The Nicest Refrigerators in the Land!
According to Me.

If I can impart one piece of advice on any of you it is this … never flush a bug with wings without putting the toilet lid down first and … don’t wait until your appliances have broken to pick out new ones.
You.  YOU RIGHT THERE.

Go now and pick out every single major appliance you can think of.  Browse online, go to stores, ask friends and then decide on what fridge, stove, dryer, washer or vibrator you’d buy if your current one broke.  Because once it DOES break, (and it will) you’re gonna be in fits and might not have the mental capacity to make a logical, informed, well thought out decision.

If you wait until your appliance breaks to buy a new one you might end up with something … ugly.

There are a variety of slippery slopes you could go down if you’re forced into picking out and buying a major appliance like a refrigerator in the 12 hours you have until your food spoils.  And if you’re not thinking straight, that slippery slope migt not be paved with an automatic ice maker.

My fridge broke a few weeks ago.  When I realized it was on the blink my head started to spin and I got a bit woozy.  Partly due to the fear of having to buy a new fridge and partly because I immediately started banging my head against the 13 year old appliance.  Sometimes that’ll help get things up and running again.  It’s the Fonzie move but with your head.

It didn’t work.  I am still without a fridge.  Actually, that’s a bit of a lie.  I now have a total of 3 refrigerators in my kitchen.  Three of ’em.  My regular, broken fridge, my niece’s bar fridge, and my mother’s miniature poolside fridge.  All in my kitchen.

Why no.  It isn’t crowded and annoying.  Why do you ask?  Why do you ask? Why do you ask? Why do you ask?

Sorry.  Sometimes the Xanax makes me repeat myself.

Tra la la.

While my first thought was to run out and get a refrigerator immediately so I didn’t have to live through what I’m living through right now, I restrained myself.  I would rather live for a month or so with completely inadequate fridge storage, a crowded kitchen and the soothing sounds of my Xanax drip than live for the next 10 or 15 years with a fridge I hate.

So every night for the past few weeks I’ve been looking at and researching refrigerators.  I now know exactly what I want.  I know right down to the last detail.  I also know … this fridge I have in my head?  It doesn’t exist.

More on that later.

For now … a look at what’s out there.  I need to come to a decision quickly by the way.  I’m overrun with carrots, beets and zucchinis from the front yard vegetable garden and have nowhere to put em.

 

The increasingly popular French Door fridge.  I was surprised that the cost of a full sized French Door Viking refrigerator was only a few thousand dollars. I would have guessed more.  Great professional style handles, nice clean lines and I’ll admit it, the Viking label up in the right hand corner kindda sucks me in.

Viking French Door

Source: Viking

 

I absolutely love the look of professional appliances with all of my heart.  This True column refrigerator is one of my favourites.  Sadly I can’t have it because it has no freezer.  I don’t need a big freezer because we have an upright freezer in the mudroom, but I do need something so I’m not always having to trudge 5 steps to the mudroom when I want ice or nuts for cooking or whatever.

The other downfall to actual professional refrigerators like this is they’re louder than refrigerators meant for the home.  They have fans in the top of them that run constantly.  They never, ever, shut off.  I would find that constant drone in the kitchen annoying.  I think.  I DO love the look of this though.  Hmm.

True

Source: True via Costco

 

This idea comes from a environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo.   This is one of the best ideas for chalkboard paint I’ve seen in a long time.  This could actually work in my 1940’s kitchen.  It would probably look out of place in a kitchen with new cupboards and shiny new things that aren’t … cracked and broken.

Chalkboard Fridge

Source: Daily Danny

This LG refrigerator is way too small for me but I thought it was so cute I had to include it.  Fantastic fridge if you have a tiny kitchen or need an extra fridge for the basement or pool house.  I don’t have a pool house.  I have an algae filled pond and a potting shed.

Lg

Source: LG

 

Get ready for the fridge I would buy even if I couldn’t afford it.  The only reason I will not buy this fridge is I don’t have room for it.  I would have room for it if I got rid of my stove, but then I’d have to go on one of those raw diets where nothing is cooked and I happen to like my chicken cooked.  My beets too. I could probably go either way with cookies.  This fridge exterior is by the Italian company Meneghini with the inner workings by high end German refrigerator manufacturer Liebherr.  It’s the Ferrari and the Mercedes Benz of refrigerators.

Meneghini Off White

Source: Meneghini

Oh.  And as you can see from the panelling you can also get a woody.

Meneghini 2

 

Wow.  WOW.  How do things like this exist and I don’t know about it so I don’t care that I don’t own it then once I realize it exists and I get depressed  because I don’t own one.  How does that happen?

 

By the way you’re only allowed to keep Guinness, chips and leftover takeout curries in this fridge.

