Well, finally… (sigh of relief).. we have a new fridge! I happened to stumble on this new arrival at Lowe’s while my husband was shopping. We purchased a Whirlpool Gold model with a bottom freezer. It is rated number one at Consumer Reports in its class.
It was very frustrating to have to find a fridge that met specific dimensions rather than finding a fridge that we love. We were constrained by a height dimension of 68.5″ and a width of 35.5″ if we were willing to modify the wall. The manufacturer’s dimensions are actually a little higher than what the fridge actually is. Lesson learned: always measure yourself if you can! If we hadn’t seen this in the store and measured for ourselves we would have ruled it out because of the dimensions on the specification sheet. Ultimately we had to sacrifice the water filter. And we couldn’t go with counter-depth model or we would need a really small refrigerator for the space that would look awkward with a large gap the whole way around. The best news is that it fit right in without having to modify the wall!
The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door was how much quieter it is compared to our last refrigerator. That is great since we spend most of our time between the kitchen and the adjoined family room. Finding this model was definitely worth the wait. Now I’m wondering if I need to upgrade the light fixture. Oh wait – I hear my husband groaning. I think we’ll live with the existing one for a little bit longer!