Am shopping for a new, side by side fridge. Almost all the models
have that through-the-door ice and water dispenser, which strikes me
as a needless complication. They are rare but I have found one or two
models that don't have it. They seem to use a little less
electricity, but are not cheaper to buy. So: do these dispensers
break down or cause problems? Or, would I come to love it? Right now
no one in the family routinely uses icel; we have a couple ice cube
trays in the freezer and when guests ask for ice, we pull them out and
the ice cubes have all sublimated down to where they rattle around in
there. We do sometimes keep a bottle of water in the fridge though.
If we buy one with the dispensers I will go ahead and hook up the
water supply. -- H
Say what? What's the point of having the water dispenser if it's not
chilled water? I just replaced a 24 year old Fridgidair with a new
Kitchenaid and both delivered chilled water. There is a holding tank
in the refrigeratoed section that holds the water. The water is not
ice cold, but it is about as cold as any drink in the fridge.
I think ice dispensers have gotten a lot better over the years. I
love the crushed ice from the Kitchenaid and would want it on any
fridge I buy. If you haven't had crushed available, there is a huge
difference. Unlike cubes it instantly chills down a room temp drink,
without waiting. And it's easier to drink, as you don't have the big
cubes to work around or keep from falling out as you get near the
end. If you want cubes, you can get those from the dispenser too.
Check out the Whirpool and Kitchenaid ice systems. After looking
around quite a bit, that is the system I chose.
Also most fridges now have a water filter, which is nice too.
On Tue, 29 Jul 2008 12:03:42 -0700 (PDT), Heathcliff
It is a personal preference. If nobody in the household uses ice on a
regular basis, I'd get a fridge without an icemaker (these are usually
the first part that breaks down) and utilize the extra freezer space.
Depends on your uses. We have both ice and water and I'd not be without it.
Ice makers are know to be a trouble spot and yes, I had to replace mine once
in about 15 years. If it broke again, I'd replace it again. My wife uses a
lot of ice, I use some, but we both drink a fair amount of the cold water.
The ice maker can be turned off, but it takes up space. I'm willing to give
up the space, but it sounds as though it would be a waste for you.
Sounds like the ice maker would be a waste of time and space. If you aren't
using ice cubes regularly, they tend to stick together. And the ice
dispenser clogs with ice cubes stuck together.
Though, the water dispenser could be good. There is typically a quart or so
bladder in the back of the fridge, so the dispenser does cold water.
Overall, it sounds like the ice and water dispenser would be a waste of
money and space for your needs. Yes, they do break down.
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