Smeg

Source: Smeg

 

I’ve been seeing the “armoire” refrigerator more and more lately.  I wasn’t able to find a manufacturer of one, but rather people have bought high end refrigerators (Sub-Zero) and had the armoires custom built around them.  Something like you see below would cost approximately $20,000 for the Sub-Zero fridge and then the custom cabinet made to house it.  I’ll admit they’ve done a great job on this and I actually like the look of it.  But I wouldn’t want it in my kitchen.  The same way I wanted to make sure my vegetable garden looked like a vegetable garden, not a bunch of vegetables disquised as flowers … I want my fridge to look like a fridge.

Armoire

 

Now we are at the closest thing to the perfect fridge I could find.  Allow me to introduce you to the …

GE- Monogram

Source: General Electric/Monogram Series

I realize this is the sort of thing that would scare a lot of people away, but I have wanted a glass front refrigerator for years.  And I think I’m one of the few who doesn’t immediately think “everything has to be perfect inside it“.  I really don’t think that’s the case.  There are some precautions I would take to ensure it looked nice, but I definitely wouldn’t worry about  having mustard bottles on display or other everyday items.

The one thing it WILL have to be is clean at all times.  The fridge above is the General Electric Monogram and it’s the closest thing to the perfect fridge I can find.

It has a glass door, comes with a freezer, is made for the home so it isn’t too loud and it’s stainless.  IT HAS LED LIGHTING ALL THE WAY DOWN THE SIDES OF THE INTERIOR!  But it’s out of my budget.  I think.

Because I spend a HUGE amount of time in my kitchen I plan to spend a lot on my fridge and I won’t feel one bit guilty about it.  My fridge and stove are my toys.  They’re my vacation and my workhorses.  I use them every day and I use them a lot.

When I see magazines filled with pages and pages of kitchens boasting Sub-Zero refrigerators and Wolf or Viking stoves I think … but you don’t cook in that kitchen.  I can TELL you don’t cook in that kitchen.

There aren’t a lot of men out there buying Ferraris to just look at them.  So why do so many women do it with high end appliances?

 

This next fridge is similar to the GE Monogram only definitely out of my budget.  The Sub-Zero glass door fridge has a little larger glass area than the Monogram, which I like.  The more glass the better.

Sub Zero

Source: Sub-Zero

 

So … if the more glass the better, that would make this fridge the very BEST, right?  It’s perfect in so many ways, yet so wrong in so many others.  Full glass door, but no freezer, plus it’s a genuine commercial refrigerator so it would have the constant humming of a fan all day and night long.  BUT, it’s only $1,500.

 

Frigidaire

Source: Frigidaire via Costco

 

We’re going on a month with no real refrigerator here and I still have no idea what I’m going to buy so tonight I’m going to proceed with my last resort.

Before I tuck myself in tonight I’m putting a zucchini under my pillow and keeping one eye open for the elusive Glass Front Fridge Fairy.

 


99 Comments

  1. So, we got back from a 5 week camping vacation to find that our fridge had died. Well, luckily, I lied. It died while we were gone and my wonderful mother-in-law found it and cleaned it all up. We started shopping and found a fantastic GE Profile (french door) used. Gotta love Craig’s List. Anyway, good luck, I’ll be interested to see what you end up with.

  2. Tigersmom says:

    I totally got a woody looking at that paneling and I’m a girl!

    Those Meneghinis are beeeautiful and you can clean under them without throwing out your back. They remind me of the antique (but still working great) fridges at a restaurant I worked in. Huge but really cool-looking and they had glass fronts. You would have been smitten.
    Good luck in your search.

  3. Erika says:

    I LOVE the glass front but would have a very hard time giving up the shelf space on the (opaque) door….good luck in your search!

  4. Jenny says:

    This might be CRAZY, but if anybody could do it , it would be you – DIY Glass Front Fridge! Buy a stainless, french door, run of the mill fridge.Put legs on it. Then cut out and insert a glass window on the refridgerator side. It would have everything on your wish list and it would be AWESOME!! You would truly be Queen of the Pinned 🙂

  5. Janie says:

    Buy in haste….live in misery until it or you die. Dead stove, couldn’t find what I wanted, bought a BLACK stove. WTHWIT? Too bad you’re not related….you could get a discount on the GE Monogram.

  6. Patti says:

    Just sold my LG French Door refrig. 2 mths ago on Craig’s list and went back to a side by side. I thought the refrig. Was beautiful in the kitchen, but plastic pieces kept breaking and I hated the freezer! I love to grocery shop like other women like to clothing shop. I was forever having to dig to the bottom to get to something. If I stored things from front to back, I couldn’t use the available space bc the freezer had 2 deep boxes and a shallow drawer above them.

