fridges and such
Does anyone have any experience with Gorenje fridges? Yes, I just spent two hours researching fridges. I’m renovating, which is awesome, and I’m so looking forward to moving into my upgraded, modern, compact apartment, but for the meantime I’m stuck figuring out which fridge would be best. Because it’s a small flat with a very efficient design (my interior architect is brilliant) slimness is of the essence, so this Gorenje fridge, being merely 54 cm wide, seems a safer choice than the standard Siemens style I’d probably go for otherwise. Also it’s about 30% cheaper, and have curvy doors, which I’m having trouble visualising. And I’d never heard of Gorenje until this evening.
So, of course, I googled. It seems Gorenje is a Slovenian brand that’s only been on the Norwegian market for a few years. I can’t find any regular people talking about their Goranje experiences, but consumer tests done on models no longer for sale have Goranje fridges scoring well, only just under Siemens and Bosch, and above Whirlpool and various other brands. There’s a sentence in one of the tests noting that Gorenje fridges are very quiet.
Last time I bought household equipment I followed the old Norwegian rule: just make sure the engine’s German, and you’ll be fine. This brand new kitchen is being bought at IKEA (a third the price and people say just fine) and to get the built in things easily IKEA-fied, the stove, dishwasher and microwave are Whirlpools. That felt strange. It’s not German! Can anybody but the Germans build dependable household machines?
Scott asked whether there’d be an ice dispenser. Sorry, no! Europeans really don’t do — or even care about — ice the way Americans do. American fridges are fairly easily available in Norway now, which wasn’t the case a few years ago, but they’re still three times the price and way too wide for most kitchens.
Honestly. Fridges. The details one gets caught up in. But hey, at least I’m not wasting time considering the fridge with a TV in the door!