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We paid $1,200 for a side by side GE Profile 2 years ago. Same fridge in french door style is another $600 on top of that. Hate to say it, but they just cost that much nowadays...much like cars. There are $400 fridges out there, but they'll generally be freezer on top styles. Check local appliance stores.

FWIW, I talked to the repair crew at the shop we bought ours at (small, local store) and they unanimously said to stay away from the french door style for longevity.

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Personally, I rather LIKE the ancient GE and Frigidaire refrigerators. The fact that they can run for 60-70 years at a time without maintenance is really rather impressive.

Of course, if it doesn't go with your kitchen decor, or it's important to have your favorite foods at eye-level, I get that.

Funny how 'newer' doesn't always mean 'better' though, eh? They didn't really look at "Planned Obsolescence" as a thing back then. Mostly.

It's also nice to know that you could lock small children in them, when they become too annoying to cope with! =)
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We payed a lot for our Kitchen Aid when we built out house. Everything is expensive these days
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We bought from Lowes around the holidays. We wanted counter depth. Less = more money somehow.

The thing t remember is that you want the fridge to do one thing. Keep your food from spoiling.

We didnt need or want all the extras, so we didnt pay for them.

I have a friend with a 6k fridge. It doesnt do laundry, but it pretty much does everything else.


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On the counter depth models, if you have the the space (typically 6"-12") to bump out the non-structural back wall of the refrigerator space (say into a large adjacent laundry room, pantry, or garage) the standard frig can be effectively flush mounted in the refrigerator space for a ton less money than the 24" deep models.

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Gotta love Sparky, a woman who gets sticker shock. I've never met or married one.
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Gotta love Sparky, a woman who gets sticker shock. I've never met or married one.

Lol I think it's basically because I'm a cheapskate when it comes to stuff like this.
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Oh yeah? Like less fridge money equals more car money?
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The bad news is that most consumer grade refrigerators have Chinese made compressors in them, and they're notorious for having a short life. Normally, any sealed system failure (including compressors) is usually the end of the road for a refrigerator.

Also, new energy efficient fridges have electronic switch-mode controllers for the compressor motor. High voltage, high current semiconductors like mosfets and IGBTs are notorious for failing for no reason.

I still have my 1993 Whirlpool fridge, and it's not going anywhere. Not one problem, U.S. made compressor driven by a 60hz AC motor.

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Yup, I have a 98 Kenmore, so far so good ! My All of my appliances are at least as old, my sister-in-law has been through 3 or 4 sets of the "latest & greatest" in that time.

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Also, new energy efficient fridges have electronic switch-mode controllers for the compressor motor. High voltage, high current semiconductors like mosfets and IGBTs are notorious for failing for no reason.
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In my cynical world it doesn't fail for nothing:


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We had a fridge failure 4 years ago, on a holiday weekend ( of course ), and I got a Samsung side by side with icemaker from Sears delivered and set up. So far it's been great. My take on the frightfully expensive WiFi/TV/talking/Google shopping/Facebook oriented appliances? STAY AWAY! FAR, FAR AWAY! Why would anyone need or want a fridge, microwave,washer/dryer, can opener, or any other appliance connected to the easily hacked Internet? Do you want some perv watching you raid the fridge at 2AM in your skivvies, or the Chinese government monitoring all your grocery items? I don't. I will NEVER have any of that IoT ( Internet of Things ) stuff in my home.
And as for that dead smell -- yep, the tried and true Arm& Hammer baking soda box left open inside pretty much eliminates odors, and it's dirt cheap. Plus my cats are paid handsomely to do rodent control.
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Bought a matching Kenmore washer and dryer when I came back from Korea in December 1993 and still using both of them. I've had to replace a pulley, a couple of belts, two heating elements, and just recently a thermostat in the dryer in all that time. The washer started leaking about 2 weeks after the warranty expired, so I replaced the leaky pump and never had another issue with it until 2 or 3 years ago when the motor died. $108 dollars later, I got it back up and running. I won't get rid of these two workhorses because they rarely breakdown, and when they do, I can fix them without dropping big bucks on substandard parts.
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Oh yeah? Like less fridge money equals more car money?

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