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

April 8th, 2013 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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


whirlpool french door refrigerator 2013 GX5FHTXVY


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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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

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