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NFT: Refrigerator buying advice

bigblue5611_2 : 7/9/2019 1:24 pm
My wife and I are looking into getting a new, larger fridge. The one we currently have is cramped and is becoming more of a pain to have things easily placed. My daughter has several food allergies so we try to keep a section of the fridge with just her stuff to make it easier when we need someone to watch her.

With all that being said, I have been looking at Samsung lineup, especially with being able to do 0% financing over 24 months with the Best Buy card. We have been primarily looking at the French door style with the two drawers underneath. Does anyone have any experience with Samsung brand? Are the in line with some of "top" consumer brands, ie Frigidaire, GE, etc.

Thanks in advance.
Would it be easier  
superspynyg : 7/9/2019 1:31 pm : link
To replace your daughter?

Jk

All depends on what you like in terms of style. Look online at models then research them at consumer reports.com
DON'T do BIGGER...  
x meadowlander : 7/9/2019 1:32 pm : link
...just get a second fridge.

We downsized to a counter depth fridge because shit would disappear in the back - I'd clean the fridge and find like 3 jars of pickles. Also, inevitably a jar of whatever is fucking stickiest would be tipped in a pool. >:(

Counter depth much easier to maintain and clean. We've got a second fridge to handle our gallon-of-milk-per-day household.
Brian Regan has a funny  
BigBlue in Keys : 7/9/2019 1:45 pm : link
refrigerator bit.
Refrigerator Shopping - ( New Window )
I have a Samsung and it's awesome.  
rnargi : 7/9/2019 1:48 pm : link
I have this model, bought from US Appliance.com
lonk - ( New Window )
We bought and LG a couple years ago and are very happy with it  
ZogZerg : 7/9/2019 1:53 pm : link
Make sure you MEASURE to verify the new refrigerator will fit through your doorway. We went from a larger Side by side to a "smaller" french door/freezer bottom, but the French door/bottom drawer freezer was wider than our older larger fridge. So, we had to go smaller to get it in the kitchen.
My advice?  
Buzzard64 : 7/9/2019 2:01 pm : link
Stay away from Samsung. We bought what sounds like exactly what you are looking to buy. It all went well for about 5 months. Then the ice maker jammed and would not function. Fortunately we had gone for the $25 extended warranty. Called Lowes where the purchase was made and they sent a repair guy out. He stated that our fridge was the 4th he had looked at that very day....all Samsung. Poor design throughout with the ice maker. And no re-call....Samsung is banking on most people paying for the repair.

Then he showed me the problems. A shoddy design for the flapper that lets ice out but does not seal and lets warm air in. No caulk around any of the seams where the ice maker snaps together, again allowing warmer air into the ice unit. We were fortunate in that the auger didn't burn out as it was a block of solid ice. The reason being that when it quit I didn't try to run it.

The replacement kit and his time would have been in excess of $400. Best $25 we ever spent. He had the repair done in less than an hour. And he said they just keep coming...every day he is doing the same repair to 5-6 other Samsung refrigerators.
Don't forget a surge protector  
Poktown Pete : 7/9/2019 2:13 pm : link
I just had a 6 mos old fridge blow its control board because of a power outage. Wish I'd had a protector in place.
I would second avoiding Samsung  
Jim in Fairfax : 7/9/2019 2:19 pm : link
But for a different reason. They have not been selling major appliances in the US for very long and have a very small repair network. I considered buying one a year ago and decided against it when I saw there were only 2 authorized repair shops in a 50 mile radius of my house near Washington DC.

I opted instead for an LG. They donít have as extensive a network as longtime US brands like Whirlpool, but itís much bigger than samsungís. I got a unit with the French doors, a freezer drawer below, and a refrigerator drawer in the middle with its own temperature control. Hasnít been long, but happy so far. A lot of neat features.
Thank you  
bigblue5611_2 : 7/9/2019 2:32 pm : link
I appreciate the responses.

I've looked at the LG models as well, those look nice. There was a Samsung I really liked because you could have the water coming out be flavored. I linked it here.

As far as the Samsung ones go, I thought I have heard about some issues regarding their major appliances but wasn't quite sure.

Samsung fridge - ( New Window )
Iím getting the Bosch 800  
UConn4523 : 7/9/2019 2:57 pm : link
Full depth for the kitchen.
I have a Bosch and it  
jv : 7/9/2019 3:03 pm : link
is the biggest piece of shit. I will never give them a dime. Came with the house. My parents and in-laws have had good experiences with LG and Samsung.
Just get a 2nd fridge if you got the space ...  
MotownGIANTS : 7/9/2019 3:26 pm : link
I dont know how I lived with only 1 ...
FWIW  
Gman11 : 7/9/2019 6:16 pm : link
Had a repair guy come to service our refrigerator and he said that LG and Samsung are the two worst. He liked Whirlpool the best.

