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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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We like the extra drawer on the refrigerator
from Kearney, Ne
Comments about KitchenAid 25.0 Cu Ft Standard-Depth French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator:
We like everything about the refrigerator
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love this frig
from Gordonville, PA
The only complaint I have is the ice maker, ice gets caught in the shoot and falls out sporadically. I look the drawer for snacks and drinks for my granddaughter. The water dispenser is great for her as well she just pushes the button twice and can get her own drink without frustration. Plus you know how much water you are drinking. Oh and the ice maker is a little loud.
Very happy with it !!
from Buffalo, New York
By Z Man
Very happy with our purchase. It has tons of room and has been everything we hoped it would be.
from Roanoke Virginia
After six months, the icemaker died. It has taken just about two weeks to schedule a repair. I do not know what the outcome will be.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Some things to be aware of with this fridge...
We have had this fridge for 4 years, so we can honestly review the good and bad about this appliance. The styling is very attractive, however, the finish shows fingerprints very easily and they are very difficult to completely remove. If you have children or lots of hands opening the fridge, trying to keep it clean and shiny will drive you crazy. The gaskets don't seal very well and allow moisture to build up around the doors and drawers causing mold to grow. The ice maker tub is not removable and does not allow you to access the ice in any way except from the outside dispenser. This means that if you want to fill up an ice bucket, you will need to fill a cup many, many times and dump the ice into the bucket. This is very time consuming. If you ever wanted to get enough ice for a cooler, you could probably drive to the store and buy a bag of ice in the time it took to dispense the ice from the front. The veggie drawer is a great idea, but the dividers do not allow for a separation of fruits and veggies unless you only have a couple of items of one or the other. There is a big space in the middle of the drawer and two very narrow dividers on each side. I would prefer to keep the veggies separate so they don't flavor the fruit. There is a known defect in the design of the drain tube, which causes the fridge to leak water on the floor randomly from under the freezer compartments.The company will send you the replacement part at no charge, but you have to defrost the freezer and pay the labor to replace it (about $200) The freezer drawers do not lift out. Not even the little ones on the top. This means things get lost in the deep drawers and it is very difficult to organize the frozen food, find what you are looking for or clean out the drawers. A lot of the glass inside is not removable either, so debris and liquid get trapped in the seams and it's almost impossible to remove. It does keep things cold and the ice maker and water filter work well.
Great price, looks good, and lots of storage
from Havana, FL
I would definitely recommend this appliance to a friend. I am also looking to purchase a stove and will definitely buy another Kitchenaid product.
By Amanda Joe
from Sioux Falls, sd
I bought this 2 years ago in January and the refrigerator ice maker stopped working and also the microwave. I paid a lot of money for this product very disappointed it only lasted 2 years. Other then that i like the features and also the look of the fridge.
from Des Moines, IA
I was looking to replace my old fridge and doing research found this special buy and amazing price. So far love it.
Grest Refrigerator. Horrible Ice Maker.
from Morristown TN
Brand new Ice maker was a hassle due to ice cubes freezing together and making a huge mess when dispensing. Seems like it only makes around 10 cubes a day so if you like alot of ice you better buy another fridge. Now Ice maker has completely quit. Expected alot more from kitchen aid.
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