Chowhounds, I need your help on a fridge purchase. It has been a painful process - everything seems error prone, so I'm hoping you can help with two issues.
First, is the choice of fridge. We'd like a counter-depth with a single door and bottom freezer. I find the single door easier to navigate than the French Doors where I end up opening both doors to hunt around the fridge. (We may buy an undercounter fridge for a little extra space.) The two that rose to the top of the list are:
1. KitchenAid Bottom Freezer KBLS20EVMS. Consumer Reports lists KA with the fewest problems.
2. Samsung RB217ABWP . I like the idea of the twin coolers and it's cheaper, but samsung seems to have very mixed comments on the internet.
I would love to hear about people's experiences with these two (I haven't seen them yet - this is all by web browsing).
We also considered buying an all-fridge configurationn and a separate freezer, but there aren't a lot of choices. The less expensive fridge models seem to be super loud and not energy star rated (e.g. Frigidaire, Electrolux). The more expensive models are super super pricey (Miele, Sub-Zero). So we have given up this route, although I would love a 17cu ft fridge. If anyone knows of anything, pass it along.
Second issue, has anyone bought a fridge off of eBay? There are many listed from sellers with great ratings. Many of the appliances cost as much or more as at a store, but one does also see some bargains from time to time. I was curious whether we should try that route.