Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What are you looking for in a refrigerator?

Miele Freezer/ Miele Refrigerator

Viking French Door

       Does this question ever get asked? Kind of silly question right? "A place to keep my food." Well, this question leads to many others.

Sub Zero Side-by-Side
         So do you know the answers to these questions? In addition here are a few more that you should ask yourself and be able to answer. Do you entertain? Is it formal or casual entertaining? You might need large platter storage. Maybe ice or extra beverage storage is needed. Another option is the looks of the refrigerator to consider. Choices include White, Black, Stainless Steel or cabinet panels.

       There are alot vendors to choose from and the prices range from $500 to $15,000. The prices vary depending on the size, depth and options you want. The smaller normal depth units are your least expensive. Starting at $500 and going up to $1,500. French doors also increase the cost in the normal depth to about $2,000-$2,500. The next price level takes you to cabinet or counter depth. They run $2,000 - $ 3,000. If you want a build-in they can go as high as $15,000 for 1 unit. Cabinet panels also add to the price of the unit.         
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Sub Zero Integrated

          Then the options you want or need inside and outside the refrigerator come in to play. Inside options are many, here a few of them, air purifier, water purifier, led lighting, instant freeze, individualized temperature controlled spaces. The outside features include water/ice dispensers, TVs, panels - cabinet or stainless steel. A few vendors do offer other colors than black and white. Viking offers the largest variety of colors

Jenn Air Side-by-Side w/ water/ice and TV
Sub Zero BI Series
          The built-in or integrated appliances are at the top of the price point, but the choices they offer are amazing. You can do all refrigerator or all freezer. They have under counter options such as beverage centers, refrigerator/freezer drawer combinations. They built-ins offer the most choices for the integrated cabinet panel look. They can make the largest appliance disappear in the kitchen or put it front and center.

         On a personal note. I have owned both price points in refrigerators and this is what I have found. My food last longer in the higher priced unit. And I wasted or thrown away less food. Did you know that the average family throws away $750 a year in food gone bad? If you multiply that by 20 years, that's $15,000. My personal experience with several of these brands has given me the insight to tell you if you can invest in the more experience refrigerator, it will save you money in the long run. Appliances are an invest in your kitchen remodel. We typically only do these types of remodels once or twice in our lifetime. Make it count!

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