Meet our old refrigerator.
I don’t have a name for it other than “the one that thought it was a freezer” and possibly “the one that changed my mind on white appliances”. Everything about it was old and wrong and breaking down.
The inside view. Cracked shelves. Crooked and broken vegetable compartments.
My personal favourite, the seal that kept the bottom freezer open.
At all times.
Despite the low Freezer and Refrigerator temp, they worked in opposite directions.
It was colder in the fridge part than the freezer. See above for one of the reasons why.
What happens to white appliances with that old school faux leather finish thing on them. Let alone the handles.
This by the way IS clean. That’s how hard it is to get out.
And nothing says I don’t fit in like a non counter depth fridge.
That you walk right into when you walk into the kitchen.
So let me back track a bit.
Some time ago, late last Fall I believe, we had planned on buying a new refrigerator because I had just about had it with it and the stove. And we did what every couple does, started the long never ending process of going from store to store and checking out all the appliances in person to see what we liked and did not like.
And at one point, somehow we both wound up standing in front of the Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator model on the floor. We didn’t even notice it was a Frigidaire model at the time because we were honestly walking around testing out appliances, opening and closing doors to get a feel for each unit. I also had coincidentally already been working with Frigidaire reviewing their Frigidaire Gallery Orbit Clean Dishwasher – which you can read about here.
Very long story short, once Frigidaire got wind that we were renovating our kitchen, they offered to collaborate with us on it with the rest of the appliances. Now if you know me and read my blog regularly, you know I don’t take anything for granted and I was so floored at this opportunity. So much so that when the fridge was delivered on a cold, wet day and it was put into our old kitchen at the time, I started to cry.
I mean it. I really started to cry. I even texted my friend Kristen at Storefront Life and was like “My appliance made me cry. In a good way.”
Why? Because not only was it the model we both stood in front of in the store, I really hadn’t gotten the full picture as to just how bad of a state our old fridge was until the new one showed up. Yes I realize you’ve just scrolled past the photos of it and are wondering what’s wrong with me, but when you live with something day to day, you put your blinders on and get on with it.
There is just no comparison.
All this photo needs is a rainbow with some unicorns over it.
Now, there a couple of reasons our old fridge brought us to this new fridge at the store, and it involves a little list I like to call “Things you should look out for when searching for a new refrigerator”.
1) Does the Refrigerator close properly and seal shut?
Let me remind you of this.
You lose a LOT of energy this way. A fridge that closed tightly shut both in the freezer and refrigerator part, were very important to us. And not all fridges, despite being new models did that well. The Frigidaire model was exceptional in this area.
And when you open it up, boom!
Which leads me to…
#2) Does it have enough storage space and adjustable shelves?
Our old fridge had this bulky overhead at the top of it and it took up pretty much half the space of the biggest storage shelf. This one? Nothing. Tons of room everywhere.
And sliding shelves so you’re not scrounging around things to pull out your leftovers.
#3) Is it easy for your kids to access snacks and food?
This was a big one for us and one of the reasons I personally love bottom freezer as well as the Cool Drawer. Our kids don’t need to constantly ask for help getting cheese, pepperoni sticks or even freezies. And if you’re a parent and you’ve bought the giant freezies, you know they’re a pain to store. Not anymore.
The freezer drawer.
#4) Does it have an ice cube and water dispenser and does that dispenser not take up valuable refrigerator space?
I joke that out of everything I miss about our old condo, I missed the ice cube dispenser the most. Five years of ice cube trays and the novelty wears off really fast.
This one does not take up any space inside the fridge which is a huge deal as not all refrigerator models take this into account.
See this photo below again. On the left side, that’s where the water dispenser is.
It barely goes into your inside space leaving you more room to store your taller items.
#5) Is it counter depth?
Five years of walking into a fridge while walking into our kitchen was one of the reasons we moved the location of the fridge after we renovated the kitchen. But the other issue was to make sure that no matter where it was, it would not stick out too far.
The Frigidaire Gallery comes in a Counter Depth model and solved that issue.
It is clean, simple and elegant. And so very complimentary to our modern Scandinavian style kitchen.
If you have any questions or comments on the Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator, sound off in the comments or email me anytime.
Special Thanks to Frigidaire for collaborating with us on this kitchen renovation.
As always opinions on this blog are my own.