  7. pve says:

    You are bringing up a bad memory. A few summers ago, we had a fridge die. It was a month without and each day, I had to go get ice for the cooler. We all are so totally spoilt with modern day tools and appliances.
    I spotted a really cool fridge….I will have to find the name….
    you will love love love it.
    back….soon.
    pve

  8. pve says:

    Did you ever think of just having a wine cooler?
    pve

    • Karen says:

      pve – I did. But then I’d have to fiddle around with the shelves (they’re curved for bottles) plus, wine coolers don’t get cold enough. They only have “wine” temperatures. I looked into some beautiful Thermador wine coolers. ~ karen

  9. Beckie says:

    I can go either way with cookies too =)

    I didn’t know I wanted a Meneghini…but I sure want one now!!

  10. magali says:

    Going a month without a real fridge is pretty intense! we’re on one month without a dishwasher. Our building got hit by lightning and it fried something in the dishwasher 🙁

  11. ev says:

    Hmm…buy the $1500 Frigidaire for now and save up for the GE $6500. You could have your readers vie for the first one at $5 a crack, or maybe a contest (again, at $5 a crack), to name the GE one when you get it! Really, sorry you are having to put up with the crowded kitchen. No fun at all! Karen, you should get the GE. You use your fridge and stove for your livlihood–this blog! Go for the gusto! Good luck!

  12. Carolyn Boyd says:

    Ahhh, fridges. When I moved from Ontario back to beautiful Nova Scotia, I needed a new fridge and I didn’t want the “usual” stuff. I found a Fisher and Paykel at Lowes and also The Bay. I purchased it through the Bay and had it delivered to my house in NS. It is counter depth and has been called “sexy” by my friends. We love it. No glass though, BUT, I don’t have to worry about the mess inside….. Also, it was on sale, a big prerequisite for me for any purchase.

  13. Lyn says:

    We’re nearing the end of a 3 month total kitchen remodel (totally gutting the space, knocking down a wall, all new appliances). We’ve been living with the very, very old fridge that came with the house (it’s harvest gold, remember when that & avocado was in? Probably before your time) set up in another room, you have to unplug it & the coffee maker if you want to use the microwave. Anyway, we got a Kitchen Aid. The decision was easy, I wanted french doors, cabinet depth, panel ready. They’re the only people who make one. After all the decisions that you have to make in remodeling, I was actually happy that there was only one option!

  14. princesslala says:

    Glass front? Yikes!
    Look at the flat front Fisher Paykel maybe. I love LG’s too.

    • Karen says:

      But … But … I really want a glass front. Oh. And I’m still on the hunt for a womb chair and a 36″ tulip table & 4 chairs. Just in case you know … you have some hidden somewhere. ;)~ karen!

  15. Brenda j says:

    WOW….

  16. Hey refrigerator-less sweet cheeks ~
    How about an all Canadian made …NORTH STAR appliances from Elmira? They are dead sexy, simply made and they look totally retro with a funky modern twist (like a freezer at the bottom or the top). I need one too, so you go FIRST and tell me how much you love it. Or hate it. Wait, if you hate it, don’t tell me. I will be in the refrigerator dog house for that one. eeeek.
    Lynne 🙂

  17. Sarah In Illinois says:

    Ahhhh, we were discussing glass front fridges the other day. My boyfriend was saying how much he wanted one! I will have to send him the links! But I never thought about, until another commenter mentioned it, that you would lose precious door space!

  18. JebberA says:

    Glass front = no home for condiments. Condo-less condiments. How sad. They’ll be relinquished to some shelf where they don’t get to enjoy the daily swing of the door. Think about that.

  19. Joanne says:

    Good luck with GE! We had to replace the motherboard on our GE Profile fridge after 4 years ($300) and our cottage GE Profile bit the dust last winter after only 6 years. It was not repairable. The next time I buy any appliances I’ll talk to an appliance repairman first and not go by how pretty they look!

  20. Maureen @theThriftyLass says:

    WTF? Refrigerate Guiness?

  21. Heather says:

    We have needed a new fridge for a while. The defrost cycle is wonky. We have tried to get if fixed several times but alas it is on its last legs. And now we need a new stove (after a curious incident involving our 20 year old daughter and some friends while house sitting.) Too many choices out there. Was overwhelmed by Fridge pondering, now throw in stove options and I am a total basket case.

  22. Lisa says:

    I have a KitchenAid french door, freezer on the bottom model… under $3000 US. I like it, but it’s not a glass front.

    I also have a 36″ wolf that I use almost every day. I love it….a lot. (except that’s a big oven to heat up in the summer time, so I have a toaster oven hidden in the basement.)

