Whirlpool vs Amana vs KitchenAid French Door Bottom Mounts (Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 08, 2013  |  3 Min. Read

Whirlpool  |  KitchenAid  |  French Door Refrigerators  |  Amana

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This will be a short yet interesting post about French door refrigerators and the appliance industry in general. About 10 years ago, Whirlpool finished absorbing their once great rival Maytag in a now regrettable deal. Maytag had been mismanaged and was a shell of the 100 year old iconic brand.

However, the only bright spot for Whirlpool was their access to the french door refrigeration market. Whirlpool is a great manufacturer, but has been late to every trend from stainless steel to induction to even front load laundry. Maytag actually had decent French door refrigerators and some decent brands like Jenn-Air, Hoover and Amana as well as their own name.

Whirlpool has had trouble segmenting the names, and they now actually compete as much with each other as other brands. As an illustration, let's look at the differences between their popular 25 cubic foot French door refrigerators.

kitchenaid french door refrigerator 2013 KBFS25EWMS

VS

whirlpool french door refrigerator 2013 GX5FHTXVY

VS

amana french door refrigerator 2013 AFD2535FES

KitchenAid KBFS25EWMS - $1719

 

Whirlpool GX5FHTXVY - $1829

 

Amana AFD2535FES - $1199

So what really is the difference?

Not much as it turns out. The only real difference are different shaped handles, a door alarm and $520. The product itself is identical. Whirlpool will usually discount the Amana or their own Whirlpool name a couple times a year. GE will do the same with their GE, GE Profile and GE Cafe lines. Often the difference is the handle.

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