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A review of my Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator

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.

Old fridge Before (9)

The inside view. Cracked shelves. Crooked and broken vegetable compartments.

Old fridge Before (2)

My personal favourite, the seal that kept the bottom freezer open.

At all times.

Old fridge Before (4)

Old fridge Before (8)

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.

Old fridge Before (5)

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.

Old fridge Before (6)

And nothing says I don’t fit in like a non counter depth fridge.

Old fridge Before (1)

That you walk right into when you walk into the kitchen.

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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.

Frigidaire Gallery Counter Depth

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Counter Depth

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.

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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!

Storage Space!

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Inside View (1)

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Inside View (2)

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.

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Inside View (4)

#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.

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The freezer drawer.

Frigidaire Gallery - Freezer inside

#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.

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Inside View (3)

Frigidaire Gallery Water Dispenser

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.

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Inside View (1)

#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.

Frigidaire Gallery Refrigerator Counter Depth

It is clean, simple and elegant. And so very  complimentary to our modern Scandinavian style kitchen.

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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.

 

11 Comments

  • Reply
    Danica
    September 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Hearing so many bloggers using the Frigidaire products I’ve become very intrigued so I took a look at the website. Unfortunately, they only have one 36′ fridge option. 🙁 I was dead set on buying everything Samsung for our kitchen but after hearing so many bad reviews I am now shifting towards something different.

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      Alex
      September 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

      What size fridge do you need? I know you’ve worked so hard on your home.

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        Danica
        September 21, 2015 at 11:55 am

        We need a 36″ wide fridge which is basically the largest size. Living in the country I will never make the mistake again of purchasing a small fridge and I do not want a second fridge in my home. Something I really enjoyed about the Fridigaire website is the appliance selector tool! I love that it was so easy to find the very specific type of appliance I was looking into.

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    Corinne
    September 21, 2015 at 9:44 am

    We bought that exact same fridge! I specifically chose Frigidaire appliances because of the anti-smudge factor. I can’t wait for our kitchen to be done! Yours looks amazing 🙂

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      Alex
      September 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

      You’re going to love it. It’s also magnetic all over so if you want, you can put kids artwork on it. The anti smudge factor though is amazing. I wipe it down with a simple cleaner and it’s all gone. That’s one of the reasons back in the day I was so hesitant on getting stainless steel appliances but they’ve changed so much in the past decade.

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    Susan
    September 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    When you move do you have to leave the fridge and other appliances for the new owners? I live in South Africa and when we move we take all the appliances to our new home. That fridge is huge. I have not seen Frigidaire here, but Samsung and LG make a similar looking one.

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      Alex
      September 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      It depends on the sale agreement. In this case, the buyers requested all of the appliances in the purchase because they loved them so much. It’s bitter sweet that we have to leave them because the new home appliances are awful and will have to be replaced once we renovated that upcoming kitchen. They also requested our fireplace and a couple of other things we made via DIY projects. It’s immensely flattering but now we’re both going “Ok. Starting from scratch.” LOL

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    Tara
    September 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    It’s beautiful, Alex! I love that it’s counter depth, and the finish is perfect with your new kitchen.

    Also – milk in a bag! I haven’t seen that in years! Bringing me back…

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    Sarah Anderson
    January 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    These are some really good ways to tell if you should get a new fridge. Probably the biggest one is the first one, because of how much money you can loose over it in both the electric bill as well as the food bill. There are even more things to look for with your fridge though, you can find five more at this site:
    mcivers.biz/5-signs-you-need-a-new-fridge/

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    Sarah Anderson
    June 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    If your fridge doesn’t properly seal, it definitely needs to be replaced. It’s a waste of money on your energy bill, but it can also waste your money because food gets ruined from not being cold enough. Good to see that you were able to get yourself a new refrigerator that you love though, it’s really pretty!

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    Tricia Kennedy
    January 2, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    We just bought this fridge plus other Frigidaire appliances today. Thanks for the reassuring review!

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