  23. kati says:

    You should check out Gorenje fridges. They are the ones who make the SMEG products too.
    They have some nice designs, and the price/quality ratio is great.

    I have my eyes on a shiny black one.

  24. I have always felt that the consumers report in this instance is always helpful when making these kind of purchases. And according to the GE.is the by far the most superior product out there.I have a girlfriend who’s had one now for 12 years and it started to go on the fritz the other day and ended up costing her only 125.00 to fix the dam thing. Something to think about.
    http://www.dawnajonesdesign.com/

  25. Lois says:

    That tiny fridge with the chalkboard paint – that’s the one I have now, minus the paint. It is going on 10 yrs old and I have started looking around since every other appliance I put in 10 yrs ago has broken in the past year. Despite the fact that the house was built in 1938 and has a front door made for a fat troll (42″x76″), the widest opening into the kitchen is just under 30″ (unless we want to start removing windows and lifting a fridge with a crane)so that tall, thin LG is looking pretty good to me. Thanks for the tip.

  26. Laura says:

    I realize that this advice would have been significantly more helpful a month ago, but did you know that you can rent major appliances on a short-term basis for just such a catastrophe? At least you can here in the states.

    There are companies that specialize in this but I’d start with a local mom and pop appliance store. Of course, it’s nice if you buy one from them as well once you’ve picked out a model. They can order almost anything you might want, even if they don’t stock it. They might even be willing to cut you a deal…

  27. Gayla T says:

    I started this post with Karen, are you nuts? That goes w/o saying so then I started with What’s wrong with Normal? Obviously, that wasn’t going to work. Then I decided on Are you normally this nuts…..nope, we know the answer to that. I guess I’ll just tell you the Oklahoma story. I’ll leave out all the reasons that we moved to OK and just say it was his job which is true but not all of it. We signed a lease for a year on a new house in a subdivision while they built one for us. It had been a model home so the bathroom was painted a soft aqua like the color that’s the rage again so I needed a window curtain to match so I began my hunt. At that time Oklahoma City was the largest in the US by the amount of land it covered and I spent my days driving from one end to the other looking for a curtain with aqua and lavender large flower print. Kind of whispy and soft. After being sure I had hit every dept. store I started on fabric stores. Anyone can make a curtain. That was before you could buy stuff to make your own pattern on fabric. I searched and searched never paying much attention to the hub and his new job. He hated it. After 9 months he came home and told me he had just quit and to start packing. The last thing I packed was the towel hanging over a rod at the window. The first thing I saw at the first store I went into after coming back to KS was that curtain. It was MY curtain that I had obsessed over and dreamed of for all that time and it was at Sears. The moral of this story is….heck, I don’t know. I guess when the time is right you’ll find the perfect fridge. I’d be looking at the restraunt supply places and the auctions in the paper of going out of business sales. The odds of making it in that business is almost nil and you can get the best deals on professional stuff that’s slightly used. I’ve had a couple of friends go into it and bought all the very best and didn’t last a year. Here the cupcake stores are folding fast as are caterers and B&B’s. There should be a load of pro stuff on the market. Every story has an end if not a moral and I’m dying to hear this one.

  28. CJ says:

    I have one with french doors and a bottom freezer. I love it! Ours is stainless on the front and black on the sides – a good way to save some $ if your fridge sides won’t be seen. I’ve always been mesmerized by the refrigerators with glass doors. I spend a lot of time looking inside the fridge for something to eat. It’d be easier and waste lees energy if I could see everything. Oh, for a fridge/freezer with glass inserts and french doors…

  29. Cynthia says:

    We’ve had the professional (read that as oversized) separate refrigerator and freezer units. Yup, they’re loud, and while it has totally usable, easy to see where everything is, no weird egg cups or canned drink dispensers spaces, they lose their cool when the door opens. And those motors? They are loud and they do run constantly. Very annoying and very expensive to operate.

    Vikings look great, and yup, they’re pricey. But do some on-line research, their range of appliances frequently need repairs, and parts aren’t easy to come by, especially where we live.

    My husband loves to save money and he also loves to look for unusual (odd) solutions to everyday dilemmas. Combine the two and you come up with what we’re currently working with. Our very own Rubiks-cube version of keeping everything organized and refrigerated and/or frozen in two separate chest freezer units. He found an electronic thermostat that turns one of the freezers on/off at refrigerator temperatures. Each unit has two small, two medium and two large plastic boxes with lid handles and flaps to keep them all attached. Now when we need our frozen walnuts for oatmeal cookies, we only have to move the hanging basket, and the top big box to reach the medium box on the bottom of the freezer, where they’re stored. (It’s on the bottom right side, so we only have to move the right hand boxes. And it’s in the bottom box because I only make cookies a couple of times a month.) The refrigerator has its own organization system. I guess there’s a certain kind of logic to it all…sure helps to be OCD. I knew that would come in handy some day.

