Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ Refrigerator Review

The Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ is an enormous side-by-side refrigerator with 28 cubic feet of storage space. It has an attractive exterior but it’s dull and unappealing on the inside. However, considering its mid-range price point (that’s at the lower end of the scale), it’s an appliance that deserves your consideration.

Pros
  • Tons of storage space
  • ‘FreshFlow’ air filter to reduce odors
  • ‘ACCU-CHILL temperature management system
  • Ice & water dispenser with night-light
  • LED lighting
  • Humidity controlled crispers
Cons
  • Very loud
  • Poor build quality
  • Not much adjustability
Recommended alternatives:
GE GSS25GSHSS
Samsung RH25H5611SR
GE PSS28KSHSS

Design

Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ design

The Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ has an attractive exterior, the side-by-side doors have the industry-standard fingerprint-resistant finish and is available in black or white in regular gloss, but if you’d prefer the stainless-steel look you can have it in silver or black. The doors are fitted with massive vertical handles to make opening the appliance easy for people of all heights. The addition of a ‘night-light’ on the water dispenser only enhances the look in the evening.

Some consumers have reported build quality issues that may ruin the look if you’re unfortunate enough to buy an affected product. The body of the appliance is filled with an insulator foam to regulate temperature, and on occasion, refrigerators have been overfilled causing foam to leak out of the appliance.

While the exterior is nice to look at, the interior does not follow suit. On the inside, the aesthetics are bland and uninteresting. The materials used for the shelves and drawers look cheap with no variation on design to break up the monotony.

Score: 3/5

Storage

Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ storage

With 28 cubic feet of storage, the Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ is massive. The fridge has 17.56 cu.ft of space for huge amounts of fresh produce while there is 10.93 cu.ft for your frozen goods.

Even though there is more than enough storage space for most large families, there are a couple of design issues that limit this appliance somewhat. The shelves are removable, making them easier to clean, but they aren’t adjustable, meaning you’re stuck with the configuration it comes with. In the fridge, the shelf with the highest space is at the top, meaning larger items will be stored higher up. This could be an issue for smaller consumers.

There are four storage shelves in the fridge, a deli-drawers, two humidity-controlled crispers and the door has five adjustable bins for your milk jugs and other such products.

While the freezer has four shelves, two drawers, and three bins in the door for storing frozen goods. There could have been more space but the ice maker and dispenser take up around 60% of the door’s interior.

The thin plastic used for the bins and drawers has been known to crack when being removed for cleaning.

The storage rating could have been perfect if a little more thought had been put into the layout.

Score: 4/5

Features

Ice Maker & Water Dispenser

Many consumers who buy this kind of large appliance want fresh water and ice at their disposal and brands/manufacturers across the world have struggled to implement this feature without issue.

Whirlpool is no different. Almost all website reviews comment on how loud this ice maker is and that the amount of ice it can store is too small, which is disappointing considering the significant amount of space the device takes up. The ice maker is also quite slow to generate ice so be prepared to wait for your cubes.

‘FreshFlow’ Air Filter

Whirlpool claims the FreshFlow air filter is the most effective system at reducing odors from within your appliance. However, the filters do need replacing after 6 months.

Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ ice

‘ACCU-CHILL’ Temperature Management System:

The system is in place to regulate the temperature inside this appliance. It’s supposed to quickly chill or freeze your groceries and make sure they stay chilled or frozen. It is worth noting some consumers have reported goods freezing in the fridge when placed close to the freezer side of the storage.

Humidity-Controlled Crispers

By now, humidity-controlled crispers are practically industry standard, but with good reason. Fruits and vegetables need to be stored at higher temperatures than other chilled goods so the ability to store them correctly will only increase their longevity.

LED Lighting

The Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ offers LED lighting in both the fridge and freezer. However, some customers dislike the placement of the lights in the fridge. Because they’re back-lit, the LED lights are either blocked by the contents or shine directly into the owner’s eyes.

Score: 3/5

Performance

The general performance of this refrigerator is pretty good, the ice maker issues aside (which seem to be industry standard), customer complaints regarding reliability are relatively low considering the price for such a large appliance.

The 747kWh the Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ uses annually equates to around $100 per year to run using 2020 energy prices. This is fairly standard for an appliance this size.

Score: 3.5/5

Should you buy the Whirlpool WRS588FIHZ?

Whilst this appliance does have its issues and design flaws, it is considerably cheaper than other refrigerators of a similar size. It’s also a fairly reliable product, so if you can live with the suboptimal layout and the noisy dispenser, then this could be the one to consider if you have a large family and a smaller budget.

Overall Score: 13.5/20

Alternatives

Cheaper model
GE GSS25GSHSS

The GE appliance is smaller than its Whirlpool counterpart, though considering it is cheaper, some concessions have to be made. However, the interior has a better design, the materials used are more durable  and many of the shelves are adjustable giving you more flexibility.

Similar price
Samsung RH25H5611SR

Another smaller appliance, but this one is far prettier with a stunning interior and a high-end looking ‘Showcase Fridge Door’. This refrigerator has an ENERGY STAR rating making it around 15% cheaper per year to run.

Upgrade
GE PSS28KSHSS

This slightly more expensive appliance has even more storage space than the Whirlpool. The interior design had more thought put into it and it appears to use more durable materials. As with the cheaper GE, it also has adjustable shelving while the Whirlpool does not.

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