Skip the Refrigerator Water Dispenser: Do This Instead

published Aug 1, 2011
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We recently went refrigerator shopping and saw model after model with ice and water dispensers installed in the doors. It’s not something we want because of the look, the fact that these dispensers often need repair, and the $50 price tag on replacement filters. A great alternative to consider:

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 purchased 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?

Related: Refrigerator Features We’re Not Buying