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Muse

Advice on buying a fridge

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Hi everyone!

Wife and I just bought a new house and preparing to buy nice things for it. 

I'm very interested in this particular fridge, but my wife is hesitant on the price tag.

She has pointed out some smaller, off-brand fridges that are in the $700-$1,000 range. 

Anyone here gotten one of these big fancy fridges? Do you think it's worth it? Perhaps it is too big and nice for a home of 2 or 3 Adults. There are fridges even higher than this, in the $3,000 range. I will admit I don't quite understand why. Unfortunately we can't wait until a big sales event, need something this week. 

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9 minutes ago, Muse said:

She has pointed out some smaller, off-brand fridges that are in the $700-$1,000 range. 

Don't do it.  Not even kidding.  Don't skimp on the fridge.

9 minutes ago, Muse said:

Anyone here gotten one of these big fancy fridges? Do you think it's worth it? Perhaps it is too big and nice for a home of 2 or 3 Adults. There are fridges even higher than this, in the $3,000 range. I will admit I don't quite understand why. Unfortunately we can't wait until a big sales event, need something this week. 

I am not familiar with this particular model, but that's about the size and price range of mine, although it is a different configuration.  You may want to ask if it is big enough.  A side-by-side always seems to run out of room pretty fast for us.  We switched to a different configuration and I still wish we could get a bigger one, but it isn't feasible without redoing the kitchen in an undesirable way.

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32 minutes ago, Warrior said:

Don't do it.  Not even kidding.  Don't skimp on the fridge.

I am not familiar with this particular model, but that's about the size and price range of mine, although it is a different configuration.  You may want to ask if it is big enough.  A side-by-side always seems to run out of room pretty fast for us.  We switched to a different configuration and I still wish we could get a bigger one, but it isn't feasible without redoing the kitchen in an undesirable way.

Yeah that's my feeling on it, we would have the fridge for at least 6 years i'm guessing. an extra $800 to get a larger and popular brand fridge seems smart to me. What brand do you have?

We are evenly split between frozen food and fresh food, so I think side-by-side is good for us.

My feeling is that putting some decent money down on the Fridge, Washer, and Dryer is smart. Those appliances tend to last a long time anyways. High quality while you use it, and better re-sale when you're tired of it.

 
 
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We have the cash to get whatever we want. We just entertain frugal thoughts frequently.

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24 minutes ago, Muse said:

Yeah that's my feeling on it, we would have the fridge for at least 6 years i'm guessing. an extra $800 to get a larger and popular brand fridge seems smart to me. What brand do you have?

We are evenly split between frozen food and fresh food, so I think side-by-side is good for us.

My feeling is that putting some decent money down on the Fridge, Washer, and Dryer is smart. Those appliances tend to last a long time anyways. High quality while you use it, and better re-sale when you're tired of it.

 
 
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We have the cash to get whatever we want. We just entertain frugal thoughts frequently.

We have an LG, but if I were buying a new one today, Samsung would probably be at the top of my list.

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In our old house when we renovated the kitchen, we bought a stainless steel, Fisher Paykel 17.5 cu. ft. counter depth bottom freezer refrigerator. We liked it so much that we bought another for our new house.  But we bought this model because it doesn't have any of the features that we considered useless (ice maker, on-door water dispenser...etc.) and, as such had a very clean interior which maximized space for food storage while still keeping within a smaller profile of a counter-depth fridge.

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2 hours ago, Muse said:

Anyone here gotten one of these big fancy fridges? Do you think it's worth it? Perhaps it is too big and nice for a home of 2 or 3 Adults. There are fridges even higher than this, in the $3,000 range. I will admit I don't quite understand why. Unfortunately we can't wait until a big sales event, need something this week. 

