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Need a new fridge, any advice?

 
 
sozobe
 
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Sat 7 Jul, 2012 07:03 pm
@ehBeth,
I'm definitely interested in freezer on the bottom. Other factors take precedence, but if everything else works and it's got a freezer on the bottom, I think I'd prefer that.
Chumly
 
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Sat 7 Jul, 2012 07:37 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:

Respectfully, I temper your recommendation just a bit having been involved with electronics (prof. as well as a consumer) almost all my adult life. I think more highly (particularly with HD TV displays) of Samsung. Dependability-wise, Samsung outshines LG and is near or at the top; however, that being said, most LG products still are well above average.

I do know that LG makes a lot appliances (fridge as well as those new tech washers and dryers). I can't speak for them as in USA their entry in this market is relatively new. I've had some experience with their washers and it's not that favorable. I'd refer you to opinions in Consumer Reports. Let me see if I can cut-and-paste a review of their fridges here.
Yep you are correct Ragman as I too am involved in electronics (prof. as well as a consumer) almost all my adult life. We have an LG fridge, LG washer & LG dryer and I have had to personally repair EACH of them (out of warranty). I also agree that Samsung products are a step up from LG in general and that Consumer Reports is your friend (and no I did not use Consumer Reports when I bought the LG fridge, LG washer & LG dryer, I am not sure why I didn't).
Ceili
 
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Sat 7 Jul, 2012 08:20 pm
@ehBeth,
The terribly irony of my sad amana (puhtewie)fridge is that I never had a problem with the water/ice feature. It was the damn thermostat. Again. Now, it reeks so badly that it's going to the recycle centre and I'm getting a new one. Upon reading the sage advice here, I have changed my mind about the water dispenser and will instead buy a second water cooler. We drink a lot of water in this house. The local water place has the best tasting water, better than any others I've tried. And.. they've never raised the price per gallon/litre since it opened in 1976. $1,00 a gallon.

I love, love, love my HG laundry set.
JTT
 
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Sat 7 Jul, 2012 09:23 pm
@Ceili,
Quote:
I love, love, love my HG laundry set.


That sounds so Tim the tool man Taylorish, Ceili. Smile
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sozobe
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 07:04 am
@Chumly,
Unfortunately both LG and Samsung seem to turn their noses up at puny refrigerators of the type I require. Sad They all seem to be too damn big.
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Ragman
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 07:15 am
@Ceili,
I've never heard of brand called HG? Is that a new one?
Ceili
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 08:14 am
@Ragman,
LG... typo.
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panzade
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 03:54 pm
@sozobe,
Quote:
I'm definitely interested in freezer on the bottom. Other factors take precedence, but if everything else works and it's got a freezer on the bottom, I think I'd prefer that.


You have so little space soz.
I don't think they make a freezer-bottom that small. I had the same problem with space and had to settle for a Haier freezer on top. Pretty good deal for $580. including the ice cube hook up.
ossobuco
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 03:57 pm
@panzade,
I'm one of the people who likes the freezer on top. I'm not particularly interested in rooting around the freezer on my hands and knees, and I use my freezer a lot, since I cook for more than one when am only one person and freeze stuff. To keep it in any order, I keep having to re organize, which is easier if I can just see it.
panzade
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 04:04 pm
@ossobuco,
My back is so tender I have a problem getting stuff out of the bottom space.
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sozobe
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 04:10 pm
@panzade,
I've definitely found them, just a matter of figuring out which one we like best...

Still not top priority, in that if I find one that's a better price/ finish /size/ delivery fee/ whatever that has a freezer on top, I'll probably go with that.

But if two are approximately the same and one has a freezer on the bottom, that sounds cool.

We use the fridge far more than the freezer, and sozlet's big enough now that she should be able to reach anywhere. (That was an issue when she was littler. Now she's like 3 inches shorter than me. Gulp.)
ossobuco
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 04:16 pm
@sozobe,
I'm wondering, did you read my bit with a link on the LH (L something) refrigerator - the link was very close to what you asked for, narrower, and shorter, and the only trouble to me was getting though the door. Maybe the refrigerator would have stuck out a half inch or so from the face-of-wall, but, hey. The problem was that doors might have had to have been taken off to pass your door. I seem to remember my refrigerator delivered with the doors off, but I'm not sure. In any case, that's easy.

