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Rated 3 out of 5Â by psilver1 Basic Fridge
I have had this unit for 2 weeks. I replaced a White Westinghouse 17 cu. ft fridge with this. I had my previous unit since 1997 and never had one issue. In the past year the unit's motors had started becoming louder to the point where it was distracting, so I figured it was time to modernize and get a unit with more room.
I truly wanted a bottom freezer, but I could not find one that would fit below 69 inches in height, which I needed due to my kitchen cabinets coming out above where the refrigerator sits.
I chose this unit due to its capacity, yet shorter stature. Plus everyone gave it positive reviews and said it was extremely efficient.
My first impression of it was that there was a LOT more room in the fresh foods area. The freezer, while larger than my previous, had a rack in the middle of it, which makes for organizing your frozen foods easier, but also limits the amount of tall items you can stand up. I like to go to Sam's Club and buy things like egg rolls, pizza, steak sandwiches, and pot pies. Some of them come in tall boxes that are challenging to fit in to this freezer, but I basically made it work. I was hoping for a little more room. The ice maker eliminates about 20% of the freezer space, but the tray can be removed if you are not using it.
The ice maker is good, although I really have no use for it. I drink hardly anything but filtered water these days, and I keep a pitcher of it in the refrigerator so my water is always cold anyway. The issue I have with the ice maker is that this model has no way of filtering the water that makes the ice, so there is really point in drinking filtered water if you are going to put unfiltered ice cubes in it.
As for loudness issues....my previous refrigerator, when it was working as it should, was of average volume when on. I have a quiet household, and when it turned on, I generally would know it from the other room. This is the same. While it is not distracting, it is definitely not whisper-quiet like many of the other modern units. When this unit comes on, there is an audible pop each time, followed by the typical hum you would expect from a basic refrigerator. It runs about as often as my other units, as far as I can tell at this point. I typically live in a warmer household, keeping my AC on as high as 78 or 80 during the summer because my house stays fairly dry even in the Carolina humidity.
The fresh foods area is very wide, with a convenient drawer for me to put deli meats and such in it. I had to remove one of the shelves as I did not really need it, and it allowed me to move the top shelf lower so I could get a good-sized water pitcher in there without it banging the top each time I removed it. I am still getting used to having glass shelves as opposed to the old wired shelving. I will say that the height of the fresh foods is lower than my previous unit. I am 5'11 and have to stoop down a bit to see everything on the top shelf. This is due to the freezer being slightly larger, I assume.
I am hoping I get used to it like everything else. I have to remind myself that I had my previous unit for a long time and you get used to how things are and their placement. Any change and your mind is going to think that is a problem. The unit seems solid.
May 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Melanderthal Having Temperature Issues
Waiting on Maytag warranty repair to check out the temperature stability issue. I also had to turn the temperature setting at almost its lowest to reach a normal temperature.
May 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Cozwynn Bigger on the Inside!
I have been wanting a new refrigerator for a long time now but being in an apartment with an alcove for the fridge has made it difficult to upgrade. I had a 14.4 cu ft and it just wasn't cutting it. I was tired of playing food tetris. In comes the Maytag 20.6 cu ft. I love it! Not only do I have room for my "normal" shopping, I can now stock up on meats etc to freeze.
The delivery was a tad crazy though; Our window was 11 am to 2 pm and my phone rang at 6:30 am and the fridge was here ... This was the friday after Thanksgiving and I was dead tired. They were patient as we scrambled to empty the old fridge. The ease in which it went in was awesome and we asked them to remove the ice maker (we didn't need it as we don't have a connection) and they were in and out in less then 1/2 hour.
Noise; The compressor without the ice makeer is whisper quiet. In fact, if I didn't have all that room inside the fridge I wouldn't even know I had a new one.
Visibility; It's AWESOME to have a fridge with glass shelves and to be able to see into the meat, produce and fruit drawers.
Door shelves; I find them to be very sturdy. Yes, I've only had the unit for 3 days but haven't fund any wobbling or instability even with larger items.
Overall I am happy with the purchase. Black Friday deal and got $ 200 off (which is why I pulled the trigger). Works well in a small kitchen and the footprint isn't huge!
December 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JRains Great product for Price
I am very pleased with this purchase. I needed it to replace an older model. I am happy with the ice maker and shelving. Glad it had a cheese drawer, since so many others did not. I ordered online and had it delivered for free. They set it up and moved my old one out side. My only complaint is it took about 16 days to be delivered which was a bummer. Also, they recommend purchasing their ice maker water line in checkout but it is very short. I had to run my line into the basement and back up the floor to the sink and needed way more than only 5 ft of line. It was very hard to return to the store because it isn't labeled. The fridge is also a little loud when it is running water to the ice maker, however, it's been about two weeks and I hardly notice it anymore. Overall, I would recommend this product I am happy with my purchase, and I feel like I got the best fridge for the price.
August 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Joyce I love my new refrigeator!
I love my new refrigerator. I have only had it for a few weeks but I am very impressed with the room inside. I don't know how energy efficient yet because I haven't had it long enough to tell. It is a little noisy at times but not enough to discourage my delight in having it. The delivery and haul away men were very professional. Thank you Home Depot!
September 17, 2013