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This Whirlpool fridge might be too cold for its own goodAt $1,100, the Whirlpool WRT511SZDM top freezer fridge is the coldest refrigerator we've ever tested. But is that a good thing?
[MUSIC] Most of us don't have a fridge that costs us thousands of dollars. Most of us have something like this, the Whirlpool WRT511SZDM. This is an $1,100 top freezer fridge and stainless steel. It's 21 cubic feet roughly of storage space, 15 of which are in the fridge. That's above average as top freezers go, but it's not the biggest we've seen. That distinction goes to the king size LG top freezer that we reviewed last That six cubic foot freezer is about as big as it gets though, so if you buy a lot of frozen dinners and stuff in bulk from Costco or Sams Club, you might wanna look at this fridge. Now, as far as design goes, this is a pretty boring fridge. It doesn't do much to it apart from the traditional top freezer aesthetic. It's just an old-fashioned plain looking fridge. There's not much going on inside the fridge either. You only really have these plexi slide bin that moves side to side under this top shelf to make room for the items below. It works well and glides smoothly, but it's just not that exciting of a feature. And there's nothing else to get excited about. No water dispenser, no spill proof shelves, nothing much of anything in the features department. What really sets this fridge apart though, is it's performance. Simply put, it's as cold a fridge as we've tested. The default setting test came down Way below where we expected. Usually you get into fall settings of about 37 degrees. This one averaged out closer to 35, with a couple of shelves going down below freezing. Including the bottom shelf in the main body of the fridge. It averaged out to 30.1 degrees in our default setting test. And even colder at the coldest setting, where temperatures went down to the 20s. So that's just too cold for my taste, you're gonna have frozen milk, frozen juice, you don't want that. Now it's easy enough to dial up from that, you know if your milk freezes just pick up a setting and see if that fixes it. But it's still an annoyance you should be aware of before buying. All in all this is a respectable fridge that airs on the cold side. So if you prefer that, as opposed, to a fridge that might run a degree or two warmer than you'd like then maybe it's the fridge for you. Just don't blame me when your milk freezes. [SOUND]