    WWIII only erupts when someone (who shall remain nameless, but who gets the blame for this bright idea) doesn’t put everything back EXACTLY where it belongs.

    I’ll admit, it is much quieter in the kitchen with these chest-type units. And the minimized electricity usage saves on our utility bills each month. With my fondness for storing everything in freezer-style Ziplock bags, it is definitely more organized.

    So for about $800 for the two freezer units, the electronic thermostat and $200 for the plastic storage boxes, we have our current solution. At least as long as he remembers to put everything back where it belongs!

  30. Amy says:

    How in the WORLD do y’all live without ice and water in the door? I spend all day shouting, “Close the refrigerator door!” as it is. If they opened it everytime they needed a drink we’d be living on curdled milk.

  31. Lynn says:

    Ok this post is like “50 Shades of Fridge”… refrigerator p*rn.. who knew? Good luck on choosing Karen ~ until you do I say just “chill”. Hee hee [ps NOT a fan of the armoire fridge]

  32. taria says:

    where we live (90 miles out of LA in the desert) I had trouble just getting a repair guy that knew what he was doing with Bosch brands. He messed up the front of my beautiful washer and I was told tough luck. Thanks Lowe’s service warranty. I now go with brands that I know there are local service guys for. A fridge is really important to those of us that really cook. Glad you are taking time finding the right one! Can’t wait to see what ends up in your kitchen.

  33. Lynn says:

    BTW – your idea about making a list of “not what if but when” replacement appliances is BRILLIANT. What would we do without you Karen? I gasp at the thought.

  34. ruth says:

    Thanks for the tip about noisy commercial fridges. I did not know that. Will save me hours of searching.

  35. Kelly says:

    You are giving me a painful flashback to building a new house two years ago and having to pick out all appliances in an afternoon. Stove and oven was easy, fridge not so much. Dishwasher was a right off. Still can’t load bowls properly on the top rack and it is a good brand. Too many choices makes it very hard for the somewhat indecisive. Service is definitely important. Good luck, may the force be with you.

  36. Kristen S says:

    Glass front fridges = awesome

    Good luck on your quest. My only bit of advice is I would advise against a fridge with a bottom freezer door. We have a Samsung with a freezer door, and to get anything out, you have to open the freezer door completely and then pull out an interior drawer. You may not think that’s a pain, but how often do you just open the freezer a crack to pull out something easy like ice? Freezer drawer=good, freezer door=sucky

  37. The anxiety of knowing your fridge is about to die is about equal to the annoyance of having the dead fridge still sitting in your kitchen along with the new one (or temporary ones). We went the cheap and cheerful, don’t really care what it looks like route after our old fridge started whistling and moaning. Fingers crossed for a big kitchen renovation in the next five years that will include the big, beautiful, yet-to-be-discovered fridge of my dreams. BTW, Joan over at for the love of a house has a glass door refrigerator and has posted on her display strategies–although she might be a bit more “neat and tidy” than you prefer.

    • Karen says:

      She has my most favourite kitchen ever. I have a picture of it saved on my computer and go back and look at it all the time. Her fridge is organized well. Perfect in fact. It isn’t all cutesy with fake food on display. She has her jam and mustard and all that stuff in there, it’s just in nice straight lines. Like it. ~ karen

  38. wendy says:

    Love the GE Monogram series. Especially the 36″ range/oven. Just waiting for my profile to die. However I think I still have a few years. :(.

  39. Shauna says:

    I love love love the Meneghini (sans wood), but alas it wouldn’t fit in my tiny area specifically built for a fridge. I like the look of the glass door, but don’t like that you lose the shelving in the door – we use those a lot. I love any fridge with a freezer on the bottom, so the top one is likely what we would end up with if we could find one to fit in our tiny space. p.s., I dislike my current fridge, but we were lucky that it came with the house.

    • Karen says:

      Shauna – You don’t actually lose any space. Your refrigerator right now that has shelving in the door has to make room for that shelving somehow. So manufacturers shave off several inches from your interior shelves to make room for the door shelves. Although without those shelves I don’t know where I’d put my salad dressing that expired in 2004. ~ karen

  40. Evalyn says:

    Chalkboard paint is a scurge on the land. I cannot wait until decorators finally get tired of this trend. Seriously? Dust bunnies are not enough, I need chalk dust too? Not to mention matte black surfaces to keep clean. Fie, I say. Fie.

