I've previously had two large side-by-side fridges. As most people know, these fridges have oodles of space in them, but are awkwardly narrow. You also get hot zones at the top of the unit, so frozen things aren't quite so frozen up top, etc. I was hoping this french door unit would resolve that. It hasn't quite. It's beautiful and gets lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" from guests for all the tricks it does, but fundamentally there are some issues.
First, the positives:
1) Technology: If you're a geek for technology, get ready! The TEMPERATURE controls are embedded in that glitzy touch screen above the ice/water dispenser...they aren't knobs inside the unit like every other fridge I've ever had. Also, the thing has sensors that can tell if the door is open, so it'll start dinging after 5 minutes if you don't close the door! It also has the ability to lock the ice/water, which is nice if you have kids....and it can do a few other cutesy things too. Your money basically gets you touch screen design instead of buttons. Very fun for neighbors/guests, but you won't touch most of these buttons on a day-to-day basis.
2) FRIDGE space: Emphasis here on "fridge"...that upper portion of the unit. The unit makes great use of all the available space, with tons of adjustable cubbies, bins and shelves. If your diet is fridge-heavy, you'll really like all the shelves and space. And you'll love not having to bend down all the time to get things. It's incredibly ergonomically friendly.
3) French doors: As weird as it is adjusting to opening in a sequence (FIRST the right, then SECOND the left door...even my guests get confused) it really does make the space far more usable. It helps when I make big trays of food and need to chill them. Major improvement over side-by-side.
4) Perceived Quality: Everything (for the most part) feels very high quality and good for the price point. I will say that the crisper/veggie drawers seem a little flimsy, though.
5) General Operation Sound Level: This is pretty quiet, but you can still hear it. I'm not dissatisfied with the sound level when it's running. And because it's new, it doesn't run very much, which adds to the perception of quiet.
1) FREEZER Space: I was surprised at how little freezer space there is. It's not nothing, but compared to the side-by-side, there's quite a bit less space....hard to quantify, but let's say I can fit about 10 more tater tot bags in the side by side than this. This design is brutal because of the sliding drawers. You can't overfill the drawers (ONLY to the top of them!) so it makes me cautious to overbuy things. I tend to be a stocker at sales, so this is risky. It's the single biggest disappointment with the unit. Something about the drawer-face thickness (the face is so big!) and the plunging ceiling (is the compressor motor in there above the freezer?) makes it quite small.
2) Ice/Water Dispenser: The water flow is great, and the filter is easy to replace, but the ice comes out in lurching amounts...it's almost comical how erratically it dumps ice on people's hands as it spews out. And the ice machine isn't really muffled, so this whisper quite unit is abruptly loud when it dumps ice into the tray. Also, the paddles are awkward to use. They have virtually no travel to them at the prime pressure point where my glass hits them, so when you press your glass against them, sometimes they suddenly turn off. I find that I have to press my FINGERS against the BOTTOM of the paddles to get them to operate properly. A strange oversight on such an old concept.
Overall, I'm happy enough with the look and feel of the unit to keep it, but I certainly would recommend that you trial the water/ice paddles AND the freezer space before buying to make sure you're satisfied with these detractions.