Tuesday, January 13, 2015
REFRIGERATORS... GIVE ME YOUR TWO CENTS
We bought a new fridge when we switched out all of our appliances about 4 1/2 years ago, and we've pretty much hated it since day one. The crushed ice comes out everywhere (around the cup) and I don't like how the inside is configured. And, in an effort to minimize fingerprints and smudging, we bought the "stainless steel look", which looks like stainless but isn't. Well, it doesn't show prints, but it's film like plastic-y coating scratches easily. Sometime a while back the cubed ice stopped working altogether, so now all we get is crushed.
Over the weekend while filling cups with ice for a party, I started to smell something terrible, like an electrical burn. The smell permeated everything in the fridge and freeze, and is still there now. We're not really sure what happened, but figure that the ice maker is shot. Considering we've never liked it anyway, we don't want to sink any money into getting it fixed and are taking this opportunity to start over.
So, here's my dilemma and factors I'm considering. I've always had a side-by-side. Do I want french doors with the freezer drawer on the bottom? Do you have one? Do you love it or hate it? Do I still want an ice/water dispenser in the door? Would I miss it if I didn't have it?
We don't really need to filter our drinking water, but we do use the fridge dispenser all the time now rather than the sink faucet. Also, size wise, I need to stick with a standard size for it to fit in the built in space that we have. We also don't have a ton of clearance between the front of the current fridge and the island, just about 31". We have a full freezer in the garage, so freezer space isn't a huge issue. I don't need top of the line, I'd just like a roomy interior and something that will last, and I will be getting real Stainless Steel this time.
I'm usually a Sears customer for appliances so I plan to head there today and check out my options. And, I've always been happy with Kenmore (except for this fridge), but should I totally be considering something else?
Alright, help! Thanks for your input!