  41. Leslie says:

    I’ve read reviews of that Frigidaire glass front commercial refrigerator which state it goes through a WARMING phase every 12 hours (raising the internal temperature to something like 58 degrees to “defrost” itself, but why would a refrigerator need to do that), so spoils all your food twice a day. Perhaps this feature, which cannot be disabled and is not discussed in the user manual, would not be welcome in your dream appliance? And the problems I find with SubZeros is that they are not very deep, so are not nearly as roomy as you’d expect. When I lived in France, our refrigerator was narrow and TALL. It was AWESOME! I could put SO much stuff in it while it ate up almost no floor space in my small & awkward kitchen. The fact that American refrigerators are so short has bothered me ever since.

  42. Laura Bee says:

    I have a story. When I was still living without a car I rode my bike to work nearly everyday. Rainy days too. Even in winter if the roads were clear & it was warm enough. I did this six years Wed-Sun 11am-whenever they let me free. (it was a restaurant.) I used to daydream that if every person who saw me go by all the time thought – “That girl needs a car” gave me five bucks or even a dollar – I’d have enough for a car.

    On that note ~ “That girl needs a fridge.” Go for the monogram ~ where’s the donate button gone? 🙂

    BTW, I finally bought my own car for my 25th b-day haha, but good luck Sunshine, maybe we can cover the taxes.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I’m a big girl now. I’ll pay for my own fridge. I’m not what you’d call rich, but I’m not the destitute troll I was when I started this blog. Thanks to my readers. 🙂 Although the more readers I have the more money I make the better fridge I can buy. I may have to start forcing people to read my site. Clockwork Orange style. ~ karen

  43. Mary Werner says:

    Never understood why people didn’t hire a refrigeration contractor to build insulated cabinets that were refrigerated. Seems like a simple idea but what do I know – I lived out of a picnic cooler for a couple months. Not fun but not as bad as having no clothes washer while having small kids that loved to play outside. Maybe you could start a new trend – hand made refrigerators!

  44. Susan says:

    I can’t stand the freezer on the top. I’m WAITING for my refrig to break so I can get that fopaw corrected. Actually I knew it was just WRONG, but at the time the bottom freezer ones wouldn’t fit in my space.

    I don’t clean the insides enough to chance having windows to the mess! But your choice is a beaut.

  45. Scouty says:

    Gee, I like the window in the fridge idea. Never considered it before. It would give a galley kitchen like mine the illusion of having more space in the kitchen, not claustrophobic. Same as putting glass in some of the kitchen cupboards, opens it up. The bottom drawers in your wish fridge – looks like one is dedicated to a freezer, but the other could be used as a fridge, hide the ugly containers! Like it – go for it.

  46. MK says:

    As a busy Mom of 3 kids and a foodie we are considering the full fridges from Costco. I never have enough room in a standard fridge freezer combo for all our condiments and fresh food. In are current model soo many of the plastic peices have broken off and cracked. I just want plain solid racks I can use my own baskets if i want any drawer type storage. Im not worried aout the noise as are bedrooms are far away and my family is 100x louder then any fridge or train for that matter. The only decision left is actually if we are going with a glass front or solid. DH thinks solid and think glass, at that price and costcos return policy I dont think you can go wrong with either one.

  47. Maureen says:

    Hey, at least you get to choose! As a renter with a cheap landlord, we got a used fridge off CraigsList. It smelled like a smoker lived inside the fridge. We finally got rid of that problem, but the problem with the bad outlet is not fixed. So we have an ugly small fridge that plugged via an extension cord that runs to the dining room. Classy!

  48. Kim says:

    Oooo, I love the Meneghini woody. Eww, I don’t love how dirty it sounds when you say it out loud.

  49. Leona says:

    I clicked on a few of your ads to help contribute. 😉

    I had not idea there were so many very cool options. (pun intended) Thanks for the research.

  50. Winegirl says:

    The one here fried and (thought) I had to move fast… got a good deal at Lowe’s, but had to work within the small framework of the cottage kitchen. Wish I had sucked it up and really spent time finding the right one. The wrong choice seems to live forever…
    Good luck!

  51. Kelli says:

    i dunno Karen – a frig is a frig is a frig. Not being a culinary goddess like yourself, as long as it works and looks halfway decent, i’m good with that. *shrug*

    And there’s no way i’d get a glass front frig as nice as they look…i’m too much of a slob and apparently like to grow science experiments in my own refrigerator. Eeew.

  52. Donna Flores says:

    I think the Meneghini is what Nigella Lawson has in her kitchen (or fake/studio kitchen for her shows). Looks awesome there, and it’s even more beautiful in the paneled wood. Such pretty choices! I don’t know if I could pick just one.

  53. designlove says:

    I have the narrow LG cute tall one in my laundry room. I use it for beverages! Looks fab!

    C.

