PROS / The refrigerator has versatile food storage options.
CONS / The refrigerator has no storage bin for eggs or butter.
VERDICT / The refrigerator has customizable shelving and can keep the temperature consistent.
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The Whirlpool Latitude bottom-mount French Door Refrigerator is the top appliance in our review of French door refrigerators. The side-by-side refrigerator has many features that are superior to both our second-ranked product, the KitchenAid bottom-freezer refrigerator, and the third-ranked Maytag refrigerator freezer. The Whirlpool Latitude has better-quality components, more storage customization options, a superior icemaker with portable ice bin and a programmable water dispenser.
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's largest home appliance maker. Brands manufactured by Whirlpool include Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid, Roper and more. Across all of its various brands, Whirlpool consistently demonstrates a commitment to quality, functionality, workmanship and style. The company is an industry leader in the innovation and design of home appliances. The Whirlpool Latitude French door refrigerator with bottom-mount freezer is one of these cutting-edge appliances.
The beautiful design of the Whirlpool Latitude French door refrigerator can make it the centerpiece of most kitchens. The Whirlpool has an attractive, scratch-resistant finish that is easy to clean and maintain. The bottom-freezer refrigerator is available in four colors: monochromatic satina, white-on-white, black and monochromatic stainless steel. Coupled with its eye-catching exterior, the Whirlpool Latitude refrigerator freezer has a total storage capacity of 25.9 cubic feet. This ample space makes the bottom-freezer refrigerator a versatile food storage system.
The Whirlpool Latitude French door refrigerator is Energy Star qualified. The estimated yearly cost to operate the refrigerator freezer is a mere $59.00. Moreover, the total estimated annual energy consumption is 555kWh. Clearly, budget-conscious consumers will reap financial savings with the Whirlpool Latitude bottom-freezer refrigerator. The refrigerator freezer's energy efficiency can also contribute towards the global initiative of decreasing greenhouse emissions.
Whirlpool backs the French door refrigerator with a limited one-year warranty as long as the owner of the side-by-side refrigerator maintains and operates it according to the instructions enclosed with the user manual. Within this first year of ownership, Whirlpool will pay for all needed replacement parts and labor to correct flaws in materials and design.
Energy Use & Efficiency
With a 19.7-cubic-feet refrigeration compartment, the Whirlpool Latitude French door refrigerator is abundant with organization options. The doors of the side-by-side refrigerator open with ease. A unique feature of this bottom-freezer refrigerator is that the doors can open together or separately. In most side-by-side refrigerators, only the right door can open alone; in other models, opening the left-side door requires opening the right-side door first.
The technology behind the doors is creative. The left door of the side-by-side refrigerator is equipped with an interior vertically hinged seal. Upon opening, the seal automatically falls inward and does not interfere with the storage or retrieval of food items. Shutting both doors causes the hinged-seal to return to its original position. Once in position, the vertical-hinge seals both doors of the French door refrigerator simultaneously. This inventive engineering helps the refrigerator freezer keep food fresh longer.
The interior refrigeration compartment has four adjustable, slide-out, spill-proof glass shelves. A half-shelf adjusts to accommodate taller items like wine bottles or a thermos. Spill-proofing prevents liquids from leaking onto the shelves and compartments below. All of these features combine to provide easy cleanup as well as easy access to food stored at the back of the refrigerator.
The refrigeration compartment has a full-width pantry that has generous room for party platters. The pantry can also store large amounts of fresh meat, deli meats, cheeses and more. The bottom-freezer refrigerator has two crisper drawers that have independent humidity controls. The drawers preserve the crispness and taste of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Storage & Features
The side-by-side refrigerator has four deep in-the-door bins for storing salad dressings, condiments and other small containers. Washable, no-slip, blue door-bin mats keep jars and containers upright during the opening and shutting of the doors. The right door of the refrigerator freezer has a storage area for a gallon-sized milk jug or other large containers.
An in-the-door storage area for eggs and a bin for holding a covered butter dish are missing from this otherwise excellent bottom-freezer refrigerator. However, most owners find this only a minor annoyance and compensate for the omission by using the shelves and storage bins of the interior refrigeration compartment.
Water & Ice Dispenser
The total capacity of the bottom-freezer refrigerator's freezer compartment is 6.9 cubic feet. This spacious section can accommodate frozen pizzas, ice cream, a turkey and more. Access to the compartment occurs via a drawer-style freezer chest. Within this section, two baskets constructed from durable plastic slide out to reveal the additional storage space below. This sliding functionality ensures easy access to items stored at the back of the freezer compartment. The Whirlpool Latitude French door refrigerator's lower storage area has a divider in the middle of the freezer bin. The top of the divider supports the tracks of the two the separated sliding drawers.
The refrigerator freezer has an adaptive defrost system that prevents ice and frost buildup. Because of the efficiency of this auto-defrost feature, the owner never has to worry about removing food items to defrost the French door refrigerator's freezer compartment. However, Whirlpool advises the owner of the bottom-freezer refrigerator to wipe out both the refrigerator and freezer compartment monthly to prevent the buildup of odors.
Warranties & Support
The French door refrigerator's water filter is hidden deep within the cabinet, which allows for one additional shelf in the refrigeration compartment. The PUR water filter reduces unwanted impurities and delivers clean-tasting, odor-free water and ice. Although the filter requires changing twice a year, compared to bottled water, this is a significant cost savings.
The bottom-freezer refrigerator's water and ice dispensers have some innovative and time-saving features. The ice bin is located in the side-by-side refrigerator's door. This location also allows for an extra shelf for food storage. The icemaker can deliver either crushed or cubed ice.
As an added bonus, the ice bin is portable, allowing for the quick and convenient filling of glasses, travel coolers, wine buckets and more. The ice bin has a see-through panel that allows the owner to check the ice's status with a glance.
This Whirlpool Latitude refrigerator freezer comes equipped with an industry-first water dispenser. The water dispenser is programmable using the LCD touch-screen panel. The water dispenser can deliver measured amounts of water in cups, liter or gallons. This feature comes in handy when one desires to have exact amounts of water for recipes, coffee and more. A slide-out water dispenser tray and swivel faucet can accommodate sports bottles, pet water dishes, and other over-sized containers.
Owners note that one drawback of the ice and water dispenser is that you cannot dispense ice or water if the right door of side-by-side refrigerator is open. Owners also report that the icemaker is noisy, but no more so than other icemakers available on the market. For most owners, neither issue presents a major problem nor distracts from the value of the French door refrigerator.
Overall, the Whirlpool Latitude French Door Refrigerator is an outstanding food storage system. The bottom-freezer refrigerator is cutting-edge technology, has an attractive design, is highly customizable and maintains a consistent temperature in the refrigeration and freezer compartments. The side-by-side refrigerator is cost effective and can serve the storage needs of both small and large families.