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What did you go with if you have bought one in the past few years?

What features were most important for you?

How efficient is it to run?

Where did you buy it from?

 

 

TIA guys xx

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Aurore Mone

We actually have 2 fridges. The first is a very basic 460L Westinghouse, the other is a 1000L commercial fridge (like you see at a café, deli, etc) which we keep in the garage.

 

We buy alot of our staples in bulk from the local Cash & Carry (things like butter, cheese, yoghurt, meat in cryovac, etc) and store all of that in the large fridge. We then decant into smaller containers in the day to day fridge. It works well as I have milk and bread delivered once a week (18L a week) so I can store them in the big fridge and just transfer a bottle a day. The biggest bonus is that the big fridge is lockable so the raiding of things has been dramatically reduced (at one stage we were going through 16 packs of yoghurt in 2 days with 5 kids). It has also freed up space in the smaller fridge for no#6's bottles and baby food.

 

We bought both fridges new, the smaller fridge was a while ago but from memory it was about $900 from The Good Guys. The larger fridge we bought between Christmas and New Year last year and that was from a store in Malaga in Perth for $1600.

 

The smaller fridge is very economical. As I said, it is just a basic fridge. We actually bought a water cooler off Gumtree for $150 as we couldn't get the water plumbed in for a fridge with water/ice dispenser. The larger fridge really needs to be at 3/4 full to be most efficient (we just put empty cardboard boxes in it when we start to run low, the cool air is trapped in the boxes and stops the fridge from working too hard). I haven't had a power bill in since we got it so can't tell you how much damage it has done to that just yet.

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key4

I have not found a solution to this problem yet!

 

I have looked at the new samsung 927l fridge but it is too deep you almost need to climb into it to reach the back. The new LG 951L has black glass doors not practical for a family with young kids.

 

I have considered purchasing a French door and a separate freezer. If I purchase energy efficient models of both it should cost the same to run as some of the larger fridges.

 

I look forward to hear if anyone has solved the problem.

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GenWhy

We have 2 fridges and a chest freezer. One is a beer fridge that usually houses drinks and condiments and it lives on the patio/in the shed depending on where we are living at the time. The other is a 25yo Westinghouse double door my parents gave us when they moved interstate. It's still going strong but it doesn't offer much more space than our old fridge (that's become the beer fridge).

 

I am coveting the LG French door one. DH says if we win lotto it's first on the list!

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MotherClucker

I have been looking at the Samsung ones as well key4 but when we went "window shopping", I needed a stool to get into it LOL, probably not the best choice for us ;) Also, have spent a bit looking around the Whirlpool forum and it got quite a few bad reviews. Apparently, it gets a high energy rating because it uses a smaller compressor which is notorious for burning out fast!

 

Love the look of the french door ones but also need to have the room to open them all the way for putting big items in.

It's so confusing. 5 people rave about how awesome one of them is, and another 5 in a row rave about how crap they are. And it isnt like it is a small investment either!

We had a chest freezer growing up GenWhy but I was always afraid I would fall in lol. Unfortunately, I am quite a shorty and would probably need a stool to reach the bottom as well.

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key4

Mother clucker - I have heard the same reviews from many people re the Samsung fridges and I have have a number of people I know purchase them to have them burn out within the first year. Whilst they are covered under warranty with 4 kids I can not be without a fridge whilst they fix it. The newest samsung is also so big fitting it into the kitchen is near impossible.

 

I am a bit of a greeny so energy efficiency is a big draw card for me which is proving hard,

 

I like the idea of a french door to allow platters and birthday cakes to fit when there are parties. I have a side by side at the moment and it drives me nuts fitting things in.

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Pearson

Mother clucker have u considered a tall all freezer? Or a chest freezer with baskets? You could then put things in reusable Coles bags on the bottom, providing you with assistance to remove them from the bottom (and nothing gets "lost" on the bottom)

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Gumbette

We're about to buy the Westinghouse 700L side by side (Australian made!).

