What's this? This gives the most weight to energy efficiency and temperature performance, then to noise and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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]
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Bottom-freezer These put frequently used items at eye level. Fairly wide refrigerator shelves provide easy access. Though you must bend to locate items in the freezer, even with models featuring a pull-out basket, you will probably do less bending overall because the refrigeration compartment is at eye level.
Side-by-side Part of both the main compartment and the freezer are at eye level, where it's easy to reach. Side-by-sides are the most fully featured with through-the-door ice and water dispensers, temperature-controlled bins, and rapid ice-making cycles among the most requested. Narrow doors are handy in tight spaces. High, narrow compartments make finding stray items easy in front (harder in the back), but they may not hold items such as a sheet cake or a large turkey. Compared with top- and bottom-freezer models, a higher proportion of capacity goes to freezer space. They're much more expensive than similar-sized top-freezer models and are less space- and energy-efficient.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser On side-by-side models, the water dispenser is normally accessible from the outside as part of the ice and water dispenser. On bottom-freezer models, the water dispenser is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Fingers crossed
from New York
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Holds Temperature Well
Space For Tall Items
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Tucson, AZ
(19 of 26 customers found this review helpful)
WARNING! Bad Choice 4 End-of-Cabinet Run
Space For Tall Items
NO TRIM PANELS
Unbelievable! Nowhere in any of the on-line sites peddling this unit did anyone mention that Jenn-Air does not offer trim panels. Be prepared to spend a few hundred dollars and a few hours of your time extra to get a custom panel shop to make you an end-of-cabinet run trim panel.<br /><br />BTW: Had I known this I would not have purchased Jenn-Air.