Side-by Side Refrigerators
I'm not overly impressed with any of the domestically made SxS refrigerators although I haven't heard too much about Whirlpool's so that might be a manufacturer's product to look at?
** Who has the best warranty out there? **
Frigidaire used to have a 10 year 'sealed system' warranty on the fridge's and freezers, I don't know if they still do. BTW. That was only on their "Frigidaire" branded products and not on any of the other brand names they sell under (see the following link).
** with ice maker and water dispenser. **
More things to break down IMO and often expensive to repair when they do. Many of the manufacturers have had problems with the electronics (big surprise?) used in their 'through the door' dispenser mechanisms requiring modifications or field upgrades. I don't know if all the shortcomings have been corrected in currently available models.
BTW. You can also look forward to purchasing a replacement refrigerator water filter 2-3 times a year for the lifetime of the product (+$$$).
You can find some appliance purchasing tips in 'The Purchase' section of my site linked below.
The Appliance Information Site
Have you looked at the freezer on the bottom models? My mother has one of those and loves it.
Do you have Costco where you live? We actually bought ours online and they delivered it; even hauled off the old one. It's a 25-sq-ft "Kirkland Signature" branded Whirlpool (36" wide). Nothing fancy, but it's "Energy Star" rated and has a 2 year warranty; also has the filtered water. We've been happy with it, and the price was right.
We bought this one 1 year ago after our last one was fried by a power surge. It was "only" 14 years old (I'd been hoping to get at least 30 years out of it!
We use our Costco membership quite a bit--this helps make it worthwhile. Site is www.costco.com if you'd like to see what they have.
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