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Fisher & Paykel Active Smart RF201ADUSX4

20.1 cu. ft. Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator with Glass Shelves, ActiveSmart Technology, Humidity Control System, External Water Dispenser and Ice Maker


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ActiveSmart Fridge - 20.1 Cu. Ft. Counter Depth French Door with Ice and Water
French Door refrigerators bring theatre into the kitchen with wide-open shelf spaces and unobstructed access. This 20.1 cu. ft. model is perfect for kitchens that are tighter on space but still need a big fridge for growing families or plenty of entertaining. This French Door is smaller on the outside, roomy on the inside and even easier to get into with a spacious full-extension freezer drawer and storage bins. The Active Smart technology provides unequalled cooling and temperature performance. Two variable speed fans provide independent control of the refrigerator and freezer and two independent temperature sensors accurately monitor both compartments. The unique Humidity Control System keeps fruit and vegetables fresh for longer.

Their Story
Fisher & Paykel Appliances designs, manufactures and markets a range of innovative household appliances developed with a commitment to technology, design, user friendliness and environmental awareness.

It includes three wholly owned subsidiary companies Production Machinery Limited that builds production equipment, and Dynamic Cooking Systems Inc a company in the United States of America that manufactures indoor and outdoor cooking products and Fisher & Paykel Italy, a company that manufactures European cooking products.

