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Posted By: WylieCoyote

Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:37 PM

Good morning, Bitgoers, and happy Monday! Looking for any and all opinions on a new fridge. The Samsung 4-door that I paid a small fortune for just 5 short years ago has failed, and is apparently non-repairable. The ice maker has never worked correctly, and the electronics were troublesome from the beginning, so, while I'm soliciting suggestions, I'm also advising that you STAY AWAY from Samsung refrigerators. I'm looking for recommendations for a stainless, preferably side-by-side, door service with the ice maker in the freezer (where it belongs), no larger than 36W, 36D, 72H, that you have had good luck with. Let's hear it! I'm looking for more years of trouble-free service this time around!
Posted By: JLTD

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:46 PM

I've had good luck (as in no failures) with Whirlpool and Frigidaire.
Posted By: beanoil

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:47 PM

That's pretty narrow for a fridge, I'm in the same boat.
I bought a Whirlpool from Home Depot, side by side, bottom freezer pull drawer with ice maker, water in left door, 7 years ago.
Still rolling along. As with any appliance, YMMV.
Posted By: MParr

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:50 PM

https://products.geappliances.com/appliance/gea-specs/GSS25GSHSS

https://www.frigidaire.com/Kitchen-Appliances/Refrigerators/Side-By-Side-Refrigerator/FFSS2625TS/

GE and Frigidaire are the brands I look at for freezers and refrigerators.
Posted By: BISCUT

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:51 PM

Highly recommend staying away from LG. As stated GE or Frigidaire are decent.
Posted By: FordBroncoVWJeta

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:51 PM

ALL Samsung appliances are like this. My mom is on her second Samsung washer, and its starting to die. She bought the first one around 2013? The original dryer always had problems with the internals coming loose. I was rocking an old Maytag up to a few years ago from the mid/late 80s. It did everything I asked of it. You just couldn't find parts for them anymore.
Posted By: Alfred_B

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 01:54 PM

I wouldn't get Samsung. I've had two and both leak under certain conditions, ruining the floor.
Posted By: glock19

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 02:02 PM

I had a Kitchen-Aid refrigerator leak due to a defective part that got recalled. The recall covered the cost of the $5 part, but of course I was on the hook for the labor and repairing the damaged floor. I would steer clear of Kitchen-Aid just due to their terrible customer service.

We have all Whirlpool appliances now and so far they've been great.
Posted By: czbrian

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 02:03 PM

I've had a GE that was installed by the builder since November 2014. It did have one repair within the first year under warranty for a little fan that failed (like what you find in computer) and everybody in my neighborhood had the same problem since the builder used the same model. Other than that it's been flawless. I like having the ice maker that feeds the door and a smaller drawer within the large bottom freezer drawer which is great for when you have company over.
Posted By: WylieCoyote

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 02:24 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

This is the cursed POS to avoid: https://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/4-door-flex-rf32fmqd-series?redir=RF32FMQDBSR

I did a search by size and finish on Lowes and HD, and landed on this one at both sites. Anybody here have experience with this one?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Whirlpool-...int-Resistant-Stainless-Steel/1000460261

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Whirlpo...ant-Stainless-Steel-WRSA88FIHZ/302795262

Thanks for the input! Keep it coming!
Posted By: diyjake

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 02:41 PM

Samsung does seem to have quality issues. I like maytag, they seem to hold up well.
Posted By: JMJNet

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 02:52 PM

Stick with the famous US brand appliances, most are made by Whirlpool.
Get one with somewhat old school proven technology with the stainless appearance.

I have an old Amana and it gave me one issue with the defroster went out (a heating element attach to the refrigerant line).
An easy fix except it takes a while to defrost the frosted ice before getting the fixed refrigerator back to operational.
Posted By: Huie83

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 03:14 PM

I've always had great luck with WhirlPool products and keep buying them. My fridge is 11 years old now, hasn't skipped a beat. Washer and dryer are 11 years old, mix valve on washer went out 2 years ago, fixed it for $30. Dishwasher is new but the old one was at least 11 years old, still worked the buttons on the front were just getting hard to push. Gas range is at least 11 years old as well, the buttons on the digital panel went out last year and i got a used one for $50.

