Fisher & Paykel Icon E522B 17.3 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Reviews
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Fisher & Paykel Icon E522B 17.3 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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Style, capacity, low noise level with E522BRE

May 5, 2009
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Pros:The solid materials and promise of quiet at last. Style was an added bonus. 

Cons:Three drawers in the freezer; it will force me to organize the frozen food !

The Bottom Line: It's worth the money, especially if I can make it last for 22 years like the last one !


We replaced a whirlpool EB19MK 19.1 cu ft, which still worked although the door was solid with rust and the ice cream may have been at a temperature to make new strains of bacteria. Trading 19.1 for the F & P 17.6 was a tough decision, and the $1500.00 was enough to make a New Englander weep. But the reviewers were right: it's quiet except for the little, occasional, rattle cycle noise and the capacity with an extra shelf is great. The crisper is in 2 pieces, too, for organizing produce and easy cleaning. The style updates our 1975 kitchen with curved doors and a brushed gray metallic handle which defies fingerprints (can't stand the cheesey textured white handles used on some appliances now).  Additionally, the mechanics are completely encased in the back of the new frig (this design feature may relate to the normal rattle sound), so an annoying black lint I used to see when washing the kitchen floor is now gone-possibly it was whirlpool insulation.  This model also fit in our kitchen, with a wall coming in flush to the right. One important note when you have a situation where the door can't be fully opened: when the frig is delivered and before you place it and level it, decide on placement of the shelves. Otherwise you have to roll it out again. It worked for me to make the top shelf 10" down (for 1/2 gallon milks after the door shelf is full. Next one 3" (for butter,eggs, containers), then 9" (for the kitchenaid mixer bowl, pots, etc), leaving a 4" space at the bottom.Basically, I think that the F & P designers probably actually prepare fresh food in their everyday lives.  We like to "buy American", but all the US refrigerators seemed the same and didn't seem to be made for our kitchen or culinary lifestyle. 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 1500.00

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