Of the many home appliances you purchase, none involve so much thought, research, and backpedaling as the refrigerator. It must be perfect. After all, you use your refrigerator every day, multiple times per day, so your new appliance requires total efficiency, adequate storage capacity, and no small amount of aesthetic, too.
Of the many refrigerator options on the market today, none impress us quite like the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator. It is sleek, meshes well with most kitchen designs, and offers exceptional storage space—both in the top refrigerator section and the bottom freezer.
Let us dive in and see what makes the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator such a top-notch choice for homeowners.
Either you own Whirlpool appliances in your home or know someone who does—a neighbor, co-worker, or family member. Whirlpool is the leading manufacturer of kitchen and laundry appliances globally, with over $20 billion in annual sales and a staggering 70 manufacturing and technology research centers.
Founded in 1911, over 109 years ago, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Whirlpool now employs more than 92,000 workers across its manufacturing and technology centers, many of which are located right here in the United States.
Louis Upton, a former insurance salesman, alongside his uncle, Emory Upton, founded the Upton Machine Company. Louis would later acquire a patent for a manual clothes washing machine. He then approached Emory to design and install an electric motor. With the help of a $5,000 investment from retail executive Lowell Bassford, the two produced an electric washing machine.
Shortly after, the Federal Electric division of the Commonwealth Edison ordered 100 washing machines. They went on to double their order.
In 1916, Louis and Emory landed Sears, Roebuck & Co., which would sell both basic and deluxe models of the men’s electric washing machines. The rest is history, as Whirlpool diversified and expanded over the years.
Today, alongside the Whirlpool name brand, the company also produces KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit, and countless other brands in most countries across the world.
What We Like Best
Whirlpool has long designed refrigerators for homeowners who want functionality over innovation while retaining an attractive asking price. With the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator line, they achieved their goal.
Instead of the traditional top freezer, Whirlpool flipped their design and put the freezer on the bottom like most modern refrigerators. No more must you stoop for a cold bottle of water or late-night snack! Overall, this design is more comfortable and inviting.
As for performance, the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator happens to best most other big-name brands, including Kenmore, LG, and GE. How so? You may ask. Whirlpool’s line is, for starters, Energy-Star qualified, and its annual energy consumption is significantly less than most other refrigerators. That equates to savings for you!
Let’s talk about price. When you purchase an appliance, its cost is a significant factor in your buying decision. You want efficiency and convenience, but most do not want to overpay for their kitchen appliances, including the refrigerator.
Thankfully, the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator is one of the most affordable options on the market today. It is, in most cases, a few hundred dollars cheaper than the next top appliance.
What We Wish Was Different
Despite the countless pros to the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator, no appliance is perfect. There are a few cons to round out your buying decision. We would be remiss to ignore any disadvantages that may affect your decision, though.
Overall, the design of Whirlpool’s latest line is overly simplistic. It will not win any aesthetic awards, though you can always decorate the front with magnets and children’s drawings. But as a standalone appliance, it will not turn heads. More costly refrigerators are available if that is important, and they feature touch-sensitive screens and ice-makers attached to the swinging doors.
Then, we must note the lack of innovative features. Besides the digital temperature controls, this is your standard refrigerator. That is both good and bad. When you are spending this amount of money, even though the price is right on this one, you expect a few bells and whistles. This time around, you will not receive any. It is a stock refrigerator with functionality above all else.
The Doors of the Fridge
We must note that, on many bottom-freezer models, the refrigerator door feels flimsy. It almost feels like, with one good swing, it may rip off its hinges. It will not rest assured. Whirlpool does not release shoddy products, for the most part, and their bottom-freezer line is no different. We wish the door were of sturdier quality.
That being said, the bottom freezer drawer is convenient and functions well. It is made of the same material, but because the drawer pulls out instead of swinging open, it does not feel as shoddily made. Like all other home appliance manufacturers, Whirlpool bids for the low-cost materials found overseas instead of 100% American materials. It shows at times.
Overall, if convenience, functionality, and affordable price matter most to you in a refrigerator, then the Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator line is what you want. Like LED interior lighting and glass shelving, the numerous simplistic features are excellent, albeit quite plain.
To make life even easier, most major home appliances, home improvements, and electronics stores sell Whirlpool products. Even better is, many of these same local stores offer home delivery, home installation, and financing options ranging from 12 months to 24 months.
The Whirlpool Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator is a unique kitchen appliance that does its job well without breaking the bank.