Pretty reliable all round, never had any issues getting parts either. If I can get 10 years out of appliances with minimal repairs, i'm happy.
Posted By: paulri

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 03:19 PM

We've always had great luck with Whirlpool items. Our dishwasher is made by them and it is 20 years old, still works well. Our current whirlpool fridge is 4 years old and doing fine, although the light insists on blinking when we open the fridge door. Tape over the toggle button fixed that, but of course eliminated the light itself. Other than that, it is working well.

Keep in mind a long lasting, reliable fridge made and bought now might be the search for the holy grail. When I've gone into appliance stores, even sales clerks will admit to me that the current fridges are not going to last 15 years like our previous fridge did. My philosophy on appliances is simply to get the simplest model, with the least amount of advanced tech possible, that simply won't break down. Kind of like my approach to cars. smile
Posted By: madRiver

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 03:25 PM

I am very happy with a GE fridge that is 10 years old although plastic failing here and there for a family of 5.

It was made in Korea by Lucky Gold (LG????).
Posted By: PimTac

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 03:27 PM

Originally Posted by madRiver
I am very happy with a GE fridge that is 10 years old although plastic failing here and there for a family of 5.

It was made in Korea by Lucky Gold (LG????).




LG was formerly known as Lucky Goldstar.
Posted By: NO2

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 04:06 PM

We've had good luck with LG appliances, as well as Whirlpool and Maytag.
The most important issue is to buy old tech. Energy-star rules have made appliances unreliable because of too frequent engineering changes. Parts are rarely made for more than 10 years.

Top freezer models are most reliable, secondly side by side.
The old fashioned ice-makers are much easier to fix.
French door and 4 door models are least reliable.

GE is now owned by Haier of China

Assume an 8-10 year lifespan, and stay with cheaper, simpler models.
Posted By: WylieCoyote

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 04:11 PM

Good advice, I believe. This stupid Samsung has 3 computers in it, and it's not even one of the super-fancy touch screen fridges that I'm seeing in houses now. All I really want is Ice & water in the door. This junker wasn't my choice. :-)
Posted By: MasterSolenoid

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 04:17 PM

My first frig lasted about 30 years.
It was an Amana that I believe is out of business now.

Of coarse we all want them to last forever, but, consider what they do 24 hours a day;
Sits in a corner of your kitchen and keeps your food cold or frozen
Mine uses 75-95 watts of electricity while running

What ever you buy, make sure it's Energy Star rated.
Posted By: KenshinHimura

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 04:32 PM

GE tells you what ones are made in the USA on their site and the percentage similar to the parts sticker on a new car

Very few Whirlpools are still made in Iowa. Mostly just the ones with the fridge portion on top and should have the whirlpool "assembled in usa" sticker on show floor models. All others that don't come from Mexico and should state that on their nameplate inside the fridge

A few Select Frigidaires are made in the USA. All others come from Mexico

Samsung and LG all are made in either Mexico, Korea and even some large appliances from China
Posted By: Skippy722

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 05:06 PM

We got a Whirlpool back in December, no issues with it so far. Read a bunch of horror stories about Samsung and LG’s that made me steer clear.
Posted By: walterjay

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 05:07 PM

Stay away from Samsung. Lots of issues and parts can take a while to get when it breaks. None are perfect but Whirlpool seems to be holding its own.
Posted By: JohnnyJohnson

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 05:36 PM

Isn't all this new high tech stuff great I remember when refrigerators used to run 30 plus years. Maybe its the new 0W-120 volts they use in them now?
Posted By: JunkdrawerDog

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 05:53 PM

Around 1972, Dad decided we needed a fridge for the garage. We pulled a likely suspect out of the county dump, took it home, plugged it in and it ran fine. Scrubbed it inside and out and filled it with pop, beer and melons from the garden. I forget the brand on the heavy chrome nameplate but below the name it said " by General Motors" or something to that effect. Was still running well when the house sold in 1990.
Posted By: PandaBear

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 06:01 PM

LG is a few steps above Samsung (a brand that even Koreans don't use).

Personally I had good luck with GE and Whirlpool. Keep things simple and if you can find a design that has been around longer with no problem, that's what I'll go for. Between the 2 brands I like Whirlpool better as they don't gouge me on parts like GE did.
Posted By: AC1DD

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 06:15 PM

Originally Posted by PandaBear
LG is a few steps above Samsung (a brand that even Koreans don't use).
.


