filter. And our city water is normally horrible. So I can only imagine how good the filter must be to make it taste as good as bottle water. I love the efficient LED lignting. I always hated constantly change bulbs in our old fridge. Overall, I believe it was money well spent. Only time will test the rest since we have only had our new appliances for about three months now.
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Quiet, Attractive and reliable.
from Eugene, OR, United States
Comments about KitchenAid 25.0 CuFt French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator:
We originally purchased a Whirlpool double door refrigerator and had problems with it, in particular it was incredibly noisy. It was looked at several times by a repair person, but the problem was never solved, so the dealer switched it out for another new one, same model. It was even worse! Finally the dealer brought us this one. What a relief to finally have a quiet efficient refrigerator! I wasn't sure if I would like the extra vegetable drawer in the middle, but it has grown on me and it's nice to not have to open the main compartments to get to the vegetables or any other item you want in this area. The water and ice dispenser works well and the computer settings are easy to understand. They only thing that I have noticed that I would like somewhat different is more internal lighting. There is one main lighting fixture centrally located and it is a bit dim in the lower section of the refrigerator. Other than that, we think this refrigerator fits the bill for us without being too small or too large.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Nice Looking Large Unit w/ great technology features
Positives are obvious but I will discuss 2 major flaws IMO that cost 2 stars for review. 1st and most annoying is how two swing doors close. There is a swinging arm that can get in the way when closing if put of position. Can get annoying and do damage to the arm over time. The amount of force needed to close is much more than avg fridge which means in a rush the doors are often left slightly open which is a huge waste on many levels and prompts an alarm beep which is good in theory but becomes very annoying and a testament to the flawed design of how the doors close. They should have created some sort of self-close mechanism to finish closing the door instead of the alarm. Leaving the doors just short of closed creates all kinds of secondary issues and one of which is the ice melting in the dispenser and leaking and it also refreezes against mechanics of ice crushing apparatus and breaks that if you dont break the ice up. Very annoying door mechanics are the main issue and should be thoroughly reviewed throughout any fridge today.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Kitchenaid - 4 dr - French Door Refrigerator - Architec Seri
from North Carolina, United States
Has all the nice features you could desire. Quality made. 4 drawers make itvery nice! We shopped around. Can't beat this model!
from Gearhart, OR, United States
Moved into a new home & purchased new appliances all Kitchen Aid The fridge is the best ever & the more we put in the more room we have. The controls are easy to figure & everything worked fine & still does.
Love the Space!
from Auxvasse, MO, United States
So happy with our purchase. Absolutely love the refrigerator drawer! We use it for lunch meats, cheeses, eggs, etc. This is the first time I've had the freezer on the bottom and am loving it. Very easy to get things in and out.
Kitchenaid - 4 dr - French Door Refrigerator - Architec Series II
Has all the nice features you could desire. Quality made. 4 drawers make it very nice! We shopped around. Can't beat this model!
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