I am thrilled to announce that it is time to buy a new refrigerator, and I need your help. I have had a hate/hate relationship with our current fridge since the day we moved in. You can read about it here. Even though our refrigerator is only six years old, even Mr. Right now agrees that it is time for it to go and has given the green light to start the hunt for a replacement.
This is what I want and need in a refrigerator.
1. It needs to be counter depth. I know that this requirement already limits my choices, but I prefer for it to be as deep as the cabinets rather than stick out a few inches beyond the cabinets. This is just a personal choice, but it cuts down on the cubic feet available. With a counter depth model, only the doors protrude past the cabinet rather than the doors plus a few inches of the fridge.
2. I want a stainless steel finish. There are some new bold finishes out there these days, but I want it to match our other appliances.
(Sorry about the bad photo, but it’s tough taking a shot of the inside of a fridge.)
3. I don’t want the ice maker to take up unnecessary space. Currently, our ice maker takes up 1/3 of the top shelf space. And if that isn’t enough, the food stored on the shelf right beside the ice maker freezes. So, in reality only about 1/2 of the top shelf is available for food storage. That drives me crazy.
4. I want a four-door model, I think. I didn’t even know this was an option until my son-in-law (Yankee) told me. Some refrigerators with four doors are flexible in that one of of the bottom quadrants can be either a refrigerator or a freezer. That means when we have our out-of-town family here and I need more refrigerator space, I can move a dial, and the freezer will warm up to fridge temps. We eat mostly fresh food, and if I needed more freezer space, I could always buy a cheap little box freezer and put it in our basement.
I have narrowed it down to two models, based on their getting excellent reviews in Consumer Reports. The brands that make a four-door model are LG and Samsung. Neither of them has every single thing on my wish list. The LG’s ice maker is in the door, but it does not have a section that will switch from freezer to fridge and vice versa. It also felt more solid than the Samsung.
The Samsung model has an interior icemaker, which takes away shelf space. You can see it there on the left of the top shelf. But …..one of its bottom freezer sections does convert to a refrigerator.
Now, this is where you come in (if you are still reading this, that is.) Do any of you have a fridge with a section that can be both fridge and freezer? Do any of you own an LG model? How about Samsung? I really need your help. I don’t want to end up with another refrigerator that doesn’t meet my needs.
Thanks so much for any input you can provide.