Be VERY wary of buying an LG fridge. There is currently a HUGE class action lawsuit against the company due to their compressor design being
very defective and replacing them can be almost impossible due to supply and technician shortages.

Click on item below for links.

Class Action lawsuit against LG for defective compressor design in fridges

Read all the horror stories here..

Click on the link below

Consumer complaints on defective LG compressors in their fridges.
Posted By: chemman

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 06:44 PM

We purchased a Whirlpool side by side refrigerator in 1990 and it is still going strong. It had two warranty service calls during the first two years of operation (one for a noisy ice maker and the other for a bad heater in the door to stop condensation) and none since then, and it has operated flawlessly otherwise. We also have a Whirlpool washer and dryer set that have been going strong since 1998.
Posted By: ABursell

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 07:29 PM

I'll add/complain about Samsung. We bought our house with new Samsung appliances and were pretty excited for these "high-end" units. I had looked up the models and they are not cheap, they are on the upper end of the line-up. Now, three years of light use later (we tend to handle everything with care), the fridge has a non-functioning icemaker, requires manually defrosting several times a year, and groans at random times. The dishwasher top rack has plastic that can't withstand hot water and is repaired by zip-ties that render it not adjustable. The stove works ok but if you don't get the gas burner top back on just right after cleaning it will shoot flames a foot in the air, but at least the microhood seems to work. It's just overly complicated. Nothing is covered under warranty.

Regarding the fridge, there is a class action forming about the icemakers. It is a known design flaw that Samsung will not acknowledge publicly, but leaked internal documents reveal. Currently they are happy to sell you updated replacement parts to fix the problem for about $700 plus labor to install.

I have fired Samsung and will not buy any more of their products.
Posted By: Oldmoparguy1

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 07:48 PM

Originally Posted by JLTD
I've had good luck (as in no failures) with Whirlpool and Frigidaire.


+1
Posted By: tomcat27

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 07:50 PM

I strongly agree: Whirlpool, KitchenAide, Maytag, Frigidaire. got a KitchenAide for mom, no problems at all.
We had an LG (Kenmore Elite) and that thing broke every 6 months. paid almost $3k for it and ended up junking it after 5 years. replaced it with a Samsung; 3 service calls in less than a year. No more Samsung, no more LG.
Posted By: WylieCoyote

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 09:08 PM

Originally Posted by ABursell
I'll add/complain about Samsung. We bought our house with new Samsung appliances and were pretty excited for these "high-end" units. I had looked up the models and they are not cheap, they are on the upper end of the line-up. Now, three years of light use later (we tend to handle everything with care), the fridge has a non-functioning icemaker, requires manually defrosting several times a year, and groans at random times. The dishwasher top rack has plastic that can't withstand hot water and is repaired by zip-ties that render it not adjustable. The stove works ok but if you don't get the gas burner top back on just right after cleaning it will shoot flames a foot in the air, but at least the microhood seems to work. It's just overly complicated. Nothing is covered under warranty.

Regarding the fridge, there is a class action forming about the icemakers. It is a known design flaw that Samsung will not acknowledge publicly, but leaked internal documents reveal. Currently they are happy to sell you updated replacement parts to fix the problem for about $700 plus labor to install.

I have fired Samsung and will not buy any more of their products.


Good to know that we are not alone in this drama. The ice maker has NEVER worked right. I have to chisel ice off it every 2-3 weeks so it will resume making ice. Two computer replacements, and an "adjustment" later, and no improvement. Bad design is the only explantion. I should've known standing there in Home Depot that an ice maker located in the refrigerator compartment will never work.
Posted By: WhizkidTN

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 09:31 PM

FWIW: We had a 2016 model LG side-by-side that had to get a full compressor replacement done and had it not been for the extended warranty I purchased ($300) it would have run close to $900 for the parts/labor. It was a known design flaw with trying to be "too" energy efficient and not working well (or so the technician said). The parts took about two weeks to get and the technician said they were not as bad as Samsung on getting parts but worse than most other brands. I had been steered away from Samsung appliances from their own dealers that sell/service them.

We now have a full set of mid-tier GE appliances (frig, stove, microwave, dishwasher) in our new house and have been pleased thus far (1.5 years).

