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Help!We need to buy a new refrigerator this week!!

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Help!We need to buy a new refrigerator this week!!

p.j. | May 15, 2007 12:00 PM

Help, please. Our 14 yoa Whirlpool 20 cu.ft. is dying, and we are unsure about what to get. We spent most of Mother's Day afternoon shopping (not my idea of a swell time), but did not find a fridge that seemed a good choice to my DH or me. Design has changed a lot in 14 yrs. We are not into a "status fridge."

1. We don't need ice/h2o in the door, or even an ice maker.

2. We do not want stainless steel: Bisque is somewhat available. (f/k/a almond is what we have had since '78. The kitchen is oak, dishwasher and gas stove have black glass fronts. Stove top is beige, but has chipped badly in last 5 yrs. (Whirlpool: I would not buy it again) Of course each appliance has been replaced at a different time, but we are not in a position to replace all, as well as the beige-patterned formica countertop, before Friday.) There is a painted "brushed aluminum" color that LG makes, which is magnetic. I am hopeless at color, but feel black would look too stark in our 110 yr. old house.

3. Of course, we have height (67" w/o hinge) and width (33"max) restrictions. About 20 cu.ft., give or take a foot or two. Looking for about 15 cu. ft. fridge area; and a shelf in the freezer.

4. We want glass "spill proof shelves", and a tall space for wine bottles, juices, etc. Also, space, preferably on the door, for 2 milk gals as well as my condiment collection.

5. We would like large sized fruit and veggie drawers: they seem to have gotten smaller. Are the tilt-out kinds useful or useless?

We looked at bottom freezers, but quickly realized that the refrigerator compartments were much smaller than what we have now (15 cu.ft. fridge & 5 cu. ft. freezer): the new ones are like 12 & 7. We buy a lot of fresh produce, and tend to have tall wine bottles. These new fridges seem built for people who buy mostly frozen food, and nothing tall!

I was also interested in the "trio doors" style: freezer on bottom, with french doors opening the fridge on top, which would enable us to open the fridge doors all the way, and not bang into the island. Agin, the fridge space seemed small, with no decent headroom for wine, etc.

So we wound up looking at good ole' top freezers. Prices range from $550- $1200. The interior components seem cheap in most of them. There are some newer models with "contour doors" that don't have handles: I like the look, and fact that there are no handles to get loose, or bang into.

Any thoughts you all have re. brand reliability, sturdiness, problems, or features I am overlooking, would be very much appreciated.
Any thoughts about how to figure this puchase out as painlessly as possible, also appreciated.

So far, we have been to Home Depot, Lowes (2 week delivery!!), and Best Buy.

Thanks, p.j.

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