KitchenAid KRSF505ESS review

The KitchenAid KRSF505ESS is a stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator that also comes in black and white to make it easier to match your other kitchen appliances.

KitchenAid KRSF505ESS review

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The KitchenAid KRSF505ESS has an average capacity, but it has all the drawer and shelf space you need with most of the convenience features we look for, but you will have to pay quite a bit extra.


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    This fridge is the most energy efficient in our reviews.


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    This is the priciest refrigerator in our lineup.

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The KitchenAid KRSF505ESShas some impressive features not typically found in side-by-side fridges. It is, however, no longer available in a new condition from large retailers. To find a better alternative, head over to the best side-by-side refrigerators guide. 

Capacity & Shelving

In the refrigerator compartment of this model are four shelves with a spillproof design to keep messes from spreading to other parts of the fridge. However, these shelves are not adjustable, so you can’t create additional space for taller items. A more affordable side-by-side fridge with adjustable shelves is the Kenmore 50043. There are five door bins and two are large enough to hold gallon-size containers or 2-liter bottles. The underside of a shelf houses a wire bottle rack designed to hold up to four bottles so they don’t take up space in other areas.

Two of the three drawers are humidity- and temperature-controlled crispers, which are great for storing fruit and vegetables. The third is a large deli drawer. The freezer has four shelves, two drawers and three door bins. These are all made of a sturdy, clear plastic so you can see what is stored in them. The icemaker and ice bin are housed in the freezer door.


The KitchenAid KRSF505ESS doesn’t have as many extra convenience features as some refrigerators in our comparison, but it has all the necessities. It includes a freezer-side water and ice dispenser with a lockout feature, so you can control when it can dispense water and ice. Another dispenser control is a metered fill that only dispenses a set amount of water so you don’t have to worry about any spillover.

The refrigerator controls are located along with the water dispenser in the freezer door. In addition to setting the temperature of each section of the refrigerator, you can set a door alarm. This alarm sounds after a door is left open for a set amount of time, usually a minute. This is a great energy-saving feature.

This refrigerator has three color options for the finish: stainless steel, black and white. This is more than most side-by-side refrigerators, which typically only have a stainless steel finish. This selection makes it easier to match your fridge to your kitchen decor or other appliances you already have.

Efficiency & Warranty

With 24.8 cubic feet of total storage space, the KitchenAid refrigerator has an average capacity. It is Energy Star qualified and is the most energy-efficient side-by-side refrigerator in our review. It costs an estimated $73 yearly to run, which is the smallest amount of any fridge in our reviews. It also uses the least amount of energy by far at 610 kilowatts per year. This feature-packed fridge is also by far the most expensive in our lineup.

KitchenAid includes a one-year warranty on all parts and labor for the KRSF505ESS. This is standard for side-by-side refrigerators. After this initial year of coverage, KitchenAid extends its warranty to cover the sealed system for an additional five years. This system keeps your refrigerator cold, and the long warranty makes the parts cheaper to fix if they break. Warranty information is in the user guide. If you misplace your physical copy, you can access a digital copy from the KitchenAid website.

For any questions you have, or for help setting up your fridge, you can contact the company directly. Live chat is available through the KitchenAid website. You can also email or speak directly with a support representative via telephone.

The KitchenAid KRSF505ESS doesn’t have the largest capacity among the fridges we reviewed, like the LG LSXS26366S but it has a lot of well-laid-out storage space and nice features. It is also the most efficient refrigerator we reviewed – it costs the least to run and uses the least electricity. While the spillproof shelves in the refrigerator are not adjustable, this KitchenAid includes five door bins and a unique bottle rack to hold bulky items. It is a well-constructed fridge with a lot of nice features, but those features come at a price as this is the most expensive fridge in our lineup.

For an alternative storage solution, check out our guide to the best French door refrigerators.

Noel Case

Noel has worked as a reporter and editor for many online and print publications including the Salt Lake Tribune and the Ogden Standard-Examiner, covering diverse beats like education, city development and politics. He also wrote and edited an online monthly magazine for the nutritional supplement company Max International. Noel has degrees from the University of Utah and Weber State University in psychology, English and creative writing and is passionate about writing in all its forms.