This Kenmore refridgerator is actually quite amazing in howthey back SOOO much USABLE Space and Cubic ft. out of the old standard fridge opening found in most pre 80's home(33-34" wide and 68" tall).Our old side by side fridge which was here when we bought this place finally died and we were in a rush to get a new one that wasn't a compromise yet fit in our space as we are a few years from a kitchen remodel.The space where the fridge is is the ONLY space it can go due to layout, so we found a few ones at our Clay, NY Sears but this model stood out.From the outside, it looks classy yet unassuming..THEN you open it up and WOW..they packed A LOT of space in this fridge PLUS gave you an icemaker AND a water dispenser INSIDE..GREAT!After having one on theoutside for years, the inside ones are actually a Great idea..Less prone to leaks due to no hoses & wires moving back and forth when you open the door..SMART! PLUS, if you have kids, the outside watter/ ice dispenser was always an annoying (and MESSY) attraction for curious lil hands..PROBLEM SOLVED! Sears/ Kenmore squeezed soo much space out of the size a full fridge actually still looks pretty empty..GREAT so you have space to put things when the holidays, parties or just bring home leftovers is a breeze!Also, this fridge is SUPER quiet, actually it's the quietest fridge we have ever owned.. including Whirlpool Gold we had in our previous home.The new fridge runs more BUT that is normal for the new high efficiency ones.. smaller compressors suck less electricity and run cooler.If you have an older home and have a tigh space for you fridge.. you really can't get any better of a deal than this Kenmore.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Great job Sears/Kenmore for packing more space & smart design than anything out there!
We purchased this refrigerator in February 2014. I'm writing this review in August 2014 from a consumer perspective. This fridge fits under those tiny cabinets in older homes meeting the standard 68" height restriction which was our reason for choosing this model. The cubic inch capacity is a bit deceiving, as we had Frigidaire two door side by side model with water dispenser and ice maker in our rental home. There is definitely a huge improvement with this style fridge as there is a larger capacity of space for food and juice items. Noise was not noticeable except once in a while when the ice dispenser worked. Now the bum deal. I had purchased the warranty on this fridge and had put in for service to come out after discovering this fridge repeatedly had an issue with water dripping from the filter area. In the interim I put a plastic cup under the filter to catch the drips. I had to check it frequently to make sure the cup did not run over onto the shelves. The technician came out today and took apart the filter assembly to investigate the issue. Turned out, it had absolutely nothing to do with the filtered water hose or the filter itself. It was condensation building up inside the interior of the filter assembling. I took a look and due to the condensation, there was corrosion happening on the part where the wires were connected, obviously not a good indication. The technician called to get guidance on this issue, and there were other complaints about similar findings. Attempts to seal the housing had failed, and apparently this is a defect due to either inadequate insulation between the cabinets in that area or some other defect. So a wonderful fridge with wonderful details is completely ruined by a defective insulation issue which allows condensation to form in the water dispenser/filter housing and then drip out the rear where the water filter is plugged in. So now, we're going to have to replace our 'perfect' find, which turns out to be defective. Sigh! Heart broken because this was a wonderful choice for our family and quite adequate. :(
Caution!! The door is almost to the floor - it can scrape the top of your foot and really hurt. The freezer door handle can put your eye out or hit the top of your head when you stand up after having to stoop to put food away in the refrigerator because the top shelf is below eye level. It is deeper than a counter-depth (or older standard) refrigerator and shorter so that you have to bend over to put anything on the top shelf. If it were a foot taller, that would solve some of the problems. The inside filtered ice water dispenser is wonderful, and I mostly use the things in the door, so don't go into the refrigerator as much. The refrigerator itself is quiet and seems to do a good job cooling. I don't like the drawer because you have to open the refrigerator door all the way to open the drawer. A larger half-drawer would be better. I might recommend this with caveats, since it doesn't quite fit in the space of an older standard size refrigerator and can be dangerous. I think this refrigerator was designed by a man.
Size is great, so much room in both fridge and freezer.
This is a big unit with very versatile interior areas that can be reconfigured by moving the shelves. I appreciate the amount of real storage area available including the option to put a bulky jug or two in the door. Filtered water and ice are the basic interior type and I couldn't be happier. The LED lighting seems unable to reach the back and lower spaces. That actually amplifies how huge the area inside is, which makes the whole unit a big win anyway.
Great ice maker and very well lit when opened and very specious.
I took one star away because of the freezer door. I'll walk away thinking the door has shut all the way and it doesn't. New engineering has something on the hinge that keeps it from closing. You have to shut it or it won't close on its own. Loved my last top freezer refrigerator that was a Whirlpool Gold. Never had to worry about those doors closing. The internal water dispenser is in an awkward position. A little difficult to refill water bottles or my electric water heater. As long as your door opens from the left, you'll be OK. Took a long time for the ice maker to dispense ice. They told me it was for energy saving.
Black front shows every little bit of dust particles or scratches. It's a glossy black.
This refrigerator really keeps food cold and the convenience of the filtered water inside the door is an added bonus. The inside lighting seems kinda dim but seems to keep the food from spoiling. Too bad that companies don't make more of these type refrigerators for families that want more of a choice than the side-by-sides and french doors!
This was the best top freezer found that had the space needed and had a few options that most did not, like the filtered water just inside the door and gallon size door bins (did you know that the manufacture recommends not keeping a gallon of milk in the door bins though - what's the point then?).
Flaws - Lighting: The lights are on the side in the front, leaving the back of the ref. dark. Also have to have a tech come out to replace the lights if they go out, and it would be very expensive.
Freezer Door: Has a built in locking mechanism that is designed to keep the freezer door closed when the ref. door is shut. Manual does not mention this. Problem is that you have to really make sure that you shut the freezer door, as it stops about 6" away because of the mechanism.
Makes me wonder if the store knew about these, as lights were not on and the mechanism must have been taken off, the floor model did not have the problem of not shutting.
Look: The handles have black screws that show on the side - no white caps to cover, really sticks out with everything else so white.
Concerned of only having a 1 year warranty. Have been told by the installers and tech (who came out to tell me the freezer is a design feature and not an issue), that the extended warranty is a good idea - but wow, what an additional expense to this expensive ref. Still bet is it much better than having a repair cost though. I'm also betting that the new appliances don't last as long as the older, less technical ref.'s, and know that the repairs are way more expensive.
All of these things can be lived with, just some design flaws in my opinion.