I’m thinking the amount of ice is a variable

I don’t know how many people are using ice at your workplace. I don’t care too much for the drawers but they “work” if you are organized. I don’t use as much ice as my DH and the 4 kids. We seem to have a good amount of ice unless DH uses it to cool down something he has made, then we have to catch up.
Our top inside drawer holds the ice bin and then the rest of it is for ice packs….kids cuddle with them during the summer to keep cool, they do use them for the occasional karate injury. Popsicles go in the little front bin and veggies and seafood for me take up the rest of the big drawer.
the veggie/fruit drawers are ok. we go through a lot of veggies–allergies have cut down the amount and type of fruit we use, so we will mix the 2 drawers.
The last drawer isn’t tall, but runs across the bottom of the frig. we store cheese, wraps, bacon, sausage and lunch meat in there. you do need to open both doors to get to it.

Any cutting down on opening the whole thing

as compared to now would be an energy savings I’d think, but not certain. I swear sometimes I think dh will get frost bite while he stands there looking for “something” to eat, even if he just did the same thing 30 minutes earlier—I guess he thinks it will grow something new on its own? LOL!

Oh that brings up another question

Some of the newer models of the French door have the entire icemaker in the door, the freezing unit and everything. I’ve wondered if that would produce enough ice for the three of us. Because the space saving on the shelf would be good—but then you lose the door space and I like organizing my jars of stuff on doors (another reason I am looking at double doors.).
The main reason I was looking at the double drawer was to put often used items in the top drawer, and the less used items in the bottom. I was also thinking that would make keeping things organized easier too.

We have an LG

(had a Elctrolux that was a complete lemon so they finally returned our money and we replaced it with one similar to the link) We love it and have no problems in 4 years. Don’t even get me started on Electrolux…..that would not be pretty

We have a black Samsung RF263 at work

While the shelves are wider, you do find yourself opening both doors a LOT.

The freezer storage at the bottom is not as efficient as it looks.

The veggie crisper drawer is laughably small.

And the door storage is also smaller than it appears.

My 2c worth.

I have the Samsung model

you are talking about–not stainless steel, but a similar type of finish. I have the water option–button is inside left. no ice or water on the outside, with the humidity in FL, the ice clogs anyway. You also lose space inside the top if you have that option. The water filter is fairly easy to replace and I go with the generic filter vs name brand.

I only have 1 bottom drawer vs the 2 bottom that they now have–as looking at the front. It is fairly easy to clean, haven’t done it as well as I would like since DH took over my kitchen…that is a different story and will hopefully work itself out in a few months.

When I went to buy this frig, we looked at Home Depot, Lowe’s, HHgregg and Sears. Sears was the only place that had that model. HH wanted to sell us an upgraded model because everyone doesn’t want to open the freezer to get ice. HD and L had similar models by different manufacturers but at the time didn’t have as good a rating as the Samsung.

Yeah the cheap one that just died was Whirlpool’s cheapest model

and when the compressor would kick in the dogs would roll their eyes like “why us?” It developed several new rattles this last few months and well, we knew it was going. It was almost as loud as the furnace compressor that shook a piece off down into its fan yesterday (yep Murphy hit us with a double whammy this week), but dh thinks he can fix that. It did the same thing a few years back and he fixed it then. Since I was home I heard it go and turned off the furnace immediately.
We’d been using the furnace instead of wood heat because I was here alone and the guys were afraid I would slip and fall on the ice while alone. Right now I’m still not allowed to go on the back deck where the firewood is, so I’m using space heaters—thank goodness ds pays the electric bill. LOL!

LOL! I’m only 5’1” on my tall days

That is why I don’t want a top freezer and I hate my side by side because the freezer space is too narrow, along with other things. We’re use to the milk being in the right door, and that is where I’d continue to keep it if at all possible, so forgetting shouldn’t be an issue. As for organization. Remember I’m the one with a pantry that has can rotators in it to keep it organized. I want things to stay where I put them. My side by side has designated areas for certain things, and I’m thinking one with the drawers with spacers might help me achieve my total organization goal. Hey, what can I say I’m a Capricorn and I’m anal about some things.
The reason I was considering the double door was because I do a lot of canning, freezing and drying of foods and the wider shelves would be a major plus for me when processing foods in big containers—or when I am having guests and do big platters. Again the side by side is frustrating in that aspect and to use the wider shelves in the sunroom fridge is a pananthus (our word for pain in the…) because I have to go from the kitchen, up two steps across the utility room, down two steps, around two dogs and a table and down the length of the sunroom carrying whatever big platter or bowl to store it in that fridge. So I was thinking the wider shelves in the kitchen where I was actually working would be a blessing.
As for not being able to over fill the freezer, that too may be a good thing. I cannot tell you how many times in the alst year I’ve found the sunroom freezer door not quite closed and food messed up. It does NOT make make me happy. Plus a small chest freezer for the utility room is on our want to buy after getting debt free list.

