I give up; I’m not sinking more money into my horrible LG refrigerator. My ice maker went out at 2 yrs, so I replaced it. Then a bit later the interior plastic tubing for the maker cracked, so we’ve been manually adding ice for a while now. Being a first-world problem I just dealt with, but now the flap of the dispenser is broken so I had to block it, and getting ice is a huge PIA because it’s hard to get into. I’m kinda broke at the moment and I’m not going to be able to spend for the size and perks I want, but the freezer capacity is a high priority for us. My LG was a roomy 26 cu ft. with 10 cu ft being the freezer, but the large icemaker takes up valuable shelf space. (I learned that the disintegrating water tubes is a really common issue with LGs, and I’m going to do my best to avoid buying another one.)
Now my question; does the capacity listing just mean the dimension of the box itself, or does it refer to the actual usable space? I found a really nice Samsung on deep clearance that has the ice maker in the door vs on a shelf, but it’s only 21.5 cu ft with 7.5 of freezer space (as compared to my current 10 cu ft.). So I was wondering if the difference of actual usable freezer storage might not be all that significant since the icemaker is in the door?
Here’s what I’m looking at, but man, dropping from my current 26.5 cu ft capacity to 21.5 has me worried.
Is the fridge usable still? I’d just disconnect the ice maker/water line and get a portable ice maker. Doesn’t answer your question, but I’ve been using the same fridge for over 10 years, so I know nothing about them.
We’ve looked at those before and was going to go that route, but we have -9’ of counter space in our itty-bitty kitchen, and the air fryer and microwave take up a big chunk of it already. Good suggestion though! (And the ice and water have been long disconnect, and now the maker is just a fancy looking ice container that’s hard to get into 10X a day. lol)
Oh man, regretting going smaller is what I’m worried about. I can live with a smaller frig side, but I can’t lose any workable freezer space. I guess I’ll just have to get a measuring tape and see how much comparable space there is between an in-door maker, and my current shelf one.
We currently have an LG, and it has served us well. Now, I bought this having sworn off that brand because of our previous one. The icemaker was the issue. Judging from the reviews on each between Samsung and LG, there were many more in favor of the LG by a magnitude.
Took a chance with the LG, and it has served flawlessly for 5 years now. It’s the fancy one with a see-through door- in a - door. 2 ice makers, one in the door and one in the chest freezer. So far so good. Pay your money and take your chances.
The water dispenser is inside, and ice is in the bottom freezer drawer. I don’t have a good benchmark for how the space compares, since all my previous fridges were whatever junk came with the apartment. I think the French door thing is love it or hate it. My family is a bit… rough with things, so the freezer tends to get overfilled and the drawer slammed, which crushes stuff. It’s pretty, though.
I have that exact Samsung - by all that’s holy, do not buy it!!! Its ice maker is a POS, and hasn’t worked right since day one. Samsung Service says it’s a “design flaw,” not a product defect, so washed their hands of it.
Measure all the way into the space for the fridge. We have an older fridge whose ice dispenser unit needed some repairs. After a couple of visits and fixes we finally decided to replace the fridge. They do not make standard units that will fit through either door of our kitchen! Now i just open the door, grab the ice and swear at the manufactures who don’t think about older (50 years or so) homes.
Oh yeah, the efficiency of the new manufacture is another realm. The newer LG has a linear compressor, electromechanically driven piston. Latest-greatest. We’ll see how well that endures. I know of old fridges that look like a late 30’s Buick that still work.
Do you have a garage? If your refrigerator is there and the water not hooked up then you have an additional 10 cuft of freezer plus you can store some in the ice cube tray! and what is left of refrig space can hold all the beer and snacks
We do not have the water hookup so we use old-fashioned Ice trays and store in bags what is not used.
I’ve seen comments on the web from people who have countertop ice makers. They can make 22 lbs in 24 hours. Some of them are not connected to water supply - you pour water into a reservoir and it converts to ice. Might be a better solution than having the ice maker inside the freezer.