Refrigerator Recommendations

randitaMay 27, 2013

We are beginning the process of upgrading our refrigerator. The one in the house now is a GE Profile, about 8 years old. We just bought the house last year and the kitchen appliances were part of the purchase.

We don't like the design and features of this refrigerator and the design of the ice and water dispensers is idiotic. It rarely works properly.

I've been looking at them (Sears, Lowes) and reading reviews and ratings online. Even the top rated brands have complaint after complaint about the ice dispensers.

We had a Kenmore in our previous house purchased around 2000 and the ice dispenser worked like a charm. I wonder what manufacturers have changed to the point that ice dispensers are continually glitchy. Maybe it has something to do with energy standards.

We are undecided about the choice of a side by side or bottom freezer design. I know the bottom freezer is more energy efficient, but having seen them in operation, it looks like a hurdle to locate items stacked up down there. I have a hard enough time with the side by side I have.

I'm assuming that folks frequenting this forum are in the midst of planning, building, or renovating a kitchen and have researched refrigerators.

I guess my budget would be about middle of the road for a good quality, highly rated unit.

I would appreciate any and all guidance and suggestions.


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My counter depth, side by side is a Kitchen Aid. Had it since 2009 and never had any problems with the in-door ice maker/dispenser. Wish they had had a bottom freezer when I was buying, but could not find an affordable one in counter depth. I had an electrolux for 3 weeks and returned it since the ice maker did not work after 2 visits from repairman.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 1:29PM
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I used to have SxS but now have French door, bottom freezer. Pros and cons for both, but I prefer the bottom freezer..seems to fit more and bigger items. My preference would be to have just one door up top instead of two.

Our is a Kenmore Elite made by LG, with ice and water in the door. It is counter depth and the ice maker is in the door, freeing up fridge space. We've had it for 15 mos problems with ice maker. One reason we bought this one was because both drawers of the freezer were totally open but with movable dividers. Other brands had permanent dividers in the freezer drawers which limits versatility and usability.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 4:44PM
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You might want to cross post on Appliances, if you haven't already. There's more traffic here, but there are some very knowledgable appliance gurus over there.

I think when I look for a new fridge I'm going to check out Samsung. I somehow got the impression they were pretty good midrange fridges.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 6:11PM
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I don't own anything yet, but I'm planning on the LG refrigerator linked below. I was, in general, looking for good quality, nice looking, mid-range appliances. (I've taken to saying that I'm looking for the Honda Accord of appliances.) Based on features, reputation for quality and CR reports on reliability, my first choice was a particular Samsung model. Then I spoke to my appliance repair guy, who does warranty repairs for many companies and repairs pretty much everything else. I figure everything needs repair eventually, even if it survives the warranty period repairless.

He just won't repair Samsung. The difficulty getting parts is so extreme, he refuses to deal with them. So, I went to my second choice, based on the same factors, which was LG. LG also has a reputation as taking a long time to source parts, but at least my guy does repair LG's. So, I'm sort of betting/hoping that when the refrigerator needs a repair, it will still be a big box keeping things cold.

I picked my particular LG model, linked below, in large part because of the 2 freezer drawers. I think it will make it much easier to find things than having to bend over and dig through one really deep drawer and, looking at it in person, I think it will even be easier to deal with than the models where you open one drawer and then there are two drawers inside.

If you like this idea, please look carefully at refrigerators. On some with 4 doors like this one, the two drawers are 2 freezer drawers, as with this LG. On other brands, such as Samsung, that top drawer is actually a refrigerator drawer.I'm sure that's just the thing for some people, but wasn't what I wanted.

Here is a link that might be useful: My LG refrigerator

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 11:49AM
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