Return to the Appliances Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispenser

Posted by dryslick (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 18, 12 at 9:33

We’re bumping out our kitchen and we’re in the appliance selection phase. We stuck at frig selection. We had planned for a 36” but we may be able to change our layout to accommodate a 42”. Do many quality models offer crushed & cubed ice with the water dispenser? We have that in our current freestanding frig and we don’t want to give that convenience up. We were going to go with SZ BI-36U until we decided we wanted to keep this option.

I started researching additional built-ins this morning. I see that a 42” Thermador (model KBUDT42) has crushed ice but I can’t find any reviews. Do other brands offer crushed ice as well? If so, are any of these units quality products? If we can’t find a quality built-in with crushed ice, how could we achieve chilled water / crushed ice? I know we can add filtered water to the sink and we see some under counter ice units but that seems like overkill.

Any advice would be great. We didn’t realize something like this is what we’d be agonizing over!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispenser

Built in fridge + exterior ice and water=
+

It goes from gorgeous and understated and not about the appliances to having a honking ugly dispenser hole in the middle of it that makes it all about the appliance. Why spend the money in the first place? Get a regular fridge and be done with your selection.


 o
RE: Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispenser

The ice maker is the most delicate part of any fridge, and the through door units take up a lot of space and make the concerns that much worse. Not the best idea for a fridge you expect to last for more than twenty years. Combine that with the fact that people get built-ins in order to have them blend into the cabinetry, and you start to understand why there just isn't a lot of demand.

If you use the ice/water dispenser on daily basis, you'll probably want to keep it. If it's less often, you might consider using an ice crusher (small appliance) or a garage sale food processor for that part.

SubZero does have an ice dispenser on the 48" side-by-side, but as I said, it's the weakest link. The only thing on an SZ that most people find needs service over its lifetime is the ice maker, and the through door ones seem to need service sooner. (Just an observation on frequency--check with their repair service for first hand knowledge.)

Here's a search on AJMadison for custom panels and through door ice. I don't know which of these have crushed ice and water. Some of these aren't built-in models, but you could do a faux if one of the suits you.


 o
RE: Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispenser

I don’t think the photos were needed to make your point.
That aside, my original preference was a freestanding but our refrigerator will be on an appliance wall (no countertops) with the double oven and pantry along the main walkway between rooms. The site line and the extra inches that the frig sticks out compared to everything else is the reason we’re looking built-in. I agree that fully integrated does look great. We may still do that but we are also looking at how we use the kitchen, which is why we want to make sure we look at all our options before deciding what to trade off on.


 o
RE: Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispense

You can make the sight lines work out if you can increase the depth of cabinetry on that wall a couple of inches (the body (not including handle) of cd is usually 26"). Then you can have any counter depth or built-in you want. The freestanding fridges with dispenser have better dispensers from what I hear, and even though people tend to replace the whole fridge when the ice system packs it in, you can get three of them for the price of one SZ, which gives you the same longevity per dollar, more or less.


 o
RE: Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispenser

plllog,

Very good points to consider since, you’re right, we hope a built-in lasts 20 years. We probably shouldn't try it on a high-end unit. We use the in-door water and ice for nearly all meals which is why we’re re-visiting our earlier decisions. We do have the option of extending the cabinets to 26”. The problem is we don’t have the extra width for the door swing of a freestanding in our current configuration. We’re bound by a drain pipe and another hallway. We could free up some space on that wall by moving the microwave and other items, which is the only way a 42” or a 36” with a larger opening for the door swing would fit. It’s something to consider.

Thanks for the good advice to consider


 o
RE: Looking for built-in frig with crushed ice / water dispenser

I'm writing to close the loop on this thread in case some future members grapple with the same decisions and find these posts. We are going with a Sub-Zero 48" with internal ice and water. As I wrote, we really hated losing crushed ice on the door but a freestanding model, given our kitchen layout, would not have worked well. Based with different trade-off options, we decided to go with the built-in.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Appliances Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here