Side by side fridge freezers

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Marianna Browning

Side by side fridge freezers

Hello all
I'm after a cream side by side fridge freezer & have shortlisted so far to the Aga one & the steel cuisine Ascot...a new one on me but looks pretty good. Does anyone have any feedback on either or can recommend a different brand? It's a bit expensive to go into blind so any feedback or opinions very welcome! Thanks x

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Fish Wife

Fridge freezers

I have the Rangemaster cream side by side (american style) fridge freezer because it matches my cooker (is this a sensible reason to choose a fridge - perhaps not?!)
Anyway, we've had it for 3 years and no probems or niggles to report so far.
FW

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SonyaK

Side by side fridge freezers

I can't offer any advice, from personal experience, but maybe you could look at "Which" magazine in your library for some help?

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Mrshoes

Aga

Hi Marianna,
I've read some good reviews about the AGA, state of the art, innovative features and A energy rating.
Quite expensive though but a great focal poinit for any Kitchen.
The Steel Cuisine Ascot also looks nice and their range cookers are supposed to be very good but I think the Fridges are a bit of an unknown at the moment....so, if you can persuade your husband to cough up for it, I would go for the Aga.
Happy Hunting!

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Expat Badger

Side by side fridge freezers

i have a side by side fridge, and i've got to be honest, i don't like it, and would not choose one

i find the fridge too small and a pain as it's narrow and really deep and i'm always losing things at the back of the shelves as i can't see them.

Freezer is just teeny weeny and we have now got a small chest freezer in the garage

it's quite annoying coz it's a bit old thing and takes up a lot of room! We inherited it with the house

given the choice i would choose one of those with a big fully wide fridge at the top (still with double doors) and a freezer underneath with big drawers

they look great but i just wanted to let you know my experience of side by side, in case you've not had one before....

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Marianna Browning

thanks!

Thanks everyone - I must admit, I hadn't thought of the space issue...I assumed there would be far more space in the side by side than an above/below type. Has anyone else found this a problem? x

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Linzechris

side by side fridge

I have had a whirlpool one for about 12 years and absolutely love it.
The fridge part is very big and keeps food fresh for ages.
I do think that the freezer is too small though and because the shelves are deep it is hard to get stuff out. You have to get everything out of the front of the shelf to see what's at the back. Choose a model with drawers in the freezer rather than shelves.I do personally need a chest freezer as well as the side one as I like to freeze alot of food as we buy half lambs and pigs etc. That is my only gripe though and the cold water on tap and ice maker are great too.

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John S.

Side by side fridge freezers

Had a "Maytag" for fouteen years and never had any problems with it, BUT,..... as Ex Pat has pointed out the freezer section is small and much too narrow which makes it very difficult to store large flat items e.g. frozen pizza, it does have a drawer/basket to store such items but you have to remove everthing else in it to get said packages in and then re-pack it.
Would never buy another side by side, instead I'd opt for one with the freezer section on top as opposed to the bottom, this is because though they seem quite roomy to look at from the outside in actual fact they are not because a bottom freezer loses space because the refrigeration unit is behind it and I would rather lose this space in the fridge section.
I would say that if you opt for a side by side then be prepared to fork out for a chest freezer to accomodate your storage needs.

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John S.

Side by side fridge freezers

Just to add that if you opt for a side by side with ice maker and water chiller you will lose approx. a quarter of your freezer storage space.

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Marianna Browning

now which one??!

Very interesting - you just don't think of these things when you look at a lovely shiny one in the shop...I certainly didn't anyway & I didn't know that the ones with ice & water (so all sxs!) need to be plumbed in which is another cost to factor in. Having said that & taking into account all of the above, I'm now considering the rangemaster one with the fridge over & double freezer drawers under. Ours is going to be freestanding & it's a thatch cottage & country style kitchen so I do want to consider the look carefully as well as the function...hence the cream thing. The fridge is vast & the freezer smaller but a more useable space I think, plus you can opt to turn off the ice thingy & get extra space there. I do have a chest freezer too by the way which I couldn't live without but I reckon this will do for the food I want on hand.
Blimey, it's a bit complicated!
Thanks for all of your thoughts & please keep them coming if there are more...otherwise, I'll let you know what I go for when d day arrives & I can't pontificate any longer x

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Fish Wife

SXS

Oh, good point - it is true that the freezer on my rangemaster is too small. But I also have a 2nd freezer in the garage which I use for overflow so didn't even think about this as I never run out of freezer space.
I find the fridge space good - bigger than any fridge I've ever owned previously (under counter ones and on top of freezer ones).
So I agree, I would prob be a bit frustrated if I ONLY had this freezer, although it would force me to be more organised!
FWx

 
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