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Jenn-Air JS42PPDUDB[SS]
 
Approximate retail price:
$7200
Summary: This 42-inch-wide Jenn-Air built-in side-by-side has through-the-door ice and water dispensers, an ice bin on the freezer door (for easy access and removal), and a door-open alarm. The model is available in stainless steel. It is not Energy Star qualified.
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About - Jenn-Air JS42PPDUDB[SS]

The Jenn-Air JS42PPDUDB[SS] is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, built in refrigerator models like the JS42PPDUDB[SS] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Temperature performance:
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.

Energy efficiency:
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two refrigerators with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.

Noise:
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand

This brand, part of Whirlpool, is positioned for the cooking enthusiast. It is considered a high-end brand, and its appliances offer a slightly softer look than other pro-style models.

Features & Specs - Jenn-Air JS42PPDUDB[SS]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 25.3
info Bottom-freezer No
info Side-by-side Yes
info French-door style No
info Water dispenser External
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Jenn-Air JS42PPDUDB[SS]
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2.0
Unreliable temperature control and NOISY
3/16/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Cons
Noisy
Not Cold Enough
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
This is an expensive refrigerator and for the price the most important feature is temperature control. The refrigerator regularly fluctuates between 36-41 degrees while it is set at 36 degrees. In addition there is a 4-5 degree difference between the top shelf (the warmest) and the bottom shelves. We keep beverages on the top shelf which are cool and our produce in the bottom produce drawers. Despite multiple adjustments I've had problems with berries freezing in the drawers. In addition, items on the door shelf in freezer barely are frozen. The unit is also VERY loud. We've had 2 other Jenn Air side by sides (not built in) which worked very well and were much quieter. Installation is not easy and balancing the refrigerator took installers 4 different adjustments. I'm incredibly disappointed in this very expensive refrigerator. I purchased an extended warranty because I have little confidence in reliability.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
The worst refrigerator ever
8/3/2013
Pros
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Cons
Bad Ice Maker
Difficult To Obtain Parts
Had To Defrost By Hand
Icicles Formed In Freezer
Immediate Computer Probs
Leaked
Noisy
No Mfr Support
Not Cold Enough
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
This was a terrible refrigerator. We bought it new for a new house, and finally gave up and bought a Subzero after only five years. During that time, a motherboard died and had to be replaced (took more than a month to get the part), two icemakers had to be replaced and took weeks to get parts (repair people said they just wear out pretty fast), and worst of all, after about two years the freezer would freeze up so that large icicles formed on all the shelves and the fan would make a huge amount of noise as it knocked into large chunks of ice, resulting in no cooling to the refrigerator. We had to manually defrost this freezer about once a month, which involved putting pans in the freezer to catch the falling and melting ice while moving everything to a cheap but operational fridge in the basement and putting towels all around the fridge to catch the melting ice that dripped onto the floor. My husband just said we wouldn't wish this fridge on our worst enemy. JennAir provided no support or acknowledgment that these problems were not our own, and the trained repair people had no idea how to fix any problem except the icemaker. I later learned on the internet that this freezing problem was common among owners of this fridge. By contrast, we have never had one problem with the Subzero we owned before or the one we own now. It was an expensive lesson to learn, but Jenn-Air made us committed Subzero users. Think twice and do a ton of homework before buying a Jenn Air fridge.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Happy now
2/18/2012
Pros
Attractive Design
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Energy Efficient
Holds Temperature Well
Quiet
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Best Uses
Big Families
Large Kitchens
Comment:
We have the 47in Jenn Air same fridge. We love it! It is the best looking out of the competition and is fully equipped. We did have a couple of problems with it. We got the professional handles and I guess they have to put them on by hand, at the factory the men cut the plastic with a knife that wraps the fridge and scratched the stainless. We had to have a new fridge sent to replace it. We also have had issues with it keeping temperature after several repairs we had to have another replacement sent. It's a great fridge but be sure to get an extended warranty as we are on our third one - hoping all is well from here. We were given the choice to go with another manufacturer but decided to stick with Jenn-Air we love the fridge. You can have problems with any of them
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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