The one I showed was a top freezer, but that was what you were saying you were happy with. They might have bottom freezers.
sozobe
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 04:27 pm
@ossobuco,
Yep, that almost works but is too tall. 69.something inches, and our space tops out at 68.5 inches (and we'd want at least a slight buffer).

edit: the LG is 69 3/4" tall, and then also 34 1/4" wide when we only have 33 inches.
JTT
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 05:51 pm
@sozobe,
Quote:
Yep, that almost works but is too tall. 69.something inches, and our space tops out at 68.5 inches (and we'd want at least a slight buffer).


'buffer' meaning a slight space to ensure that you can get it in, Soz? Do the feet on new fridges allow for increasing or decreasing the height?

Quote:
edit: the LG is 69 3/4" tall, and then also 34 1/4" wide when we only have 33 inches.


Is the space set/determined by an overhead cabinet or by wood trim for both the height and the width?
sozobe
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 06:17 pm
@JTT,
Right, so it can get in and also just to allow it a little "breathing" room.

We have a very odd kitchen. I'll see if I can describe the current set-up.

First, we have four doors in the one room. There are two internal doors, one external door (to the side porch), and then also the basement door. There are windows in odd places.

When the sink, dishwasher, and stove are accounted for, there just isn't really any room for the fridge except for where it is.

It's placed a little awkwardly next to the basement door. Previous owners tried to make the whole thing less awkward by building a cabinet around it.

There is storage above it, and then two just plan panels of wood on either side.

Just made a quick sketch (not supposed to be too technical or to scale):

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/sozobe/fridgecabinet2.gif

So... we could remove that cabinet entirely, but that's a bit more than we want to do right now. And especially, it doesn't change that much -- the basement door is right there on the left side, and the space to the right is needed, so we couldn't go that much bigger anyway.
JTT
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 06:22 pm
@sozobe,
That quick sketch is cool, Soz. How do yo do that? Paint? How did you copy it to here?

Why not cut off the two "legs" that extend from the overhead cabinet, to the floor? Is this painted cabinetry? What is the width of the "legs", 1 1/2", 2", ??

sozobe
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 06:28 pm
@JTT,
Actual paper sketch! I used to use Picnik for this sort of thing, now that it's defunct I wasn't sure where to turn and thought aw what the heck, I have paper, pen, and a scanner.

Here, I 3-D'ed it, might make it more clear. It's with the cabinet empty, no refrigerator in it (though there is one now). The boards on each side go straight from floor to ceiling. They are 3/4" thick.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/sozobe/fridgecabinet3d.gif
farmerman
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 06:33 pm
@sozobe,
We have Zero King side by side with a water and cube maker/dispenser. We paid a uckin fortune and its a POS. DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER A ZERO KING, they market hype like a BMW and we got sucked into the maelstrom of constant tune ups, fiilter changes, more tune ups, Its a junker and Im starting to think like Frank and his LG obsession. We bought an LG tv and have hd the BEST from it. Its a bigger screen and when they set it up three yers ago, it has been a brick.

I did not even know that LG made fridges.
Ceili
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 06:34 pm
Soz, I had the same issue. I cut the sides off the cabinet sides and used bolts to reattach the upper cabinet to the wall and the cabinets beside it. I also raised it to the ceiling as it was dropped beforehand. That would probably give you at least two inches or more to work with, width wise. Or you could rest the upper cabinet on top of the fridge, if worse came to worse, provided you have the space.
sozobe
 
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Sun 8 Jul, 2012 06:38 pm
@farmerman,
Good to know, farmerman, thanks.

Ceili, yeah, we have options if absolutely necessary... I've found some that look OK in the required size, though. (One Whirlpool looks pretty good and would totally fit.)
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