Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Chill Factor

I'm on deadline and have no time for this, but I am shopping for a new refrigerator. I would rather shop for a new car or a new dishwasher. Just about anything else! I dread cleaning out the old, moving it (we're keeping it. It goes into my husband's garage), cleaning the embarrassing dirt hidden behind/beneath it, etc. Agh! When am I supposed to do all this when I'm trying to write my romance novel?

It's quite a process. After all, buying a refrigerator is a commitment. It's an appliance I hope to live with at least 20 years, although my current model is only 11. It works great. So why am I putting myself through this angst?


I thought I wanted 26 cubic feet with double door, etc. Yet it sticks out into my kitchen like a giant footstool. Two people don't need 26 cubic feet, especially if they have a second model plus a chest freezer in the garage. So I'm downsizing.

Husband and I agreed on the following criteria:

  • Must be made in USA
  • Must have external ice/water dispenser 
  • Must be counter-depth
  • Must be no taller than 69.8"
  • Must be Energy Star rated
  • Must be either white or stainless steel
We discovered few models fit our criteria. Or our kitchen space. Funny how many refrigerators are 70"+ tall. Not that many qualify as Energy Star, either, but that's a must for us. But we've narrowed it down to a couple. Right now the frontrunner is a Maytag 20.6 cu. ft that fits all the criteria. And it's on sale at Lowe's! 

But we're still shopping. Stay tuned in the new refrigerator shopping saga.


Skyewriter said...

I can relate. I have a decision to make about keeping my low mileage car and moving toward leasing instead of owning, but I keep putting off the trip to the dealer to discuss it. I'd far rather be writing. As for refrigerators - when mine quits I'm going to have an even tougher time because I have a really small space to fit it and there aren't a lot of choices. I'd go with the Maytag and get back to the book.

Cheryl Norman said...

Sound advice, Skye. Maytag has served me well so far (Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Gas Range), so I'll order the Maytag and resume writing. Thanks!

Vickie said...

I vote for Maytag, too. LOL.. I haven't shopped for a new fridge in years. My daughter's is digital. I don't think I want all that digital stuff. Just give me a side by side fridge with an ice and water dispenser on the outside, and I will be happy.

Cheryl Norman said...

We bought the Maytag. I now have 2 weeks to clear out the old and move it to the garage. Meanwhile, I must finish Tender Loving Care--Drake Springs Book 4

Thanks for your input, Skye and Vickie.