The company has manufacturing sites located in Auckland, New Zealand; Borso del Grappa (TV), Italy; Rayong, Thailand and Reynosa, Mexico. Available at AJ Madison.
Total Capacity: 20.1 cu. ft.
Refrigerator Capacity: 14.6 cu. ft.
Freezer Capacity: 5.5 cu. ft.
ActiveSmart Technology: Yes
Frost Free Freezer: Yes
Defrost: Adaptive
Humidity Control System: Yes
Sabbath Mode: Yes
Soft Close Doors: Yes
Water Dispenser: Ultra Slim
Ice Boost: Yes
SmartTouch Control Panel: Yes
LED Lighting: Yes
Bottle Holders: 4
Door Alarms: Yes
Freezer Features
Ice Maker: Built-In
Ice Bin and Scoop: Yes
Frost Free Freezer: Yes
Large Plastic Bin: 1
Small Plastic Bin: 2
Fast Freeze: Yes
Bottle Chill: Yes
Adjustable Glass Shelves: 3
Fruit and Vegetable Bins: 2
Half-Width Door Shelf: 2
Full-Width Door Shelf: 2
Covered Door Shelf: 2
EZkleen Stainless Steel: Yes
Door: Flat
Handle: Designer
Hinge: Concealed
Parts Warranty: 1 Year
Labor Warranty: 1 Year
ADditional Sealed System Parts: 4 Years
Dimensions and Weight
Product Width: 35 7/16"
Product Depth: 27 3/8" Excluding Handles
Product Height: 70 15/32"
  • ActiveSmart Technology
  • A combination of temperature sensors with smart electronics and variable speed fans create a controlled environment and optimum temperature to keep food fresher longer.
  • SmartTouch Control Panel
  • For easy access, the control panel is placed in the inside front of the fridge and have been designed to be intuitively simple and easy to use.
  • Ultra Slim Water Dispenser
  • This slimline water dispenser with an angled water delivery means that almost any size or shape of vessel can be filled, while taking up no storage space in your fridge door.
  • Soft Close Doors
  • No more slamming fridge doors or having the door left open with soft-close hinges on the French Door Ice and Water models.
  • Ice Boost
  • In Ice & Water models, the icemaker automatically delivers more ice each day into a dedicated bin that can be easily customized to store different volumes.
  • Humidity Control System
  • Creates the perfect microclimate in each produce bin, maintaining fruit and vegetable quality at just the right humidity and temperature level.
  • Adaptive Defrost
  • Intelligently selects the best time to defrost based on how it is being used. When you are away it will use less energy as it recognizes lower levels of use and defrosts less often.
  • Storage Flexibility
  • Organization and food preparation are streamlined with best in class features such as flexible shelving, flexible storage options and easy to access bins and trays on full extension runners.
Product Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5 by An Honest Review 7/28/14 I have not been able to find any good reviews of this product, so I'm going to do my best to give one to help others as they consider buying this fridge. I know people want to know how a product lasts over time, so I'll do my best to remember to keep updating this review. As of today, the fridge has been up and running for 2 days. FEATURES First of all, keep in mind that we were previously using a big, standard depth side-by-side before, and have never had a counter-depth fridge, or one with a freezer on the bottom. Having made the transition, it is clear that these fridges are not for everyone. I'll try to explain in more detail as I go. - Counter-Depth: This opened up our kitchen far beyond what we were expecting. I know its only a few inches shallower, but it made a huge difference for us. Our kitchen just got bigger and brighter! Our fridge is no longer the elephant in the room. This fridge looks great, but blends in. It does come with some trade offs. The depth of storage in the fridge is very shallow. For example, I don't see the ability to fit a large pizza box in the fridge or the freezer (untested theory). - Doors: I've been to some peoples houses where their french doors were really hard to either open or close. These open with no problem, and close even easier. The freezer door is a bit harder to open than the fridge doors, but not difficult by any stretch. - Hidden top hinges: I love how the top hinges are covered in the front. It is a small attention to detail which really makes this thing look clean and sharp. It also makes cleaning the top of the fridge so much easier! - Water dispenser: Some people may not like that this doesn't have a door ice dispenser (ice is dispensed in a bin in the freezer). It is perfect for us, I love the shallow water chamber that doesn't cut into storage space on the inside door. It also is easier to clean, and you can fill any size container without worrying if it will fit. For us, the water comes out fast, and fills things up quickly. People who like to set a glass in the water cavity and walk away while it fills up will not like this feature. It is too shallow to set a glass in, you will need to hold it the entire time. Not a problem for us. - Shelving: This model has 3 shelves (2 of which are height adjustable). These shelves go across the full width of the fridge. Some of this units competitors have adjustable shelves that only go halfway for more customization, but in my opinion that is just more breakable pieces, and it cuts into the amount of things you can store. The full-width shelves work perfectly for our needs. Also, many competitors' fridges have white plastic spill proofing around the edges of their shelves. In my opinion, this makes a fridge look cheap and flimsy. The ActiveSmart fridge has beautiful brushed metal spill proofing, it looks so much more elegant and uniform. Sounds like a small thing, but it is one of my favorite features! - Door Storage: Because of the shallow water dispenser, you get full storage on both doors. This increases the storage like no other. There are large compartments with dividers for gallon sized jugs and tall items. At the top of each french door, there is a compartment with a lid for butters or cheeses. Our previous fridge had one of these compartments with a rounded lid, it really limited storage, but these have a squared off lid that allows you to stack items without worrying about closing the lid. My biggest complaint of this fridge is that these lids don't stay open when you lift them. So you need one hand to hold the lid open, and another to grab whatever is inside. It may sound negligible, but i'm usually holding something else when I need something from these compartments. Hopefully I'll get used to it. As of right now, it's really annoying. - Wine/Bottle holders: There really isn't a place in this fridge where you would be able to store a wine bottle standing up other than the doors, so they included 4 horizontal holders that clip to the back of every shelf. These holders also stack upon another so if you don't have 4 bottles to hold, they don't take up a lot of room. Very thoughtful feature. If you insist on storing your wine or tall bottled drinks standing up, you may not like this fridge. - REMOVABLE BINS!: This is my very favorite feature of this fridge. All drawers in the fridge and freezer are actually pull out shelves with clear bins sitting on top. This is so useful for so many reasons. Instead of shuffling through the vegetables or fruits to find what you are looking for with the fridge doors open, you can just pull out the desired bin and take it to the counter, find what you need and easily put it back. The same is true for meats/cheese bins, frozen drawers, and the ice bin. Saves tons of energy. Also, it makes cleaning drawers out a breeze. Just pull it out, rinse the bin in the sink, and dry out. I love this feature! - Crisper drawers: Like most fridges, this has separate drawers for fruits and vegetables with a separate humidity setting for each. Keep in mind, you need to open both french doors to pull out the drawer. Even though there are two separate sections, the full drawer they share takes up the full width of the fridge. People who only want to open one door and pull out fruits or veggies will not like this fridge. - Meats and Cheese Drawers: I like that there are two separate sections for these. We use the left one for lunch meat and cheeses, and the right one for other meats (steak, beef, fish, etc...). It is especially nice to use one of these as a dedicated meat thawing section without worry of any juices finding their way to other items in the fridge. Again, you need to open both french doors to access these compartments. - Lighting: Our previous fridge had a light in the top back center. If we had anything in front of it (which was always), it would darken the rest of the fridge, making it difficult to see other items throughout. This fridge has a strip of LED lighting at the top front of the unit which allow for full illumination of the entire contents of the fridge no matter how you have your food arranged. Very nice touch! There are no lights on the doors, but enough spills from the inside of the fridge that you will be able to make out what you need even in the middle of the night. - Ice machine: Since this is only our 2nd day, all I can say is it works as advertised so far. I know the ice machine is usually the biggest issue people have with any fridge, so I'll keep my eye on it and let you know if anything weird happens over time. The default setup is that in the freezer, there is a top shelf with 2 big bins across the width. In the left big bin, there is a smaller one that takes up half the width of that bin, and that is the ice bin. If you require more ice, you can just remove the smaller bin and let the ice dispense into the bigger bin. With either bin, it is supposed to stop producing ice when it is full. If you need even more ice, you can fill up the big bin on the left, switch it with the right bin, and fill up that one too. Lots of versatility, and the removable bins are great if you are entertaining! - Freezer: The freezer has a top shelf that pulls out with the ice bin, plus a bin and a half of storage for other things. Then there is a large cavity below for the storage of everything else. If you are a person who usually packs out your freezer of your current fridge, I don't think you will enjoy a counter-depth freezer-on-the bottom model. This is definitely more for the person who has a larger ratio of fresh food to frozen food. I can easily see people needing to dig around the lower cavity if they over fill it. For our family, we don't need much freezer space, so it works perfect for us so far. - Noise: As of right now, there is a constant hum that is about the volume of somebody whispering softly. It is audible, but not something you can hear unless you are in the kitchen. I'm not sure if this will always hum, or if it is just because we haven't filled up our ice bin to the top yet, and the ice machine is constantly working. I'll update the review when we find out. - ActiveSmart Tech: I don't really know what it is, other than it's supposed to do a good job of keeping your food cold. Mission accomplished so far. - Other features: Sabbath mode, open door alarm (90 seconds for fridge, 60 seconds for freezer), ability to turn off open door alarm (for cleaning), water dispenser lock (for cleaning or curious kids), ice bin on/off, fast ice, temperature controls, bottle chill function (allows you to chill a beverage quickly in freezer, and will sound alarm when it is done), fast freeze (for quick freezing of fresh food), water filter replacement indicator, lock fridge controls (for cleaning) and others I'm sure I'm forgetting. Fridge controls are located inside the fridge. WHO WOULD LOVE THIS FRIDGE People who: - Have more fresh food than frozen food - Don't need to store extra deep items (large pizza box, for example) - Appreciate removable storage bins - Like sleek, simple, modern design - Want to maximize the storage of the inside of their fridge - Like good lighting - Want to be able to fill pitchers and other large containers from the door water dispenser - Want easy opening and closing doors - Want to be able to view everything in their fridge at a glance without needing to move things out of the way. WHO WOULD NOT LIKE THIS FRIDGE People who - Want a door ice dispenser - Want exterior controls - Have need for lots of freezer space - Need to store deep items (large pizza box, for example) - Want all the latest buzzword appliance features - Want to be able to access fruit/veggie/meat/cheese drawers with only one french door open - Want completely silent operation I hope that is helpful! 7/28/14
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  • Type : Freestanding
  • Style : Bottom Freezer
  • Size : Full Size
  • Door Style : French Door
  • French Door : Yes
  • Double Freezer Drawers : No
  • Counter-Depth : Yes
  • Glass Door : No
  • Undercounter : No
  • Reversible Doors : No
  • Door Finish : Smooth
  • Accepts Custom Panels : No
  • Wine Racks (Category) : No
  • Door Color : Stainless Steel
  • Cabinet Color : Silver