 

We've had a Samsung, and TBH, we've had a $200 repair for a thermostat and fan in 5 years so I can't fault it. The only reason we're upgrading is because it's too small. The one problem I did find with Samsung is that they don't have any preferred repairers. Once the warranty is over, you need to just pick one from the phone book so it's pot luck.

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key4

Tiredbuthappy this one is one my list with a matching electrolux upright freezer next to it. Hope you review it well when it arrives :-)

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Gumbette

Will let you know - I just wish we had more choice when it came to Australian made goods.

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ikealover

We have a Westinghouse side by side fridge 470l and freezer 250l. Its ok. Had it for 5/6yrs. Most of the little shelf thingies in the doors have broken so that means a fair bit of space is lost. It is BIG though. In our last house it fitted in hte kitchen but this one it doesn't and it lives in the garage. I am not very patiently waiting to get the money together for some renos so I can have it in the kitchen.

Oh we also have a chest freezer but the baskets have broken so everything is in a heap in the bottom.

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Gumbette

We have a Westinghouse side by side fridge 470l and freezer 250l. Its ok. Had it for 5/6yrs. Most of the little shelf thingies in the doors have broken so that means a fair bit of space is lost.

 

Why is it just okay? Also can you replace the shelf thingies?

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sophiasmum

Yes I was going to suggest 2 fridges as well. We are not classified large family, but we have 1 in the house & 1 in the garage & it's a fantastic arrangement for us.

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ikealover

I suppose its good as its been going for 5yrs but the door shelves breaking is inconvenient. I am looking into getting some new ones but everytime I do something else comes up to need the money. Also because they broken I am weary of replacing them only to have them break again.

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GenWhy

Can I just add - if you're looking for a good fridge, don't buy one with plastic hinges. My parents have had no end of trouble with their very expensive French door fridge as the plastic hinges keep snapping. The guy who replaced the hinges said to only but a fridge with metal door hinges as his entire job revolves around replacing plastic door hinges.

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swimmingalong

I personally would go a pidgeon pair rather than side by side..

 

a whole fridge and a whole freezer, side by sides are too narrow to put much on any shelf

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wanting3

I have a french door fridge and the space in it is amazing. You can put really big (wide) platters in it no problem, but to open the vegie and meat drawers, both doors need to be opened. And you really do need a lot of space to open both doors up full width in order to remove the drawers for cleaning.

There is a tonne of space in the freezer section as well.

I also have a chest freezer in the garage for bulk met buys, as this saves us money.

I would never buy a fridge freezer side by side, there is too much space wasted between the sections for insulation, and they are not very deep at all. I would on the other hand buy a pidgeon pair, if I had the money and the space.

We had a pidgeon pair growing up, and the space in that fridge was just mind bogling.

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GenWhy

Holy cow!! It had want to cook my dinner and give me a back rub for that price ;)

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Crap Napper

Holy cow!! It had want to cook my dinner and give me a back rub for that price ;)

 

LOL. Actually, the one I like the most is a Sub Zero brand one. I think it was $48,000. So because I'm a sensible type, I posted the other one instead.

I currently have $1350 saved up in my fridge replacement fund. I hope ours doesn't die for, um, about another 15 years LOL. (And that's for the $12000 one).

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GenWhy

My Westinghouse was just broken by removalists :( it was brilliant and worked perfectly until then despite being a 1999/2000 model fridge. I don't know if they are still a good brand these days but ours was certainly worth the dosh.

 

Schnitzel I have appliance envy! If our fridge can't be repaired, I think I'll have to start a French door fund. I usually cook in bulk batches and freeze and do shopping fortnightly. With my small fridge I have to cook every night and go to the shops constantly grrrr. I'd like to know how my 4yo DS can eat more than I do and why it's not chunking him up!

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doubting thomas

Not that we have a particularly large family, but i do love a good bit of fridge porn...

http://www.appliance...ridge-ecbn6256/

 

That price seems to be with out any doors as well!

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Gumbette

Not that we have a particularly large family, but i do love a good bit of fridge porn...

http://www.appliance...ridge-ecbn6256/

 

 

I don't need an $11,000 fridge, but geez I'd like to be able to afford one....

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