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#289428 - 01/30/10 07:41 PM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: madjak]
michael_d Offline
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Thanks guys. I definately do not want to be rutting around for ice. Whatever I end up with with have a dispenser in the door. I just read that Samsung makes refrigerators. Who woulda thought....

Ya, Peter, I don't want everything frozen. I'm using my grill for a freezer at the moment.

This sucks. So much for my new receiver.

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#289431 - 01/30/10 08:19 PM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: michael_d]
Adrian Offline
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Maytag owner here. Same fridge going on 20 yrs.
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#289503 - 01/31/10 04:49 AM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: Adrian]
BrenR Offline
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I have to say when we bought here that the side by side fridge and freezer looked like it was going to be a beautiful combination. I have since taken that back. It just makes the fridge side narrower. Like just the width of a pizza box narrow.

That's my two cents worth.

Bren R.

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#289523 - 01/31/10 11:10 AM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: BrenR]
real80sman Offline
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We've owned all 3 configurations in this order: Freezer top. Freezer Bottom. Side by side w/water & ice in the door.

By far, we enjoyed the freezer on bottom the best. Tons of room for large platters, and not bending over for everyday items. Everything is right there at eye level infront of you. We actually still own it, but it's been sent to the garage. I have the nicest beer fridge on the street.

When we moved and went to stainless, we got a great deal on a side by side. Love the water & ice, but hate everything else about it. Things just don't fit. (And it's a 25 or 26 cubic ft) We're thankful to still have the other fridge when realatives come around at holidays.
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#289526 - 01/31/10 11:49 AM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: real80sman]
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Thermodynamically speaking, the freezer on bottom ones make the most sense (at least if the coils are on top...).
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#289536 - 01/31/10 01:09 PM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: BrenR]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
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 Originally Posted By: BrenR
I have to say when we bought here that the side by side fridge and freezer looked like it was going to be a beautiful combination. I have since taken that back. It just makes the fridge side narrower. Like just the width of a pizza box narrow.

We bought a Maytag SS, counter depth, side by side about 3 years ago. Got around the pizza box size thing by buying the 26 cubic foot fridge.
It is plenty big.
Water, ice crusher and cube dispenser that hasn't bunged up at all. The water jet wore out and sprayed water inside the freezer until the tip froze, but the replacement was only $50 and all is fine.

Now ask me about how i will never buy a Maytag dishwasher again...(just got a new Kitchen Aid last week on a wicked deal...fantastic!!)
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#289621 - 01/31/10 09:31 PM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: chesseroo]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Tacoma
We really hated our side-by-side. Too narrow on both sides.

Got a Samsung french-door (freezer on the botton, two doors but full width on top).

Love it. More importantly, Mrs. Tuttle loves it.

I use lots of ice cubes and honestly, I don't think it's that bad.

You can get this same config with ice/water in the door, but it costs at least $500 extra and sacrifices quite a bit of refrigeration space for freezer space.

Good luck, Mike.
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#289640 - 01/31/10 10:46 PM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: Ken.C]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2185
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Thermodynamically speaking, the freezer on bottom ones make the most sense (at least if the coils are on top...).


And this is what several of the appliance guys told me. We're doing a remodel and ended up w/ a KitchenAid bottom fridge. No ice/water in the door because we wanted more interior. It also has an internal water filter which saves us from our monthly Arrowhead delivery.

We don't have it yet but we did do a bit of research. We've had side by side but space is small. You have trouble storing pizza boxes and cakes. The top fridge is probably the most space efficient but for some reason, you don't find high end models. Ours has french doors and steel front, a bit pricey but our local appliance shop is hurting for business and even beat Sears' sales price w/ free delivery. It's a family run shop that's been in business over 40 years. The bottom space is a concern but fortunately, we've got our top fridge going to the garage as a secondary unit. But it does seem that the bottom doesn't have any less space than a side by side would.

You might also check to see if you have a Sears outlet near you. They have LOTS of appliances from their scratch and dent stuff, all below retail and w/ full warranty. If you're lucky, the damage is on the side or back and you save a bunch. One fridge I looked at was about $1K less than the current sale price, but the dent was on the front. My local guy was only a few hundred more so I went w/ him instead.

Beware the Consumer Reports customer reviews. Sometimes people give appliances a really bad rating because of one feature they hate. Then you find that it's a feature you either like or don't care about so the review rating is irrelevant.

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#289653 - 02/01/10 12:11 AM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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What is this I keep hearing about leftover pizza?
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#289662 - 02/01/10 12:42 AM Re: Anyone buy a new refrigerator lately? Mine's d [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Cesar, Consumer Reports doesn't rely on "customer reviews" for its ratings of appliances. The ratings are based primarily on the results of tests in its lab. One area in which customer feedback is a factor is whether repairs were necessary.
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