Monday, March 31, 2008

The Fridge Fiasco



In almost 9 years of marriage, Hubby and I have never had to purchase a new refrigerator. Until now. And lemme tell ya, this is no easy task! (Can I tell you that I just learned something new? I swear, I always thought it was spelled REFRIDGERATOR with a D. Huh.)

We've been to Sears twice. And have come home both times empty-handed. (The second time, though, we had all 3 boyz. Silly us. Middle had to pee. Baby got IN a freezer. Eldest wanted to be done. Baby shut Middle's hand in a door. Eldest asked if it was time to go. Baby snuck behind the row of appliances. And that was just in the first 5 minutes.)

Seems Hubby and I can NOT agree. I like the single, swing door, fridge on top, with swing-door freezer on bottom; whereas Hubby likes the double door fridge on top, pull-out freezer drawer on bottom.

The only real decision we've made is that we don't want the side-by-side with the ice/water in the door. The fridge space seems smaller, and who needs all that freezer room. Right? Right?

Ugh.

We're 0 for 2 here folks. It's time for your help. Because refrigerators (and hopefully opinions on them!) are like assholes--everyone's got one. What's yours?

25 comments:

Karly said...

I think the freezers with the pull out drawers LOOK totally cool, but I bet they are actually a bit of a pain in the butt. I think it'd be hard to organize everything in them and get to everything in them.

Good luck!

catnip said...

I guess I can't help - I love my side by side. We've bought one for each of the last 3 houses we've owned. The water/ice in the door makes us drink a lot more water, even my 5 year old. I don't think I've lost fridge space, and I don't have to crouch down as much to find things. The freezer stays more organized too. Love it!

Sarah said...

I'm glad that I am not the only one that thought refrigerator had a "D" in it. I learned otherwise lst year when we had to buy a new one. Is it possible that they have changed the spelling?

The French doors look great, but pull out freezer drawers can be a storage nightmare.

Did you know that there is a Sears outlet in Fall River? I hae no idea if that is anywhere near you, but if it is, it may be worth looking into. We got an $1800 refrigerator for $850. It had a small scratch on the side that is covered by a cabinet.

Anonymous said...

We bought a fridge on top and pull out freezer on bottom last summer and I hate it. I like the concept and I think the drawer is easier than the door on bottom but my biggest gripe is the ice cube storage. The model we got has the ice maker attached to the side of the freezer but the ice storage is in one of the drawers. They didn't design the storage well and every time you pull out the drawer, ice spills over the back and into the bottom of the freezer and onto the floor. It is very annoying so look closely before you buy.

karen said...

We have the kind your hubby likes - double-door 'frige (D? What d?) on top and pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom. We like it very much! Ours has the ice maker one one side of the freezer, and will drop loose cubes into a tray when the ice is turned on. We almost never use it, though. I keep bagged frozen veggies in the catch tray most of the year; ice in the summer. The filtered water dispenser is inside the fridge on the side, so it doesn't take up any space at all. The freezer has two full width pull out baskets and some plastic dividers that you can use to keep order. The capacity exceeds my old swing door style freezer by a lot and I think things are easier to get at - pull out drawer, grab what you need, close. No digging behind things or forgetting the meat in the back corner. Having the freezer on the bottom is also supposed to be more energy efficient. Also, the huge 'frige space is an advantage (two growing boys).

Picking out a new big ticket item that you have to use daily for years and years is hard...but you'll really like it once the choosing is over and you have your new appliance!

Judy said...

We have a side-by-side - our first - and here's why we got it...

a. SPACE - the way our kitchen is set up, a single-door fridge would fit, but the door opened so far out that we lost a lot of "foot space". Having the 1/2 door open (a side of the side-by-side) means only 1/2 of the opening space needed.
b. water and ice in the door - now, with my nephew this is an issue and thank goodness for locks on those puppies! But, my boys are really good about getting their own ice and water, and we're not having to open the freezer to get ice...saves on the cooling. Yeah, it is a little tricky to finagle a frozen pizza into the freezer now, but I arranged mine so large items could be stood on their side in the bottom of the freezer (I removed a slide-out).

c. no arguing over freezer on top vs. freezer on bottom...my husband used to always want the pull out drawer for the freezer, but I would think bending over to get stuff out all the time would be a pain. As it is now, the stuff we use most often in the fridge (milk, yogurt, eggs, etc) are all at waist to eye level, and the stuff we use most often in the refrigerator (chicken nuggets, popsicles and ice cream - the important stuff) is also at eye-level.

Just my two cents - you asked!

Whirlwind said...

There is actually quite a bit of space in it. Of course, we have a spare freezer in the basement, so freezer space is never an issue ofr us.

katesaid said...

We have a side-by-side, and I do admit, I love it. Mostly I just love the ice-maker/water option in the door; it gets a lot of use here. The fridge side is slightly too narrow, as it takes some maneuvering to get a pizza box in there, but we're coping. I'd have been OK with a top/bottom model, as long as it had an ice-maker.

If you're not too terribly concerned about looking entirely crazy when fridge shopping, bring an empty pizza box and milk jug with you to see how things fit. And made sure the children can open the doors and bring Mama a drink.

Erin said...

We have the fridge you want, Sarah. I like it -- since we use the fridge more often, it's nice to have that at eye level instead of the freezer, especially for my tall husband who no longer has to stoop to see in the fridge. Also, when my daughter was younger, she couldn't raid the fridge (a bunch of boxes in the freezer did not hold the same appeal, apparently, although ice was an issue at one point!)

