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Do side-by-side fridge/freezers still exist?
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:44 AM
We wanted to get a deep freeze but decided an upright freezer was a better option than a chest freezer (we tend to leave junk on flat surfaces in this house and a chest freezer will just attract more junk on top!).
Our fridge is now packing in so I thought a side by side fridge freezer would be a good option but cannot seem to find any? There's the old fashioned "pigeon pairs" - a matching fridge and freezer but they are 2 separate units.
Anyone know if side-by-side fridge/freezers still exist? Can anyone recommend a good brand? We need decent freezer space for when we bulk buy meat etc.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:49 AM
We bought ours about 12-18 months ago.. Theyd efintally do exist.
We got the BOSCH brand and it is awesome!! Very quiet, and beeps when the doors are left open
this is the one we have..
We played all the nig retailers off against each other, where i live they are all near each other , so was just a matter of walking accross the road, we ended up getting it for about $500 less than RRP
Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:52 AM
I remember seeing them in Harvey Norman and the Good Guys when we were looking for our new fridge 13 months ago.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 11:06 AM
Mine is under a year old and i'm still in with it. Simpson 610L side-by-side in Metro Silver.
Good Guys sold us ours.
Posted 14 March 2009 - 11:12 AM
they still sell them at Harvey Norman. Our house has the space for one and I would really like to get one when this fridge dies...
Posted 14 March 2009 - 11:17 AM
they still sell them at Harvey Norman.
Yes we got ours from there about 5 months ago,ours was $1900 we brought a LG and i love it the door beeps if it's left open to long, lots of space, will be buying one for my mother and a few months for her birthday
Posted 14 March 2009 - 08:57 PM
When we were fridge shopping a few months back there were some/quite a few at the retravision, harvey norman type stores (Kleenmaid had one, but seemed rather $$).
But when you look beware that some are awkward to fit big items in... my brother can't buy frozen pizza's as they just won't fit in any direction. Something else too he has is a drama, can't recall now.
So think about what you usually freeze and check the layout would work for you.
The pigeon pairs seemed a rarity in our experience, only F&P had one when we looked.
There was a very trendy double fridge that had four doors, but the top two opened to one huge fridge space and the bottom two into a huge freezer. Great, but cost the price of 4 fridges, ROFL. Let alone running costs with kids (or DH) opening all doors whilst deciding/looking for what they want.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:37 AM
Thanks everyone. I realised that the two electrical stores I went to (inside a shopping centre) had very limited range and now I have been to Good Guys and Harvey Norman I feel a bit silly seeing as there is a whole SECTION dedicated to the side by sides!
We have narrowed it down to Samsung and Bosch (both without the ice makers which seemed like an expensive addition that we wouldn't use). I HATE wire baskets in the freezer so that eliminated a nice looking Westinghouse.
I love the Bosch brand and we have a fantastic Bosch dishwasher but the sales guy at HN told me the Bosch fridges are made by Daewoo and just badged as Bosch whereas the dishwashers are made in Germany by Bosch so there is a real difference in quality. Not sure how true this is.
I guess after sales service is just as important and the quality of the product. Has anyone had experience with either of these companies after sale?
Thanks also for your input, JennyH. I am taking a dinner plate in today to have a play around with the width. It would be frustrating if someone brought a dessert (or pizza) over and we couldn't fit it in the fridge or freezer!!
Appreciate all your replies.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:17 AM
I would strongly suggest checking the reviews for your brand choice on websites like this one http://www.productreview.com.au/category.php?cat_id=1044 and others.
I was set on a samsung too but decided against based on feedback on these websites.
Each to their own, but please research thoroughly before choosing.
P>s I can get a frozen pizza box in my freezer (Simpson) no problems.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:20 AM
yep we got ours about 18m-2 years ago. it is a westinghouse i think? it is great at retravision the majority were side byt sides not as many top and bottom types
ETA i think it is this one
Edited by Rough-Diamond, 15 March 2009 - 10:22 AM.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:53 PM
Just bought this one:
Westinghouse Fridge - Freezer
The salesman is a guy recommended to us (very no-fuss and just tells it how it is) and he said to me he would choose Australian Made brands every time, thus the Westinghouse decision. He says they will long outlast their Asian counterparts (Samsung etc).
It does have wire baskets in the freezer but he told me this was a necessity for airflow, so I will deal with it. As it has shelves as well, at least I can put things in the drawers that don't spill out (like bloody frozen peas!).
I read some great reviews and also some lukewarm ones on the after sales service but hopefully I won't need to use that and I guess if I run into trouble, I will ring this guy back and ask him for the name of their Westinghouse rep!
Appreciate all your help! Excited about delivery now - how nice to do a complete fridge cull and start again in a beautiful clean fridge/freezer. Ah the things we get excited over!
Posted 28 March 2009 - 03:52 PM
Good choice we have the westinghouse too, never had a problem so after sales wasn't an issue. We went for Australian made to suit Australian conditions - made sense at the time, and happy with price and performance. Ours are now almost 12 yrs old.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 11:06 AM
YAY on the new fridge!
We have a Samsung one and it is great but we got ours for free. I love the glass shelves. I will never ever buy a fridge with plastic shelves again
Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:29 PM
It's sad when you find any old excuse to go to the fridge, just so you can check it out ... again!!
It arrived with a scratch on the door and service has been impeccable - no questions asked replacement has been ordered and will be delivered and fitted in a week.
Glad Mr Rudd's money went back into the Australian market
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