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Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ review

The Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ lacks some of the features its more expensive competitors offer, but it has everything you need to keep your food crisp and fresh.

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ review
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Our Verdict

The Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ refrigerator is an attractive model that will blend beautifully into a modern kitchen. While there are a few design flaws, on the whole it has some nice features and a decent capacity that provides plenty of space for all your food and drink.

For

  • Energy efficient
  • Exterior ice and water dispenser
  • Two-tier freezer storage

Against

  • No WiFi controls
  • Awkward storage

The Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ is a sleek and contemporary refrigerator that will look great in a modern kitchen. The stainless steel finish is finger-print resistant and, while not as generous as some of the best French door refrigerators on the market, the 25 cubic feet capacity is still pretty impressive.

This attractive Whirlpool fridge performs well, and there are several nice features that we’re happy to see in a refrigerator at this price, including a deli drawer that sits below the humidity-control double crisper drawers. That being said, the organization of the interior could be arranged better to allow for more storage space, and the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ also lacks the WiFi connectivity that other refrigerators, such as the LG LFXS26596S come with. 

Overall though, the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ is a stylish French door refrigerator that does a great job of maintaining a consistently cold temperature that keeps food fresher for longer. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ to see if the price tag justifies you purchasing it. 

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ: Price 

French door refrigerators tend to be on the pricier side compared to the best side-by-side refrigerators, so that’s worth considering if you have a smaller budget. French door refrigerators can cost anywhere from $1,100 for a basic unit up to $10,000 for the most advanced models, but generally, $4,500 is the upper limit for a fridge of this design.

The Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ generally retails for around $2,199  (depending on the color choice), which puts it in the lower price bracket, but we understand that’s still a fair chunk of cash for most people. It does come with some peace of mind in the form of a one-year Whirlpool warranty that covers the costs of any defects in materials or workmanship, however, we’d have liked to see a longer warranty.  

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ: Features 

The Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ comes with most of the features you’d expect to see in a decent French door refrigerator. The spill-proof shelves do a good job of helping to contain spills and leaks, and the humidity-controlled double crisper drawers extend the life of fruits and vegetables, keeping them crunchy and fresh.

There’s an exterior ice and water dispenser with EVERYDROP filtration to ensure you have clean, great-tasting water and ice at the press of a button. It’s well bearing in mind, however, that you’ll need a water supply in order for this dispenser to work. Your water pressure must also be between 35 and 120 PSI.

The adjustable gallon-sized door bins can be moved anywhere in the door, giving you plenty of flexibility. However, it’s worth noting that due to the bulkiness of the ice maker, the shelves on the left-hand side of the fridge door are much smaller and the one nearest the top is skinny, rendering it unsuitable for most items. 

We love the slide-out deli drawer with its own temperature control, and the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ also comes with a generous two-tier freezer storage section, with an LED light so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Unlike many cheaper side-by-side refrigerators and some of the French door refrigerators in the same price category, the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ doesn’t have WiFi connectivity, and this lets it down on the feature front. 

For peace of mind, this refrigerator does have a door alarm, so if it’s left open for a while, you’ll be able to tell. 

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ review

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Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ: Design 

Overall, the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ is well designed, and its sleek and modern appearance will suit anyone with a love of the contemporary look. The exterior comes in fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, and the model is also available in fingerprint-resistant black, white, and standard black. 

Measuring 68.63-inches in height, 32.88-inches in depth, and 35.63-inches in width, it has a big footprint but is relatively standard for a French door fridge. In order for your fridge to be properly ventilated, you’ll need to allow a half-inch gap around all the sides and the top. In terms of interior capacity, it comes in at 25 cubic feet, which, when compared with the smaller and considerably more expensive Samsung RF23M8570SG, is pretty impressive. 

However, the ice maker is incredibly bulky, which cuts into the storage space and means the left-hand side of the door doesn’t function as well as it could. We also read customer reviews that noted that while the left-hand crisper drawer can be opened with just the left-hand door of the fridge open, the right-hand crisper drawer requires both fridge doors to be open - which is a bit of a strange design flaw.

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ review

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The freezer is well designed in terms of storage and lighting, but while the second storage bin has a solid bottom, the top bin has a mesh design that frozen fruits and vegetables could escape through if bags aren’t tightly sealed. The freezer compartment on this Whirlpool is also frost free so you won’t need to manually scrape away layers of ice to prevent build up. With a Tier 1 energy efficiency rating, the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ will cost you around $82 a year to power. It’s also Energy Star certified, a label given to only the more efficient appliances on offer. This means that while you may pay slightly more for this feature initially, the fridge will actually be cheaper to power in the long run. 

While there are a few design flaws with the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ when it comes to the layout and storage, for the most part, it functions well. 

Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ: User reviews 

While the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ isn’t perfect, it’s getting plenty of love in the customer review department. Close to 4,000 reviewers over at Home Depot give it a solid 4.4 out of five stars, praising the brightness, space, and value for money - the deli drawer seems to be a big hit too!

It’s the same story at Best Buy, and pretty much everywhere else we looked. However, some negative reviews centered around issues with the ice maker not working correctly and these issues falling outside of the warranty period. Other issues include some users stating this refrigerator is loud. 

Should you buy the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ? 

If you’re looking to get your hands on a fashionable refrigerator but don’t want to pay upwards of $3,000 to do it, then the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ provides a nice compromise. It doesn’t have some of the flashier features of the more expensive models, but it has an attractive exterior and for the most part, a well functioning interior. There are some minor issues with the layout, but on the whole, the Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ performs well and will suit the needs of most households. 

Kathryn Rosenberg

Kathryn is a freelance health and wellness writer who is passionate about the mind-body connection, the role of food as medicine, and exploring how we can live in more sustainable and humane ways. A lover of the natural world, she’s at her happiest when walking the beach, staring out at the ocean, or when sat amongst lakes and mountains. For Top Ten Reviews, Kathryn covers more of our in-depth health content, ranging from diabetes news to vision care. And it isn’t just human wellness Kathryn is interested in - she also writes about the health of our furry friends over at our sister site PetsRadar.