  54. Jenn says:

    i <3 home renovation porn.

  55. Laura says:

    Whew! Sooo glad to see my dream fridge on your list (LG) Although glass doors are my fantasy, too!

  56. Patti says:

    Hi Karen, here’s my 2 cents on the french door style…I bought the GE profile french door fridge with the freezer on the bottom and I hate it. None of the doors close on their own and with a couple of kids in the house that becomes a big problem. And the freezer drawer is really not spacious and it’s inconvenient to get to stuff at the bottom. Next time around I’m going back to the side by side.

  57. Aly says:

    I love when you show us your research! You really are into the art of doing stuff.

    I don’t know if you had a show called Felicity up there in Canada, but it was about some kids starting college in NYC. The “hot” boy lived in a gorgeous industrial loft, and they had the coolest glass-front fridge that I have coveted ever since.

    Now I need to go to Netflix and watch some old episodes…

  58. Amy in StL says:

    I’ve always had a traditional freezer on top fridge. The house I’m in the process of buying has a new french door model and I’m not sure how I feel about it. My niece has one of these and it always seems awkward to have to root around in the drawer for something. I’ve always wanted a side by side with ice and water in the door – I drink a lot of water – and there’s even a company that offers one that has cubed, crushed and shaved ice in the door so you could have sno-cones or frozen beverages without using a blender.

  59. Lourdes says:

    Karen, we have the first one (Viking). Spendy, but a great refrigerator. However, if we ever get another one, I DO NOT want stainless steel. All may appliances are stainless steel and they’re a pain in the posterior to keep clean. Want my next fridge to have wood doors to match the cabinets.

  60. Sandy says:

    A few years ago we bought two fridges at the same time. One is in the kitchen, the other in the laundry room. Kitchen fridge is a Maytag Plus, with a bottom drawer (2 large pull out baskets) The other is a Kenmore with the freezer on the top. The Sears delivery guys said they’d never delivered 2 fridges to one house before. I like them both, & even tho there’s just the two of us, it’s great to have lots of food and drinks when the rest of the family visit. We went for price, not “pretty”.
    Sandy

  61. Trysha says:

    I lust over the orange smeg fridge. I love it, but I would probably pick something safe, like the silver smeg.

  62. Anne says:

    This sounds similar to my couch search – took me about 8 weeks to finally bite the bullet and just buy one after looking at HUNDREDS of couches.

  63. Bonnie says:

    Karen,

    Get a grip. It is a refrigerator! Do you have commitment issues?

  64. KimS says:

    Ok…I have a GE that is very similiar to the Viking with french doors. Mine is counterwidth. Less than 1 year old. Really, I hate that the crisper drawers are not tall enough for a medium head of cabbage. There is a “meat/cheese” drawer that goes the width of the fridge part…which is totally stupid because you have to open BOTH doors to open the meat/cheese drawer. If they would have had it just half width, then at least 1 crisper drawer could have been taller. Probably an engineering thing.

  65. FLP says:

    I have the same fridge that you have and mine stopped working again this week. Mine is just 7 years old and has been a total lemon. Actually, frozen lemons are just the beginning of the problems. I went to three stores today to have a look and realized that I am afraid to make a mistake again.

    Any thoughts on French door counter depth fridges?

  66. Barbie says:

    I have the GE Monogram in my kitchen….I will admit it is beautiful and stainless (don’t have the glass front one) of which I LOVE… and I agree with you on the fact that it would look better not so organized! …but I have had a lot of trouble with it (ice maker problems over and over) be sure to buy the extended warranty if you get it…it was ridiculously expensive and counter depth (of which I would NEVER do again) not enough room anywhere. If I ever needed counter depth again I would buy regular depth and extend the other side of the wall that it went into and make it counter depth that way….and I SO could have done that with this as the other side of the wall was available that way. I LOVE LOVE the Meneghini!!! But out of my budget too! I’d go with Viking if I could…Viking has been good to me! I love my stove and would NOT trade it for the world. It is always dirty because I use it all the time! Hard to clean but I don’t care! 🙂 Good luck Karen on your search! Let us know what you end up doing k?

    • Karen says:

      Barbie – Oh you can bet there will be trumpets and confetti flying from the skies when I get my new fridge. ~ karen!

  67. Heather says:

    I’ve been wondering about condensation in a glass door fridge?? Would the door be foggy all summer?

    With the heat and humidity we’ve been having this summer in Ottawa, everything in our fridge fogs up as soon as the door is opened.

    Just wondering?

  68. Adele says:

    Chalkboard fridge with the grocery list. Do you have to bring it with you when you go to the store? It might drip and get smelly. Then you’d have to get a new car too.

