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Old November 27th, 2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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Like the title says, I've been kicking the idea around about buying a new 'fridge. The one I've got came with the house, still works, but seems to run quite a bit, and being that I can't recall the last time I saw a Crosley brand in a store, there's probably more efficient offerings on the market.

Just checked Consumer Reports website, but it appears they require a paid subscription to view their findings. Has anyone on here used another, or for that matter, are there any other reliable sites that rate things like that?

If it makes a difference, I have been looking at the bottom freezer models with either the split upper doors or single door, no ice or water in door, stainless finish. (or fake stainless or whatever they use to make it look like it) 22-25 cubic foot range. Would like to not go over $1000 in price. I happened to be at Lowe's the other day, and detoured through the appliances to see what might be out there. Found a Whirlpool (22.5 cf) an LG (24.x cf) and a Samsung (25.5 cf), prices starting at $8xx (Whirlpool) to $99x (Samsung).

I'm not limiting myself to only these brands, just that these were the only 3 on the floor that had the lack of features that I was looking for.

So, who's had good luck with certain brands, or shitty luck with others? Or are there any other reputable places to go for consumer ratings that don't want to charge you $35 a year to see what they say?
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Old November 27th, 2016, 04:09 PM   #2
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I personally like whirlpool. I have had pretty good luck with all of their stuff. I had a GE fridge go bad in a few years due to a faulty circuit board. Heard/read that it was pretty common for GE.
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I have a GE that's roughly 6 years old. It's a standard model (freezer on top, single door, no ice) I find with it the freezer can't be loaded too much, it makes some weird noises. I don't know if that's all freezers or just GE.

I only bought it because I was renting and my lamelord was too cheap to buy a new one. I bought my own and took it with me. Fuck him and his cunt of a wife.

If I had to do it all over again, I am torn about freezer location. My inlaws (mom and sis) both have double doors and bottom freezers with water dispensers. I'm not a fan of the water in the door. I feel it takes up space. The freezer up top from what I'm told is less efficient. However cold air sinks. So why not have the freezer up top and cool the rest of the fridge and make it work less. Im sure someone will correct me tho.

As for doors, the double seems to have the room, I just feel to explore the whole fridge for food in an instant, doubles doesn't open to reveal enough.
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Lol. Yeah, not a fan of the ice/water combos, seems like those are the most problematic. I'm thinking bottom freezer simply because I don't open that nearly as often as the fridge, and would rather have the most used part closer to eye level. I did see one of the setups with a door in a door, so you could grab stuff quick without letting all the cool air out. Can't recall if it was on any of the models i was looking at however.
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I put whirlpool in my kitchen a couple years ago. No problems with them. I got all my stuff from Sears, they happened to have the best prices when I was shopping. I wanted the exact fridge that you are looking at. stainles, bottom freezer, french door upper, and NO bullshit dispensers to leak all over the place
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Whirlpool from Menards was the cheapest I could find that was still good quality. Worth the wait for the 11% menards rebate.
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Whirlpool will give the least problems if you avoid fancy gadgets.

I prefer top freezer, simply because it is more efficient. Cold air naturally drops, so you don't need a fan to push it into the fridge area. Regardless of style, the cooling coils are only in the freezer. Cold air from the freezer is circulated through the fridge.
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We bought a Whirlpool a few months ago, it is a 4 door. It has double doors up top, a drawer and freezer on the bottom. It was cheap, especially for the options (4 door and a basic water/ice system) We love it, however keep in mind with the sub-2k models (ours was $1400) that you don't usually get the auto-closing doors and stuff. With the lack of the water/ice features you may be able to find those options int he 1k range.

I wish ours had the auto closing doors and cushioned open. With kids (and I) the door keeps staying ajar a little and they seem to 'slam' open a lot.

Also DO NOT rely on the measurements on the website, our fridge was almost an inch wider. They are measured before the foam is injected and they swell.
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I'll pay closer attention to how the doors close when I get a chance to get back out. I'm the only one using it, so it shouldn't be too big an issue, and space wise, the area isn't enclosed. The fridge sets at the end of the cbinets. Looks as though I need to find more than just the one model of whirlpool that I saw.
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Whatever you buy, I would highly recommend adjustable shelves. I purchased a Fridigaire from Lowe's last spring. It was a cheapo, because it was going to be put at my lake house in the garage. The interior is cheap, cheap, cheap. No adjustable shelves. You can remove them, but that's it. But I only use it for holding my stash of drinks that would take up too much room in the kitchen fridge. Works fine for stacking 30 packs, etc.
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I bought my house with 5 year old appliances, including a fairly nice stainless Maytag fridge. At 7 years old it went out and got a $200 repair, then at 8 years old it went out again and needed $1200 repair on a $1400 fridge. It got replaced with a Kenmore. Just based on that experience alone I'd recommend against Maytag.

As far as layout, that one was a double door top fridge and a big drawer bottom freezer. The new one is a side by side. Each had their pros and cons, it all comes down to what you personally prefer.
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I've got a whirlpool I bought new in 1999, a couple simple fixes in 17 years, hinge bushings and one relay. I'd buy it again.
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Few months ago I bought a Frigidaire professional kitchen set, stove microwave dishwasher and french door fridge. JUNK!!! I've had multiple warranty issues and things are still messed up. Right now, the fridge is building so much ice inside the refrigerator part that it's hitting the crisper drawers! If I could take it back and get all my money back I would in a heart beat.
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Whirlpool will give the least problems if you avoid fancy gadgets.

I prefer top freezer, simply because it is more efficient. Cold air naturally drops, so you don't need a fan to push it into the fridge area. Regardless of style, the cooling coils are only in the freezer. Cold air from the freezer is circulated through the fridge.
Thanks for clearing up what I thought
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The Whirlpool you posted up at the top is available at Home Depot and my parents bought one to be delivered on the 17th.

I don't know if I'd buy Whirlpool/Maytag/etc ever again even though it's a Michigan company. Tons of problems with all of the ones I've bought in the last 7 years. In fact, the only thing that hasn't broken multiple times is the range but it's only a year old.
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I really need to see if I can find a whirlpool in the 24-25 cf size witbout the ice and water. The one I saw last week was 22.5 cf, and noticeably smaller than the other 2
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this is what we bought. Can't complain at all for the price. I know you didnt want a side by side. Neither did we. But our budget liked it.

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The price is right, the size is right, really don't want the water/ice dispenser. I think I'd be ok with a side by side if I could find one that would fit a freezer pizza without putting it in sideways.
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The price is right, the size is right, really don't want the water/ice dispenser. I think I'd be ok with a side by side if I could find one that would fit a freezer pizza without putting it in sideways.
Water and ice in the door is so handy/awesome I never thought I would use ours either.... that said... you said you are the only one using the fridge, how much beer/liquor do you have in there you can't lose that little bit of space
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Water and ice in the door is so handy/awesome I never thought I would use ours either.... that said... you said you are the only one using the fridge, how much beer/liquor do you have in there you can't lose that little bit of space
Lol. Not the space I'm worried about. It seems that the majority of the problems I've heard people complain about having, have to do with the plumbing for the ice/water features. For me, it's simply a case of if it's not there, it can't break. Plus, I know the water in my house does leave a bit of mineral residue. I usually have to soak the showerhead and sink aerators overnight every 6-8 months. There's no rust, no odor, and I really like the way the well water tastes, and don't want to add a softener at this point. (If I ever go to a tankless waterheater, I'll have to, but I'll burn that bridge when I'm on it).
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