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I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: October 23, 2008 04:32PM
Our 14 year old fridge is biting the dust. Clicking, buzzing, humming. It's dying, Jim.

So what's a good brand?

In the past I had good luck with Whirlpool appliances. Budget would be in the $1200 (more?) dollar range.

Do you like the freezer on the bottom, pull out drawer style?

There are so many different configs. Do you have any suggestions?



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)

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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: October 23, 2008 04:42PM
This one is my pick: [warnersstellian.rtrk.com]



Key Features:

* Meets Energy Star Standards for 2008 (450 kWH/ yr)
* Overall Capacity: 19.5 cu. ft.
* Freestanding/ Cabinet Depth design
* Stainless steel doors and sides
* Stylish French door design
* Dual refrigeration system
* Dual variable speed compressors
* Exclusive sealed cooling compartment
* Sabbath mode
* Soft Touch technology
* Water & Air filtration with indicator lights
* Door and temperature alarm

Features and Benefits:

* Overall Capacity: 19.5 cu. ft.
* Refrigerator: 13.5 cu. ft.
* Freezer: 6 cu. ft.
* Climate rating: 50-109F (tropicalized)
* Automatic Ice Maker (production: 3.4 lbs/ storage: 6.8 lbs)
* Refrigerator Features:
* LED light columns in refrigerator
* Recessed LED lighting in ceiling and side walls
* 6 mm thick glass shelves hold up to 180 lbs. each
* Engineered door sealing system that eliminates the moving "flap"
* Power Cool
* Super Cool
* Freezer Features:
* Dual freezer drawers on telescoping rails
* Self-closing drawers
* LED illumination of freezer drawers
* Frost Safe Technology
* Automatic factory installed ice maker with large storage bin

Manufacturer Warranty Highlights:

* Full 2 year parts & labor warranty
* Limited 5 year parts and labor warranty on sealed system (includes compressor, condensor, evaperator, drier and all connecting tubing)
* Limited 6th through 12th year parts warranty on sealed system (includes compressor, condensor, evaperator, drier and all connecting tubing - PARTS ONLY)

Weight (pounds) 400 hehehe



A bit out of your budget though...



Aloha, Ken


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/23/2008 04:43PM by Harbourmaster.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 23, 2008 04:43PM
Maytag is no longer an independent company from Whirlpool, and the quality of the brand has suffered.

We've now twice purchased refrigerators in the past 5 years. I would check consumer reports and go for one that is Energy Star - that can save you big bucks in the long run.

The total capacity and shape/dimensions will be a function of your usage plans. I have 4 people in my household that eat dinner at home most nights (mostly because it's a lot easier to ear healthy this way, and I like freshly grilled entrees, but I digress!). As a result, we need more storage than the average family.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: October 23, 2008 04:48PM
I've never had any trouble with Whirlpool. I saw a fridge in a Home Depot ad today that was
$3K, that's just crazy and part of what's wrong with society these days, go with the basics.
Our Whirlpool side-by-side, no water in door, is 13 years old and is still going strong,
knock on wood.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: October 23, 2008 04:50PM
Harbourmaster,

Nice fridge but $5000? OMG!



I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making
him carry me, and yet assure myself and others
that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his
lot by all possible means — except by getting off
his back. - Leo Tolstoy, novelist and Philosopher
(1828-1910)

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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: olnacl
Date: October 23, 2008 04:57PM
I recently bought a side by side Whirlpool Gold, counter depth. I love it and don't disregard the water/ice in the door. I use it frequently and I'm now drinking water where I used to open the door and get a coke - healthier and saves money too.



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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: bhaveshp
Date: October 23, 2008 05:03PM
We recently bought a 29 Cu Ft French door style (bottom freezer) Samsung to replace our 18 year GE. Thus far (3 months), we've been very happy with it.

Seems to me that the Koreans are quickly making inroads into the US appliance biz. From speaking with the Lowes rep, Samsung builds a number of the GE labeled refrigerators as well.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: dmann
Date: October 23, 2008 05:04PM
I have a pretty basic Kenmore that I am very happy with. It was $800 or so. Black with freezer on the bottom, no ice or water in the door. I love the bottom freezer and all my future fridges will have one.

