Most people will go for a vintage look, because of the bright, bold colours and the more rounded shapes common to retro refrigerators, which are absent when using modern day refrigerators, designed to blend with the monotone style of today’s kitchens. If you have a lot of retro kitchen appliances then a retro refrigerator is a must have.
This brings us to the second dilemma, do you get an original antique refrigerator or its modern counterpart with a vintage look, but incorporating all the benefits of the modern refrigerator. If you are going for the “real” thing keep in mind the energy costs, not to mention no automatic defrosting and the lack of most other features modern fridges come with nowadays.
You could opt for a contemporary refrigerator with an old-style look but this of course comes with a price, as some of the companies producing retro refrigerators with modern components tend to include their retro design efforts in the price tag. So if you want the best of both worlds, be warned.
One of these companies is Smeg and the general consensus seems to be – apart from the sound of the name – that Smeg refrigerators are too pricey, not very energy efficient and have little room inside compared to the size of the fridge. Most people seem to agree that they are beautifully designed on the outside though. Maintenance seems to be another complaint. A lot of users are complaining that the cost of replacing broken parts – like the plastic rails inside the door or the rubber lining – is out of proportion.
Northstar seems to be very well liked when you check the online forums. It gets good quality points on outfitting like the drawers, containers and door seal. One poster put it like this “using a car comparison, the Big Chill is a Hyundai, the Northstar is a Volvo.”
Which obviously brings us to Big Chill retro refrigerators where the major complaint seems to be the icemaker taking up too much space. As a pro many people mention that Big Chill uses Whirlpool, which makes it easier to order replacement parts or get it serviced.
Still, what it very much boils down to is your own personal taste and there is no one in the world who is going to convince you not to buy once you have your mind set on the one and only of those retro refrigerators that looks cool to you.
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