After a $300 repair bill, Chris and I moved on with life, not really considering our fridge again. Who really thinks about it much when it's doing what it's supposed to do? Unfortunately, we had to think about it again last summer when, surprise surprise, the same part broke again! We hemmed and hawed, debating what to do. Fix it? Buy the cheapest fridge out there to replace it? We ended up fixing it, more because we didn't want to deal with getting it in and out of the house. But in the back of our minds, we didn't trust that fridge and even avoided packing it to full for fear of losing all our food again.
On a whim this past spring, I decided to apply for the Maytag Dependable Kitchen Moms program with Mom Central, thinking how great it would be to know this refrigerator was finally out of lives.
Maytag stove, microwave and dishwasher, something we haven't had in this house. When I received the email that I was accepted, I couldn't believe it; I was ecstatic, especially since I'm an avid cook who makes 95% of my family's meals.
Our house is 100+ years old, and the kitchen definitely shows its age. With its awkward layout and lack of a dishwasher, it's often a challenge to cook and keep the kitchen clean. To make room for a dishwasher, my husband and my brother tore out the old metal cabinets and farmhouse sink.
Our kitchen went from this:
Maytag brand, the first thing that comes to mind is how long they've been around. To me, that equals dependability, knowing that the company has weathered many years of service.
I rely a lot on my appliances, particularly during the cooler months and holidays when I'm baking and cooking a lot (and having to clean up a lot too) so I need them to be there, working hard for me. The Maytag Ice20 Refrigerator has been amazing, definitely not like our last fridge. It helps keep food organized and easily accessible
|(Forgive the spare contents: we just spent the last 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital with my son and weren't eating much at home. And the pic is kind of wonky because I had a toddler literally underfoot.)|
The freezer is also contained in a drawer, albeit a rather large one. This is so convenient, being able to just pull the freezer out to find what's inside.
My favorite feature is probably the water and ice dispenser. I feel so spoiled having this!
I haven't decided which appliance is my favorite--I seriously love them all. The Jetclean Plus Dishwasher has been especially nice, since we never had one in this house.
The Maytag Electric Range has also been a workhorse, even though we haven't been home much this month. I've baked pumpkin chocolate chip bars in it, as well as a shepherd's pie which I used the broiler for and it worked great. I like that the oven light automatically goes on when I open it, unlike my last stove.
I also received an Over the Range Microwave, however due to son being in the hospital for a few weeks, we haven't had a chance to install it (we need to add a cabinet above the stove to accommodate it). But I am looking forward to saying goodbye to this sad fellow, who's been hanging around since my college days.
While our kitchen has a ways to go in terms of its final layout, I'm excited that all of its biggest contributors are now awaiting my culinary direction. They've surprisingly all fit right into my cooking routine, and though I still have to learn about some of the special features on each appliance, I know they're going to make life in the kitchen a lot more productive and a lot less stressful. I'll be posting for the next few months about my experience with these appliances.
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Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.