For those of you that read Monday’s post, I’m sure you know what I am so excited about. Yes, our new fridge was delivered yesterday morning and by yesterday afternoon I was able to fill it up. For those of you that have been fridge-less for any amount of time, I’m sure you can relate to just how long those 3 ½ days felt! But I am so glad it is finally here and in full use.
Having your refrigerator go out on you kind of puts you up against the gun when shopping for a new one. And when you are talking about making a purchase that is over a thousand bucks, that was not a very fun place to be. After do some preliminary searching online, we decided to try out a Sears Outlet. There is one about 5 miles from our house and since we weren’t planning to replace our refrigerator any time soon and have not been saving to do so, we thought this would be a good option. Sadly, we were sorely disappointed. I couldn’t believe how damaged these refrigerators were while they were still asking well over $1000 for them. I understand the inside of the refrigerator might work just fine, but spending that much money on something that damaged was not something we were interested it. I guess this would be good if you were purchasing an extra one for your garage or something, but we have an open floor plan where everyone that comes over can see our refrigerator and I would prefer the handles and doors to not all be dented in. Now, the other appliances there looked pretty good and when it comes time to replace our washer and dryer I will probably be going back to see what they have, it just didn’t work out well for us in the refrigerator department.
Feeling slightly defeated and not knowing what our plan was we decided to swing into the Home Depot that was on our way home. That stop was helpful because we were able to take a look at the different units and decide what were must haves (ahem, icemaker/water dispenser ahem…) and what were not (my beloved French door refrigerators, insert sad emoji here). When we got back home we had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for, a side by side unit, with an in the door icemaker/ water dispenser in stainless steel. We currently have all black appliances, but we’ve been wanting to make the switch to stainless and I honestly don’t think that a stainless steel and black combination looks too bad while we are in the midst of our transition. Anyway, we found some great options in the Kenmore Elite series and also a great deal on a Samsung at Best Buy online, so Monday we headed out to check them out in person. Landon really liked the reviews that the Samsung got so we decided to go to Best Buy first and if that didn’t work out we would take a look at Sears. Sadly, the Samsung model we wanted had been discontinued and was out of stock everywhere, it just hadn’t been taken off their website yet. This, however, was a blessing in disguise, while we were there we met a super helpful salesperson that spent tons of time talking to us about all the different brands and their features. I was having a hard time making a decision, because again, I didn’t like feeling pressured to buy a refrigerator so quickly, I like to see all of my options first to make sure I am getting the best deal. But the sales guy never once made me feel like I was in a hurry. He was so helpful and would leave us alone to discuss what we liked and didn’t like about this fridge or that one and he was always right there to help us when we needed it. And actually, even though we went in expecting to get a side by side and told him that’s what we were looking for, he pointed out a Frigidaire French door that was on sale and wouldn’t you know, that made it in our price range!!! Hallelujah! I was so excited! But then once he found out I preferred the French doors he also showed us a top of the line Samsung model that was an out of the box sale so it was marked down over half off! The downside, it was in black and we were trying to get away from black, but all of the features it had made it really hard. Ultimately, it came down to the reassurance of having something brand new when you are spending that much money (the Samsung had a couple of small dents and while they weren’t that noticeable, we still didn’t like the fact that our “new” fridge would come already damaged, no matter how slightly) and I really didn’t want black that made us choose the Frigidaire.
Now, I’ve only had it for one day, but I already know I am going to love it!! We did lose some freezer space, but since we have a huge chest freezer that wasn’t a concern for us. What I really wanted was more fridge space and I got it! Our fridge looks so empty now! I’m really looking forward to having all the extra space come the holidays, I’ve struggled every year trying to figure out how to get all of the pies and things into my old side by side. Another feature I love is how customizable the interior is, you can move absolutely everything around in there to fit your needs. And I love having the extra storage space in the doors, as you can see, we are quite possibly condiment hoarders and its nice having them all corralled instead of wandering around in the main area.
I love how the freezer is designed too! It has a deep bottom with an adjustable divider in it and a drawer that slides out on top. I put all of Brynlee’s food in the top drawer (when I buy her food, I like to separate it into smaller portions so that it is easier to thaw if I need to and quick to make, plus there is a lot less waste), and all of our frozen fruits and veggies in the bottom of the drawer. Our chest freezer holds all of our meat, so this set up is actually helping us stay more organized.
Another great feature, the in the door icemaker/ water dispenser (which works great by the way), has a temperature display. If our old fridge had this we would have caught the fact that it stopped working a lot faster and wouldn’t have had to deal with some of the food thawing out.
Hmmm… when I started writing this post, I really wasn’t expecting it to be this long, but I guess I just had to share how much I love this new refrigerator and how awesome our buying experience was at Best Buy. Also, the delivery was wonderful too, they were quick, courteous, answered any questions I had and actually came when they said they would instead of at the end or after my 2 hour time window. We will definitely be going back when it come times to replace another appliance to see if they have any options for us. Oh and did I mention that this refrigerator is super quiet too! I am so happy with our purchase and how everything turned out, I was worried about being in such a rush to buy something, but thanks to our smartphones we were able to see that the deal we got at Best Buy was at least $150 dollars lower than anywhere else at the time we purchased it. So all in all, I feel pretty good about our decision and even better now that it is here and up and running!
Next on our list to replace is our oven, it will probably be quite a ways down the line, but do you have any suggestions? We’d like to switch to gas, we really haven’t had the best of time with electric ovens so we are ready for something new.