I have a two door french kind of fridge, around 1500-2000 if I remember correctly... general advises:

1) Read lots of reviews.... focus on the bad ones.
2) A fridge is as big/small as you cook fresh ingredients. If you do not cook a lot then the fridge is way too fancy for your needs, if you cook a lot then it will prove a little smaller.
3) Check the little fancy functions, for example, vacation mode, self cleaning, quick cooling, etc. see what the gadget has.
4) In that model freezer is taking 1/3 of the total space... do you freeze a lot of stuff?
5) Usually fridges above 2K are charging for deluxe stuff (different types of ice, soda dispenser, different trays, out fancy finish), so anything above 1.5K should be top quality.
6) Go and see it live. Bring with you hard to store stuff, like for example a bottle of beer/wine... see how you can fit it, and how many you can fit.

If money is not a concern and you like the fridge, then go for it.

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41 minutes ago, Swamp Yankee said:

In our old house when we renovated the kitchen, we bought a stainless steel, Fisher Paykel 17.5 cu. ft. counter depth bottom freezer refrigerator. We liked it so much that we bought another for our new house.  But we bought this model because it doesn't have any of the features that we considered useless (ice maker, on-door water dispenser...etc.) and, as such had a very clean interior which maximized space for food storage while still keeping within a smaller profile of a counter-depth fridge.

Thanks for the input. I think we are in a bit of a different place then. We really want a filtered ice maker and water dispenser (the water quality here isn't good so really want it filtered). We also have a fridge roughly your size now and wish it was bigger. We eat at home a lot and cook a lot hehe.

Agreed with my wife to go to sears tomorrow and look at off-brands. But feeling like i'm gonna push for the expensive samsung if im not wowed

 
 
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2 minutes ago, Jalex said:

I have a two door french kind of fridge, around 1500-2000 if I remember correctly... general advises:

1) Read lots of reviews.... focus on the bad ones.
2) A fridge is as big/small as you cook fresh ingredients. If you do not cook a lot then the fridge is way too fancy for your needs, if you cook a lot then it will prove a little smaller.
3) Check the little fancy functions, for example, vacation mode, self cleaning, quick cooling, etc. see what the gadget has.
4) In that model freezer is taking 1/3 of the total space... do you freeze a lot of stuff?
5) Usually fridges above 2K are charging for deluxe stuff (different types of ice, soda dispenser, different trays, out fancy finish), so anything above 1.5K should be top quality.
6) Go and see it live. Bring with you hard to store stuff, like for example a bottle of beer/wine... see how you can fit it, and how many you can fit.

If money is not a concern and you like the fridge, then go for it.

Good advice. Thanks man. Yeah we freeze a lot hehe. And don't really want a separate freezer like some do in their garage.

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2 hours ago, Muse said:

Thanks for the input. I think we are in a bit of a different place then. We really want a filtered ice maker and water dispenser (the water quality here isn't good so really want it filtered). We also have a fridge roughly your size now and wish it was bigger. We eat at home a lot and cook a lot hehe.

Agreed with my wife to go to sears tomorrow and look at off-brands. But feeling like i'm gonna push for the expensive samsung if im not wowed

 

When we bought our first Fisher Paykel of that model, we had really excellent well water - very high quality and delicious. But even though the well water at the new house is not anywhere as good, we liked the clean design of the FP enough to buy another and drink bottled water for the most part.

We live pretty close by the supermarket we use so we're in the habit of making 2-3 trips there a week.  Otherwise what we've found over the years is that larger supermarket trips made once a week often resulted in a lot of food going bad before we could eat it. But yeah, we work out of our home so we eat 3 meals a day out of the fridge for the most part - getting carry out maybe 3 times a month on average.  Though it's a smaller fridge, like I said, the layout is very clean and we can get a lot of stuff into both sections as neither is taken up with ice makers or water dispensing/filtration systems.

But if you want that kind of feature in a fridge and you have the room for it - by all means, get a larger fridge.

We're getting planning to contact a well water specialist soon to have a whole house water treatment system installed. As part of it, I'm thinking of getting a single tap reverse osmosis filter to give us one spigot at the kitchen sink for drawing maybe a few gallons or so of very high quality water daily for use in cooking/ coffee / drinking.

