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Appliance maker rolls out five-door refrigerator

May 1, 2015
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Appliance maker rolls out five-door refrigerator
The five-door freestanding refrigerator by KitchenAid is a “first-of-its-kind” product. Courtesy KitchenAid

A refrigerator’s job is to keep foods fresh and organized, which is why an appliance maker is introducing a “first-of-its-kind” five-door refrigerator.

KitchenAid, a brand of Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool, said this week that its newest addition to the kitchen provides unparalleled control for organizing and preserving the freshness of foods.

Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid, said the five-door refrigerator is an answer to “many cooks who tell us they want the freshest possible ingredients and the ability to find them quickly and easily.”

The refrigerator features the brand's Preserva Food Care System that's designed to help "extend freshness, minimize odors and delay over-ripening of foods."

What’s in a drawer?

The upper portion of the refrigerator is built with two side-by-side compartments, similar to a traditional French-door style. Inside, adjustable spill-resistant shelves are designed to fit food and ingredients of all shapes and sizes, and the "finely textured surface" on shelf edges helps contain spills to other parts of refrigerator.

To gather ingredients quickly, the fridge features SatinGlide crisper drawers with rollers designed for smooth movement when opening and closing.

In addition, an herb storage container helps prolong the freshness of herbs, such a rosemary, thyme and oregano. Its angled floor allows stems to rest in water at the bottom, while the leaves remain dry at the top and can store the amount of herbs found in a typical supermarket pack.

Two external drawers sit side-by-side in the middle of the refrigerator with a soft-close feature that's designed to keep movement "smooth and consistent."

The left drawer features five pre-set temperatures: meat/fish, drinks, greens/herbs, deli/cheese and thaw/marinate.

The right drawer features a produce preserver with optimal humidity to keep fruits and vegetables, such as pears and parsnips, from over ripening.

A bottom mount freezer drawer serves as the fifth compartment, with a three-tier design that helps keep items organized and easy to reach.

"Premium" features

The five-door refrigerator's additional "premium" features include an in-door ice system located on the inside left door, allowing for extra shelf space in the refrigerator compartment.

A measured fill water feature can be programmed to pour a measured amount of water, in ounces, cups or liters, for recipes and everyday items, like a coffee pot or water bottle.

LED lighting gradually increases light levels in both the refrigerator and freezer to provide a sharper view with fewer shadows. Combined with a platinum interior offered in one of the models, the lighting provides a "silvery, glossy and sophisticated" alternative to the "traditional bright-white finish."

Exterior design features include satin-textured handles with a no-slip grip, inspired by professional-grade kitchens, which are capped with KitchenAid brand medallions at each end.

The five-door refrigerator comes in the brand's new black stainless-steel finish and stainless steel.


The 36-inch models carry suggested retail prices ranging from $3,699 to $3,999.

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