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Whirlpool Gold® 21 cu. ft. Top-Freezer refrigerator with exterior water dispenser


Take home a top-freezer refrigerator that stands out among the rest. This 21 cu. ft. model is the only top freezer refrigerator with an exterior water dispenser and electronic controls. That means you can access cold, filtered water without opening the door. The flush dispenser and electronic controls also provide a sleek look. The industry's most efficient top freezer refrigerator also features a factory-installed ice maker so you don't have to worry about the hassle of ice trays and the Adaptive Defrost system enabled by 6th Sense® technology to improve food preservation and energy savings.

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Accessories You'll Need

Part # W10311524
The air filter lets air actively pass through the filter, helping neutralize odor and bacteria. It reduces odors 15 times better than baking soda. Replace filter ever 6 months.
MSRP: $9.99
Part # W10346771A
Produce preserver absorbs ethylene allowing the ripening process of many produce items to slow down. As a results, certain produce items will stay fresh longer that are kept in your crisper drawer. It extends freshness of produce up to 25%. Packet contains two pouches which will be put in the housing in your crisper drawer. Packet also contains a status indicator to help you remember to change the pouches. Replace pouches and status indicator every six months for optimal freshness.
MSRP: $6.99
Part # W10295370A
This Premium Push Button Refrigerator Water Filter is used in side-by-side refrigerators with filter access in the interior. It is smaller and has a translucent cartridge. This NSF® Certified filter reduces cysts, asbestos, chlorine taste and odor, particulates (class I), and lead. The contaminants or other substances removed or reduced by this water filter are not necessarily in all users' water. Replace every 6 months ensures clean, safe drinking water. Replaces FILTER1, FILTER 1, W10291030, W10295370.
MSRP: $49.99

Accessories You'll Want

Part # 8009
Appliance Light Bulb is a 40 watt, 120 volt replacement bulb for ovens and ranges, refrigerators, and freezers.
MSRP: $2.99
Part # W10355010
Use the powerful cleaning action of affresh™ Kitchen & Appliance Cleaner to cut through the residue and leaves a streak-free shine. It leaves behind a pleasant citrus scent. Cleans everyday kitchen spills.
MSRP: $4.99
Part # P1FB6S1
Fruits & Vegetables naturally give off ethylene gas as they ripen. As they absorb the gas, it makes them over-ripen more quickly. ProducePreserver absorbs the ethylene instead, so your produce stays fresher up to 4 days longer! These fruits and vegetables produce high amounts of ethylene and should be stored away from other items Apples, Nectarinines, Apricots, Papayas, Avocados, Passion Fruit, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Cherimoyas, and Pears. These fruits and vegetables are sensitive to ethylene and should be kept away from ethylene-producing foods Unripe Bananas, Leeks, Green Beans, Lettuce, Broccoli, Mango, Brussels Sprouts, Parsley, Cabbage, Peas, Cauliflower, Spinach, Chard, Watermelon and Cucumbers.
MSRP: $12.99
Part # W10355016
Affresh™ stainless steel cleaner leaves a streak-free and polished shine. It gently cleans fingerprints, smudges and residue. Use stainless steel cleaner on refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, and microwaves.
MSRP: $6.99

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Top Features

Temperature Management System Enabled by 6th Sense® Technology

The temperature management system enabled by 6th Sense® technology senses and adapts to deliver great cooling performance and food preservation. Adaptive Defrost in the freezer saves up to 12% more energy by running the defrost cycle only when necessary and monitoring how often the compressor operates and the doors are open. As compared to previous Whirlpool® top-freezer models with Adaptive Defrost; based on 24-hour interval with refrigerator doors left unopened.

Exterior Filtered Water Dispenser with Electronic Controls

The industry's only top freezer refrigerator that minimizes the need for bottled water with an exterior dispenser that offers cold, filtered water without opening the door, while electronic controls make accessing features easy. The flush dispenser and electronic controls also provide a sleek look and are easy to use.

Factory-Installed Ice Maker

Forget the hassle of trays or bags. An ice maker automatically produces fresh ice that is easily accessible.

Additional Features

FreshFlow™ Air Filter

Leave air freshness to your refrigerator, not a box of baking soda. This model's FreshFlow™ air filter reduces common food odors for you. It actively circulates air through our new carbon-based filter and is fifteen times more powerful than baking soda. Replace the filter every 6 months for optimal performance.

