Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kitchen Appliances Question

I think we are finally doing it. We are painting the kitchen this weekend. We picked a color! Vintage gray. I love it! I'm excited and nervous. But mostly excited. We can't wait until the spring to tackle this project for a few reasons:

1. Our oven is broken. $400 to repair it so I rather just buy new. It's over 10 years old so it's time. I kinda miss baking quiches and baked ziti. And pizza. 

2. Per some online sources buying new appliances at the end of January (during the week) is one of the best times to buy appliances.

3. Lastly, and most importantly, while we could live without an oven for a few months we can NOT live without a fridge. Our fridge is getting very temperamental. One day it will be working great and the next day everything is warm and we have to throw out our milk and cheese. If there is one thing I hate it's wasting food. Or a warm breakfast smoothie.

So if we don't paint the kitchen before the new appliances arrive we never will. SHOPPING for appliances is a special kind of hell. I hate it. I learned I really hate spending big money. I know that is what savings is for, but I like just watching it grow. NOT watching it leave my account. But it's time. I miss having a reliable fridge. 

Here is where I need your help. 

What is the best brand for major appliances? I'm leaning toward Kenmore at the moment because Sears has the best deals. Best Buy came in second with their Samsung appliances. Which is better? Or is it worth buying the expensive LG? I want reliability but I don't necessarily need all the bells and whistles. I just want good appliances that will last a good ten to 15 years without issues. Is that too much to ask?

Side by side fridge or bottom freezer fridge? We have a side by side freezer and I hate it. You can't put a frozen pizza in there! But the bottom freezer option seems inconvenient to always have to  bend over and dive in to get something. G thinks the side by side has more room in the freezer and I just don't think so. Which do you prefer?

Thanks so much for your advice, I need it!


Aishlea said...

We have a fridge that has the bottom freezer drawer, and I really love it. I love that the fridge is really wide and the drawers and trays can be moved to fit what you want and need. And the freezer is large and can fit large items very easily. The only downside for me is that the icemaker is in the top drawer of the freezer so I have to pull it out to get ice. But not a major problem at all. I can not remember what brand we bought because we have had it a while. We found it at Lowe's as an open-box item that someone had returned because the drawer was missing a handle or something in it. I can't pass up a good deal. :)

Jen Caputo said...

We have one of each and they both have their pros and cons. The bottom freezer drawer is our main freezer. We have our old side-by-side from pre kitchen renovation in the basement as well as a chest freezer... I clearly don't think one freezer is ever enough :) But you will go in the fridge way more than the freezer so I say go with the easier access bottom drawer and if you aren't happy with the capacity of the freezer, you can find good deals on chest freezers (watch slickdeals or something) and stick one in your basement. We got ours for less that $150 at Walmart.

Anne said...

Oh man, good luck! I don't know, all I remember was my mom saying bad stuff about the fridges with the water/ice built in the front because it takes up space and breaks often. (that was like 10 years ago tho!) I just like my plain fridge, freezer on top, fridge on bottom. But good luck, it will be worth the investment! :) I'm excited to see how your cabinets turn out!!

Melissa said...

We have Frigidaire appliances in our kitchen and (knock on wood) we have had virtually no issues and all of the appliances were bought in 2006.

My friends who have the dual fridge doors on top with the bottom freezer love theirs---we have side by side and it always looks like they have more space. That being said, I have no idea of the price differential on the various models so I don't know if it would be worth it or not.

Nicole W said...

We're getting ready to paint our living room that same exact color!
I highly recommend Samsung. I've always had great products from them. I have the traditional freezer on top refrigerator. I like those the best! Good luck :)

mags said...

We love our Frigidaire appliances, and have never had an issue with them. We had the money to buy everything but we bought ours from Lowe's when they had a great offer of no interest for 6 months...we loved the idea of keeping our money (and it making a little interest) and just paying it off at a later date. Good Luck! oh...and I love the fridges that are side by side but also have a pull out freezer drawer - the best of both worlds!

MrsV said...

I live in Canada, so I don't know if the same is true for you, but I have a coworker who had a terrible experience with Kenmore/Sears. Her appliance was still under warrantee, but she was passed back and forth between Sears and Kenmore, each one saying it was the other one's responsibility. It took months to get the problem sorted out.

Renise said...

WE have a french door fridge with bottom freezer by Samsung and I love the fridge space everything can be moved. The side compartments, the shelves and the drawers. It's awesome And I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of stuff the freezer holds! I would still like to get a deep freezer for when meat goes on discount or when Hubs wants to freeze egg nog for summer ice cream making though! And I totally recommend a gas range with dual oven - one that does baking and convection. It's awesome! Just know if you aren't used to gas range it may take a little getting used to! Happy shopping!

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