A whole-home water filter! This way, you can simply fill a glass (and ice cube trays) from the tap and skip incorporating these features into the refrigerator.
On our shopping trip, we noticed that the bare-bones refrigerator models cost substantially less than those with all the bells and whistles. PLUS, some whole-house filters are self-cleaning and do not require replacement cartridges every few months. At the low end, they can be puchased for about $400 and installed yourself. We figure this route will save money in the long run and cause less headaches with fewer working parts on the fridge that are likely to break or malfunction over time.
What do you think? Would you rather have a bare-bones refrigerator with a whole-house filter or do you want your dispensers in the door?
(Image: Hague Quality Water)