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Older Amana vs Newer Whirlpool Fridge - which would you choose?

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We are combining households and need to select between 2 refrigerators:

 

Amana: SCD22TBW, white, side by side, purchased new ~1999, energy959kWh/yr

 

Whirlpool: ED5PVEXWS02, stainless, side by side, purchased new ~2009, 577kWh/yr

 

 

Aesthetically and design wise I prefer the Amana. I'm not much for stainless. THe Amana's overall interior seems better designed and made. Shelves and so forth don't seem so cheap. One of the Whirlpools door shelves broke already. Amana has a simple water/ice dispenser and no filter (we have great water). The WP has far too many options for water/ice and a filter that I don't feel we need (maybe I can bypass?). I did have to replace some sensor and maybe a tstat or switch in the Amana's freezer years ago, the cams on the door hinges and tweaked the door seals/adjustments. (all w/ help from this forum!)

 

But the choice does seem somewhat obvious - just thought I'd get a sanity check here...?

 

thanks

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Amana: SCD22TBW, white, side by side, purchased new ~1999, energy959kWh/yr

Whirlpool: ED5PVEXWS02, stainless, side by side, purchased new ~2009, 577kWh/yr

just for the record:

at .10 / Kwh rate

1) 959 Kwh = $ 96 or $ 8.00 per month

2) 577 Kwh = $ 56 or $ 4.67 per month

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Tough decision.... if the amana was manufactured by Whirlpool in 1999, I would say the Amana. Best case scenario, you would get 30 years service out of a 1999 fridge compared to 10 years for 2009 model.

Two approaches,

the first approach I heard about for many years but only until recently did I truly understand it.If it applies in your situation, Keep your wife happy. You certainly don't want to live with either 6 or 16 (depending on which fridge is yours) years of " I told you so's". It ain't worth it.

The second approach is based on logic. If you become an apprentice you would have access to the 40 Watt Club forum and be privy to a class entitled "Logic 101. " Applying the logic found in that post you would keep them both.

Maybe one as a garage fridge or somehow available as a backup. This would also solve the problem explained in the first approach. If this is impractical, then going back to the first approach and if applicable, let her make the decision.

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Tough decision.... if the amana was manufactured by Whirlpool in 1999, I would say the Amana. Best case scenario, you would get 30 years service out of a 1999 fridge compared to 10 years for 2009 model.

 

According to wikipedia re Amana: "In 1997 the company was purchased by Goodman Global (from Raytheon), a heating-and-cooling manufacturer who sold it to Maytag (now part of Whirlpool) in 2002." So that would make our 1999 Amana fridge pre Maytag and pre Whirlpool.

 

So just curious why would you recommend an earlier Whirlpool made Amana over a contemporary Whirpool refrigerator?

 

What about our particular Amana from the early Goodman/Global era vs a contemporary Whirlpool?:

 

Basically we both agree that the Whirlpool has more comtemporary looks on the outside but inside it comes across as 'cheaper'. It is of course only 4 years old vs 14 - that's a 10 year advantage over the Amana! The Amana did have a few problems which I fixed about 10 or so years ago. 

 

Thanks for your response - great 'logic'!

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I would generally recommend a pre-energy star era fridge over post-energy star, but not in all cases. Many would agree that Whirlpool, during the pre-energy star period, made superior products.

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I agree.  You've got two great refrigerators.  That model Amana was one of the last true Amana side by sides.  A real workhorse and definitely a keeper.  But that model Whirlpool is a goodie also.  Mechanical cold control and defrost timer.  Probably the only trouble the Whirlpool will give you would be a bad cold control or compressor relay.  Also a keeper.  I'd keep the Amana in the garage and put the Whirlpool in the kitchen.  May fortune continue to smile on you, my friend.

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Put the one in the the kitchen that makes the wife happy, but don't throw the other away. Put it in the Man Cave, or as I have a Tiki Bar away from the house and kids. Keeps us both happy.

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