I don’t understand people sometimes. Okay, pretty much all the time. Some friends of ours suffered a grievous loss a couple weeks ago. Their kitchen range died. No oven, no burners, nothing worked. It’s old, it was tired. We kept checking in. Did they buy a new one? No. Did they find a new one to buy? Nope. Apparently not even looking. Living large with a microwave and toaster I guess. They normally do a lot of cooking. Good food, good cooks both of them. What the hey?
Then this week I realized our refrigerator was not performing up to snuff. Several tests with a digital thermometer showed temps of 50 degrees inside. And sometimes higher. Ideal refrigerator temps should be in the 35-37 degree range. Not good. It’s old. And tired. We set about to researching the ideal replacement, window shopping online. Lowes. Home Depot. Best Buy. Even ABC Warehouse (never one of my favorite shopping experiences).
There are thousands of options out there. We wanted a bottom-freezer option. Hundreds of options. Preferably not a side-by-side. Dozens of options. White. Low double digit options. And the big one: it had to fit in the opening. Maybe less than a dozen options, none of them good. Too small. We’d lose 2 or 3 cubic feet of storage. The size refrigerator we have now no longer exists. We can either have too big, or too small. The best-selling units are HUGE. Too tall, too wide, and/or too deep. (And someone explain to me how a refrigerator can be worth over $8000!) Reading the user reviews is always entertaining, ranging from EXCELLENT!!! to THIS IS A PIECE OF CRAP DO NOT BUY!!!! Rarely much in between.
So after a few hours on two computers researching every store and every brand available, we were tired and grumpy and we finally understand why our friends have pretty much given up trying to replace their range: too many freaking options, none of them acceptable.
We did eventually find a Samsung that would be as close to perfect as we can get. We’d have to order it. But first we wanted to go look at Samsungs and talk to salespeople. (One user comment was from a guy replacing a 29-year-old unit. He asked the salesman the life expectancy of the new unit he was looking at. He was told 7 years. Ouch.)
In the meantime, for the past 24 hours I’ve been messing with the temperature settings in the 18-year-old Amana. Huh. The temps are now holding down in the low 30 degree range. I’m calling off the quest, before we drive ourselves crazy, and hoping this unit lasts another 18 years.