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celestina89

@Lori: I think price depends not only upon quality but also longevity and replacement costs. The average refrigerator/freezer combo is less than $2500. I've never had a 'fridge totally give up the dust in less than 30 years. Even a new compressor or motor costs today less than $600 including installation.

The refrigerator/freezers I've purchased over the years have all served me well. I've paid anywhere from $600 to $1500 for each of them. To date, I have paid less than $5000 for all the refrigerators I've purchased and owned. But then, the only time I buy a new 'fridge is when I've sold it (1) along with the house. The rest (2), I tend to move them to my new abode. I'm fixing to buy one more 'fridge for my cottage in the woods in a couple years as the people who are buying my ranch house will include my current one.

There are quite a number of brands over the years that have quality, longevity and few if any repairs. The key to most is maintenance of the condenser and the appliance.

BTW, I've had a Kitchen-Aid that is now 34 years old and still going strong (gave it to someone who needed a fridge). I've also had a Whirlpool that was 18 years when I sold the house. I visited the people 5 years ago and they still had that same 'fridge. So that one was 32 years and still counting - and it still looked good. Both of them cost in the $500-800 range. My current one is a Samsung I purchased for $1100 in 2008 which makes it 11 years old. Never had a repair on it and it still looks new.

So, price isn't a high factor for me in deciding which 'fridge/freezer to purchase. I generally look for quality and longevity as well as function at the lowest possible price.

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Carol Ruperto

I had wood floor in the kitchen of my previous home with a rug between island and range wall and hated it. The rug and floor was a misery to keep clean. In my new home I had tile inserted between the island and range wall and have insisted on this with another home we are building.

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