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Not a fan of side by sides. Expensive, not much space for the size, and more prone to breakdown.

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3 minutes ago, eagleseven said:

Not a fan of side by sides. Expensive, not much space for the size, and more prone to breakdown.

agreed - I prefer the bottom freezer models - though many of them have baskets which are a PITA if a bag of frozen veggies opens up and spills frozen peas all over the kitchen floor when you open the freezer. :facepalm:

Again - that's one of the reasons we went with the Fisher Paykel - it has three tiers of pull out tubs for the frozen stuff.

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Since you recently bought a new home where I'm presuming it's a detached home with space, forget the fancy fridges.  Get a basic fridge with less room in the freezer, more room in the cooling area and then, get a small stand up deep freezer.

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I bought a fairly cheap (under C$1000)  refrigerator eight years ago. It's holding up well. Don't spend more just to say you spent more. Do it if it gets you extra features that you truly value. The only features I valued were:

  1. Keeps things cold
  2. Doesn't leak
  3. Doesn't make excessive noise
  4. Coordinates with other stainless steel appliances

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I am not a fan of side by side, I prefer bottom freezer.  With side by side, the fridge side seems to be small.  Like distance says, I want to max out the fridge side and supplement with a stand up freezer.  I just paid $150 for a small freezer.

my ice maker is in the freezer part, makes sense for it to be there plus more room for fridge 

Check out Sears outlet, you may find some named brand with a discount.  

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Yeah Async, bottom freezer for sure. Pretty sure Muse's wife is short too so top freezers are a hazard, conducive to concussions from falling food when full and side by sides can be too narrow for large items.

Eg. I make meatballs in large batches and then freeze most of them.  This requires that they be placed flat on baking sheets until frozen where from there, they're bagged into meal sized portions. The same holds true for other foods. Side by sides lean too narrow but my smaller stand up deep freezer has large, flat racks where it's easy to fit them.  

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I bought a Samsung stove a year ago and it was a nightmare. The stove is faulty, and it was a wonderful moment when the manufacturer's warranty dropped off because they're a nightmare to deal with. I will be staying far from that brand in the future.

My parents like their Samsung fridge, though.

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1 hour ago, Distance said:

Yeah Async, bottom freezer for sure. Pretty sure Muse's wife is short too so top freezers are a hazard, conducive to concussions from falling food when full and side by sides can be too narrow for large items.

Eg. I make meatballs in large batches and then freeze most of them.  This requires that they be placed flat on baking sheets until frozen where from there, they're bagged into meal sized portions. The same holds true for other foods. Side by sides lean too narrow but my smaller stand up deep freezer has large, flat racks where it's easy to fit them.  

Hehe yes she is a shortie.

It's just that we don't go out shopping frequently. Average once every 1.5 weeks for grocery run. Mostly because we are pretty busy all the time and its a 20min drive. But yeah maybe a cheaper french door fridge and a small stand alone freezer would work out. I think I have the kitchen space for both. 

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37 minutes ago, Muse said:

Hehe yes she is a shortie.

It's just that we don't go out shopping frequently. Average once every 1.5 weeks for grocery run. Mostly because we are pretty busy all the time and its a 20min drive. But yeah maybe a cheaper french door fridge and a small stand alone freezer would work out. I think I have the kitchen space for both. 

My new place only has space for a smaller fridge (cabinets and stove surrounding it), so we're planning on getting a basic top-freezer model for the kitchen and deep-freezer for the basement.

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45 minutes ago, Muse said:

Hehe yes she is a shortie.

It's just that we don't go out shopping frequently. Average once every 1.5 weeks for grocery run. Mostly because we are pretty busy all the time and its a 20min drive. But yeah maybe a cheaper french door fridge and a small stand alone freezer would work out. I think I have the kitchen space for both. 

