A top performer in two separate professional tests, the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ offers good temperature control and moisture retention. The bottom-freezer layout is convenient for most users, but freezer space is limited. The Whirlpool has adjustable storage features in both the fridge and the freezer. Most of the complaints about this refrigerator involve its noise level, but we also saw a few reports of durability problems.
Roomy fridge, crowded freezer. The Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ refrigerator offers 15.6 cubic feet of fresh-food space, and users say it makes the most of that space with its half-width, adjustable shelves and movable, see-through door bins. The freezer, however, is a bit more cramped; there's only 6.3 cubic feet, and the built-in ice maker uses up a good chunk of it. On the plus side, users like the fact that the freezer is on the bottom, as it means they don't have to bend over to look in the fridge.
Keeps its cool. In professional tests, the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ refrigerator does a great job of maintaining a constant temperature in both the fridge and the freezer. The vegetable crispers are also good at holding in moisture. Freezing times are a bit long, though, which can put food at risk for freezer burn. This refrigerator is extremely energy efficient for a bottom-freezer; it actually uses less electricity per year than our Best Reviewed top-freezer, the Maytag M1TXEGMYW (Est. $750) . The biggest complaint users have about this fridge is that it's loud; we also saw some reports of durability problems, many of them caused by ice clogging up the defroster drain.
Can be hard to adjust. Keith Barry of Reviewed.com says that some features on the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ refrigerator can be awkward to use. The glass shelves are heavy and hard to adjust, and the crisper drawers don't glide smoothly. Setting the thermostat is also tricky because it uses "an arbitrary numerical scale" instead of a thermometer reading, making it hard to find the exact temperature you want. Cleaning this fridge is fairly easy: The shelves and bins keep spills contained, while the exterior wipes clean with a damp rag. However, several users say the freezer section is harder to clean out, since it's a drawer that doesn't slide out fully.
Small but sleek. One feature users like about the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ refrigerator is that it's small enough to fit in an older kitchen; one user calls it "the most refrigerator for the width that we had to work with." The Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ comes in white, black or trendy stainless steel. However, users note that only the front is stainless; the sides, which may be visible in some kitchens, are black. The stainless finish also tends to show fingerprints, though they wipe off fairly easily. The front of the fridge is smooth and sleek, with no ice or water dispenser to break up its lines.
ConsumerReports.org has ratings on its site for about 30 bottom-freezer refrigerators, including the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ. Fridges are rated on their temperature control, energy efficiency, noise level and ease of use. Results appear in chart form for easy comparison.
Review: Refrigerators, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Last updated July 2013
The Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWS (the stainless version of the GB2FHDXWQ) earns an overall rating of 8 points out of 10 at Reviewed.com, beating 86 percent of the refrigerators reviewed on the site. It maintains consistent temperatures in both the fridge and freezer, and the vegetable crispers hold moisture well.
Review: Whirlpool GB2FHDXWS, Keith Barry, Sept. 30, 2011
We found over 690 reviews for the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ at Lowes.com, most of them picked up from Whirlpool's website. Users give the refrigerator 4.5 stars out of 5 overall, praising its energy efficiency, convenient features, style and ease of use. The most common complaints focus on noise and cleanability.
Review: Whirlpool Gold 21.9-cu ft Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator with Single Ice Maker (Stainless) ENERGY STAR, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of October 2013
BestBuy.com has more than 50 reviews for the Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ that don't overlap with those at other sites. Users find the fridge well organized, with lots of door storage and no hard-to-reach spots. Overall, it earns 4.6 stars out of 5, and 98 percent of users recommend it.
Review: Whirlpool - 21.9 Cu. Ft. Frost-Free Bottom-Mount Refrigerator - White-on-White, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of October 2013