Cool as a Cucumber
Our new kitchen was pretty uncool.
I mean, it was a nice kitchen and all…but it didn’t have a place for cooling our sweet tea. and for chilling Will’s sippy cup. and for keeping my mustard nice and brisk. What can I say, I like my condiments cold. So the first thing on our to-do list was to pick out a fridge. We knew that there would be a slew of options…and we obviously wanted the best price but also wanted to get something that would meet our needs for a long time. So we headed to HHGregg. We bought our washer & dryer there ages ago and knew that they were the best priced for new appliances (because they will try to cut deals vs just listing a price and that being that).
When we got there, I had a mild heart attack over the number of options. The biggest and first decision that we would have to make would be this: sidebyside vs. french door. Jeremy wanted french door and I have always been a sidebyside kinda girl. The sales guy kept saying that the french door is actually larger and you can hold more stuff. I asked him “like what?” “Deli trays” was his answer. Seriously folks…how often do people buy deli trays? Am I the only person on the planet that doesn’t think you should buy a fridge based on a deli tray? I have never purchased a deli tray…so maybe I am missing out and just don’t know it yet. Plus, my thing is that I need condiment space. I don’t need a shelf for pizza boxes or pork roasts or obscenely long deli trays…I need condiment space. I think we have six types of mustard in our fridge right now.
So anyhoo…I told my darling boyfriend that if we were gonna go with the french door, I had a few requirements.
- it had to have a water & ice dispenser in the door
- it had to have the ice maker in the door and not like this one:
- the pull out deli drawer had to just be a drawer – not a half drawer with a flip up lid (my mom has one of those and it’s broken already)
- the freezer couldn’t be wire drawers (Hello leaky chicken juice – meet my Ego Waffles!)
So we narrowed it down to two options. The first being the Whirlpool Gold series (below left) – it had met almost everything on our checklist and had smart storage layout in the fridge. The second option was the LG (for all you detail people – it was the LG LFX28978ST). The later also checked everything on our list but boasted a little extra square footage (27.6 vs 27.0) and had solid drawers in the freezer (vs. Whirlpool’s wire drawers). Plus, the LG had a larger freezer (8.8 cubic feet vs. Whirlpool’s 7.0 cubic feet)…and when it comes to having a baby, we knew that freezer space is priceless. And it was just a bonus that we liked the handles better on the LG too
Oh and did I mention that Jeremy liked the LG’s mostly-stainless steel ice & water dispenser better too? I think part of it was because of that extra-tall space for his giant man-cups (yes, I just typed giant man-cups). it doesn’t hurt that the 96% of the finish is stainless steel – the material men would decorate an entire room with if possible.
After 13 hours of fridge shopping, we finally eliminated all the other very worthy options and got the quote for the fridge (I explain all the moolah-details when I tell ya about our new dishwasher – it makes more sense since they were a package deal!). Then we went home to sleep on it. Actually we slept on it after a lot of google-ing, review reading, and Consumer Reporting. We came to the conclusion that the highly ranked LG was in fact the best choice for us…
so we called them the Friday (the first morning we woke up in the new house), and got the delivery info for the very next day.
Oh how this delivery guy makes me smile. He struck this all stance by himself, by the way. I just said that I was going to take a photo of the fridge and he decided to make this cool new thing look oh so hawt. Of course, it probably didn’t discourage the posing when my sister and I started cheering/catcalling/instructing him when we saw that he was into posing with appliances.
Oh and here is the current kitchen (in total disarray) with the new and uber-shiny fridge installed in the cubby.
Oh and here’s a tip for all you soon-to-be-fridge buyers…ask the delivery guys if they can remove the handles for you to get the protective plastic wrap off the fridge completely. I would have had little bits of clear plastic sitting under the handles and in the nooks and crannies for years if I had not asked the HHGregg guys to remove the handles completely. Oh and make sure you dump any first gallons of water that come through your new filters….they need to be flushed before you can actually drink the water from the dispenser or use the first batch of ice.
Speaking of ice & water dispenser, this new fridge is newly fangled.
Many a time, we’ve had people do as this arm is doing. And many a time, I hand them a couple paper towels and tell them that it happens to everyone. It happened to me.
I walked around looking like I had an accident. And when I say “I”, I mean my bladder.
So take note my friends – if you come over to get a cup of water, please operate the fridge with extreme caution. And that is all she said about the new fridge situation. Oh and yes, the french door style is growing on me…even though I won’t get to see this again:
and no…I haven’t bought a deli tray even to try to fit it inside