I bought a new refrigerator (oh, how simple that sounds- if only). I went into this knowing a few things. I wanted French doors, ice maker, water dispenser that fit my water bottle, stainless steel, and under $1,500. My spouse’s requirement was just that it needs to have an ice maker (I repeat, if you want to test your relationship, buy or build something together). Kitchen appliances are investments, so it’s important to shop with caution. Refrigerators can take up a lot of visual space. Think carefully about how much room you’ll need for storing food before you start shopping (here’s a great guide). Start with deciding on your budget beforehand; and then research which appliance shapes, sizes, styles, and setups will work for your kitchen.
With our requirements on the table, we hit up all the big box stores over a two-day period and looked at EVERYTHING. We quickly each lost our minds. I fell in love with this, as the door is so adorable. My spouse fell in love with a fridge with this absurdness. We each were reasonable when talking each other down, and we finally decided on a fridge. Then the beautiful nightmare came! It arrived with them blocking traffic and it was too WIDE for the kitchen door frame. Instead of the delivering guys stopping and removing the doors, they forced it in; damaging my walls (I would get reimbursed $75 for the fridge dent). Once they got it in the kitchen, it was now too TALL (and when I say too tall, I’m talking millimeters). Can someone please explain to me why we need cabinets over the fridge? What do you put in them? Mine have been empty forever. The delivery guy said it was no worries, as they had a guy who could patch my wall and could trim a little off my cabinet. Beautiful blessed nightmare.