  69. Debbie B says:

    Love the Meneghini but there is no way I would pay that for a fridge. Oh how about for a Friday thing everyone sends in picks of their fridge and stove!

  70. Alex says:

    Oh why oh why did I have to see the Meneghini. Guess the kids aren’t going to college. Who am I kidding that’s worth more than my car!

  71. Hey Karen, did you get a fridge yet?!

  72. maryanne says:

    Karen, our 13 year old died too, but we called the repairman. We were ready to buy a new one but wanted his opinion first (we trust him). He said the newer ones would have more service calls than this older one….they don’t make them like they used to. So, we kept the old one and only paid $60 to repair it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maryanne – Oh trust me … I did everything to kick start this fridge back to life. Tried to fix it myself, called a repairman, tried to fix it myself again when he couldn’t, went to the parts store to talk to them about it … She’s done for. 🙁 ~ karen

  73. Nicole says:

    Karen – you’ve gotta see this one: http://pinterest.com/pin/129337820518382276/

    over-the-top-want-a-kitchen-it’ll-fit-in-nutsballs of a fridge!

    wish I could just post the pic…sorry for the link…I’m sure they bug the hello out of you.

  74. Rebecca says:

    Have been researching fridges/stoves/dishwashers since we moved in last summer. Living with a 30 year old, frosty mess that came with the house. Insert empathy here. Growing up with the Sears catalog as (what seemed like) the only way to shop, Kenmore has always been the ‘go to’, reliable choice. Have you seen the Kenmore Pro series? Luckily, we are gutting the whole kitchen, so I’m choosing the appliances FIRST.

  75. Sandi says:

    I love your blog. Have been researching for new fridge for 5 days! I went to Lowes (yuck) and Sears (yuck 2). All the models I wrote down have ISSUES! In fact, seems like all fridges today have repair issues. My Kitchen Aid..isn’t dead yet but is warming up to 60 degrees recently when we had a hot spell..time to get a new fridge.

    I must have missed the Model/Brand you purchased. What did you buy? So, curious after reading here.

    Could not find a Smeg for $1500 anywhere online. They all started at $2,000. I almost bought an LG but heard they are horrible and need repairs all the time. OY. Nothing I’ve looked at has a good rating for repairs. The motherboards zap easily after a year-2 years and will also go if there’s a huge storm which shuts off the electricity.

    So, my research shows they are all vulnerable due to the electronics running them. Manufactures must be making money because people are dumping them when they need repairs after only 2 years and re-buying new ones.

    • Karen says:

      Sandi – Here’s the funny thing … I replaced my thermostat for the SECOND time on a whim, *just* before pulling the fridge out to the curb … and it fixed it! So it’s still running but I’m still looking for a new fridge because this one has now lived through 8 of its 9 lives. I’m still liking the glass front refrigerators like the ones from True and G.E. Monogram. But they cost A LOT. ~ karen

  76. Sandi says:

    Karen, be careful with GE. They have had motherboard problems. I’m so dizzy right now from reading for days about all brands. I have not researched True. Oh dear..don’t know if I have the courage to..lol! Google GE motherboards to make sure before you purchase. I read it in several places but maybe they’re back on track after their debacle with a bad run of them.

    I thought I’d try the Frigidaire glass front commercial one and get a freezer but found out they heat up every 12 hrs and people have gotten rid of them for food spoilage. Too bad because that looked like a winner of an idea!

    Back to the drawing board.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sandi – I’d read that too, but to be honest I don’t really believe it. (the frigidaire’s heating up) They’re commercial fridges for stores and restaurants. They wouldn’t put up with a fridge that heated up every 12 hours anymore than a homeowner would! Seemed like a weird thing to me. Always remember. The Internet (and many people on it) are big fat liars. ~ karen!

  77. DEBRA says:

    Well ladies I too have been researching refrigerator
    so much that I am more undecided than before. So what refrigerator did Karen buy. OH yea I love all those you mentioned the viking, menghini, monogram

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra – It’s me. Karen. 🙂 As it turns out I was able to fix my fridge. I replaced the thermostat for the billionth time and it finally worked. The fridge is still working and fingers crossed it’ll work for a while longer. I still like the G.E. Monogram glass front tho. ~ karen!

  78. Teresa Lansford says:

    Karen what did you buy. I have a 2007 48″ GE MONOGRAM which I would never buy again. I paid for extended warranty and it had to be used within a yr, GE stopped honoring it after 2 years. I’ve replaced motherboard, ice maker, compressor. I would love to replace this behemoth but I spent so much on it, and to fit the built in space, I’d have to spend another 12k – no thanks. So I’m fantasizing about the fridge I’ll get for our next home. I love the look of the glass fronts, but can’t imagine giving up condiment storage. What did you finally do?

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