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Fridge ahoy!

We have finally ordered a refridgerator, and it is due to arrive on Wednesday!

Our quest for a fridge was not quite epic, but rather more prolonged than it might have been due to C.'s diligent gadget-oriented research compulsions, combined with his very limited non-work schedule and my enabling. We started at John Lewis, diverged off to the Miele Experience Centre near Oxford, had an enduring tangent made possible by an ad in Olive magazine, veered back by way of Comet and Curry's (but not Donner or Blitzen), and finally ordered it online last night. All of this took several weeks.

Along the way, I learned that John Lewis rebrands AEG fridges and that Miele rebrands Liebherr fridges. Now you know how to buy cheaper versions of each.

The Miele Experience Centre is wonderful and informative and they don't actually sell anything directly, so they're all information with very little sales pitch. Alas, they only have the latest models which, this time of year, mostly means models which won't be available to purchase until October. I wasn't interested in waiting quite that long for a fridge.

It's been an ongoing source of hilarity to me that we don't have a fridge. All easily spoilable food must be bought within a few hours of eating it. (Thank goodness for grapes and tomatoes.) C. and I must coordinate our meals more actively than usually, since there's nowhere to store unused leftovers. There was little point buying a cooler, since then we'd be constantly buying ice as well. Most reactions to this situation have been exceedingly English: horror at having nowhere to keep milk for tea. Fortunately, C. takes his coffee black and I don't drink black tea, with or without milk.

Lack of cold also means a degeneration in my drinks. I usually drink cold water and lovely juices in a given day. These days, fridgeless, I drink canned and boxed drinks, Appletiser and boxed pineapple juice and ginger beer. The average sugar quotient is higher and the vitamin doses lower. Pineapple juice suffers least from being boxed, I think, of all the juices.

The fridge comes Wednesday. A day to settle the coolant. A day to get it cold. By Friday, we can buy food for more than one meal at a time.

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_nicolai_
Aug. 4th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
If a Miele appliance is a cheaper Liebherr then I fear the pricetag of Liebherr!
(... I thought Liebherr made cranes...)
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
No, it's vice versa. Miele products cost more than the Liebherr ones.

You're right, they also make cranes.
_nicolai_
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see about the cost.
Every other crane I see on the move on roads seems to be made by Liebherr.
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
How attentive you are to on-street writing! I couldn't've said what brand cranes tended to be.
_nicolai_
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
It's not easy being nerdy about machinery all the time, but someone has to do it.
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your dedication to the cause.
noncalorsedumor
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
You'll be pleased to know that my husband is also dedicated to this cause, letting no machinery go unnoticed.
sioneva
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yay fridge! Yay fridge!!

So what is the cool (pun only vaguely intended) appliance like?
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
More fridge than freezer, c. 200 cm high and 60 cm wide, stainless steel. Those were always the most important details. In the end, we went for a end-of-stock, on sale, last year's Miele as the cheaper way of getting a high end fridge. Thus, since we saw the forthcoming Mieles, I look at it and see all the ways it doesn't have this year's wizzy little feature tweaks. Also, it has the stupid plastic date wheels in the freezer. But I'm sure I'll get over those minor lacks in the face of a functional fridge!

(Also, although Liebherr do more-or-less identical - and cheaper - versions of the Miele fridges, C. liked the shelf-edging that the Mieles had and the Liebherrs didn't. Their casings are the same - some of their furnishings are minorly different. Siemens was the also ran - my only major objection was the stupid text labels on its internal compartments. (Such as a freezer drawer labeled "Pizza Box".) Again, really trivial thing that I would have learned to ignore rapidly.)
chamaeleoncat
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Is this common over there? Most of the houses we've looked at include fridges, although I know that they can sometimes be left out. If we get the house we placed a bid on this morning (not a certainty, but we're hopeful), we will get the fridge, range/oven, and dishwasher, but not the washer and dryer. Fortunately we have those sitting in D's parent's basement, waiting for us to have somewhere to put them.
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Relatively common. Houses can come with appliances - it's listed in the ad if they do. In this case, the vendors offered to sell us their appliances. We figured that if we were going to spend money specifically on appliances, we'd rather pick out new ones ourselves, especially since we knew we were going to be redoing the kitchen.

Good luck with the house!
chamaeleoncat
Aug. 4th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
They've accepted our bid as of just a few minutes ago. Now we just have to make it successfully through the rest of the process!
owlfish
Aug. 4th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hurray! I hope it goes smoothly. At least you're in the US, where it doesn't usually take more than about a month to complete!
justinsomnia
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for finally having a fridge! You should spend the entire weekend drinking non-boxed juice and dining on perishable foods in celebration.
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