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My FIL is going to buy us a new fridge today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Total surprise, this guy loves to randomly spend money to help out his kids. yay<br><br>
So now, hubs is taking me to the store soon to look at fridges, and for the most part I don't know or care about a lot of things. I want it to be large enough for good storage, ours is now.I want energy efficient, but most new ones are.<br><br>
Is there anything you all particularly like or dislike about the fridge you have? A wishlist of what you want?
 

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what I hate most about my fridge (aside from the side-by-side setup, which leaves NO room for anything big in the freezer!) is that the ice maker is not filtered. The water dispenser is filtered, but the ice is not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> We have hard water, and our ice melts and leaves floaty mineral bits. I wish the ice line ran into the filter.
 

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Energy star. Think about how much room you need. I bought a huge fridge last year because we are a family of 5 who lives rurally and we grocery shop once a week. We also have to have room in the summer to fit our CSA food.<br>
What do you prefer? French doors? Freezer on the bottom or top? We opted for no water dispenser since they take up so much room and they and the ice maker use a lot of energy. We have an ice maker in the freezer that we can turn on and off. Right now we have it off since there is no way to filter the water for ice.<br>
I love our fridge and I hope it lasts a long time especially since we spent so much money on it.<br>
Let us know what you got <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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A button that locks the water and ice dispenser on the outside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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NOT stainless steel (too hard to keep clean)<br><br>
side by side is great but the freezer leaves little room for BIG things, we shop at costco<br><br>
I love the water/ice in the door with BOTH being filtered<br><br>
Check the price on the filter, ours runs $40-50 every 3 months OUCH!
 

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Glass shelves that remove easily for cleaning. We special ordered ours with no ice maker as it is wasted space IMO.
 

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We opted for no built-in ice or water dispensers because the models that have those tend to need service much more often due to things breaking. And having a water leak would be a big PITA!<br><br>
Ours is a french door style and I love how much space there is in the fridge and how easy it is to access everything with the freezer on the bottom.
 

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Please update when you do make a purchase - we're ready to shop soon too as our fridge still freezes all our vegetables at the lowest setting after 2 repair visits.<br><br>
So, I'll be looking for something over 22 cu ft, bottom freezer, no ice or water, and quiet. Let me know if you find it!
 

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funny you should ask this!<br>
We are suddenly moving and are trying to update the appliances super-quick. I went to Home Depot with a fully measured plan of our kitchen and ended up with a fridge that was too big!? Apparently, the kitchen service guy who helped me thought my measurements were without the doors??!! It sounds crazy to me, but if you have a specific space for your fridge make sure that the size posted in the manual, etc. are with doors. I can laugh about it now but I just about had a cow when they put the fridge in and the oven couldn't open... lol!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">what I hate most about my fridge (aside from the side-by-side setup, which leaves NO room for anything big in the freezer!) is that the ice maker is not filtered. The water dispenser is filtered, but the ice is not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> We have hard water, and our ice melts and leaves floaty mineral bits. I wish the ice line ran into the filter.</div>
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Ick! Yes, that is something I looked at.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">A button that locks the water and ice dispenser on the outside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Aw. Wish I had thought of that. I have no clue if the one we are getting locks.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">NOT stainless steel (too hard to keep clean)<br><br>
side by side is great but the freezer leaves little room for BIG things, we shop at costco<br><br>
I love the water/ice in the door with BOTH being filtered<br><br>
Check the price on the filter, ours runs $40-50 every 3 months OUCH!</div>
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Also didn't check the filter price.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We opted for no built-in ice or water dispensers because the models that have those tend to need service much more often due to things breaking. And having a water leak would be a big PITA!<br><br>
Ours is a french door style and I love how much space there is in the fridge and how easy it is to access everything with the freezer on the bottom.</div>
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This is what I would have wanted, will get to details in a minute...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Please update when you do make a purchase - we're ready to shop soon too as our fridge still freezes all our vegetables at the lowest setting after 2 repair visits.<br><br>
So, I'll be looking for something over 22 cu ft, bottom freezer, no ice or water, and quiet. Let me know if you find it!</div>
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Found some! But wouldn't work for us, details below.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">funny you should ask this!<br>
We are suddenly moving and are trying to update the appliances super-quick. I went to Home Depot with a fully measured plan of our kitchen and ended up with a fridge that was too big!? Apparently, the kitchen service guy who helped me thought my measurements were without the doors??!! It sounds crazy to me, but if you have a specific space for your fridge make sure that the size posted in the manual, etc. are with doors. I can laugh about it now but I just about had a cow when they put the fridge in and the oven couldn't open... lol!</div>
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This is totally what I had to consider!<br><br><br>
OK, so what I ended up wanting was<br><br>
french doors, with a pull out bottom freezer, stainless steel, no ice/water dispenser, filter for the ice maker, pull out shelves, 24cu. Found one in our price range, but it was going to stick out into the middle of the kitchen so badly it was just too big. There were a few french door models that were similar but smaller but they were at least a grand more in cost. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
So we ended up with a side by side that I really like. The reasons it will work for us are<br><br>
Size- it's a shallow model, that will sit flush with the counter. This is cool as we have a galley kitchen (though wide for a galley, still)<br>
Capacity- It's smaller, obviously, but we have an older fridge in the garage for extra stuff. When I get bulk produce, pick up raw milk for people from the farm, etc, it can go out there, so while I like the idea of a sexy big ol thing, it isn't necessary.<br>
Water/Ice- I didn't care about this. But the kids really wanted one, dh didn't care, and it's fully filtered. I currently buy filtered water in a stand cooler/crock thing. So that can be out of the kitchen (more room! less stuff!) and I won't have to run out to refill water. Also, filters will cost but it's a lot less than putting in a filtration system on the sink or something.<br>
Shelves- really nice. I wasn't drawn at ALL to the side by side, but this one is really nicely laid out, and has a lot of little space saving details, like lot's of shelves, a bottle rack (for wine, etc).<br>
It's stainless, which I know some wouldn't want, but I like it. We are going to be putting in a new sink and want stainless for that as well, so it'll be all cohesive. (Yay craigslist! )<br><br>
Really quite excited now! I'll post pics when it gets here today. :)
 

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I think you will really like your new fridge. Although side-by-sides are not favorites of many people, we have one for the reasons you listed. Counter-depth was an important feature for us and they are difficult to find (and usually more expensive).
 

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It's in, and sooo perfect for us. I actually love the water/ice dispenser, and am glad we did it.<br><br>
And it has a lock on it. :)
 
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