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KitchenAid's energy-saving refrigerator has bottom freezer, advanced controls

This model, part of the vendor's sleeker Architect Series II, is an Energy Star model, which uses at least 15 percent less energy than a standard refrigerator.

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KitchenAid's 24.8 cubic feet refrigerator is an energy-saving model with French doors and a bottom freezer, a feature that's becoming more popular among buyers because it puts the refrigerator at eye level.

This model #KBFS25ETBL is part of the vendor's sleeker Architect Series II. It is an Energy Star model, which uses at least 15 percent less energy than a standard refrigerator. (All freestanding KitchenAid refrigerators are Energy Star compliant.)

KitchenAid refrigerator with French doors saves energy. KitchenAid

The refrigerator offers varied storage options because of its full width that enables storage of larger plates and big pizza boxes. It comes equipped with four roller-track adjustable glass shelves and gallon door bins. It also has two humidity-controlled crispers to ensure fresher produce and a full-width temperature-controlled pantry door. Controls are electronic touch with digital temperature readout.

There's a holiday (Sabbath) mode feature on this model so you can avoid turning it on and off at certain times and an alarm that alerts you when the door is left open.

The freezer has two wide pullout baskets that provide easy access to food and are simple to clean.

The water dispenser, which is equipped with AquaSense filtration, is located inside the refrigerator on this model and the ice maker, which is outside, is automatic so you always have ice available. The interior lighting on this refrigerator is standard.

The pull-out freezer measures 7.3 cubic feet and the refrigerator is 17.5 cubic feet.

This model comes in black and white and retails at about $1,800.