The refrigerator that’s right for you

I grew up with a huge frost-free Kelvinator. When Speedy and I bought our first fridge back in the 1990s, we ditched the “frost-free” feature to save on power consumption. It was a 12 cubic foot two-door Kelvinator. That was the fridge we brought when we moved to the suburb in 2001.

In 2004, when we added a kitchen wing to the house, we sold the fridge and bought a smaller one thinking we didn’t need such a large fridge anyway. We got a 7 cubic foot GE fridge and we’re still using it today.

Unfortunately, we made a mistake in thinking that a smaller fridge would be more economical. As it turned out, we cram the fridge silly, overworking the motor. The water dispenser feature on the door that we thought was so cool turned out to be a disappointment. The tube that dispenses the water from the container to the outlet got clogged too often. Filling the two gallon container twice a day became a headache as well.

So, we’re selling the GE fridge and we’re buying a new one. I was looking at the large side-by-side door models, found a Whirlpool model just like this but without the water dispenser. Speedy and I loved its sleek finish and the spacious interiors. The girls thought it was pretty cool. But the price tag of P72,000.00 was a little steep. Still, I was willing to go with it since I would be able to get it on a 12-month installment zero-interest scheme.

But the power consumption is not something that can be solved with a 12-month installment zero-interest scheme. Speedy didn’t look too excited when he found out that it was a 400-watt unit. But, you know, we figured we ought to get the best we can afford and that was that.

Then, yesterday, we found this.

Kelvinator’s designer series. Nine cubic feet, 135 watts, spacious interiors and… well, the woodgrain laminate did it for me. I loved it! So, that’s what we’re getting. The price? P18,999.00. A far cry from the price of the Whirlpool side-by-side door fridge, eh?

What lesson did we learn? Okay, if you’re thinking of buying a new fridge, consider the following:

1. The size of the fridge. The capacity should be just right for the size of your family and shopping routines. If you’re the kind who shops for food everyday or every other day, you won’t need such a large fridge. If you shop only once a week or so, you’ll probably need a model with a large freezer.

2. The dimensions of the fridge. Wide or tall? That depends on the kitchen space available.

3. Check the wattage. New models are constructed to save energy but the energy saving feature varies from brand to brand and from model to model.

4. Metal or plastic? Metal exteriors may seem more durable but they rust. The newer plastic and laminated exteriors may save you a lot of headaches later on.

5. Check the shelves including those on the door. Are they adjustable or not?

Of course, there may be more considerations depending on your specific needs. For us, those are the things that matter.


  1. says

    Connie, 5 years ago when we moved to the condo, we bought a huge side by side Frigidaire without considering the door size AND the size of our service elevator… We ended up removing the main door and the packaging of the fridge in the basement before cramming the fridge inside the elevator… buti nalang nagkasya… :)

  2. says

    Connie, I found a really cool tip on how to make cleaning a ref less of a hassle: line all shelves with saran wrap, including the freezer surface. Makes sense, di ba?

    As for the dispenser problem, I had a water purifier installed in my sink (Watercare seems to be the best brand. They have an office in SM Megamall). Saves a lot of space and money. They will test your water first before they recommend which dispenser to sell you.

  3. dhayL says

    Oh i know what you mean, just because it looks good, it doesn’t mean that it will actually work well for the family. I recently got a new fridge, a side-by-side, stainless steel with water and ice dispencer. The ice dispencer comes very handy as we often drink pop/juice with ice all the time. We have a separate water dispencer, but for some reason we just get the drinking water from the new fridge, after a few months i had to change the water filter and they cost me about $70, i know ang mahal, so i told them not to use the water from the fridge instead. :)

    ASide from the water filter issue, i’m pretty satisfied with my new fridge, it’s big, it has a lot of room fro juices and stuff and my husband doesn’t get mad anymore if the ice-cube container is empty when he needed the ice for his coke! :)

  4. says

    We ended up buying a separate water dispenser too. Sad thing is that it’s another gadget that consumes electricity. And then it broke down too — it still dispenses hot water (for coffee and tea) but the “cold” part doesn’t work anymore. What a headache!

  5. car says

    ms. connie,
    we’re planning to build a home next year in batangas city near SM batangas. the lot area is 120 sqm.. i want 2-storey bldg. with 1 bedroom in the ground floor and 3 bedroom on the 2nd floor. can u please help about the design. Is is possible to have a prayer room on the 2nd floor. thanks.

  6. says

    Soul, I have a sister-in-law who did the same thing. hehehe Binakbak yung door and part of the wall.

    Buti na lang we have this double doors (dining area entrance) na kasya malalaking appliances and furniture.

  7. ester says

    Where did you bought this kind of ref? Can’t find it anywhere in Abenson’s, SM appliance…..Thanks so much

  8. Pamela Mano says

    I’m an interior designer and naturally would go for kelvinator designer series it’s love at first sight. But on the technical side i don’t like to suggest something that would give my client trouble later on. So i would like to ask if yours are having problems technically? i’m going to use it as their ref in the room for light snacks, water, medicines etc. I need your opinion badly cause i wan’t to prove the exasperating contractor i’m not just buying just because it’s nice to look at. ( long story why contractor have a say on it )

  9. naoj says

    we are planning to buy a new refrigerator, we currently have a 7 cu ft., i have 3 children 6, 2, 11 months, and 5 adults in the house. its a bit crampy most of the time so we are thinking of buying something bigger. i prefer to go to the grocery once a week. my husband is thinking a 15 cu ft., but i’m afraid it might be too big. we went scouting at anson’s ADB ortigas, they have wide a range of brands. we are leaning for the 15 cu ft. whirlpool ref because of the grill tray which we find more durable than the tempered glass or plastic trays. but i’m still thinking… or maybe a smaller like 12 cu ft… also, we are looking for an aircon with 1.5hp, we initially ask for a carrier, condura, and g.e.. but the salesman recommends the gree brand, saying that most of the branded airconditions are manucfactured by them and just put their labels on it. so durability wise they are all the same, plus the gree brand is cheaper… what do you think?
    btw, went for the ariston brand for my cooktop and oven, thanks a lot!

  10. says

    Naoj, 5 adults and three kids? A 15 ft3 ref is just right, I think.

    Re, the aircon, I’m not familiar with the Gree brand. We have Uni-air and it’s doing great. Less expansive than Carrier.

  11. says

    It’s performing quite well. Am happy to have chosen it. Used kelivator before decided to switch to GE but was not happy so we switched back to kelvinator. This model is great because the front does not “perspire.”