Nothing makes me less proud to be an American than Black Friday and all of the associated shenanigans. I usually protest this occasion by staying home and spending zilch. But this year, I need me some appliances for the new house so I will reluctantly climb into the “beat yo ass for that parkin’ spot” muck.
Among the appliances needed is a refrigerator and finding one that fits our needs and doesn’t cost an absolute fortune is proving to be a real pain in the botto. We have a roughly 36″ wide space for a fridge, with no enclosure, which I kind of like, because we have some flexibility on width and height. The spot is in between two doors in this super awkward place, so the new refrigerator MUST NOT be more than 30″ deep.
Thank the heavens this white haus will exit the premises with the seller…
My ideal fridge would be 33″ wide and less than 30″ deep. Those dimensions are proving to be incredibly rare and extremely pricey. At first, I thought, it’s my perfect opportunity to finally get the SMEG I’ve always wanted…
And then I read the reviews. Eek. Do you know the world of pain I would enter if that pricey little nugget broke? Ouch. Not to mention it’s teensy and the freezer on the one available in the US is not separate or even large enough to mention. Why haven’t they done something about this debacle? And why isn’t any other large manufacturer making a vintage-look fridge? Hello, Kenmore?! Are you there?? SMEG has been hugely successful. Take a piece of that Italian pie.
I would say the next best option is Elmira Stoveworks Northstar line. The colors are pretty good, the look is excellent and I’ve heard the service is pretty good as well.
Unfortunately, none of the models fit my size requirements. The flow and functionality of the kitchen are my number one priority and if I have to choose between form and function, I’m going to pick function, in this case. And on that front, we all know there isn’t much out there that’s more functional or dependable than a VIKING.
Size-wise, it doesn’t get better than this. It’s 36″ wide and 24″ deep (not including the doors). It’s damn handsome, too. And you don’t hear a lot of bad reviews about a VIKING. But for $3200, you’d better not. Although, I actually think this is an awesome price for this refrigerator. I looked at Sub-Zero and Wolfe and $6000 was about the best I could find. You can imagine, I’m totally on board with this one, but the hubs will be a different story. So, I’ll put my heart in the deli drawer of this here VIKING and sadly peruse some other options.
This Samsung is the biggest steal of the group coming in under $800. It’s 32″ wide and 28″ deep, so basically perfect in that department and good lookin’ too. But the reviews are worrisome, and apparently it’s so small that you can’t fit a frozen pizza in the freezer. We don’t eat frozen pizzas round here cause we’re an allergic bunch of sensitivos, but if we did, this one would be a no go. I like it a lot though and I’ve seen it in person, so I know what to expect.
Next in the bargain group is this no frills Maytag…
It’s a little over $1000 with good reviews, but it just barely meets my size requirements at 30″ wide and about 31″ deep. I’m looking for more in the way of width and less in the way of length… Moving up the price scale, we have another SAMSUNG for around $1500. It’s 30.5″ deep and about 32″ wide, but as far as total capacity, it’s the smallest.
It certainly looks fine to me, but the dimensions and the cubic feet don’t add up. It’s a good middle of the road option for a reasonable price and the reviews seem good enough. As you can tell I’m really psyched about all this refrigerator business going on.
Last, we have a KitchenAid that’s around the $2000 mark and is about 36″ wide and just under 30″ deep.
It’s nice looking, definitely sleek, but there is a relatively new KitchenAid in our current house and I’m not impressed. The ice maker is whack and the cheese drawer was designed poorly causing the lid to interfere with opening and closing. For this price, I would say let’s spring for the VIKING and not worry about design issues or dependability. What do you think? I need feedback because appliances aren’t my thing and we’ve never had to buy any (thank goodness) and I just don’t know. What’s the general consensus? Help me!!