FreshFlow™ Produce Preserver

Extend the freshness of produce up to 25% longer with the FreshFlow™ Produce Preserver.1 A filter absorbs excess ethylene gas that causes fruit and vegetables, like lettuce and cantaloupe, to spoil. Replace the filter every 6 months for optimal performance.

Full-Width Pantry

Store wide items or preserve large amounts of meat and cheese with the industry's largest capacity pantry drawer available2.

Contemporary Design

Bring a modern look to the kitchen with top freezer refrigerators that feature smooth, contoured doors, hidden hinges and a flush base grille. Select models also feature flush exterior water dispensers for a sleek look.

Tilt-n-Go Door Bin

The Tilt-n-Go door bin is great for condiments or a carton of eggs. It holds items securely and can be removed from the refrigerator door and placed on the table or counter.

Adjustable Door Bins

Easily customize door storage when and where you need it. These bins adjust to accommodate your storage needs.

Fold-Away Shelf

Make room for tall items. The front of this adjustable shelf slides out of the way creating temporary storage space for containers like a tall 2-liter bottle or a large salad bowl.

PUR® Water Filtration System

Kick the bottled water habit with the PUR® water filtration system. You'll save up to $600 a year3 and have more space in the refrigerator Select models offer filtered water from an interior or exterior dispenser.

Humidity-Controlled Crisper Bins

Helps you preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables with selectable humidity levels. Two crisper sizes allow for even more customization.

SpillMizer™ Glass Shelves

Helps you contain leaks and spills for easier cleanup while the transparent design gives the refrigerator's interior a cleaner, brighter appearance.

Configuration and Overview

Refrigerator Type
Top Mount
Total Capacity Cu. Ft.
21.2 Cu. Ft.
Refrigerator Capacity Cu. Ft.
15.00 Cu. Ft.
Freezer Capacity Cu. Ft.
6.17 Cu. Ft.
Energy Star® Qualified
ADA Compliant
ADA Height and Side Reach Compliant


32 5/16
Depth Closed Excluding Handles
32 5/16
Width of Cabinet Only
32 1/2
Refrigerator Capacity
21.17 Cu. Ft.
66 1/4
32 1/2
Height To Top Of Cabinet
65 1/2
Depth With Door Open 90 Degree
62 1/4
Depth Excluding Doors
28 1/2

Refrigerator Features

Number of Interior Shelves
Spill-Proof Glass Shelves
1 Fixed Full-Width, 2 Adjustable Full-Width, Including Adjustable Fold-Away Glass Shelf(s)
Conventional Shelves
Temperature-Controlled Drawers
Humidity-Controlled Drawers
2 Split-Width
Non Climate-Control Drawers
1 Full-Width
Door Bins
1 Adjustable Partial-Width, 1 Dairy, 1 Fixed Full-Width, 2 Adjustable Gallon

Freezer Features

Number of Freezer Shelves
Interior Shelves
1 Adjustable Full-Width Glass
Lower Freezer Drawer
Upper Freezer Drawer
Slide-Out Freezer Basket
Door Bins
2 Fixed Full-Width

