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42″ Refrigerators: KitchenAid vs Jenn-Air – Review

Written by Appliance Dude | August 7th, 2017

Is a Kitchen Aid built in 42 french door refrigerator the same as a Jenn-Air 42?

The answer is a resounding no.

The 42″ french door refrigerator market is not well populated.
You have Subzero whose product is over $11,000.

Then you have KitchenAid and Jenn-Air 42″ french door models.

An uninformed appliance store will tell you that the Jenn-Air and the KitchenAid are essentially the same fridges. They are both part of the Whirlpool family. Both are assembled in the US.
Both have similar capacity. So they’re the same, right? Nope.

The biggest difference between the JennAir and the KitchenAid is that the JennAir JF36NXFXDE and the JF42NXFXDE can both be used in a FLUSH INSTALLATION. This is incredibly important as the flush look is now extremely popular in kitchens as it provides a lighter, more seamless and cleaner look. The Jennair also offer a new texture for the inside of the fridge – the black obsidian interior has resonated with both the design community as well as homeowners. When you see the Jenn-Air-JF36NXFXDE 42″ fridge illuminated by the ramp up LED lighting, you will be impressed.

Jenn-Air fridge

Obsidian interior of Jenn-Air refrigerator

The Jenn-Air will also give you a 2 year manufacturer’s full warranty. You’ll also gain access to their concierge service which is worth the price difference from the KitchenAid.
(*It’s a pleasure having someone pick up the phone for customer service after only a few rings).

The Jenn-Air offers filtration of both ice and water

The Jenn-Air offers a Max Ice option to speed up ice production

The Jenn-Air has a variable speed compressor which is more energy efficient

And while cubic capacity is the same, the dimensions of the fridges are slightly different with the Jenn-Air being 41.75″ wide and the KitchenAid is 42.25″
The Jenn-air is 24.75″ deep, the Kitchenaid is 25.13″.

JennAir width
41.75 inch(es) / 106.05 cm

KTA width
42.25 inch(es) / 107.32 cm

JennAir Height
84 inch(es) / 213.36 cm

KTA Height
83.37 inch(es) / 211.77 cm

JennAir Depth
24.75 inch(es) / 62.87 cm

KTA Depth
25.13 inch(es) / 63.82 cm

Jenn-Air will also give you different handle options while the KitchenAid handles are the tubular ones with the red cap that is seen throughout the entire KitchenAid line of appliances.

JennAir 42 French Door – Curtos.com

And for your viewing pleasure especially if you enjoy soft piano music while researching refrigerators:

Jenn-Air Appliance Package for $5k!

Written by Appliance Dude | July 28th, 2017

Jenn-Air Appliance Package Makes the Dollar S-T-R-E-T-C-H

You are shopping for a 4-piece appliance package for your home.
36″ counter depth fridge
30″ slide in gas range
24″ dishwasher
24″ over the range micro

Where do you go with this?
Bosch? GE cafe? KitchenAid? LG?

Let’s add a Jenn-Air appliance package to the list.

Most people look at me sideways when I mention Jenn-Air for this type of package because they assume that we are going to be sniffing a package price pushing $10,000.
You can certainly do that with Jenn-Air if we focus on their pro product, but there is a way to work their line of kitchen appliances plus their incredible rebate program to significantly reign in the costs.

69″ Counter-Depth, French Door Refrigerator with Internal Dispenser
JFC2089BEM
$2,299

30″ Gas Range
JGS1450FS
$2,699

24″ TriFectaâ„¢ Dishwasher, 46 dBA
JDB9000CWS
$1,099

30″ Over-the-Range Microwave Oven
JMV8208CS
$799

Subtotal: $6,896
Savings: – $1,300
Total: $5,596

And your savings aren’t finished yet. Jenn-Air is also offering an installation rebate ranging from $200-$1000 depending on how many appliances you purchase. the above builder package activates a $300-$400 rebate. So now you have taken the total package price down to around $5000. That is simply unheard of when you are considering the quality of the appliances, the better warranty (2 years) as well as the Jenn-Air concierge service they offer for handling service issues. More on that feature in another post…

Jenn-Air appliance package

Recent Jenn-Air kitchen we worked on in Greenwich CT