Based on unofficial research (ie. checking our other people's fridges) I'd say we're pretty atypical in terms of what we keep in our refrigerator. I don't buy packaged drinks, like juice boxes, soda or iced tea, just milk, OJ and occasionally apple cider. As a result, we seem to have a lot more space in our fridge compared to others. 99% of our meals are vegetarian, so we don't have a need for a lot of meat storage, specifically deli meats and cheeses. Hence, our fridge can sometimes look quite spacious.
Ice20 has made it easier to access our food and keep items visible and not forgotten (=spoiled). It's helpful to be able to see into the Easy Access drawer from inside the main compartment of the fridge.
Speaking of the Easy Access drawer, that's been the most unique feature of the Ice20 for our family (along with the door-mounted water and ice dispenser).
The refrigerator doors are deep, allowing a variety of items to fit inside. While it seems like our last fridge had more space, or at least a layout that allowed for a long line of jars and bottles (it wasn't a French door fridge), I think I'm more organized with the Ice20 because I need to be selective about what is stored on the doors.
The freezer has been exceptionally easy to keep organized, due to the compartmentalized drawers.
|Indulging in a bit of empty calories there with those seasonal Peppermint Ice Cream sandwiches|
The freezer storage is two-tiered with dividers within each space. This is really helpful in keeping things from sliding around, which was a problem with my last freezer. Items would inevitably find themselves wedged in the back or bottom, freezer-burnt and forgotten (remember I said how hard it was to pull that old drawer out?). With this freezer, I can stack things and keep like items with like items, helping contain wayward bags and cartons of frozen food. My son likes to grab the waffles or pancakes out in the morning, which helps expedite his breakfast. I'm half joking when I say I'm sorry the Ice20 doesn't have a toaster attachment. :)
To add even more storage space to the freezer, there are NO ice cube trays to fill and take up room thanks to the filtered water dispenser and ice maker built into the refrigerator door. It was a little hard losing that upper space inside the main fridge compartment, but it's well worth it.
Now that probably has no value for anyone but me, so I'll expound upon some of the other cool features like the Measured Fill option, where I can take any cup and have the machine fill it to 8 oz. like it is a measuring cup.
The water and ice dispenser has also been a big feature for my older son, who definitely drinks more water now as a result. The ice cubes are smaller than your typical cube, making them easy to slip into water bottles.
As for keeping the fridge clean, the slide-out adjustable Spill-Catcher shelves (with sealed edges that help contain spills) have been easy to clean, though I haven't entirely tested them out yet, having only had the fridge for 2 months. Somehow we haven't had any major spills and any minor ones have been wiped up quickly and easily (I'm a neatnik, particularly about new items).
The Affresh cleaning products (samples came with the fridge) tested out well, though I tend to use green cleaners so I won't be using them continually. The stainless steel is a pain to keep clean, (unless you like the charm of little toddler fingerprints all over it) however I've found wiping with the grain using a clean, dampened cloth diaper and then buffing with a dry one works well. Sometimes I need a bit of elbow grease, but it's an eco-friendly way to keep the exterior clean.
I am confident the Ice20 will continue keeping us organized, especially as we enter the busiest time of year for a fridge--baking season. I expect pounds of butter, dozens of eggs, and logs of cookie dough to take up residence in there very soon. I'm eager to see how the Ice20 holds up!
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