Near-perfect humidity control
Slightly less storage space than the average French door
The Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ's exterior looks sleek, unmarred by any dispensers or control panels. Its thick handles and weighty doors have just the right amount of heft.
Opening up the fridge compartment reveals some gallon door bins on the doors, and a small filtered water dispenser off to the left. The main compartment has two rows of shelves atop a pair of crispers and a deli drawer.
In the freezer, you’ll notice a wire drawer with a large bin on its left side. This is the ice reservoir, which is large enough to keep most families well-stocked in the cold stuff.
About the Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ French-door Refrigerator
Dimensions: 70.13” x 35.83” x 35.5” (H x W x D)
Measured capacity: 10.34 cu. ft. refrigerator, 3.65 cu. ft. freezer
Finishes: Black, white, fingerprint-resistant stainless steel, fingerprint-resistant black stainless steel
Dispensers: Filtered water and ice (internal)
User manual: Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ manual
What we like
Solid temperature performance helps your food keep longer
Maintaining a cold, even temperature is the main function of a fridge—but this doesn’t mean every fridge is particularly good at it.
The refrigerator compartment needs to stay below 40°F to keep bacteria growth to a minimum, but it also has to remain above 32°F to keep food from freezing. Likewise, the freezer needs to stay close to 0°F, as temperature fluctuations can cause defrosting and refreezing, which is how freezer burn happens. This means every time you open the door to browse your perishables, letting cold air out, your fridge has to work quickly and carefully to stabilize its temperatures.
The Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ passed this test with near-perfect grades. The fridge maintained an average temperature of about 38.5°F, and only varied a degree or two. Similarly, items in the freezer stayed within a couple degrees of 0.4°F, which is just about ideal.
Excellent humidity control appeals to fans of leafy greens
For our humidity control test, we measure how well a fridge’s crispers are able to retain moisture. This is a tricky balancing act: The crisper needs to give off just enough humidity to avoid promoting rot, but otherwise needs to retain as much moisture as possible to avoid prematurely wilting your vegetables.
The Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ does an excellent job at hitting that balance, retaining about twice as much moisture as the average fridge, but still expelling enough to keep your veggies healthy.
If your diet relies on plenty of fresh veg, or if you’ve been frustrated with wilting greens in the past, it’s worth considering the Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ.
Use a lot of ice? This reservoir has you covered
If you like your drinks really cold, serve a lot of cocktails, or just love to munch ice, this is a fridge that’s ready to accommodate you.
The Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ keeps its ice dispenser in the freezer, which is slightly less convenient than a through-the-door dispenser, but it makes up for this by having a large ice reservoir—about 0.24 cubic feet, or about one quarter the size of a bulk bag of ice.
While you’ll still need to supplement if you’re having guests, this should keep heavy ice users happy for day-to-day use.
What we don’t like
It offers less usable storage space than the average French-door fridge
This is a small complaint, but one still worth mentioning. Because the Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ has so many drawers and a large ice reservoir, its storage capacity falls short of the average French-door fridge.
We took measurements: the WRF535SWHZ offers 10.34 cubic feet in its fridge (compared to the average 11.19) and 3.65 cubic feet in its freezer (compared to the average 4.69). To help you visualize what this means, consider that a bulk bag of ice is roughly one cubic foot, and each of this appliance's compartments is short about that much storage space.
If you’re already used to a fridge with smaller storage space or perhaps you've just become an empty nester, this loss of storage space may not be an issue, and in fact, many fridges on the market offer far less storage space.
However, if you’re specifically looking to remedy storage concerns, there are better options available.
Internal dispensers are more cumbersome than through-the-door ones would be
Depending on your history, if you’ve used a through-the-door water and ice dispenser in the past, the Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ’s internal ice and water dispensers may feel like a step backward to you.
Big picture, needing to open the fridge door to fill up a glass of water isn’t a huge inconvenience, but it is less convenient than the alternative you may have already become accustomed to.
What owners are saying
Those who have already purchased a Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ have had positive experiences so far, netting this fridge an average 4.5 out of 5-star ratings across major retailers.
Positive user reviews generally offer nonspecific praise, but some focus on the fridge’s sleek design and its storage options.
Most negative reviews complain about faulty delivery or installation issues, some of which seem to have already been remedied by Whirlpool.
Should you buy the Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ?
Yes. If you’re in the market for a new fridge and don’t mind forgoing through-the-door dispensers for internal options, the Whirlpool WRF535SWHZ is a good buy. Its sleek design looks beautiful in any kitchen, and its temperature stability is top-notch.
If you’re looking for a French-door fridge in this vein but don’t mind paying more for better features, we recommend checking out the Whirlpool WRX735SDHZ. It offers a similar performance, a custom-temperature flex drawer, and a through-the-door dispenser.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the testers
Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.
Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.
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