PROS / The refrigerator's ice and water dispenser has earned few complaints.
CONS / The refrigerator cannot dispense crushed ice.
VERDICT / The KitchenAid French door refrigerator is one of the best.
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The KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS is the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winning appliance in our review of French door refrigerators that are equipped with bottom-mount freezers. Because of quality construction and versatile storage options, the KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS bottom-freezer refrigerator surpasses the third-ranked Maytag MF12269VEM refrigerator freezer. The KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS is very similar to our first-ranked side-by-side refrigerator, the Whirlpool Latitude. However, the Whirlpool French door refrigerator has a better cost to value ratio and more customization options. A full discussion of the KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS bottom freezer refrigerator's features continues below.
In the 1924, the Hobart Manufacturing Company developed an innovative appliance that transformed kitchens across the USA and around the world. Designed to ease the chore of meal preparation, this legendary stand mixer received the brand name of KitchenAid. Because of an overwhelming public demand for the KitchenAid home mixer, the KitchenAid Manufacturing Company formed in 1924.
Today, almost one hundred years later, KitchenAid is a wholly owned subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation and represents the company's premium brand. Independent dealers and upscale stores are the primary vendors of KitchenAid appliances. KitchenAid carries a complete line of premium-priced home appliances, including dishwashers, washers and dryers, microwave ovens, French door refrigerators and more.
The KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS bottom-mount refrigerator freezer is part of KitchenAide's Architect Series II suite. Homeowners who are remodeling or replacing multiple older kitchen appliances may want to consider the Architect Series II product line. All kitchen appliances in the line are coordinated in both design and color.
The KitchenAide side-by-side refrigerator with bottom-mount freezer has a striking style that can accent the décor of most kitchens. The flawless, smooth-finished doors have concealed builder hinges and open with ease. The KitchenAid refrigerator freezer is available in three colors: stainless steel, black and white. Some owners of the French door refrigerator complain that the exterior finish requires extensive weekly cleaning. This is especially true with the stainless steel model.
The width of the French door refrigerator is 35 5/8 inches. The total storage capacity of the bottom freezer refrigerator is 24.9 cubic feet. This spacious interior makes for a versatile food storage system that can accommodate the needs of both small and average-sized families. Designed to save space, both doors of the side-by-side refrigerator can open at once without interfering with the remaining kitchen work area. Additionally, the refrigerator freezer's layout keeps fresh food at eye level, while the bottom-mount freezer compartment stores less frequently accessed frozen food items.
All freestanding KitchenAid refrigerator freezers are Energy Star qualified. KitchenAid is the only manufacturer to obtain this distinction. The yearly estimated operating cost is $58.00. The side-by-side refrigerator with bottom freezer only consumes 547kWh over the course of a year.
KitchenAid guarantees the French door refrigerator with bottom-mount freezer with a limited one-year warranty. During this year, KitchenAid will pay for all parts and repair costs to correct defects in materials and workmanship. However, only a designated KitchenAid service company can perform the repairs. Through the fifth year of ownership, the cavity liner and sealed refrigeration system parts are covered. During the sixth through tenth year of ownership, KitchenAid provides a limited warranty on sealed refrigeration system parts but not on the cavity liner. The water filter has a 30-day limited warranty.
Energy Use & Efficiency
The KitchenAid French door refrigerator with bottom freezer has a spacious refrigeration compartment. A total of 18.3 cubic feet is available for fresh food storage. Locating stored food items is easy because all of the side-by-side refrigerator's bins and shelves are clear. The refrigerator freezer has four adjustable shelves constructed from spill-proof tempered glass. A split, tilting-shelf design accommodates taller food items. Some owners feel that the tilting design sacrifices storage space. Further, some report that the shelf cannot accommodate extra-tall items like a thermos, pitcher and tall wine bottles.
The refrigeration compartment of the bottom-freezer refrigerator has two humidity-controlled crispers that come equipped with fruit and vegetable storage drawers as well as adjustable humidity controls. A full-width temperature-controlled deli locker keeps meats and cheeses fresh longer. The deli locker and crisper bin drawers open with ease and can hold a surprising quantity of meats, cheeses, leftovers and other food.
Some owners complain that accessing the full-width drawers requires opening both of the side-by-side refrigerator's doors. A commonly heard wish is the desire for divided instead of full-width drawers. However, dividing the drawers could limit the bottom freezer refrigerator's capability of accommodating wide platters, deli-trays and other wide items.
Storage & Features
The French door refrigerator has four in-the-door storage bins for the storing of mustard, ketchup, salad dressing and other condiments. Additionally, the doors house gallon-sized bins that can accommodate up to two gallons of milk.
Water & Ice Dispenser
The bottom-freezer refrigerator's freezer compartment has 6.6 cubic feet of storage space. This is more than ample room for the storage of frozen food items. The French door refrigerator's bottom-mount freezer is a pullout drawer that contains two large sliding bins. The bins have dividers that can separate food items by type, size and more. Additionally, owners can remove the dividers to accommodate frozen pizza boxes, gallons of ice cream and other lager items. Because of KitchenAid's own SatinGlide technology, the side-by-side refrigerator's bottom-mount freezer drawer is easy to open even when it is fully loaded.
Warranties & Support
In addition to being sleek and attractive, the French door refrigerator has a modern through-the-door ice and water dispenser. The dispenser delivers filtered, chilled water and ice cubes via the side-by-side refrigerator's left door. Users of the refrigerator freezer report that the dispensed water and ice tastes clean, crisp and is void of a stale aftertaste.
In our review of French door refrigerators, faulty ice and water dispensers were a common owner complaint. Overall, complaints about the KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS refrigerator freezer's ice and water dispenser were few. Some owners wish that the icemaker could deliver crushed ice, but they are pleased with its overall functionality.
The KitchenAid KFIS25XVMS French door refrigerator is a premium-brand refrigerator freezer. The bottom-freezer refrigerator has numerous customization options, a spacious interior and can easily serve the needs of the average family. The bottom-freezer refrigerator's ice and water dispenser is one of the best available on the market.