31 - 33 Inch Widths
Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ Refrigerator
WRS321SDHZ
This 21.4 cu.-ft. (claimed) side-by-side Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ refrigerator has
  • digital controls on its front door
  • an external water dispenser
External Dimensions
dimensions Height: 67 in Width: 33 in Depth: 32 in
Description
This 21.4 cu.-ft. (claimed) side-by-side Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ refrigerator has
  • digital controls on its front door
  • an external water dispenser

Ratings Scorecard

Survey Results

Predicted Reliability

Predicted Reliability

Predicted brand reliability ratings are based on estimated problem rates for newly purchased side-by-side refrigerators, not covered by an extended warranty or service contract, within the first five years of ownership.

 /  5
Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction

Brand owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their side-by-side refrigerator to their friends and family.

 /  5

Test Results

Thermostat control

Thermostat control

This assesses the ability of the refrigerator's thermostat to 1) achieve the desired initial set temperatures following manufacturer's recommendations 2) achieve optimum temperatures in both the fresh food and freezer sections simultaneously and 3) keep internal temperatures constant despite large changes in room temperature.

 /  5
Temperature uniformity

Temperature uniformity

This performance test is based on how well a model minimizes warm and cold spots within its fresh food and freezer sections.

 /  5
Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

This reflects electricity consumption per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.

 /  5
Noise

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.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

This assesses features and design including layout, controls, and lighting.

 /  5
Claimed capacity

Claimed capacity

Capacity of refrigerator is as claimed by the manufacturer.

 /  5

About

The Whirlpool WRS321SDHZ is part of the Refrigerators test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Side-By-Side Refrigerators models like the WRS321SDHZ are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Thermostat control This assesses the ability of the refrigerator's thermostat to 1) achieve the desired initial set temperatures following manufacturer's recommendations 2) achieve optimum temperatures in both the fresh food and freezer sections simultaneously and 3) keep internal temperatures constant despite large changes in room temperature.

Temperature uniformity This performance test is based on how well a model minimizes warm and cold spots within its fresh food and freezer sections.

Energy efficiency This reflects electricity consumption per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.

Style

Side-By-Side Refrigerator

Exterior Dimensions

height and width dimensions

67 in.  high 33 in.  wide

depth dimension

32 in.  deep

Features

Water dispenser

Water dispenser

The water dispenser is normally accessible from the outside as part of the ice and water dispenser.

External
Stainless/SS-look option

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.

Yes
Uniquely adjustable shelves

Uniquely adjustable shelves

Shelves that can be moved up and down without removing food. An example is a shelf that adjusts by rotating a crank handle.

No
Half shelf

Half shelf

Half shelves, typically found on top-freezer or bottom-freezer models, can be set at the same height to provide a full-width shelf or can be set to different heights to improve storing flexibility. Split shelves, found on some side-by-sides, allow one side either to fold under the back half, fold up and out of the way, or move right to left. This leaves extra headroom for tall items.

No
Gallon storage on door

Gallon storage on door

Door shelf can accommodate a standard one-gallon plastic milk container and makes for easier access to beverages.

Yes
Icemaker

Icemaker

Typically makes 3 to 4 pounds of ice a day--but according to our repair data, an icemaker may also add reliability problems. Some higher-end models have a feature to speed ice-making, which produces as much as twice the amount in the same time.

Yes
Built-in water filter

Built-in water filter

A water filter, included with many icemakers, is intended to reduce levels of lead, chlorine, and other impurities. A filter usually adds to the cost of the refrigerator, so have your tap water tested to see if you really need one. Change about every six months; filter-cartridge-replacement costs range from $30 to $40, plus shipping.

No
Touchpad

Touchpad

In some models, you can use an electronic touchpad to adjust the temperature settings. In some higher-end models, the display will show the actual temperature.

Yes
Spillproof shelves

Spillproof shelves

Shelf is designed to contain spills.

No
Freezer light

Freezer light

Available on most models.

Yes
Child lock-out for dispenser

Child lock-out for dispenser

This feature, usually a button or switch, allows you to disable the ice and water dispensers. The icemaker continues to work while the dispensers are disabled.

Yes

Specs

Exterior height

Exterior height

Our measurement, including the top hinge and rounded up to the nearest inch. (We measured only tested models, but the similar models we list should have the same dimensions.) Built-in models have the compressor on top, making them about a foot taller than regular refrigerators. They fit flush with cabinets and counters.

67
Exterior width

Exterior width

Our measurement, including all protrusions and rounded up to the nearest inch. (We measured only tested models, but the similar models we list should have the same dimensions.)

33
Exterior depth

Exterior depth

Our measurement, rounded up to the nearest inch. We include tubing or other protrusions in the back but exclude the handle. (We measured only tested models, but the similar models we list should have the same dimensions.)

32
Total usable capacity

Total usable capacity

Usable capacity is the volume, in cubic feet, of usable interior space, based on our measurements. We included ice-makers in the storage measurements for top-freezer and bottom-freezer models, but not for side-by-sides.

12.7
Fridge usable capacity

Fridge usable capacity

Our measurement of usable volume.

9
Freezer usable capacity

Freezer usable capacity

Our measurement of usable volume.

3.7
Energy cost/yr.

Energy cost/yr.

Estimated cost in dollars, based on the current year's average national electricity rate. Your cost will vary depending on the rate for electricity in your area.

85
Energy star

Energy star

Refrigerators manufactured after April 28, 2008, earning this designation must be at least 20 percent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard.

No
CR's suggested refrigerator setting

CR's suggested refrigerator setting

This is the refrigerator section controller setting, typically in degrees but sometimes a numeric value used for our 70 degree ambient temperature test to get the refrigerator center to be between 36 and 38 degrees.

3
CR's suggested freezer setting

CR's suggested freezer setting

This is the freezer section controller setting, typically in degrees but sometimes a numeric value, used during our 70 degree ambient temperature tests to achieve a center temperature between -1 and 1 degrees. NA indicates that there is no separate freezer control.

2
Ice/water dispenser

Ice/water dispenser

Through-the-door ice and water dispensers usually offer cubed or crushed ice and filtered water, but are only available on French-door models, with a special compartment in the fresh food section. They add significantly to the purchase price--and according to our repair data, may also add reliability problems.

No

Price & Shop