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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
Even at a premium
|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||E Over rated, Same as Frigidaire|
|GE||All||GE||E The worst, very expensive parts, repair prone|
E Over rated, Over priced, disappointing, The
worst of the worst, very expensive parts
|Haier||No part distributors in the U.S. Made in China|
|Hotpoint||All||GE||E Same as GE, very expensive parts|
|Inglis||All||Whirlpool/Canada||B Division of Whirlpool, Good overall|
|Kenmore||Side by side||Whirlpool 10%||B 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|
|Top Freezer||Whirlpool 20%||
B Same as Whirlpool, Good overall
|Kenmore||Top Freezer||LG 40%||E 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||E No part availability|
|Thermador||Bosch||N/R Pricey, Limited part availability|
|U-Line||Bar Refrigerator||U-Line||A Pricey, Excellent quality|
|Viking||Whirlpool||C Division of Whirlpool|
|Whirlpool||All||Whirlpool||B Average dependability|