36 or 42" SxS Fridge/freezer with ice dispenser
We are choosing appliances for a new build and I have found decisions on most appliances to be fairly straight forward. I am having trouble with refrigerator selection, though. My kitchen will accomodate a 36-42 inch free standing or built in. My husband prefers side by side and an external ice dispenser. I do all of the cooking, and the refrigerator is the only appliance he interacts with at all, so I will let him have his way with these items. He is letting me choose all of the other kitchen appliances, so no complaints here. :) I should also mention that we will have a full stand up freezer a few steps from the kitchen in the mudroom where we keep lots of meat(from hunting and sales) and veggies(from the garden). We also plan to have a simple freezer top refrigerator in the garage for entertaining - platter/cake storage, etc.
My appliance repair guy favors Kitchen Aid, but their ice capacity in the 36" is pitiful. It would not fill glasses for our family and a couple of guests. So, I looked at the Bosch 36". I really liked it, but the reviews regarding reliability are poor. How long can I expect a Bosch/Kitchenaid level refrigerator to last?
We are open to a higher end refrigerator like SZ, JA or Thermador, but they must have an ice dispenser. The SZ has the ice and water coming from the fridge side which seems problematic. We have a large garden, so keeping veggies fresh for weeks would be fabulous. I have read this about SZ. Are JA and Thermador good with that, too? What about their service/repairs/reliability?
I should also mention that I am not looking at GE. My mom has two GE refrigerators that have given her nothing but problems, although, our current basic Kenmore has been almost trouble free for 7 years.
Thanks in advance!!!