Whirlpool WRS970CIDM review

The Whirlpool WRS970CIDM side-by-side refrigerator has ample storage space and some nice convenience features. This stainless steel fridge also comes in black and white.

Whirlpool WRS970CIDM

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Whirlpool WRS970CIDM is among the most affordable fridges in our comparison. It doesn't have the largest capacity, but it makes good use of space and is a smart choice for someone who likes to keep their food organized.


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    The freezer and refrigerator have an abundance of drawer space.


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    It is one of the least efficient fridges in our lineup.

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The Whirlpool WRS970CIDM is an older model now. To find an alternative option, take a look at our guide to the best side-by-side refrigerators, or you could opt for one of the best French door refrigerators.

The Whirlpool WRS970CIDM is not Energy Star qualified. While it has a good capacity, it is smaller than most of the refrigerators in our lineup. In addition, it uses more energy and has higher estimated yearly operating costs than the majority of the fridges we reviewed. Its efficiency, therefore, leaves something to be desired, but it is one of the more affordable units in our lineup.

The refrigerator section has four shelves and three drawers, including a humidity-controlled crisper drawer, to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, and a snack/deli drawer. There are four adjustable door bins and a designated dairy compartment, which keeps items such as cheese and butter separated from other foods with smells that may be absorbed and spoil the taste of dairy items. It also has a rack specifically for cans. The door bins are adjustable to customize the space the way you need it.

The freezer section has three shelves, two drawers, and three door bins. The icemaker and water dispenser are located in the freezer-side door. There is a lot of varied freezer space for different types of food. Even though this side-by-side doesn’t have the largest capacity of the units we looked at, it makes good use of its space. If you need a fridge with a large capacity the Electrolux EI26SS30JS or the Samsung RS27T5200SR are good options.

Whirlpool includes both the standard one-year warranty on parts and labor and a five-year warranty on the sealed system, the parts that work to keep the refrigerator cool. For assistance, you can access helpful user guides on the Whirlpool website. We found most of the answers to our questions in this way. You can also access personalized assistance using the online chat, telephone or email.

The Whirlpool WRS970CIDM has a modest capacity when compared with other fridges we reviewed, but it makes good use of space and has a lot of drawers and shelves in both the refrigerator and freezer. Given its size it also uses a lot of energy and costs more to run per cubic foot than most fridges in our lineup. It has some nice feature like a humidity-control crisper drawer, a snack/deli drawer and a rack for cans. It is a nice, affordable side-by-side refrigerator with a lot of designated drawer and shelf space.

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.