Having purchased a refrigerator within the past few years

don’t get the cheapest one from whatever brand you pick. When I replaced mine I bought a Whirpool, pretty much their cheapest model. It WORKS fine, but it makes noises while running. So I was determined not to make that same mistake when I replaced my dad’s fridge. I don’t remember the brand, but I believe I got the mid-level model. It is MUCH quieter…
That’s the only experience/advice I can offer…

Sorry about your fridge

But I think you are in good shape financially to buy a new one. I personally would not recommend the type of frig you are talking about. Have you used one a friend’s house? My MIL has one and so does my best friend and I don’t like it. Here’s why. If you put the milk on the left side of the frig and forget which side it is on, you either A) have to open both doors, or B) have to guess which door. Then it is frustrating if you guess wrong. I don’t want to open both doors all the time. The whole purpose of getting a frig with two doors, I thought, was so you’d only open 1/2 the compartment. Anyway, that’s my two cents on the double door thing.
The second thing is the freezer drawer. Now, being tall, I love having the frig on the top and freezer on the bottom. I don’t think you are 5′ 10, Jan, so you might reconsider that. But that’s not my point. The drawer freezer is very small. You can’t stack or squeeze anything into it because then the drawer won’t close. Yes, being able to see everything from the top is nice, but you must be very organized.
I would recommend a black refrigerator. It doesn’t show the dirt at all. Which I can’t say for stainless. It show every smudge and fingerprint. Puppy prints too!
I hope my ideas are at least something to take into consideration. If you’ve tried the frig in real life and liked it, then go for it! It’s obviously a nice frig and lots of people like them.

We’re huge fans of used appliances so I was surprised that yours have given you trouble

Question – when you have purchased used appliances in the past, were they from individuals, or used appliance businesses? Each used appliance we’ve purchased has come from an excellent used appliance place in our little town. They provide a guarantee which, amongst other things, ensures that no uninvited “guests” come along for the ride. If you have a used appliance place in a nearby town, perhaps check with them on whether they offer a similar guarantee. Or, perhaps put it in quarantine (some outside covered location?) and ensure it’s bug-free before moving it inside. Knowing how much new fridges are, I’d hate to see you go that route if you don’t have to. On the other hand, if you have your heart set on that new fridge, that’s another issue entirely. But if the only thing keeping you from a used fridge is a bug concern, the bugs can be dealt with in advance one way or the other. Just a thought……..

Well as in all of our lives Murphy hit

This hit didn’t come from out of the blue, but we were hoping it would hold off until early summer. Our second fridge died this week end, luckily it was on the low side with what was in it because I had not done Friday’s grocery shopping due to the snow—there’s another silver lining for the snow.
I know for some of you losing a second fridge would be no biggie, but around here it is. It is where we store the large containers of mayo, mustard, ketchup, refrigerator bread dough (various varieties) and during the holidays a lot of leftovers. It is our utility fridge. The one out there was CHEAP, no ice maker, no water dispenser etc, just a fridge with a top freezer. A freezer we used constantly because, as you know, I did not replace my freezer when it died three years ago.
We knew the fridge was going, but like I said we’d been nursing it along. For right now I can make sort of do with using the tiny camper refrigerator, and an ice chest or two. Luckily it’s cold weather. But that is dadburn inconvenient.
We discussed getting a used fridge from somewhere, but I have misgivings about that. EVERY and I do mean EVERY time I’ve purchased a used appliance I’ve got roaches. That is a little extra bonus I do not want. In the long run it costs more in lost food, ds having allergy attacks, and fumigation than we save purchasing used.
So dh’s suggestion is to take the side by side I am so unhappy with (lots of minor things) from the house and into the sunroom and purchase the refrigerator that I’ve been lusting for. It was on the “to buy” list for this coming summer after we are cc debt free, but now…
I know the style I am pretty certain I want. I want the type with the freezer on the bottom, that has the extra drawer in the freezer drawer and the double doors on top. I definitely have room for one of those in my kitchen, as long as the dishwasher isn’t open when I want to get in the freezer. (I’ve got a tiny kitchen).
I want whistles and bells, it was suppose to be my big “gift” when we got the cc paid off, but now we are looking at getting it early. Ds says he will pay 1/3 on it because he lives here and will be using it too. I have to say I was stunned when he said that and asked him if he knew how much such fridges run—he quoted a price that was very near dead on to those I’ve previously seen. It seems he’s been looking at them knowing I wanted one. He had even considered buying one himself for me as a Christmas/birthday gift—until he saw they were more than what he thought they would be.
The brand is the thing. Have any of you had any experiences, good or bad with this type of refrigerator. If so would you care to share those experiences. What brand did you find to be the best? Does anyone subscribe to consumer reports and if so could you look up this style fridge for me and tell me the ratings on the various brands?
Another big issue—how easy is it to clean? I’ve had fridges before you couldn’t easily remove the shelves to clean and that was a real pain in the backside. I want easy!
While we are at it. Does anyone have one of those electric grills that has where you can turn the plates over and use them as a griddle then put the plates in the dishwasher? Brand? How pleased are you with it? My current grill is shedding the Teflon and I’m worried about that. I’m thinking about asking for one for Christmas/birthday.
Luckily our ss checks should start next month and both men are working a lot of OT, so we should have the cash for the fridge I want by late January—it will mean an extra two weeks to a month on the next bill pay off, but we need the fridge.