NTK Fridge Instagram Responses

NTK Fridge Instagram Responses

Hey friends! As promised, here are the answers and intel from my instagram poll and question box regarding picking a refrigerator. I took a poll asking if you prefer side-by-side or French door.

 

The results: 17% side-by-side  and 83% French door

 

Personally, I have been wanting a French door fridge for quite some time (the photo above is our current side-by-side fridge). After seeing people’s responses, I still want one, but had a lot of new things to consider! For instance: I don’t want the ice in the door and would rather have it in the freezer drawer, but I need to be ok with little dirty hands grabbing ice out of the bottom drawer. Also, the kid’s likely wouldn’t be able to get their own water if the dispenser is in the inside door as opposed to on the outside of the fridge. These are important things to consider and I love how helpful the NTK community was!

Some important things to consider:

  • the actual interior space (note below that all are not the same size)
  • counter depth verses standard size
  • if you want ice in the fridge door or in the freezer
  • if you have a deep freezer/alternate freezer space 
  • if you want the ease of the ice/water dispenser, or if the door fridge space is more important to you
  • what is the umbrella company that makes the fridge

 

Below is the intel on specific types, things to consider, etc. *HUGE SHOUTOUT* to my VA Jessica for getting all this info together. I put them in order of the number of positive responses they received. 

I am linking some that received lots of praise so you can jump over and check them out and get a visual.

 

KitchenAid: 190 positive responses

  • Recommended platinum interior, sexy, lots of fridge space and extra drawers 
  • Easy to clean, adjustable shelves, good drawers for snacks (additional drawers) 
  • Counter depth is poor, if you can find one that’s deeper, do it
    • However a lot voted that counter depth looks much better 
  • Ice in freezer, water in fridge, never breaks 
  • Water dispenser: get the pressure point below water dispenser so 1 hand operation
  • 15 people do not recommend
    • parts are very hard to replace
    • freezer doesn’t stay closed, ice maker problems
    • constant hum noise
    • Interior drawers can be flimsy

KitchenAid 20-cu ft Counter-depth French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

KitchenAid 23.8-cu ft Counter-depth French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

GE: 147 positive responses

  • GE Profile series highly recommended-easily fits a large pizza box
  • GE Cafe Series: lots specified this was the best, has a Keurig built in
  • One model, not sure which has built in water pitcher that refills 
  • GE Adora series recommended
  • Slate finish recommended, no stainless steel better for fingerprints
  • Ice maker inside the door
  • 8 people do not recommend
    • fans has gone out multiple times

GE Profile 22.1-cu ft Counter-depth Side-by-Side Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Stainless Steel)

 

LG: 144 positive responses

  • Water/ice on left, see through door on right is a favorite
  • Good ice maker!
  • LG Inverter linear: look at consumer reports, free through some libraries 
  • Chill drawer is great
  • Can have a flex drawer (bottom right) to decide if you want a fridge or freezer. Can get at costco
  • 36 people do not recommend
    •  compressors aren’t reliable

LG InstaView Smart Wi-Fi Enabled 21.9-cu ft Counter-depth French Door Refrigerator with Dual Ice Maker and Door within Door (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

LG Smart Wi-Fi Enabled 29.5-cu ft 4-Door French Door Refrigerator with Dual Ice Maker and Door within Door (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

Whirlpool: 136 positive responses

  • Dont get bottom freezer, ice problems
  • People love the extra drawer for snacks/pizza boxes 
  • 3 people recommend Gold Series
  • Smudge proof option, can find at Lowes for a good price 
  • *Most recommended fridge by repair/maintenance techs 
  • Easy repairs 
  • 11 people do not recommend

Whirlpool 24.5-cu ft 4-Door French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

Samsung: 130 positive responses

  • Easy slide drawers
  • 4 door flex 
  • 186 people do not recommend
    • Lemons, maintenance issues, repairs techs say they are awful

Samsung 28-cu ft 4-Door French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

Samsung Family Hub 22-cu ft 4-Door Counter-depth French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

Frigidaire: 33 positive responses

  • Gallery series, full size and beautiful
    • 2 ice makers and spot for cans 
  • 4 people do not recommend 

Frigidaire Gallery 26.8-cu ft French Door Refrigerator with Dual Ice Maker (Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

Maytag: 22 positive responses

  • Made by same company as KitchenAid 
  • Very similar to KitchenAid french door 
  • 2 people do not recommend 

Maytag 24.7-cu ft French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

Maytag 22.1-cu ft French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

Bosch: 15 positive responses

Bosch 800 25-cu ft French Door Refrigerator with Ice Maker (Fingerprint-Resistant Stainless Steel) ENERGY STAR

 

Kenmore: 15 positive responses

  • 3 do not recommend
    • Kenmore elite ice maker never works

 

Cafe fridge: 7 positive responses

 

Jenn-Air: 5 positive responses

 

Thermador: 4 positive responses

 

Electrolux: 4 positive responses

 

Fisher and Paykel: 1 positive response

 

Ikea: Lots of drawers, not too big, spout water dispenser

 

Notes from the comment box/DMs:

  • Kitchenaid and Maytag fall under Whirlpool 
  • A lot of people recommend shopping fridges at Costco
  • People are divided on french doors: don’t like that you have to open both doors or that one has to be closed before the other or it won’t seal. However, just as many people say there’s extra space and it looks nicer. 
  • 8 people said a sub zero fridge is to die for 
  • A lot of people agree water dispenser in the door takes up important real estate 
  • A lot of people recommend counter depth because nothing gets lost and makes your kitchen look bigger, BUT just as many say you lose too much space so make sure to get bigger. 
  • Water spout inside the door makes it hard for kids to get, but gives you more space in the door. Some said it’s a plus that kids can’t mess with it
  • Fridge with freezer at the bottom has the most space 
  • Kitchenaid has good prices on scratched/dented one at Sears online outlet
  • Get one with lots of interior lights, makes it feel huge
  • Get one with a drawer between fridge and freezer
  • Make sure freezer has layers to it
  • Crisper under the door to fridge is a great feature for snacks/kids 
  • Solid plastic shelves in freezer better than the grates
  • Freezerless fridge is awesome (3 people mentioned this)

 

Alright friends! I hope some of this helps whenever you go to make your own fridge purchase. Many thanks to everyone who wrote in and contributed. This post wouldn’t exist without you!