We recently bought a Samsung refrigerator with Flex-door, an optional quadrant of the refrigerator that can be programmed from freezing to cool. It took us months of research to finally decide on this one.
Price: We were lucky too since I had months to check on prices and watch them fluctuate. It’s amazing the games retailers play. For the record, major appliances generally go on sale around a major holiday, then glide back up to their original price. While other appliances drop significantly after summer, refrigerators stay consistent in price and only drop during major holidays.
The price? $2498. But then we got a 5% discount for using the store credit card bringing it down to $2373. The price jumped back up when we added the 5 year warranty for $150.
Warranty: Normally we don’t buy the extended warranties, but today with these gadgets running on so many electronics, we made the exception.
Pros: I really like the Flex-door. Flex-door means that it has four quadrants. Two (the top ones) are for refrigerated items, one is the freezer, and the fourth door can be readjusted from freezing to cool. I leave it on ‘soft freeze’ to keep my drinks icy cold. I also store cheeses there.
It’s pretty. It looks nice with my other stainless steel appliances, but it isn’t smudge proof like my old Sub Zero, so I’m constantly wiping hand prints.
It has a lot of room considering it’s quite a bit smaller than my old fridge. This is because it takes one quadrant away from the freezer, yet it can still be used as a freezer if you so desire. Since I have two stand alone freezers I don’t need another one with the fridge. I keep ice cream and pie shells in there. Things I don’t want schmooshed or broken.
Cons: This is a biggie and it might steer you away from this model. The ice maker makes a lot of noise. It’s not the noise of it making ice. It’s the sound of running water.
I was frantic the first couple of days because I kept hearing water running, expecting a puddle on the floor, but it was nothing. We learned that it’s the air pushing the water through the tubing. It doesn’t do it 24/7 but I seem to hear it constantly. That and I have sensitive hearing so I’m more aware of it.
In time, I’m sure I’ll learn to ignore it. It’s not a deal breaker for me. Overall, I’m quite happy with this appliance. I like the advantage of the four quadrants.
There is a three door model with a Flex-zone drawer, but the capacity was much smaller and I didn’t like the feel of the handles. It felt like they might eventually get loose or break. The model I bought is much more streamlined and it felt sturdier to me.
There is one more con which has more to do with my kitchen than the appliance. The old Sub Zero was huge, really HUGE, and it left a big gap within the built-in space it occupied. To counter this, Greg is building me a full sized pull out drawer.
I’ll do a tutorial on this once it’s complete. He’s already completed the guts of the mechanism. I wasn’t quite sure what I would store there, but he’s made it sturdy enough to hold almost anything. It’s really pretty nice!
Time will tell how long this fridge will last. Every salesperson I spoke to said that no refrigerator, even the high end ones are as durable as the old ones. Planned obsolescence.
I miss the old mechanical appliances without all the electronic gizmos. That’s when they were reliable workhorses. I still have my 25 year old fridge that we keep as a spare. I sold my 25 year old washer and dryer at the last garage sale. I would’ve gladly kept those if they had been big enough to handle comforters. I hate my current washing machine.
What’s your oldest appliance?