Yup, we said five! When KitchenAid announced the reveal of the KRMF706ESS, staff at H&H had mixed emotions. Five doors is a new look for consumers, and a change in the overall industry. This product provides a newer edge over some of the competitors, with five doors to the unit versus the traditional three or even four door units. The idea of built-in compartmentalization has really taken off over the past few years and KitchenAid is the latest in the trend.
This refrigerator has two standard doors, two drawers (one standard and one that is auto-regulated based on what you indicate is in the drawer – see photo below) and a bottom freezer. Another innovation is the platinum interior, which is a light gray interior versus the traditional white (although you can buy the product with the white interior instead with the model number KRMF606ESS).
The handles are one of the newer features on this refrigerator. Whirlpool (who owns the KitchenAid brand) published a press release about the new design stating:
[“New in 2015, KitchenAid brand is introducing visual and brand design cues that make new KitchenAid® major appliance suites the ideal choice for homebuilders, remodelers and designers who want to offer their clients uniquely identifiable appliances that inspire culinary creativity and meet the highest standards of performance. The new collection will be offered starting in March 2015.
“Discerning homeowners with a taste for the culinary arts have always been confident in choosing KitchenAid appliances because of the brand’s renowned performance,” said Bob Bergeth, general manager of builder sales at Whirlpool Corporation. “The new KitchenAid suite provides builders, remodelers and designers the opportunity to offer their clients appliances with bold, sophisticated, professionally-inspired design that signals from the outside, the high performance found inside.” Among the collection’s stand mixer-inspired design elements are red KitchenAid brand medallions that cap the sturdy bar handles found on its refrigerators, wall ovens and dishwashers, inscribed with “KitchenAid” and “1919” – signifying the year the stand mixer was introduced and the brand wasfounded.] – Whirlpool Corporation, January 2015.
This newer design is yet to be tested. Jenn-Air makes a similar piece with its new Obsidian black interior. However, these pieces are structurally made under the Whirlpool Corporation. There are advantages to the multiple interior spaces. It will be easier to organize food groups, and it will take less energy to open doors for specific items, especially those in the drawers (as the cool air will not be escaping as quickly). Other exciting features include an herb compartment specifically for storing herbs, a soft close on the drawer units, the Preserva® food system, and LED lighting.
What do you think of this new design? Are you sold on it?