We give the KitchenAid 22 cu. ft. Standard Depth Architect® Series II Refrigerator (KBLS22KW & KBRS22KW) a B+ because it is an affordable, bottom-freezer refrigerator with flexible storage space that keeps food visible and well organized. We had to deduct points because it lacks a few of the bells and whistles that other refrigerators in this price point have including a factory-installed icemaker, accelerated freezing technology and LED lighting to name a few.
You can see how the KitchenAid 22 cu. ft. Standard Depth Architect® Series II Refrigerator (KBLS22KW & KBRS22KW) compares to other refrigerators in our Refrigerator Review.
The KitchenAid KBLS22KW/KBRS22KW is an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator and uses 459 kWh/year. KitchenAid estimates that it will cost you about $49 a year to run. It is designed with KitchenAid’s FreshChill™ Temperature Management System, which uses a single evaporator for cooling the fridge and freezer. With automatic defrosting technology, multiple sensors and vents, the refrigerator is able to ensure that temperature and humidity conditions are at optimal levels throughout each compartment. If necessary, you can make general temperature adjustments to the fridge or the freezer using an electronic control panel inside the fridge, but KitchenAid recommends just always keeping both on Level 4 (levels range from 1 to 7). Since it only has a single evaporator, you won’t be able to make precise temperature adjustments to the fridge or freezer, and, since the fridge and freezer will share the same air, there is potential for odor transfer.
The KitchenAid KBLS22KW/KBRS22KW has a total capacity of 21.9 cu. ft. The fridge has 15.6 cu. ft. of capacity and is designed to keep food items not only fresher for longer but also easy to find and well organized.
All of its shelves, drawers and door bins are made with ClearVue™ tempered glass. There are five spill-proof shelves including one full-width shelf and four adjustable, split shelves. The fridge is also equipped with two FreshSeal™ humidity-controlled crispers for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and with one full-width, FreshChill™ temperature-controlled drawer for keeping deli/meat items fresh.
On the door, it has one sealed dairy bin, one gallon-size bin and four smaller, adjustable bins that are lined with a rubber mat. Adjustable shelves and door bins are very convenient because they allow you to maximize your fridge’s useable capacity and make room for bulky/large food items.
The freezer has 6.3 cu. ft. of capacity and a pull-out drawer design. It has two wire baskets for storing items, and the lower basket is divided into two sections for improved organization.
The refrigerator doesn't have a factory-installed icemaker, but you can purchase an automatic icemaker separately for about $129 (Part #IC-13B). It does have a built-in water filter to supply the icemaker if you choose to buy it. It also has a bright, incandescent lighting system in the fridge and the freezer to keep food items well lit (40-watt bulbs in each area). Lastly, the refrigerator comes with an open door alert and will start to chime after the door has been left open for over five minutes.
The KitchenAid Architect® Series II is a bottom-freezer, standard depth refrigerator with a pull-out freezer drawer. The fridge has flat, smooth doors, and it is available with a left-hand door swing (KBLS22KW) or a right-hand door swing (KBRS22KW). The right-hand door swing model is available in three different finishes including White (KBRS22KWWH), Black (KBRS22KWBL) and Monochromatic Stainless Steel (KBRS22KWMS). The left-hand door swing model is only available in Monochromatic Stainless Steel (KBLS22KWMS). Both models have matching door handles.
In a Consumer Reports study, customers of KitchenAid refrigerators with icemakers reported slightly more issues (repairs and serious problems) with their refrigerators than customers of other refrigerator brands. In a J.D. Power & Associates study on refrigerator manufacturers, KitchenAid refrigerators ranked on the lower end in terms of price and they received average marks for overall customer satisfaction and above average marks for styling and appearance. In terms of warranty for this model, KitchenAid offers a 1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit, a 5-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the cavity liner and sealed refrigeration system, and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for the sealed refrigeration system.
The KitchenAid 22 cu. ft. Standard Depth Architect® Series II Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator (KBLS22KW & KBRS22KW) hasn’t received many customer reviews online, but, as a brand, KitchenAid has a solid reputation for manufacturing quality appliances. While there are some drawbacks of having a single evaporator cooling system, you won’t find a refrigerator that has a dual cooling system within this price range. We do appreciate that KitchenAid included an automatic defrosting system, which is especially convenient for keeping the freezer frost-free when it shares the same air as the fridge. We also love that the refrigerator has great storage space and that its shelves and door bins can be adjusted to accommodate a wide variety of food items. Additionally, we love that it is ENERGY STAR® qualified and will help you save money on your energy bills. We wish that the KitchenAid KB(L/R)S22KW had some more of the extra bells and whistles found on a similarly priced refrigerator (like the LG LDC22720), but, overall, we think that the KB(L/R)S22KW is a great fridge for the price.
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