We have an LG and just had major repair done on it last year and it needs another $400 repair. Had it 10 years. The refrigerator we had before this one lasted over 20 years.
i have one of those gigantic Thermador refrigerators and a Samsung  
markky : 7/9/2019 6:30 pm : link
fridge. the Samsung is way better at a fraction of the price.

I'd get a Samsung, and I'd pick the model based on the freezer/fridge layout that I thought fit my lifestyle. I like the freezer on the bottom with two fridge doors above. but there are multiple configurations.

RE: FWIW  
Deejboy : 7/9/2019 7:12 pm : link
In comment 14495552 Gman11 said:
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Had a repair guy come to service our refrigerator and he said that LG and Samsung are the two worst. He liked Whirlpool the best.

We have an LG and just had major repair done on it last year and it needs another $400 repair. Had it 10 years. The refrigerator we had before this one lasted over 20 years.

Same thing. Repair man said Wirlpool and Frigidaire were the best and avoid LG and Samsung.
markkys  
UConn4523 : 7/9/2019 7:42 pm : link
advice is good, the layout is going to be more important than the make. All the name brands are going to be good, you may get a dud but thereís nothing you can do but stay on top of the warranty period and get a replacement like any other appliance.

Our options were limited because counter depth is too small, and we wanted an exterior water/ice dispenser. Because people are going sleeker not only is the market flooded with counter depth fridges but limited options with dispensers.

I also like the freezer on the bottom. Bending down or squatting to open a fridge 10x per day is better than bending down and squatting 1-2x per day to open a freezer. Iíd also heavier stuff below and things that can spill up high out of the reach of my kid.
RE: RE: FWIW  
RomanWH : 7/9/2019 8:03 pm : link
In comment 14495571 Deejboy said:
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In comment 14495552 Gman11 said:


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Had a repair guy come to service our refrigerator and he said that LG and Samsung are the two worst. He liked Whirlpool the best.

We have an LG and just had major repair done on it last year and it needs another $400 repair. Had it 10 years. The refrigerator we had before this one lasted over 20 years.


Same thing. Repair man said Wirlpool and Frigidaire were the best and avoid LG and Samsung.


Off topic but this was basically the same sentiment I learned when shopping for a washer/dryer combo. The Samsungs/LG were all high efficiency machines that used a lot of plastic parts that failed right around the time the warranty would run out. And trying to find someone to service them would've been a PITA.

I decided to do some more research online. I found the subreddit /r/buyitforlife incredibly helpful. That's where I learned about Speed Queens. Same company that makes commercial grade machines for laundromats. Metal parts, industry leading warranty, American made and uber reliable.

Getting back onto topic, most of the recommendations through that subreddit would suggest if reliability is your biggest concern, get a frig without all the bell and whistles. Just more stuff that will break/go haywire. Keep it simple and save your money. No frig needs wifi.
My wife and I just  
Someguy1978 : 7/9/2019 11:29 pm : link
moved into a new home at the end of May and the first thing we did was get a new refrigerator. We opted for the Frigidaire Model # FFHB2750TS. We like it a lot. I just felt bad for the two guys that had to drag it up the stairs.




Control board? Flavored water?!?  
sb from NYT Forum : 7/10/2019 8:37 am : link
JFC what is this world coming to?
Thank you all again for the suggestions and comments  
bigblue5611_2 : 7/10/2019 8:54 am : link
sb, I have no issue with plain water, but I do like my flavored water lol.
Get side by side  
djm : 7/10/2019 12:21 pm : link
Top / bottom fridge freezers suck donkey dick. Donít care how nice and stainless steel and huge they might be. Some can even display porn hub videos on a display. Just get a side by side fridge freezer and forget the top bottom crap.
I have a French door Samsung  
imloungin : 7/11/2019 1:32 pm : link
and it's been going strong for over 3 years now. I intentionally went with one that does NOT have any dispenser on the outside. My ice maker is inside the freezer, and the water dispenser is inside the fridge.

I did a lot of research, and it seems a lot of folks run into issues with French door refrigerators with exterior dispensers, regardless of brand.
I've been researching this as well  
santacruzom : 7/11/2019 3:42 pm : link
because we'll likely want a new fridge when we remodel our kitchen. But some articles I've read indicate the refrigerators break alarmingly often, even in the first year.

We bought floor model Kenmore french door fridge 7 years ago and haven't had a single issue with it, so I'm partly inclined to just stick with it. Trouble is, it's just too massive.
make sure it will fit  
gidiefor : Mod : 7/11/2019 4:04 pm : link
whatever you get -- that's my best advice -- I brought ours - single door with a bottom drawer and it was too big for the space I had -- you can return them but it's a PIA

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