GE Top Freezer Refrigerators
If you decide to go with a top freezer unit you should probably stick with a brand that is known for reliability. It’s one of those classic fridge styles; so choose a color that isn’t too trendy also. I was curious about how these stacked up pricewise against other configurations and if they were any more reliable.
Is this the cheapest white top freezer I’ve found from all brands? No. I was just curious if it would be more reliable. You can find it in the $550 range; possibly even a little bit cheaper. For being Energy Star rated it is quite affordable. You can use the IM4A kit for ice if that’s important to you and you’re willing to spend a little more money. Noise was an issue; but I’ve even found complaints about this on units that cost several thousands of dollars; especially if they have an icemaker. People who were ok with the noise seemed to have been upgrading from much older models that they’ve had for several decades and thus were used to the noise. This was one of the only models I’ve seen where basically across the board the noise level seemed to drag down the overall rating significantly. I saw so many reviews; and so few stars that I was sure that there was a major issue with it functioning but that wasn’t the case.
The most surprising complaint was problems with the fan and the computer. This pretty much blows apart my theory that going with the bare bones refrigerators usually will save you the most trouble.
I’m mentioning this one because I find it very significant. There aren’t many reviews on this one. However, what’s so different about it is the color. It just states it as silver instead of a stainless steel look or GE’s trademarked CleanSteel finish. This also makes it much cheaper than both of those options; although you will still pay a few hundred more than just a basic white or black top freezer. I also think it would be difficult to match a range to this as well. You would probably need to buy an entire suite including a dishwasher to get an even finish throughout. However, the black handle may coordinate well with some black appliances while still giving your kitchen a quick upgrade.
This one was slightly more expensive than the other white top freezer that I highlighted first so I was curious about what else it provided besides just having more storage space. I was happy to see that it had an ice maker. One reviewer was really happy with the quantity of ice that this seems to put out. There just didn’t seem to be a lot of negatives about this fridge in the few reviews that I could find. It definitely didn’t have all of the complaints of noise issues of the first one.
Usually this is the cheapest configuration that you can find. At 21 cubic feet it will still give you plenty of storage space. The reviews seemed to be pretty reasonable on this unit. It seemed like the buyers understood they were getting a fancy outer finish on a bare bones fridge. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a stainless steel fridge in the $1000 price range instead of a $2000 or $3000. This is because of the lack of features.
I do find that in top freezers there aren’t as many extras; and they tend to skimp on some design elements too in order to cut costs. Take this fridge; it uses black trim and black sides instead of a trendier gray or faux stainless look.
I wanted to see how much the configuration of appliances drives up the pricetag. The big trend is towards bottom freezer drawers and French door styles. You might not have the space or the budget for these items. A top freezer tends to be more affordable; but like with any fridge there will still be complaints and issues. If you can find a reliable brand that you trust sometimes it makes more sense to just go with a refrigerator with good reviews that maybe doesn’t look that nice. If you can live with the design it might last longer than the few years that most of these fridges seem to make it through; but again it all just depends on the parts and the model.