pretty sure that the appliance manufactures have marketing departments that have researched consumer desires and they have adjusted their product line accordingly. meaning if 90% of customers want a feature that they design that feature into 90% of their product line.
i have provided CONCRETE data based on what actual stores sell and the ratio of products with the features in question. so far u have only provided anecdotal evidence / opinion. if u have some actual data on the subject please post it.
i still don't see how that makes it a must have for most as you claim. i worked as a mover part time back when i was in school. a little less than half the time the ice maker wasn't even hooked up. yes it's a must for some like kgout33 but plenty or people would rather have the door space and aren't bothered by having to open the freezer to get to the ice maker.
with a family the number of times a day that the fridge / freezer would be opened and closed every day for water and ice would be a huge energy waste. and u made a huge assumption that everyone refills the ice tray or puts more water bottles in the fridge after the last one was used. in that case u end up with a lot of grumpy folks that don't have ice or cold water (the 2 most used items in a fridge / freezer). with an ice maker and water dispenser that is never a problem as u always have both available.
not sure about where u live, but where i live (and at all my friends houses) the ice maker is hooked up and used all of the time.
they make both types (with and without) since some people do not want that feature or they may want to save costs and buy a cheaper fridge. but for most families it is a must have feature.
if u want one without save the money and buy one without. if u have a family ur likely not going to buy one without.
sears shows 166 out of 178 side by sides fridges have through the door dispensers.
lowes shows 131 out of 137 side by sides with through the door dispensers.
home depot shows 114 out of 126 side by sides with through the door dispensers.
sears has 156 out of out of 274 french door fridges through the door dispensers.
home depot shows 114 out of 126 french door frisges with through the door dispensers.
It's just personal preference. Personally, I hate the in-door water/ice dispenser on fridges - it's usually one of the biggest problem points. I've had refrigerators from almost all the major manufacturers (that's keeping in mind that 1 manufacturer like Whirlpool may cover 4-5 brand names) and the first or second thing to go wrong is almost always the ice/water dispensers. Whether it's the control panel, the ice getting jammed, or the water leaking, it tends to be a common issue.
Maybe I have just bought 5 lemons in a row across various manufacturers, I don't know. I'm sure 1000 people can come here with anecdotal evidence or personal/familial experiences about how great they are and how reliable they are. That's great, I'm glad for you. I'm just sharing my experiences.
That being said, I just picked up this same fridge (in white) from Lowes a couple days ago, with a 5 year warranty, which I NEVER usually buy, because I don't trust the quality of any fridges anymore (F-you Samsung, you're the worst of all). btw, thanks SD for the constant 10% off codes generators.
We just started researching fridges yesterday and I passed on this deal because I thought I wanted a fridge with an external dispenser. After doing some research I still really want a french door, but have seen that the ice maker on the door does cause a lot of problems--mainly because it is in the fridge compartment in the french door model. Long story short--went back to this deal and it is out of stock. Going to check the store today.--Checked with local Costco---they usually don't have this model in the store.
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