One con I wanted to mention of this model, and I guess it would be an issue with your husband's choice too, is that the fridge never seems quite as cold as with the side by side or freezer on top models. My hubby says it's because heat rises and the freezer raises the fridge temp? Search me, I just know that I like my drinks ICE cold, and it never gets to that point even on the highest setting. It's not dangerous (I've checked) just annoying. And yes, I know I can use ice, but don't like watered down drinks.

Anyway, hope you guys come to an agreement without too much difficulty.

SGM said...

I'm with your husband on this one. I thought it was with a "d" too!

AFRo said...

Haven't had to purchase this yet, but personally I like the swing doors on top with the pull out freezer drawer on the bottom.

Life As I Know It said...

I'm no help - we have a freezer on the top and I hate it, but it's brand new and was here when we moved in.
And shopping with 3 boys?!? Brave. Very. Brave.

Elaine said...

I admit I like the french door ones...just seems like there is more room in there! I don't know why! They look cool too.

Good luck to ya!

Janet said...

We have the freezer with pull out drawer on the bottom model. I kind of like the pull out and I manage to cram a lot of stuff into it. It's kind of a pain to clean, though. Luckily, I'm not that into housework.

Good luck!

Pam said...

I have the French door style, too, and love it. Space for platters and large Tupperware, lots of shelving, can storage on one door, and milk jug gallon storage on the other. The drawer freezer doesn't bother me -- there are two sliding drawers in it, and we use those to put the stuff we use most often (yep, ice cream).
(sorry -- no blog (yet?) -- but I read yours every day!)

AnotherMomCreation said...

Here's the thing.... the side by side has a lot of sq ft but you cannot fit a lasagna or even a good sized turkey in it, so you two are on the right path not chosing that.

I do like the double doors on top and pull out freezer on the bottom. Some are better than others, but truthfully you get used to the pull out drawer on the bottom and you can store large things like Turkeys, lasagna's lots of frozen pizza etc.

Just make sure it really will fit. A double door, freezer bottom model is usually a tad wider than the rest.

slacker mama said...

We have a Side-by-side and love it...but only because our old fridge is in our garage. The old fridge holds all of our beer, soda, bottled water...as well as big items that are too wide for the SBS.

The sales guy flat out told us that unless we had a "spare" fridge, don't even think about a SBS.

Ladybug's Picnic said...

We just went from the side by side with ice maker to a big fridge on top pull drawer freezer on the bottom lifestyle.

I hated the side by side because my husband likes to keep 12 packs of beer in the fridge - add that to the gallons of milk and there's hardly room for anything else! I was skeptical of the pull drawer freezer but so far, I like it a lot.

Mom of 5 said...

We have a side by side with the ice/water. I LOVE It. The space is a lot more than you'd think. HOWEVER, our new place comes with a fridge. Our old one won't fit in the opening. So we'll have the standard fridge on bottom, freezer on top. Wwe're purchasing a chest freezer for additional storage. We debated keeping our fridge for back up storage (7 people do use a lot of food). But we're just going to sell it.

MadMad said...

Mine's definitely an a**hole, haha! So I can't help you. Though I do agree that the side by side door thing is kind of a pain...

kellclose said...

The fridge in your picture is the exact one that we have! I love it!!

Go for it, Sarah... YOU are right! lol

(Kelly from HS)

Mom2tot said...

I guess no advice here since I got one of the side by side doors, and we love it, I love the freezer since keeps everything neat in shelves instead of the drawer when you throw everything in there....Good luck on your decision

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

I went through all these same thoughts when we bought our fridge (3 years ago).

We got a top-fridge, bottom-freezer-pull-out-drawer, which we love. Gavin wanted the fridge on the top because there he wouldn't have to bend down as much to get stuff (which resulted in less ass-grabbing, I might add). And he was totally right. I go into the fridge a million times a day and the freezer - maybe once or twice.

A caution about the pull-out drawer freezer. It's harder to tell whether the drawer is REALLY shut. In other words, when you close it, it might look like it's closed but it's really about an inch open. (I imagine that with the door-style close, if it wasn't closed completely, it would swing back open and you'd know.) But, after it happened to us once (and we left it open 1" all freaking day and I threw everything out of the freezer and had to re-stock), we're just mindful of it and it's not a big deal anymore. we just push the door closed with our hands instead of bumping it closed with our hips. It isn't a big deal anymore.

I do, however, LOVE the drawer style because I feel like nothing gets lost in the back of the freezer.

As for the fridge doors, I wanted french doors because, in theory, it would let less cold air out each time you opened the fridge, but I think that only works for super anal people like me who know exactly where everything is in the fridge and would open up only the necessary side. (Living with a non-anal person who would have to open up both sides anyway would defeat the purpose, though.) But, the french doors were much more expensive at the time we bought the fridge so we went with the non-french doors. Not sure what I would do if they were nearly the same price...

(Sorry 'bout the long comment.)

Motorcycle Grandma said...

In a previous home, we had a fridge on top freezer on bottom like the one in the picture you posted. I liked it except for having to pull out the freezer drawers after opening the door.

In our current home, we have a french door fridge top with pull out freezer on bottom. I love it. I like the extra width for large trays, etc. But these fridges are a little more shallow standard fridge.

julie @ the calm before the stork said...

Wow, I scanned the comments and I think I may actually be recommending something different.

I love our fridge. Single door on top, freezer on bottom. But here's the "cool" part (ha ha, cool, get it?): The freezer is not a drawer. It's a door, with two drawers inside that pull out. Genius.

I loooove your blog by the way. Funnnnnnny!

This may be my first time commenting, I think. I'm a new mom, barely get time / brain space to bang out my own blog posts, so I don't get around the neighborhood/blogosphere much. In fact I reallllly should be sleeping right now (sleep when the baby sleeps, etc.)

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