Refrigerator reviews

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

OK, my 1982 Maytag just went belly-up. It has served me well but is not worth the $3-400 repair bill. Sooo, on to trying to figure out what frig to get next. This one was a side-side. I'm thinking of a bottom freezer, perhaps french-door variety. Doesn't need to be huge. What I think will likely be more of a problem is finding one that is not black, stainless, or bright white. I prefer the old almond look which has apparently fallen out of favor. I guess I could go with black but it doesn't really appeal to me (seems kind of somber for such a large appliance). I've seen way too many messy messy stainless appliances, although I understand they may have a better coating now. Any thoughts or suggestions? Brands to steer away from, or toward? I am not a shopper, this is like pulling teeth for me.

This message was edited Jul 19, 2011 5:58 PM

(Ang) Bremerton, WA(Zone 8b)

I've always heard to steer clear of stainless if you don't like finger prints. Past that I'm not much help.

Our current fridge is a GE and already has two cracks in it. It's barely 2 years old. Our old Frigidaire was great.

Lake Stevens, WA

Not much help eiher. But i like white. Never goes out of style but I also have white kitchen cabinets. I hate dark stuff when it comes to inside the house.
I too have a 1991 GE side by side. It had everything replaced under warrantee within the first year or so. Has run like a dream ever since. If I ever replace the fench door with bottom freezer would be my pick. Good luck.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

I'm leaning toward the french door / bottom freezer if I can find it in biscuit - apparently the new name for almond. Nothing is white in my kitchen and I think a pure white would like of glare against everything else which is kind of muted colors. Here's the beast in its corner.

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Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

I had the french door LG fridge at my last house and did not like it. They cost more and things get lost buried in the bottom of the freezer that you forget about and end up throwing away.

I have and old Kenmore that I have had now for 20+ years as my extra fridge in the garage(cold water & drinks..etc.. when gardening) and just purchased a new one for my new house. I got the side by side version and like it very much. The ice maker is awesome.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Bea, in conjunction with a new frig, we are also going to ditch our old chest freezer, which is sitting in the basement with a couple bags of berries in it. I'm hoping to use the bottom freezer as a mini-chest freezer rather than a catch-all, and have high hopes of keeping it organized (?) We'll see. I found my side-side freezer portion to be pretty cramped. An icemaker and water dispenser is a must for me - I go through a lot of water during the day.

It's been a while since we've had a 'beer frig' in the barn - perhaps I'll move the old one out there.

Salem, OR(Zone 8b)

I need to replace our fridge, too. I want a colored one---I'm with you. I don't want white, black, or stainless. Ideally, I want a cobalt or navy blue fridge.....does such a thing exist??? I plan to replace my range with a blue one also. Those do exist....just not sure about fridges.

Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

Found one..but the price tag is crazy.. Viking of course!

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Yikes. I had good luck painting a boring white microwave green but that was a much smaller appliance. Actually, I did also paint my folks old rusty frig years ago but that was a hand-me-down and the end result was not that important. I wonder what it would cost to have a auto-shop painter do a frig...??

Lake Stevens, WA

Not sure how they do it but they put wood like cabinets on a frig. Might be only on a sub-zero frig. Would that interest you?

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Not so much the wood look, I already have a lot of medium toned birch cabinets and I think it would be difficult to match and perhaps be too much wood. I just want a nice not-bright white almondy frig if I can find one. If not, I'm also due for a new dishwasher so maybe by matching the two it will be a bit more cohesive.

Is there anything more boring than appliance shopping...???

This message was edited Jul 25, 2011 7:51 PM

(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA(Zone 7a)

I got a new Sears fridge a few years ago and the plastic in door cracked in a couple of places way too soon. If you research, you find that nearly all fridges are made by relatively few manufacturers. I loved one I had with the freezer on the bottom way back when.

By the way, Julie said that the cost of proper material to have one painted would be VERY cost prohibitive.

Langley, WA(Zone 7b)

I have an Amana which I like and haven't had any problems with. When I was looking, the only bisquit colored fridge I could find was I believe an LG from Lowe's. Well, I did find others but they were more expensive fridges, not in my price budget. And I'm not even 100% sure they were sold in the U.S. I ended up getting a black one because a lot of things in our kitchen are black. Doesn't show the dirt!

I have a bottom freezer and one door. I felt you could get more in the door slots with one single door. I really like the bottom freezer.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

I do have a black coffee maker and I am often appalled at how totally filthy it actually is when I go to clean it -- it does a great job at hiding coffee goo. Embarrassingly so.

Langley, WA(Zone 7b)

My stovetop is black and shows every bit of dust and animal hair. :( I don't know why the fridge does not, but I'm glad!

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