I'm in the market for a new fridge. I am not sure my husband is aware of this yet, and I guess this post will test whether he is actually reading the blog, as he swears he does "all the time." But my gorgeous, shiny new stainless steel stove is making a mockery of my poor, downtrodden, 1980s side-by-side Winter White refrigerator. Here she is:
To be fair, I have updated the fridge a bit. When we moved in, the handles were faux wood grain, which, in the words of Sue Sylvester from Glee "would not stand." I grabbed some oil-based high gloss Rust-o-leum and painted over the handles to make them white. Much better. Still ... the fridge is old and has seen better days. It may take some serious convincing to get a purchase, which is why I'm doing my research now.
There is an endless array of fridge styles these days. Top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side and french doors round out the list. Below is a round-up of the fridge styles, with my thinking on them.
* Top Freezer * This is one of the older tried and true styles of refrigerator freezers. Price wise, these are the least expensive. They are pretty much standard: fridge on bottom; freezer on top; end of story. I like that the fridge is accessible to the kids, so they can run in and grab their pudding, cheese, grapes and don't always need my help.
* Bottom Freezer * The design of the bottom freezer models makes a lot more sense: you access the refrigerator and the foods therein much more than the frozen stuff, so why give the freezer prime real estate in the device? I am not sold on this style though - I find it a little awkward. And with the kids, I'm not keen on the freezer being at their level. I have visions of Flick on A Christmas Story, I guess.
* Side by Side * This is what we have now, and I am used to it. I like that there is ample space on both the freezer and fridge side. It is also a great choice for a slim space, which is what we have. The kids can reach the fridge easily. The big cons are it's the least energy efficient style and it is so darn narrow. It would be nice to have a wider refrigerator to store larger items. Like delicious cakes. Delicious cakes from Costco.
* French Door * Finally, the newest style on the market, the french door refrigerator. Jamie just bought one of these for her new place and ohmygosh, talk about swoon-worthy. It combines the really great points of a bottom freezer and a side-by-side all in one. Jamie's model even has a special spot in the freezer for frozen pizzas and has all the bells and whistles you can imagine (seriously - I think the fridge has actual bells and whistles) . Hello? This style tends to be on the larger side, which is a worry of mine.
So I'm stuck. I am not sure which type to go with. I would love for you to weigh in on the refrigerator that you have and its pros and cons. And hey, while you're at it, advise me on which style is best for what I want and need!
See you swoon,