  • Refrigerator Capacity : 14.6 Cu. Ft.
  • Freezer Capacity : 5.5 Cu. Ft.
  • Total Capacity : 20.1 Cu. Ft.


  • Width : 35 7/16"
  • Depth : 28 3/4"
  • Depth without Handles : 27 3/8"
  • Height : 70 15/32"

Refrigerator Features

  • Type of Shelves : Glass
  • Glass Shelves : Yes
  • Wire Shelves : No
  • Plastic Shelves : No
  • Stainless Steel Shelves : No
  • No. of Shelves : 3
  • Slide-out Shelves : Yes
  • Cantilever Shelves : No
  • Split Shelves : No
  • No. of Door Bins : 6
  • Adjustable Door Bins : Yes
  • Humidity Controlled Crispers : 2

Freezer Features

  • Defrost : Automatic
  • Ice Maker : Yes
  • Ice Dispenser : No
  • Quick Freeze : No
  • Glass Shelves : No
  • Wire Shelves : No
  • Plastic Shelves : No
  • Stainless Steel Shelves : No

Technical Details

  • Energy Star Rated : No
  • Star-K Certified : No
  • ADA Compliant : No
  • Approved for Commercial Use : No
  • Approved for Medical Use : No
  • Approved for Outdoor Use : No
  • Amps : 15
  • Voltage : 120 Volts


  • Digital Temperature Control : Yes
  • Sabbath Mode : Yes
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