KitchenAid Superba Refrigerator - Superior To Others
Written: Mar 6, 2002 (Updated Sep 29, 2002)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
In June of 2000, we moved into our new custom-built home located in a very rural area with an hour's drive to shopping. Shopping for new appliances required a great deal of research as this time I wanted quality products that didn't aggravate me like the ones I had before we moved. I have always had a side-by-side refrigerator. The last one was a Kenmore, which is made by Whirlpool, and KitchenAid is the higher end made by Whirlpool. The Kenmore was the same cubic size as my KitchenAid. It had most of the features as my KitchenAid except it did not have wheels or the water filtration and the rubber gaskets of my veggie and meat drawers kept falling off. So, I decided to buy the KitchenAid Suberba side-by-side refrigerator model #KSRS27FGBL.
What the KitchenAid Suberba Has and What It Does
Fresh Seal Humidity and Temperature Controlled Vegetable Crisper Drawer: This fresh seal crisper drawer is humidity controlled to keep produce fresher and longer with the only 4-sided gasket seal in the industry, according to KitchenAid. There are 5 humidity-controlled settings. The lower the number you set it on lets moist air out of the crisper for best storage of fruits and vegetables with skins. The higher the number keeps moist air in the crisper for best storage of fresh, leafy vegetables. I keep mine at 3 since I store both types of vegetable products. This has been the best veggie drawer I have ever had as my fresh vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, head of lettuce will last for at least 3 weeks unlike my Kenmore?s veggie drawer where veggies barely lasted a week even with its humidity controlled veggie drawer. This means fewer trips to the grocery store and less waste to throw away. There is a shared temperature control setting for the vegetable and meat drawers. I keep mine in the middle since I store both meat in the meat drawer and veggies in the veggie drawer. If you slide the control all the way to the left you are basically controlling just the temperature for the veggie drawer and if you slide it all the way to the right you are controlling the meat drawer, which makes it very cold for the meat. The drawer is removable for cleaning.
Temperature Controlled Meat Drawer: Unlike most meat drawers, the temperature control cools the air inside the pan. Most systems chill only the pan itself, which does not allow the air inside the pan evenly. Chilling the air inside the pan provides more even cooling and reduces "spot" freezing. The temperature control can be set to keep meats at 28 degrees Fahrenheit if needed. I have found that my meats have lasted longer than my Kenmore?s meat drawer even though I set the shared Meat/Veggie Temperature Control in the middle, the meats remain very cold. When I had the temperature set higher, some meat even froze. The drawer is removable for cleaning.
Deli Drawer: This drawer provides a convenient place to store cheeses, spreads, and any other small items that can be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures therefore preserving space on the shelves for your larger items. The drawer is removable for cleaning.
Refrigerator Shelves: There are 4 glass spill guard shelves. Two shelves slide out on a rollertrac system and are adjustable to meet your individual storage needs. Another adjustable shelf sits on top of the deli drawer and the remaining shelf sits on top of the vegetable crisper drawer. They are easy to remove for cleaning and each shelf can store up to 60 lbs.
Refrigerator Door Bins: There are 4 adjustable gallon door size storage bins, which are removable for easy cleaning.
Drink Can Rack: There are 2 adjustable racks to store 5 cans each, which are removable for cleaning. I love this feature because pop cans do not take up space on the shelves.
Bottle Rack: This rack can hold wine, 2 liter bottles, more cans, or anything else within the size limit for quick retrieval. It clamps on underneath your top shelf.
Aqua Sense Water Filtration: There is a water filter cartridge that sits at the bottom of your refrigerator at the grille site. There is a light indicator inside the refrigerator that tells you the status of the filter. Green means good, yellow means be prepared to replace and red means time to replace. The filter costs approximately $27 but in the 1 1/2 years we have owned this, we have not replaced it yet.
Water and Ice Dispenser: There is a choice for crushed or cubed ice. The drip tray is designed to catch small spills and is removable for easy cleaning. Chilled water comes from a container located behind the meat drawer that holds approximately 1 1/2 quarts. There is a dispenser lock for those with small children. There is also a light which can be turned on or off in the dispenser area.
Freezer: The freezer contains 1 wire freezer shelf, one "Quick Freeze Shelf" located on the very top of the freezer, and 3 slide out bin drawers out of which 2 are large and 1 is smaller. There are 5 storage bins on the inside door. The temperature control is located inside the refrigerator and has a separate control from the refrigerator control.
Wheels: I did not even know it had this feature until I needed to move it to clean behind it. It easily slides out. I love this feature since I can move it myself.
Warranty per KitchenAid
There is 30 days on the water filter with 1 full year parts and labor on remaining unit. 2nd through 5th year: Parts and labor for a defective refrigerator or freezer cavity liner due to workmanship or defective materials; parts and labor to correct defects in material or workmanship in the sealed refrigeration system which consist of compressor, evaporator, condenser, drier, and connecting tubing. 6th through 10th year: Replacement parts only to correct defects in material and workmanship in the sealed refrigeration system as described in the 2nd through 5th year. There is a lifetime warranty for replacement of all Slide "N" Lock door bins and Slide "N" Lock Can racks due to defective materials or workmanship.
Specifications per KitchenAid
Overall capacity volume: 26.5 cubic feet
Refrigerator capacity volume: 16.2 cubic feet
Freezer capacity volume: 10.3 cubic feet
Overall height including hinge cap: 69 5/8 inches
Width: 35 inches
Depth: 34 inches
Depth with door open 90 degrees: 49 7/8 inches
KitchenAid claims the KitchenAid Superba KSRS27FGBL exceeds federal energy standards by 25% and uses 798 kWH/year.
Thank you for reading my review and hope that you have found it helpful in your decision making.
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Amount Paid (US$): 1500