Monogram vs. Kitchenaid 48' SxS Refig. vs. Sub-Zero 695
After looking at dozens of models and researching online for the past 2 months, we seem to be down to three choices for 48" side by side, built-in refrigerator with ice & water dispenser: GE Monogram, KitchenAid, and Sub-Zero. We likely will go with wooden paneling matching our new cabinets (white). With the Sub-Zero, we are a bit wary of two separate evaporators (one more item to break down), a less-robust ice maker (especially on the model 695 with dispenser), and the high price (do we really need Lexan or aluminum door shelves?).
Various appliance dealers have expressed a range of opinions on these units (e.g., "GE = Good Enough"; "KitchenAid has a better and higher-volume ice maker than Sub-Zero"; "Monogram at least has an overhead (external) evaporator"; "Monogram's light tower is pretty but takes up room"). What do people on this board think would be the best option for a unit where we will install our own paneling and handles? Which ice & water dispenser works best? Which produces the highest volume of ice? (We have a 1999 vintage Whirlpool Gold top-mount freezer with a standard ice maker and want the new fridge to equal or surpass the ice output of the old fridge.) Is the Monogram's overhead evaporator a half-step better than KitchenAid's standard evaporator (if not as good as Sub-Zero's dual evaporators)? The KA's lighting is very rudimentary (looks pretty cheap actually).
We thought for 2 seconds about the gorgeous Sub-Zero professional models, but they are too pricey and do not offer through-the-door dispensing. We have two little kids (7 and 4 years old) and could really use the dispenser. We have seen Liebherr and Northlands online only (both look like good quality, but dispenser?).
We would appreciate any recommendations from those who own Monogram, KA, or S-Z 48" units, especially with regard to reliability, ice-making capacity, and durability. Thanks!