Thought so, all things considered and..averages. ;)

Do get a small upright deep freezer since she won't be able to reach the food that's in the bottom of chest freezer. Mine's 14+ cubic ft and is perfect for two people (my son during the times where he's home from college). But then, I need a bit more room since it's much cheaper to buy free range/organic meat in larger quantities, sometimes direct from sustainable farms.  That and because I like to cook larger batches of food, to create homemade convenient frozen meals.  

My deep freezer is also in the basement. It's a simple run up and down the stairs to get what I need where the frozen items most often needed, reside in the small compartment freezer part of my upstairs fridge. 

 

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8 hours ago, Muse said:

We are evenly split between frozen food and fresh food, so I think side-by-side is good for us.

If you're even, don't get a side-by-side. Frozen food is easily stacked/piled on top of each other to save space. Can't (always) do that with fresh.

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Distance is correct in pointing out that to freeze certain food properly, you would need to freeze them in single layer (individual quick frozen method) before bagging them.  Also, ( upright ) freezer doesn't need to be in the kitchen.  Reach in freezers don't offer the same flexibility as the upright kind.  

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On 1/9/2017 at 11:54 AM, Swamp Yankee said:

agreed - I prefer the bottom freezer models -

 

On 1/9/2017 at 0:11 PM, Distance said:

Get a basic fridge with less room in the freezer, more room in the cooling area and then, get a small stand up deep freezer.

 

On 1/9/2017 at 0:30 PM, Async said:

I am not a fan of side by side, I prefer bottom freezer.  With side by side, the fridge side seems to be small.  Like distance says, I want to max out the fridge side and supplement with a stand up freezer.  I just paid $150 for a small freezer.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. It helped us make our choice. My wife appreciated the advice also, I let her read some of the posts.

We went to a Sears Liquidation store and found this usually expensive LG model for the low price of $1,170. They were doing a big sales event and this fridge was marked down low already because it had a few small dings on one side (will cover with a calendar) and a blemish in the stainless steel handle that I can grind smooth at home with my metal grinder. Otherwise it looks great. My wife is really happy. 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-29-7-cu-ft-French-Door-In-Door-Refrigerator-in-Stainless-Steel-with-CustomChill-Drawer-LMXS30776S/205178498

It's a hella big fridge. And since we felt like we saved a lot of money we bought a higher quality washing machine too, the kind my wife likes, and a new king-size bed (been sleeping on a queen).

Shes super happy. The custom chill drawer in the center is really cool. You can make it extra fridge space, extra freezer space, or even set it for cooling wine. 

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5 minutes ago, Muse said:

Thanks for the advice everyone. It helped us make our choice. My wife appreciated the advice also, I let her read some of the posts.

We went to a Sears Liquidation store and found this usually expensive LG model for the low price of $1,170. They were doing a big sales event and this fridge was marked down low already because it had a few small dings on one side (will cover with a calendar) and a blemish in the stainless steel handle that I can grind smooth at home with my metal grinder. Otherwise it looks great. My wife is really happy. 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-29-7-cu-ft-French-Door-In-Door-Refrigerator-in-Stainless-Steel-with-CustomChill-Drawer-LMXS30776S/205178498

It's a hella big fridge. And since we felt like we saved a lot of money we bought a higher quality washing machine too, the kind my wife likes, and a new king-size bed (been sleeping on a queen).

Shes super happy. The custom chill drawer in the center is really cool. You can make it extra fridge space, extra freezer space, or even set it for cooling wine. 

That's friggin' GORGEOUS! :thumbsup:

 

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2 minutes ago, Swamp Yankee said:

That's friggin' GORGEOUS! :thumbsup:

 

Gotta admit I can't believe they had it marked down so low. I think the handle was a deal breaker for previous customers, but a minute with my grinder can fix it. It looks like the manufacturer didn't cut the end of the handle smoothly. Just needs to be grinded down a few centimeters and no one will know. 

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Good choice and yeah...that's a helluva good deal!

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