On the other hand, my 11 year old Whirlpool HE washer and matching dryer (Duet series) keep on rocking along.
Posted By: AC1DD

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 09:40 PM

I've found that surprisingly when it comes to appliances the sales people WILL actually tell the truth about reliability of specific models and brands.
Not what you'd expect today either, but seems to be true, especially at the big box stores like Lowes, HD, ect.
Posted By: Kruse

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/03/19 11:55 PM

Okay, I'm going to name a brand that I'm going to get a bunch of flack on (because it's BITOG, it's the norm), but it's one that my wife and I have been happy with....so far.
The 'fridge I'm going to mention is...(drum roll please)....Crosley.
Okay, before you fire away that the company went out of the manufacturing business and it's a rebadged name only, yes, I know that. They put their name on other company's products.
Before you say it's not the most energy efficient model on planet earth, yes, I know that also.
It does, however, have a 10 year warranty standard. The dealer said it's reliable so I made the local dealer knock $100 off the price and write on the receipt that it's a 10-year in home warranty on everything.
The reason I went with this warranty is because we live out in a rural area where the electricity supply isn't as great as a lot of city folk have and it's hard on compressors. The dealer had to problem with me telling him that.
Our two previous Maytag refrigerators were complete junk. We've had this one for several years and it's been doing fine, PLUS, the most important reason, my wife loves it.
Ours is a side-by-side with water in the freezer door.
Not sure in Texas where you live, but I see there are some dealers down there.
Posted By: ffhdriver

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 12:01 AM

My son's Samsung, with the freezer at the bottom, has been trouble free for six years. What ever you get, don't get the ice and water in the door feature. It is more trouble than it's worth.
Posted By: PimTac

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 12:05 AM

A quick search brought this up.

https://www.reference.com/home-garden/crosley-appliances-8289c8efe5a15529



There are only a few actual manufacturers of appliances. Whirlpool makes a bunch of brands. The old Sears Kenmore brand was a hodge podge of whoever got the contract that year. It sounds like Crosley is just a nameplate.
Posted By: ABursell

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 12:43 AM

Originally Posted by WylieCoyote
Originally Posted by ABursell
I'll add/complain about Samsung. We bought our house with new Samsung appliances and were pretty excited for these "high-end" units. I had looked up the models and they are not cheap, they are on the upper end of the line-up. Now, three years of light use later (we tend to handle everything with care), the fridge has a non-functioning icemaker, requires manually defrosting several times a year, and groans at random times. The dishwasher top rack has plastic that can't withstand hot water and is repaired by zip-ties that render it not adjustable. The stove works ok but if you don't get the gas burner top back on just right after cleaning it will shoot flames a foot in the air, but at least the microhood seems to work. It's just overly complicated. Nothing is covered under warranty.

Regarding the fridge, there is a class action forming about the icemakers. It is a known design flaw that Samsung will not acknowledge publicly, but leaked internal documents reveal. Currently they are happy to sell you updated replacement parts to fix the problem for about $700 plus labor to install.

I have fired Samsung and will not buy any more of their products.


Good to know that we are not alone in this drama. The ice maker has NEVER worked right. I have to chisel ice off it every 2-3 weeks so it will resume making ice. Two computer replacements, and an "adjustment" later, and no improvement. Bad design is the only explantion. I should've known standing there in Home Depot that an ice maker located in the refrigerator compartment will never work.


Yes- it freezes up and stops working. I gave gotten to the point that I just leave it turned off. A big annoyance but not as bad as the several times a year the fridge will stop cooling and I have to go buy ice and load all the food into coolers so I can manually defrost the fridge. At least I sometimes get warning because the fan starts making extra noise. No idea what causes the other groaning noises though. And this is on a still relatively new $3k refrigerator that the company says are not manufacturing defects and no longer covered under warranty. Never again...
Posted By: Kruse

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 02:13 AM

Originally Posted by PimTac
A quick search brought this up.
https://www.reference.com/home-garden/crosley-appliances-8289c8efe5a15529
r. It sounds like Crosley is just a nameplate.


Did you really read any of my post? Obviously not. Here, let me help you out just a little bit, as taken from my previous post.