Filtration and Dispensing

Dispenser Type
Exterior Water Only
Measured Fill
Ice Maker
Factory Installed


Door Style
Door Swing
Reversible Door

Product Dimensions

  • 32 5/16
  • 66 1/4
  • 32 1/2

Dimensions are for planning purposes only.
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Whirlpool Gold® 21 cu. ft. Top-Freezer refrigerator with exterior water dispenser is rated 3.7805 out of 5 by 82.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for older designed kitchens I had a hard time finding a refrigerator that had both ice and water dispensers, that was under 70", and stainless, to fit in my older style kitchen. This was perfect. I was replacing a 25 year old refrigerator, plus an even older "beer" fridge in the basment, with this new one. I am saving over $300 per year in electricity costs with those two old fridges now gone. At first, the meat tray kept falling out, but it was replaced under my warranty, and I have not had any issues with it, since. It would be good if this product had the freezer down below, as bending to see what is in the fridge can be a pain for tall people.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful Christmas, Mother's Day, Birthday Gift!!! This was purchased for me as a gift and I am extremely pleased with this unit overall. It has flush door openings and the expandable and movable shelving inside gives us a lot more options for storage. The water dispenser on the door has cut my purchase of bottle water in half. The one downside is that I am having a problem with the ice maker. I have only had this unit for 3 months and have had to call for service 2x. Now the upside to my service request is that they usually are here within 24 -36 hours of my initial phone call. The Unit is quiet for the most part, when the ice maker is working it can be a lil noisy but nothing that will disrupt your home.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Full-width Pantry Drawer Fails Generally, I like this refrigerator. I like the water dispenser on the outside, I like the sleek, modern look, and I like the door compartments. We are a Whirlpool family; our entire kitchen is filled with their products. However, the designers need to take a look at the full-width pantry drawer. The drawer is huge, but you can't put much in it or it will fall. This has happened several times and we are only storing just meats and cheeses in there, not bricks! Love you, Whirlpool, but you missed the mark on this one.
Date published: 2012-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, space-saving refrigerator We purchased this model as a space-saver due to the size of the refrigerator cutout in the cabinetry in our kitchen. It has been a good choice overall. Because of its size, we also have a 2nd refrigerator in the garage for additional chilled storage. Two minor items: The temperature control for the appliance is on the front panel next to the water dispenser. While this makes it simple to operate, the location causes the control to be bumped or accidentally pushed, changing the temperature up and down accidentally. Also, there is a trim piece below the door that constantly pops off due to the door's operation. All the electronics and water piping goes through this trim piece and then into the door, and the door swing causes it to come loose on the door hinge end.
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed with the design of this refrigerator This refrigerator's design inludes a plastic meat and cheese drawer that runs the width of the unitunderneath a center shelf. The design of this drawer is inexcusably flimsy and poor. The drawer frequently pops out and falls onto items on the shelf below. It is very difficult to put back, particularly in a narrow galley kitchen like mine. I can't understand why Whirlpool's design engineers allowed a drawer like this in a refrigerator that costs as much as this one did (or any refrigerator, for that matter). I'm just furious about this, and I know it can't be addressed because there's no way to change it out for a different design. I will have to live with this badly designed, low quality aspect of the refrigerator for as long as I have it. I should add that the ice maker has stopped working too -- I am going to give Whirlpool the benefit of the doubt that this can be fixed, but there's no solution to this crummy, flimsy, poorly designed drawer except not to use it.
Date published: 2013-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from External Water is great... The only reason the refrigerator is not a 5 star is that the deli draw rails are flimsy & would probably eventually break if i don't lift up slightly on the drawer when opening or closing. The external dispenser is a great feature & unique to this model. The two crisper drawers provide a tight seal for fruits & vegetables. One of the shelves is hinged & can be slid back to accommodate tall bottles. The door has plenty of space for a gallon of milk, salad dressings, condiments, butter, eggs etc. The freezer & refrigerator are a perfect temperature at the recommended setting. The ice remains in the bucket instead of overflowing into the freezer area as occurs with some other manufacturers. I also like the fact that the freezer shelves are glass instead of wire. I can't speak of long term reliability, as I only have had the refrigerator for a month, but my initial feeling is that I have made a very good purchase.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from WOULD NOT BUY THIS AGAIN I looked at a lot of models and thought I knew what I was getting from this fridge but I have been sadly mistaken. I have experienced a large portion of buyers remorse. The ice maker is very loud, the shelves in the fridge and freezer are very flimsly (the brackets holding the shelved in are bending and there is little on the shelves), and the bottom cover that covers the door hinge is falling off. Very disappointing. The water in the door is a nice feature but does not forgive the other design flaws. Sorry Whirlpool, you've let me down this time.
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well designed and practicle with some small exceptions This refrigerator was purchased to replace a 21 year old refrigerator. Besides being quieter, holding the temperature you set it at, more practical with its interior design, it does have one big design flaw. The lowest door shelf is impossible to see what you have in it because it is blocked from view by the shelves above it. This feature makes it very difficult for seniors like myself to use. Larger items should have been stored on the bottom shelf, and as the shelves increase going up, the smaller items would then be stored. Everything else about this unit is well designed for easy storage and retrieval.
Date published: 2014-12-02
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