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I have the same dilemma as above comments by swimmomruns. I really wanted a panel ready fridge. I love the looks of them, even though I have heard they may have moved to the back of the wants for most when the stainless craze took over. One of the biggest drawbacks is the price to get that look. I decided on a brand called DCS which is a newer company in the US actually bought by Fisher Paykel. They are the only counter depth fridge, panel ready, that has the built in look for under $4000. It is rather small on the inside, but I went for looks over function. It's just my husband and me and I have another fridge in the garage for overflow during the holidays, etc. If you have been looking at them, pay close attention to the ones that say they are, but you can see that the doors stick out past the counter. Not many dealers carry it yet, and I had to order it so still haven't even received it. but just like most... hope it lasts for more than a few years. After researching and reading online, I don't know that there is any appliance made to last like the ones we all have had for years.

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I'm planning on a redesign of our galley kitchen in the next year or so. One idea I have is to replace our normal sized counter-depth fridge (in the middle of one wall) with a SMEG at the end of one wall. We have a large upright freezer in the mud room steps away from the kitchen and it seems like no brainer so I can add more counter space. Does anyone have any experience with this idea? Thanks!

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