"Okay, before you fire away that the company went out of the manufacturing business and it's a rebadged name only, yes, I know that."
Posted By: WylieCoyote

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 02:22 AM

And, the winner is........


https://www.lowes.com/pd/GE-27-8-cu...r-Stainless-Steel-ENERGY-STAR/1000048177

Pretty much the same size as the Samsung. (27.8 vs. 28)

Delivers Wednesday. Fingers crossed for a less eventful ownership.

Thanks for all the input, everyone!
Posted By: AC1DD

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 02:55 AM

Quote
China's Haier buys GE's appliance unit for $5.4 billion( in 2016). General Electric has sold its appliance business to Haier for $5.4 billion, a deal that will greatly expand the Chinese firm's footprint in the U.S. Haier is best known as a manufacturer of household goods including washing machines, refrigerators and microwaves.


Good luck with it.

I recently bought a GE air conditioner which was the same basic design as one I bought in 2014. However I noticed that the new unit had many cost cutting signs in it, and is not nearly as good as the 2014 unit when GE small appliances were still under the control of GE.

Did you carefully check the "most recent" reviews on Lowes website of this model? You might want to check these out.

I'd trust a Whirlpool or Frigidaire (Electrolux) over the GE (Haier) unit.
Posted By: PimTac

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 03:53 AM

Originally Posted by Kruse
Originally Posted by PimTac
A quick search brought this up.
https://www.reference.com/home-garden/crosley-appliances-8289c8efe5a15529
r. It sounds like Crosley is just a nameplate.


Did you really read any of my post? Obviously not. Here, let me help you out just a little bit, as taken from my previous post.

"Okay, before you fire away that the company went out of the manufacturing business and it's a rebadged name only, yes, I know that."




Careful there, you might throw a clot.

The point remains, it’s a useless choice of brands.
Posted By: wag123

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 02:49 PM

Originally Posted by glock19
I had a Kitchen-Aid refrigerator leak due to a defective part that got recalled. The recall covered the cost of the $5 part, but of course I was on the hook for the labor and repairing the damaged floor. I would steer clear of Kitchen-Aid just due to their terrible customer service.
We have all Whirlpool appliances now and so far they've been great.
KitchenAid is a brand name that is manufactured by Whirlpool... as are Amana, Maytag, Admiral, Jenn-Air, and Roper. As far as I know, all of Whirlpool's large appliances are manufactured in the USA.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Corporation
I have a Whirlpool refrigerator that I purchased in 1986. It is still going strong. In the 33 years that I have had it I have only had to replace a defrost timer and a couple of ice makers (common on ALL brands). I can't comment on weather or not their newer refrigerators are this reliable and durable.
Posted By: glock19

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 02:52 PM

Originally Posted by wag123
Originally Posted by glock19
I had a Kitchen-Aid refrigerator leak due to a defective part that got recalled. The recall covered the cost of the $5 part, but of course I was on the hook for the labor and repairing the damaged floor. I would steer clear of Kitchen-Aid just due to their terrible customer service.
We have all Whirlpool appliances now and so far they've been great.
KitchenAid is a brand name that is manufactured by Whirlpool... as are Amana, Maytag, Admiral, Jenn-Air, and Roper. As far as I know, all of Whirlpool's large appliances are manufactured in the USA.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Corporation
I have a Whirlpool refrigerator that I purchased in 1986. It is still going strong. In the 33 years that I have had it I have only had to replace a defrost timer and a couple of ice makers (common on ALL brands). I can't comment on weather or not their newer refrigerators are this reliable and durable.


They don't have the same customer service though.
Posted By: FADEC

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 03:04 PM

Originally Posted by JunkdrawerDog
Around 1972, Dad decided we needed a fridge for the garage. We pulled a likely suspect out of the county dump, took it home, plugged it in and it ran fine. Scrubbed it inside and out and filled it with pop, beer and melons from the garden. I forget the brand on the heavy chrome nameplate but below the name it said " by General Motors" or something to that effect. Was still running well when the house sold in 1990.

