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New Product Recommendations

Refrigerators

 

This information is provided to our valued customers. All Brand is a service company. We do not sell these products.  Models change frequently.  This is general information about brands, our experience based on their performance, and feedback we get from our clients. 

For questions about specific models and features, please call the manufacturer of the product for complete information.

 

Refrigerator technology has changed a great deal in the last 10 years. While new refrigerators have become more energy efficient, they also have become more expensive and are experiencing a shorter life span (usually about 8-10 years).

Solid state circuitry and micro processing control boards achieve accurate temperatures and savings with smaller compressors, but added components have made a durable appliance a temperamental, undependable and aggravating product.

Stainless steel has become very popular but be aware, it is a high maintenance option, and dents are unavoidable and not repairable. 

Top freezer refrigerators offer the most space and dependability for the money.

Choose Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Maytag.

Bottom freezer refrigerators have gotten popular again. French doors on top will add approximately $1000 to cost without any real benefits. If the ice maker is located in the refrigerator section, it will take up valuable space.

Amana may be your best choice here. 

Side by side refrigerators are not recommended unless you have a door space problem in front of an island. They offer the least amount of usable space for the money. Water and ice dispensers through the door are the cause for many service calls and floods.

If you must go this route, choose Whirlpool or KitchenAid.

Avoid vertical ice makers or bins in doors with optical sensors, or ice makers located in the door.

Avoid GE, LG, Samsung & Panasonic. They have the most problems.

Water filters are a waste of money unless you are on your own well for water supply.

Side by side refrigerators offer limited space but are necessary in kitchens with islands.

Top freezers make the
most use of space and
are very dependable

 

 

 

New refrigerators have 
an electrical "brain"

Even at a premium
price, new warranties
are only one year

Cafe doors are trendy and expensive with less usable space than top freezer designs

In the door Ice Makers are likely to need frequent and expensive repairs.

Note: The Sears Kenmore label has multiple manufacturers, as listed by percentages below.  

 

 

When purchasing a Kenmore product, check the model number to determine who manufactured 

the product.  Ask the salesperson.   If it is made by LG or GE, forget it.

A) Best Buy  B)  Good Equipment  C)  Just Average  D) Below Average  E) Not Recommended

Brand Type Manufacturer Our Rating & Comments
   Amana All Amana (Whirlpool)  B  Good overall, Division of Whirlpool
Amana Bottom freezer Amana(Whirlpool) C  Same as Whirlpool
Electrolux Frig/Electrolux D  Same as Frigidaire
Frigidaire Frig/Electrolux D  Poor repair history
Frigidaire Gallery Series Frig/Electrolux Over rated, Same as Frigidaire
GE All GE E  The worst, very expensive parts, repair prone
GE Profile/Monogram  *GE

E  Over rated, Over priced, disappointing, The 

    worst of the worst, very expensive parts

GE Bottom freezer LG E  
Haier No part distributors in the U.S. Made in China
Hotpoint All GE Same as GE, very expensive parts
Inglis All Whirlpool/Canada B  Division of Whirlpool, Good overall
Kenmore Side by side Whirlpool 10% Same as Whirlpool, Good overall
Kenmore Side by side LG 50% E  Poor warranty support, Made in S. Korea
Kenmore Side by side Frig/Electrolux 20% D Same as Frigidaire
Kenmore Side by side Amana 20% B  Same as Whirlpool

Kenmore

Top Freezer Whirlpool 20%

B  Same as Whirlpool, Good overall

Kenmore Top Freezer LG 40% Poor warranty support, Made in S.Korea
Kenmore Top Freezer Electrolux 15% D  Same as Frigidaire
Kenmore Top Freezer Amana 25% B  Same as Amana
Kenmore Bottom Freezer Amana 50% B  Same as Amana
Kenmore Bottom Freezer LG 50% E  Poor warranty support, Made in S. Korea
Kitchenaid All Whirlpool B  Same as Whirlpool, Good overall
LG Cafe or Bottom Freezer *LG Electronics E  No part availability, Poor warranty support
Marvel Bar Refrigerator Marvel Ind A  Good quality
Maytag All Whirlpool B  Same as Amana, Division of Whirlpool
Panasonic All Panasonic E  No part availability
Roper No longer available
Samsung *Samsung E  No part availability, Service issues
SubZero SubZero No part availability
Thermador Bosch N/R  Pricey, Limited part availability
U-Line Bar Refrigerator U-Line  A  Pricey, Excellent quality
Viking Whirlpool Division of Whirlpool
Whirlpool All Whirlpool B  Average dependability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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