The time of the top freezer refrigerators is nearing its end, and people are now eyeing side by side and French Door refrigerators as their target upgrade or first choice for a new refrigerator.
Even with their expected large capacity, side by side and French Door refrigerators are the perfect choices for small and tightly packed kitchens due to their doors not requiring to open as wide as the full width of the fridge. Between the two, French Doors are considered pricier than other types of refrigerators because they’re trendier and add a touch of sophistication to an otherwise mundane kitchen. Expect to pay more if you want your kitchen to look and feel high-end.
Today we compare two French Doors refrigerators from two of the most reliable brands available in the market: The Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ and the Maytag MFT2772HEZ. Instead of opting for the most affordable or mid-range models, we picked their most expensive offering and nitpicked if they’re worth your hard-earned buck.
Whirlpool French Door vs Maytag French Door Comparison Chart
|Model||Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ||Maytag MFT2772HEZ|
|Price||Check Price at Whirlpool||Check Price at Maytag|
|Cabinet Width||35-5/8 in||35-5/8 in|
|Depth||31-1/2 in||35-5/8 in|
|Depth Closed Excluding Handles||28-7/8 in||33-1/4 in|
|Depth Closed Including Handles||31-1/2 in||35-5/8 in|
|Depth Excluding Doors||24-3/8 in||28-7/8 in|
|Depth With Door Open 90 Degree||43-3/4 in||48.0 in|
|Height||71-7/8 in||69-7/8 in|
|Height To Top Of Cabinet||70-7/8 in||68-5/8 in|
|Freezer Volume||6.30 cu. ft.||7.77 cu. ft.|
|Refrigerator Volume||17.50 cu. ft.||19.03 cu. ft.|
|Total Volume||23.8 cu. ft.||26.8 cu. ft.|
|Width||35-13/16 in||35-11/16 in|
|Advance Foam Insulation||Yes||Yes|
|Number Of Doors||3||3|
|Energy Star® Qualified||Yes||Yes|
|ENERGY STAR® Certified||Yes||Yes|
|Dispenser Options||Measured/Metered Fill, Control/Child Lock, Favorite Fill, Night Light, Filtered Water||Control/Child Lock, Filtered Ice, Filtered Water, Slide out Tray, Night Light|
|Dispenser Type||Exterior Ice and Water||Exterior Ice and Water|
|Types Of Ice||Crushed/Cubed||Crushed/Cubed|
|Colour||Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel, Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless, Black, and White||Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel|
Aesthetic and Design
The Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ and the Maytag MFT2772HEZ spacious interiors, and pockets of space dedicated to wide platters.
Both the Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ and the Maytag MFT2772HEZ boast fingerprint-resistant finishes, but Whirlpool offers more color variants than the Maytag. Maytag only offers the MFT2772HEZ in Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel, while Whirlpool gives consumers four options: Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel, Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless, Black, and White.
Besides the door handles, you’d be hard-pressed to find much external deviation in design between the two refrigerators. Other than the fact that the Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ is a counter depth fridge and the Maytag MFT2772HEZ isn’t, nothing stands out. In fact, they share almost the same exact features inside.
Counter depth refrigerators are known to have less capacity than standard depth refrigerators, but the Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ makes up for it with its Pantry-Inspired Layout, advertised as being able to store 30% more than other leading counter depth French Door refrigerator brands in its class. Whirlpool’s Infinity Slide Shelf showcases convenient adjustability, allowing you to slide a shelf back to allow taller items to fit (like an entire blender). Platter Pockets allow the storage of wide, flat kitchenware or Tupperware without them taking too much space in the fridge.
The Maytag MFT2772HEZ already exceeds its counter depth equivalent in capacity due to it being a standard depth fridge, beating the WRF954CIHZ by 3 cu. ft. With it also featuring a metal slide-out shelf and its WIDE-N-FRESH™ DELI DRAWER, packing away tall or wide items should be a breeze. It has a definite advantage when it comes to storage space.
Cooling and Lighting
The Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ and the Maytag MFT2772HEZ both feature modern LED lighting, but Maytag surpasses Whirlpool’s cooling efficiency with its POWERCOLD® FEATURE.
Both refrigerators have LED lighting, illuminating the entire interior while using less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs. It’s not surprising that both refrigerators share almost the same features — Maytag was acquired by Whirlpool back in 2006.
Whirlpool’s Auto-Humidity Crispers and Maytag’s FRESHLOCK™ CRISPERS probably share the same technology, probably even the same parts. Both brands guarantee that maintaining the freshness and flavour of various produce won’t be a dilemma wannabe chefs need to worry about.
Maintaining the ideal temperature all throughout is where Maytag’s MFT2772HEZ refrigerator model truly shines, compared to Whirlpool’s. Its POWERCOLD® FEATURE filters cold air from the freezer into the fridge, chilling even things you just popped in quickly and efficiently. Pressing the POWERCOLD® button also prevents the fridge from warming up when you have friends or children over who go on regular raids while keeping the doors open.
There are quite a number of problems with the Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ, according to a number of reviews submitted by disgruntled consumers on Whirlpool’s website. The most common problems that surfaced were hinges getting broken (the common denominator among all the reviews), uneven door handles, uneven doors, the ice dispenser turning into one solid block of ice, etc. The aforementioned door particulars were supposedly dismissed by Whirlpool as cosmetic flaws — and the water and ice dispenser constantly breaking down were not being addressed properly by Customer Support and technicians. Even replacement parts took upwards of eight weeks to process. Yikes.
The MFT2772HEZ has shown more reliability in the long term, but no appliance is truly perfect — and no appliance stays in absolute pristine working condition forever.
The Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ has been fraught with issues that clash with its high-end price point, which makes the Maytag MFT2772HEZ the more premium choice in comparison.
Being both French Door refrigerators, both brands and models offer massive amounts of storage space — the ideal choice for large families who need to buy in bulk most of the time. Both the Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ and the Maytag MFT2772HEZ deliver on these absolute essentials and look beautiful to look at as a bonus.
The thorn on Whirlpool’s side is the unreliability of the WRF954CIHZ, which is quite the disappointment if you’re going to consider the price point it’s in. Consumers would naturally expect premium quality that matches the price. As a result, what was meant to be marketed as a high-end fridge ended up turning into a pariah in its class.
In conclusion, your best bet would be to get the Maytag MFT2772HEZ. It’s still the best the brand can offer when it comes to French Doors, but considerably cheaper compared to what Whirlpool offers. It has a larger capacity than the WRF954CIHZ, has the same features, same technology, better cooling, beautiful exteriors, and all at a more affordable price. If your the kind of person who doesn’t put too much importance in being able to choose a colour for your high-end refrigerator, this fridge is the one.
Unfortunately, yes. The Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ’s ice maker has been known to either break down due to a myriad of reasons — one of them is the ice melts then refreezes into one solid block of ice.
The Maytag MFT2772HEZ has been receiving excellent reviews mostly, but getting a technician or replacement in case a problem does come up would be difficult right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Whirlpool WRF954CIHZ has four finishes to choose from — two of which are fingerprint resistant.