Buying a new refrigerator/freezer a few months ago turned into a much bigger process that I expected.
I did research. Consumer Reports. On-line reviews. Asked my friends. Talked to salespeople.
I found evangelists who swore by certain brands and certain features.
Then again, I was solemnly warned against those same brands and features by others who recounted their tales of horror.
Who Knew All A Fridge Could Do!
I found models that were amazing.
I could look inside without opening the door. A great way to save energy!
I could get a glass of water without opening the door thanks to the ice & water dispenser in the door. Of course, there was the worry of water spilling on my hardwood floor.
I could “look inside” with my smartphone while at the grocery store to check on a particular item. No more forgotten milk!
One refrigerator had a compartment that could be either a freezer or a refrigerator.
There were buzzers, special features, ad nauseum.
Water Water Everywhere
People with ice makers and water dispensers in the door shared tales of woe balanced by those whose experiences were wonderful.
In my limited experience, the ice maker in my Liebherr stopped working just as the warranty expired. The icemaker in the other refrigerator I had while my sons were growing up never worked after the first few months.
My BFF experienced two episodes of water damage with expensive floor and ceiling repairs.
Simple Works for Me
I decided that more gizmos on the refrigerator meant more things to go wrong.
I didn’t need the capability to look in my refrigerator via my smartphone. I would make a list.
I nixed the water dispenser on the door. Surely I can open the door to get a drink of water.
Nor, did I need an ice maker. This was a hard decision as the convenience of lots of ice in the summer is nice.
Yet, I have never owned a refrigerator with a reliable icemaker. The ice clumped together, often there was more ice than I needed and sometimes, the ice had a funny smell…that is when the icemaker worked!
So, I opted for a refrigerator with two ice trays. Filling the trays was easy, almost meditative…yes, a stretch but I don’t mind.
On hot days, I make ice more often or buy a bag of ice especially if I have guests coming.
Getting rid of the extras made my decision easier
I would make a decision, act on it and not talk with anyone about it.
I did not want to second guess my decision.
I could focus on the features that mattered to me.
I decided that the fancy features did not matter or were not worth the additional cost or potential headaches if and when they stopped working.
Reliability was the biggest concern. When all is said and done, reliability is often a roll of the dice.
As I have an open floorplan, a quiet refrigerator was important also.
My Fisher Paykel.
It is quiet.
It has the essentials without a slew of extras.
It beeps if I leave the door open.
It fits my space perfectly and is beautiful.
So, far it has operated perfectly.
It makes ice in covered ice trays.
It keeps my food cold and my frozen items frozen.
What more could I ask?