Good story!! As a kid growing up, my dad and I always pulled old lawnmowers, window AC units, fridge's and old water hoses with holes in them out of the dump. Of course he taught me how to fix them all to be good as new. To this day if my wife and I are driving down the road and see a junk lawnmower out for the trash man, she knows what is going to happen!
Posted By: AC1DD

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 05:37 PM

Originally Posted by glock19
Originally Posted by wag123
Originally Posted by glock19
I had a Kitchen-Aid refrigerator leak due to a defective part that got recalled. The recall covered the cost of the $5 part, but of course I was on the hook for the labor and repairing the damaged floor. I would steer clear of Kitchen-Aid just due to their terrible customer service.
We have all Whirlpool appliances now and so far they've been great.
KitchenAid is a brand name that is manufactured by Whirlpool... as are Amana, Maytag, Admiral, Jenn-Air, and Roper. As far as I know, all of Whirlpool's large appliances are manufactured in the USA.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlpool_Corporation
I have a Whirlpool refrigerator that I purchased in 1986. It is still going strong. In the 33 years that I have had it I have only had to replace a defrost timer and a couple of ice makers (common on ALL brands). I can't comment on weather or not their newer refrigerators are this reliable and durable.


They don't have the same customer service though.


This is true...In terms of customer service first priority is Jenn-Air, second Whirlpool, then Maytag, Kitchen-AId, and lastly ( Amana and Roper.)
Posted By: Mr Nice

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 07:38 PM

Basic GE have lasted without any troubles.
Posted By: PimTac

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 07:56 PM

Originally Posted by Mr Nice
Basic GE have lasted without any troubles.




That was then. Now Haier makes stuff for GE.

It is getting to the point that the brand name is becoming meaningless.
Posted By: JTK

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 08:02 PM

Any whirlpool variant is my go to for lower cost consumer grade large appliances.
Posted By: AC1DD

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/04/19 08:20 PM

Originally Posted by PimTac
Originally Posted by Mr Nice
Basic GE have lasted without any troubles.




That was then. Now Haier makes stuff for GE.

It is getting to the point that the brand name is becoming meaningless.


Yes Haier bought ALL of GE consumer appliance division in 2016. I've personally experienced the declining quality of their products a couple of years after the deal went though and Haier took control. Haier is doing a LOT of cost cutting, what's insightful and interesting (not in a good way) is that existing GE designs and products before the Haier takeover had changes made to them which decreased quality, performance, and durability, yet externally the products looked either identical or almost the same.

Haier used to sell in the USA directly until a couple of years ago and from my experience Haier appliances were crap.
Posted By: Donald

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/05/19 02:31 AM

I did a lot of reading last fall and ended up buying a GE side by side last year from Home Depot. So far I like everything.

I am a believer in reading Consumer Reports for appliance info and ratings.
Posted By: pezzy669

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/07/19 10:48 PM

I would vote GE or Frigidaire/Electrolux.

While researching washers and dryers I read a lot of not so savory things about LG and Samsung when it came to reliability and support for pretty much all of their appliances. Basically it seems they grew too fast too quickly and don't have an adequate network of authorized repair persons or even an adequate parts supply. I read into it that if you have an issue you are going to be waiting a bit to have it repaired.

GE: My 19 year old condo has the original builders grade GE appliance package (dishwasher, fridge, range and above range microwave) that are still going strong. Yes the dishwasher (Nautilus) is noisy AF and the oven temp calibration is at least 25 degrees off but they still all run and (knock on wood) have not had a breakdown in 1.5 years. Not pretty to look at but they do what is requested of them - its like having a dusty and dented 1997 Toyota Camry.

Frigidaire/Electrolux: - my folks have a now 12 year old Frigidaire front load washer and dryer that have not had a single issue, after my visit there last week the bearings are starting to get a bit noisy. Previously had the same Frigidaire front load set my folks have and it went 4 years with no issues before it got sold off with the house. I went with Electrolux (branch of Frigidaire now) for the washer/dryer in my condo because of past experience - but will be honest the belt and all the pulleys on the dryer had to be replaced under warranty already because they started roaring - this was right around the 1 year mark.

I have heard very good things about Whirlpool too. Had a Whirlpool package in an apartment I lived in for ~1.5 years and they worked wonderfully (especially the dishwasher) but can't really comment on reliability.

Good luck!
Posted By: AuthorEditor

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations - 06/08/19 12:55 AM

The problem is what was good a few years ago may no longer be good. Having said that I recently replaced some 25+ year old Whirlpool appliances with new Whirlpools. Prices on Black Friday sales were great. They fit and matched and if they are good for another 25 I may be gone by then!
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