Great capacity, a lot of annoyances
Space For Tall Items
I've had this fridge for about a year now so I figured I'd weigh in with some long-term experience. I will start off by noting that I haven't had most of the problems from some of the other reviews. I have not had any problems with the ice maker, but I live in a dry climate (seems some of the ice maker problems are humidity-related). My fridge is whisper quiet—you have to listen very carefully to tell if it's running or not. I have the thermostat set to 34, the stuff on the top shelf measures 37.4 degrees. I haven't had any problems with spoilage.<br /><br />That said, there are some simple functional design flaws that get on my nerves and given what I paid for it, it has not completely met my expectations.<br /><br />Let me lead in by saying if you are getting this fridge, make sure you measure carefully. The guidelines that Sears gives are accurate, but this thing is a beast. Check your front clearance if you have an island or other obstruction…this fridge is 4 deeper than my last one. However, the capacity is outstanding, and I have yet to fill it up—even with holiday leftovers.<br /><br />The first negative thing I noticed was that the water is not very cold. It comes out at about 47.2 degrees, which is barely colder than my tap water. If my fridge is set at 34, I expect the water to come out at 34. It is not cold enough for my liking at all. The other problem is that the water reservoir is very small—I would guess 8 or 10 ounces. After the first cup of water, it only gets warmer from there. So, I find myself always having to add ice, which is an annoyance.<br /><br />The in-door ice maker capacity is also very small. The designers recognized that and it comes with a tray for keeping extra ice in the freezer. However, if you're having a party you have to plan ahead. The Ultra Ice feature, which uses convection to speed up ice production, works great. I haven't measured it, but it seems like it produces a batch every hour or so. That said, it shuts off automatically after it fills back up (or it may be 24 hours, not exactly certain). If you have guests staying with you, or a big project on a hot summer day, the in-door ice will deplete very quickly. It would be nice if I didn't have to keep turning the Ultra Ice back on during busy times.<br /><br />The door alarm is a nice feature if you have kids. However, for $3,000, I would have expected a motion sensor as well to detect if someone is actively using the fridge. It's really annoying to have to turn the alarm off every time I unload groceries.<br /><br />This model has 2 slide-away shelves, which retract about halfway back in case you need to put something tall in front of that shelf. However, I've found them to be quite dangerous. A little bump will cause the shelf to retract, and depending on what is on the shelf, it can dump off whatever was on it.<br /><br />There is a hump in the back center of the main (bottom) fridge shelf, presumably to make room for mechanical stuff behind it. It takes away a good 36 square inches of usable space. As I said, I've never filled up the fridge, but it's odd to have so much space taken from the back of the main shelf--it's just empty cubic footage.<br /><br />The left crisper drawer opens with just the left French door open. However, you have to open both French doors to open the right crisper drawer due to the design. It's a minor annoyance but it would have been a very simple issue to fix, and I would have expected the Sears engineers to have enough experience to anticipate it.<br /><br />The air filter works pretty well, but if you have something really smelly, like a piece of meat with a dry rub on it, it will not keep up, even with the turbo mode on. However, it does clean the air very quickly after the food is gone.<br /><br />So, that's about it. Like I said, it's a great fridge with tons of capacity, but I expected more for the price, and it seems like they cut some corners for what is supposed to be one of their top-of-the-line models. However, if you need capacity like I did, there aren't a whole lot of other options out there. If I had to do it over again I can't say for sure that I wouldn't buy this fridge again, but I would compare it more carefully to other similar-sized models first.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months