My mom is also fridge shopping and she is looking at a model similar to what harbourmaster posted (french doors, freezer on bottom, stainless steel) but she is not spending $5000! LG has a model that is $1500 or $1600.

DM
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: artie67
Date: October 23, 2008 05:19PM
Go to Sears and get a Kenmore or Whirlpool(same) of your choice. We like the top freezers because they have the best internal volume vs. external size. ref to Consumer Reports for this. Match the color and Sears will usually have a rebate for delivery and hookup.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: incognegro
Date: October 23, 2008 05:34PM
Go to a Sears repair center / scratch n dent if you have one in your area.

We've bought several large appliances that way, you can save hundreds of dollars if you don't mind minor blemishes.

[www.stretcher.com]

[socialize.morningstar.com]



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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: October 23, 2008 05:48PM
Used to have a Sears outlet in town, and can say that it truly saved us a lot of money when we moved into the house. A small scratch or dent in some non-visible area and got at least 25-30% off.



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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: October 23, 2008 06:39PM
Whirlpool.

If you're gong to get a Kenmore, be aware that they use many different manufacturers to produce their fridges. Here's the decoder ring, but be aware that this isn't completely up to date. I've been told by salespeople (so take with a grain of salt) that LG makes the Kenmore elite fridges.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: October 23, 2008 06:51PM
FWIW My MIL recently bought a 25cf Kenmore french door style fridge that is actually manufactured by Jenn Air. We saw it in one of the high end designer places when shopping for a new range top and it was >$1000 more with the Jenn Air logo on it.



Aloha, Ken


“I have developed significant attachments to several members even though I wouldn't recognize them if I sat next to one on a park bench. I'm often tempted when in an airport to walk around, hollering "The Løpe", to see if anyone other than the Homeland Security people will acknowledge me. ” - The Løpe
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: October 23, 2008 07:20PM
I picked up an Amana bottom freezer model after it got a favorable rating at Consumer Reports about 5 years ago. It has been reliable and roomy. I think It cost me around $900.

Avoid Sub-Zero and Viking. Not only are they insanely expensive, but CR generally gives them poor ratings for reliability.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: October 23, 2008 08:00PM
Costco. Made by Whirlpool.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 23, 2008 09:14PM
whirlpool. leibherrs are excellent but not well supported in the US. and they're way more $ then a whirlpool would be.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: October 23, 2008 09:48PM
Whirpool. Great fridges, very quiet. Last a long time. Keep it simple--ice makers and water dispensers will inevitably cause you trouble.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Harry in MI
Date: October 24, 2008 02:10AM
My Fridge is a 7/8 year old GE counter depth bought at the local Habitat for Humanity Restore. It's a 2K$ (currently) fridge I paid $400.00 for. It's the feel good Cats Xss. It's got the wood panels in front, door service Ice/Water, (side by side) and I saved $1600.00. It also doesn't narrow my already narrow galley kitchen. A score!
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: October 24, 2008 07:26AM
Get one you know can be easily serviced by a local company, and for which parts are locally available. Call some local service providers for recs. They will give you info on what brands break most often. The LG's and other foreign brands maybe great machines, but all you need is one breakdown to experience a nightmare getting it fixed.



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you could just rip off your diaper and
just run around naked and everyone
thought it was so cute and funny?


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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 24, 2008 08:05AM
Whirlpool.

Cheapest (and most energy-efficient) fridges still are the top-freezer models (see the energystar.gov site)

But most seem to like the bottom-freezer models with dual doors on top.
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Re: I know this is a Mac forum, but today I need a refrigerator...suggestions?
Posted by: davester
Date: October 24, 2008 12:25PM
I'd say definitely go with energy star and definitely go with a bottom freezer. You'll never go back. The first time I opened my bottom freezer Amana (it's been plugging away just fine for years) I realized how ridiculous top freezer fridges were. Oh my aching back!



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