Summary: This panel ready refrigerator has to stick out far beyond your adjacent panels and cabinets in order for the door to open properly. If you are going for a built-in type look, do not buy this refrigerator. It will disappoint you. The black prefab fridge cabinet sticks out about 2-1/2 to 3" and then your matching wood panel is attached to that. Very frustrating when you pay all that money for a kitchen and the fridge ruins the look!
Summary: I like the refrigerator, but with wood panels on it, I notice the 1 inch space between the upper doors and the freezer door and the misalignment such that the freezer sticks out 1/2 inch. In fact, the unit sticks out almost 4 inches more than the surrounding cabinets. Not well designed. I'm trying to see these design problems as an advantage adding 3-D geometry to my small kitchen. Beware of these issues before purchasing a panel ready model.
Summary: If you want your fridge to look built in and/or counter depth...DO NOT BUY THIS FRIDGE! It has to stick out really far in order for the doors to open properly. Also note the cabinet is black. I have white panels & was told the fridge would stick out a little which I was going to be ok with. It sticks out a lot & is very ugly. My contractor called it the "fly in the punch bowl." We are now starting over on the fridge which will prove costly.
Summary: We certainly have no complaints about the looks or features of this Kitchenaid refrigerator, but we are miserable with the noise it makes. It emits a loud, high pitched ringing sound whenever the compressor is running, which is at least 20 minutes per hour. The sound can be heard two rooms over. It makes our beautiful remodeled kitchen almost uninhabitable. Whirlpool sent 2 appliance repair techs out, basically to placate us.
Summary: We ordered this custom panel, counter depth refrig in our recent remodel. We love it. We like the temp adjustments, the drawer glide system...well just about everything. One little item that stands out is the alarm that sounds when one of the doors is left ajar. This is a model I would purchase again. We liked this frig so much that we bought its little brother for our second home. This is a more traditional frig with a 3 door system. That was a mistake.
Summary: "YOu have to see this fridge to appreciate how well it is made and how good it looks. We get compliments all the time from neighbors and freinds who see it. Aside from the looks though, it is roomy inside, has easy to adjust shelves and is very reliable. We are a kitchenaid family and would never purchase another brand.