Fancy French door fridges are all the fad, however when you do not care a lot about design and simply want one thing easy that’ll hold your groceries chilly, then a great ol’ prime freezer just like the one you most likely grew up with will nonetheless do the trick.

And, when you’re available in the market for a prime freezer, then Whirlpool hopes you may contemplate the WRT541SZHV. At a steered retail worth of $1,299 — which is nearly as costly as prime freezers get — it provides 21 cubic toes of complete space for storing and a sexy, black stainless-steel design.

All issues thought-about, I feel there are higher values available elsewhere. As an example, at that very same $1,299 worth, the black stainless-steel model of the LG LTCS24223S provides an even bigger design with recessed handles, and higher efficiency, too. For a couple of hundred much less, the equally giant Samsung RT21M6213SR offers you a lot sharper efficiency within the freezer and a greater set of options. I would purchase each of these earlier than spending my cash on the Whirlpool WRT541SZHV.

Design and options

I am going to hold this part fairly fast, as a result of there’s actually not a lot to speak about. The WRT541SZHV is, fairly merely, a really conventional prime freezer construct. The black stainless-steel end appears effective, and helps it mix in with extra fashionable home equipment in your retailer’s present ground — however on the finish of the day, that is nonetheless a reasonably old style equipment.

Inside, you may discover a complete of 21.three cubic toes of space for storing, 15.2 of that are allotted to the fridge compartment. These are respectable numbers by prime freezer requirements, however not fairly as large as the additional large-sized LG LTCS24223, which clocks in at a complete of 24 cubic toes.

As for energy consumption, the WRT541SZHV is Vitality Star-certified with a complete power draw of 399 kWh. That’d add about $48 to your power invoice annually. These figures are proper on par with different, equally sized prime freezers that do not embrace an automated ice maker by default, together with the Samsung RT21M6213SR.

The Flexi-Slide Bin beneath the highest shelf slides from left to proper to assist make area for tall groceries beneath it.

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That brings us to options. You do not usually get very lots of them with prime freezer fridges, and the WRT541SZHV isn’t any exception. The small deli drawer that hangs beneath the fridge’s prime shelf slides from left to proper to create space for groceries beneath, although — Whirlpool calls it the “Flexi-Slide Bin.” May turn out to be useful right here and there, however for essentially the most half, it is a gimmick in an in any other case bare-bones construct. Nonetheless, it slides fairly easily, so give Whirlpool some credit score for execution.

Store round, and you will not discover many prime freezers that do significantly better so far as options are involved. The aforementioned Samsung mannequin does embrace a drawer up on the very prime of the fridge compartment that spans all the width of the equipment, which is uncommon in a prime freezer, and you may convert the freezer into further fridge area, too, which is definitely fairly darned helpful. The GE GAS18PSJSS is one other seemingly boring prime freezer with some distinctive further performance due to a water pitcher accent that fills mechanically everytime you dock it in place inside.

These are outliers although — when you’re shopping for a prime freezer, it is since you’re on the lookout for worth, not since you’re attempting to find top-of-the-line options.

Apart from one further hot-spot beneath the butter bin, the typical temperatures on the fridge’s default setting look fairly good — however regulate these freezer temps…

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We check fridges by loading them right into a climate-controlled check chamber and monitoring the temperatures in every part of the fridge on a minute-by-minute foundation for 72 hours at each the default and coldest settings. It takes a couple of week, but it surely offers us a wealth of knowledge to dig into.

With three exceptions, every of the cabinets, drawers and door bins within the WRT541SZHV’s fridge compartment held tight inside a 2-degree unfold, starting from 37.9 to 39.9 levels F. That is superb — 37 levels is the perfect goal temperature at a fridge’s default setting, and something above 40 begins to hurry up the expansion of micro organism.


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