It's finally, finally time for us to buy a new fridge. We're planning on a bottom freezer, something in the $2,000 - $2,500 range. I've been reading all the threads on ChefTalk, but could use help in a couple of areas:
1. Most problems seem to come from compressors, fans, and ice makers. Who makes the most reliable components?
2. Does it even make sense to have water & ice? I understand the convenience, but there seem to be a lot of risks - partly due to the components failing, partly that not all service techs do the install properly. For those of you who decided to do without water & icemaker, are you glad you did it?
3. Which manufacturer? We thought we'd buy a Samsung with bottom freezer, but heard too many horror stories from customers who found the company difficult to deal with if the fridge had problems. My wife doesn't like the design of the LG's; we're both OK with Kenmore but they seem pricey.
Does anyone have experience with Kitchenaid refrigerators? Made by Whirlpool but we haven't seen any yet; reviews are scarce.
Many thanks for your comments!