Our old fridge came with the apartment. It wasn’t anything special, it just went along, doing it’s job. Until one day when it started to hum.
I don’t mean that it was making a little noise, like most electronics do from time to time, I mean a monotonous, mind-poking hum that wouldn’t let you sleep, or think when you’re nearby.
Until we found time to go and pick out a new one, I had resorted to some foam earplugs, which blocked out most of the sound. However, my wife had begun sleeping on the sofa. This created two problems. Firstly, I didn’t get to sleep next to my wife, which I missed. Secondly, the sofa is more of a love-seat, a small chair that’s designed for two people to sit upright so she’d have a sore neck once she woke up. Something had to change and fast.
Following a quick search for Fridge stores in Vancouver, I found Trail Appliances, and noticed that they had a sale on right now. I measured our current fridge (height, depth, width and how much room it takes to open the doors fully) and headed to the showroom on Sweden Way, Richmond.
When I arrived. The first thing that I was asked wasn’t “How can I help you?” or “Are you finding everything alright?”, it was “Can I get you anything? Tea, coffee?” That’s nice to get when you’re buying a car, but for a home appliances store to offer is something else.
While shopping for a fridge is usually neither fun nor interesting, I was shown some pretty cool things by Travis, the friendly (and super helpful) Trail team member. Did you know that fashions and tech advancements in fridges have changed? People now want more room for keeping things cool than freezing as we’re buying more fresh produce instead of freezer-to-oven food.
I also found out that the cold air comes directly down from the freezer section on the top of our unit. The air doesn’t have enough time to warm up a little when it gets to the top shelves, which is why it’s turning my lettuce literally into an iceberg. (Dad-joke, sorry).
We looked around at everything from the pieces in my budget of $1,000, right up to the very cool (no pun intended) Samsung fridges with Android screens built right in. They would allow a synchronized calendar in the most-used room in your house. It connects to your other Android phones and tablets so you could all add to it and have access to a place where you used to put Post-It notes. You can check the weather, add games, even put Netflix on it to watch while you eat breakfast.
If you I had the budget, I’d definitely get one with the internet built-in. It’s everything you can do with a tablet or an Android phone, but on your fridge. Need a to-do list? How about checking the weather or keeping an eye on the game?
Travis explained that the humming sound that was driving my wife crazy is from the compressor. All freezer-top units are prone to that noise eventually as they tend to be cheaper units. Once you go slightly above $1,000, the freezer goes at the bottom and the manufacturer make an effort to insulate the parts and reduce noise.
Then I saw it. Like the tree in Clark Griswold’s Christmas Vacation (in my top 3 Christmas movies), a light shone down and introduced me to the perfect fridge.
It had a few really nice options, including the ability to turn off the freezer and make it into one big fridge for when you need a little more space or find room for a chest freezer in the garage.
Travis helped me finalize the purchase and make sure all my delivery info was right, including checking to see if there is space to get it through the door and into the kitchen, which is something I hadn’t really thought about. This is super-important if you’re upgrading to something bigger than you had before.
At last, we can get rid of that noisy old fridge and have something much lovelier in the kitchen, my wife and I can sleep soundly again. Now can someone do something about our cat who keeps waking me up at 6am?
To make things even better, Trail Appliances has a March Madness Event happening from March 1st to 18th, so you head down to see the promotion and get more details.
Disclaimer: I’d like to say a huge thank you to Trail Appliances for sponsoring this post and helping me find my awesome new fridge, especially to Travis for letting me film him rubbing the fridge!