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Whirlpool GX5FHTXVQ 24.8 Cu. Ft. French-Door Refrigerator Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  With a door caddy that dispenses up to 12 canned beverages, these French-door refrigerators are aimed at large households that need a lot of food storage. These two models are extremely similar; the main differences are that the GX5FHTXVQ (with a "T" as the sixth digit) has electronic controls and a water filter, while the GX5FHDXVQ (with a "D") has digital controls and no water filter. These are three-door refrigerators (two half-width doors on top and a pull-out-style freezer door on the bottom) are taller and wider than most; it may be necessary to remove the doors to get the unit indoors, or to raise or eliminate any cabinets above the refrigerator space. They aren't set up for a through-the-door ice-and-water dispenser, but there is a factory-installed ice maker and an internal water dispenser.

Models: GX5FHTXVQ (White), GX5FHTXVB (Black), GX5FHTXVY (Monochromatic Stainless), GX5FHDXVQ (White), GX5FHDXVB (Black), GX5FHDXVY (Monochromatic Stainless)

Prices For GX5FHTXV (electronic controls, with water filter)

(Prices as of 06/18/2012)
White      Black      Stainless  Source
$1,799$1,799$1,899MSRP
$1,529$1,529$1,619Lowe's (At times offers free shipping/delivery)
$1,436$1,436$1,512AJ Madison (At times offers free shipping)
$1,499$1,499$1,559US-Appliance (Free standard shipping)

Prices For GX5FHDXV (digital controls, no water filter)

(Prices as of 06/18/2012)
White      Black      Stainless  Source
$1,699$1,699$1,799MSRP
$1,439$1,439$1,619Lowe's (At times offers free shipping/delivery)
$1,199$1,199$1,419Abt Electronics (Shipping $78 or less)
$1,283$1,283$1,359AJ Madison (At times offers free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$30-$45Water filter (replacement typically every six months)
$5-$50+Water hose or other installation parts
$0-$700+Shipping/delivery, depending on the store and distance
$0-$100+Haul away old refrigerator, hook up new one to existing electric/water lines
$50-$300+Extended warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 70.13"
Width: 35.63"
Depth: 35.44"
Weight300 lbs. (shipping)
Capacity24.8 cu. ft. (total)
17.3 cu. ft. in refrigerator
7.5 cu. ft. in freezer
ColorsWhite, Black, Stainless Steel
Ice MakerFactory-installed automatic ice maker
Water Dispenserno
Other FeaturesEnergy Star Qualified
Internal water dispenser
Water filter
Smooth door finish (all colors)
4 adjustable glass shelves
2 humidity-controlled crisper drawers
1 hanging deli drawer
4 clear adjustable door bins, 1 with gallon storage
Vertical can caddy in the door dispenses a 12-pack beverage box
2 sliding wire freezer baskets
Freezer light
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at Whirlpool.com.

What People Are Saying:

Consumer Reports listed the GX5FHTXQ as a best buy in 2012, rating it excellent for temperature performance and energy efficiency and very good for ease of use, with a note that it is somewhat noisy and the ice making performance is mediocre. The GX5FHDXQ, GX5FHDXB and GX5HDXVY models were not tested but Consumer Reports expects them to perform the same as the GX5FHTXQ. These refrigerators are on the top sellers list for French-door refrigerators at Sears, but user reviews overall are mixed. The majority give these models high marks while a small percentage complain of serious repair problems after only a few years of ownership. Even those who like these models say that the ice maker arm knocks out cubes when the door is opened, and that the top doors must be closed slowly or one may stay ajar, letting out cold air.