The fridge I have to love to hate

Obviously, I’ve got kitchen on the mind lately. Painting, styling, and – coming this summer! – a brick backsplash and breakfast nook banquette. I love it all, so far.

Except for this:

Frigidaire 26.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator

I’m grateful that we have a refrigerator to keep our food cold and expand our meal choices; not everyone does. I get it. That being said, I have been nothing but irritated by this fridge, and while I can’t run out and buy a new one, I can try and prevent others from making the same mistake. Pros: It’s pretty and polished, and fits the space well. Cons: Everything else.

The Frigidaire Gallery French-door Refrigerator is the fridge for you if:

Frigidaire 26.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator

Incessant beeping doesn’t faze you.

This unit has a door alarm feature that beeps if one of the doors has been left open after a few minutes. Or, if it thinks a door has been left open. We bought this fridge at Lowe’s, and the day it was delivered, the workers had to unscrew both doors from the fridge to fit it through our kitchen door. Apparently, they didn’t screw them back on evenly, because the fridge started beeping at us every 15 minutes. (The only way to stop it is to open the door and hit the alarm reset button – it doesn’t stop automatically.) Lowe’s sent a service worker out the next day to fix the doors, which seemed to work. Except it didn’t. Periodically, the doors would “settle” and, to the alarm system, seem unbalanced, meaning our kitchen sounded like a perpetual alarm timer. At, for example, 3 a.m. Or when you slide the fridge out to vacuum behind it. Or after you open the freezer to get some ice cream. Not. Cool.

Frigidaire 26.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator

You enjoy doing arm reaches thrice daily.

Speaking of the freezer – one of my biggest pet peeves with this fridge is the ice setup. Since we have a separate in-counter water filter, we didn’t need an ice/water combo in the fridge door. The ice machine works with a metal lever over the ice bin that is supposed to sense when the bin is full and stop producing ice. Only, it makes cubes in one long strip that are always, always, always getting caught in the metal lever, so when you open the freezer door for any reason, the ice strip gets pulled back and drops behind the freezer drawers onto the freezer floor. Then, when you try to shut the freezer, even three or four ice cubes are enough to prevent a solid seal – and the open door alarm starts. If for some reason you don’t hear it, the freezer door is still open enough to start thawing everything in it. My husband is a foot taller than me, so he’s usually able to reach the cubes himself, but my 5’2” self has to grab a spatula and pull them out. Either way, you’re lying on the cold kitchen tiles yelling expletives at frozen water. Or, you’re constantly checking the ice bin and pulling ice to the front and/or flipping the lever up and down to turn it off/on so ice doesn’t get caught in the first place. Not. Cool.

Frigidaire 26.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator

Organization is for people. Other people.

My last complaint is a personal preference, I’ll admit. The husband really wanted a top-and-bottom model, since it’s more energy efficient; I was a fan of our old side-by-side, as I felt it was easier to organize, keep neat and reach everything. (So far, I’m winning this debate for future purchases.) I liked that there were only two doors – fridge, freezer – and lots of shelving/door drawer options. I feel like a French-door style really limits that. You almost always have to open both fridge doors to get out what you need, since the side-by-side drawers on the bottom are too wide to open with only one door open (and obviously the full-width drawer won’t open without both doors open too). There are limited places to put taller objects, like wine bottles, milk, juice or soda. This fridge did come with another shelf that I immediately took out; otherwise, there was nowhere to put anything taller than a pickle jar. It also came with a wine bottle holder, which frankly is pointless. It only holds one bottle, and only an unopened one because it holds it horizontally and pointing slightly down. And trust me, you’re going to need a drink after dealing with this appliance.

Frigidaire 26.7 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator

The freezer is no better – since it’s just two drawers, you have to stack everything, meaning that you have to UNstack it to get anything at the bottom. And be careful not to stack things in the bottom drawer too high – the top drawer won’t slide over the bottom correctly, meaning the freezer door won’t shut – and, you guessed it, cue the beeping. IT NEVER ENDS.

So, there you have it: the fridge I have to love to hate, since it’s too expensive to replace. (I’m starting to understand why it was the only one left and was on major clearance.) My plan now? Come up with an inventive way to organize it (see my Pinterest board HERE for some of my ideas – hello, clear bins and colorful shelf liners!). If you can’t fix it, decorate it.


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