We deliberately picked a model without water and ice on the door. I found lots of complaints in reviews about constant broken parts and tumbling ice out onto the floor with door units. With 4 boys, one of which is a toddler, and 3 that just act like one, we nixed the idea pretty quickly. It has an internal spigot that provides filtered water.
The shelves all adjust so that you can use them as you need, 6 1-gallon jugs can fit on the doors, and the large drawer you see can fit a sheet cake. There are adjustable temperature settings that allow for quick cooling if the fridge has been packed with new groceries and alarm that sounds when it's been left open. Lots of other bells & whistles, too.
Complaints? Not really. We are still reading the manual to find out how to get it to make tons of ice when we want it - like always; and the water spigot gives one last little trickle after you've let go of the button, so we have taught the boys to hold their cup there an extra second. Don't worry, it's a concept they get ;)
Next on the roster is theSharp Carousel Convection Microwave Model #R930CSP. I have never given much thought to any microwave oven before I needed to pick one out. For those of you who already know that there are microwaves that can defrost frozen juice cans and still keep them cold, defrost pounds of frozen solid italian sausage without a hot spot or cooked bit, or come with a convection setting that can roast chickens and bake cookies - forgive me. I was so surprised and thought it would be a terribly handy addition to our kitchen.
Although I love him, he is going to have to gain my trust back.
My favorite child, I mean appliance, is this beauty. The GE Profile Dual Fuel Freestanding Range has an electric, convection oven, extra baking drawer and a gas cooktop.
I had alot to learn about ranges before I was able to make a solid decision, and I think I will be very pleased with this range. I don't believe the center oval burner will be a large enough griddle to cook for the whole family on, but I like the option of having it and possibly getting a pan big enough to fit on 3 burners to cook for a crowd. I was happy with the BTUs of the gas burners and the fact that the extra drawer is not just for warming, but can bake to 450 degrees. I was looking for a model without mylar buttons for controls because of the little depressions that develop over time. This model has an all-glass control panel that is so easy to clean.
Within 24 hours of being installed, I had these baked with great results. Look at the even baking of those cookies - from what I understand that is the advantage of convection baking!
Above and behind the range is a Broan superduty hood with external motor (for noise reduction and extra power) and the matching stainless steel backsplash with shelves. I am really happy with the look and believe it will give us the function we need.
We opted for 30" range over the 36" styles that would have put us into the "professional" category. We felt the size of the range fit the whole kitchen better and the 36" ranges and accessories were out of our price range.
If this sounds like one big bragfest - it is! Other than a bargain Sears range when we moved in here, 17 years of marriage and 13 years in this house, I have never owned a new appliance, everything has been hand-me-downs that I was very thankful to have.
As I work at putting the kitchen back together and finding places for my things, I am asking God to bless my family, friends and other guests with what happens in and comes out of this new space.
Hint: yes, that is granite you see, and soon there will be hardware on the cabinets, pendant lighting, a desk! and we are really in the homestretch :)