I have an antique icebox at home, from the early 1900's. In the scheme of things it really wasn't all that long ago that a family needed the services of an iceman to keep it replenished. And that family likely included four or five children. The icebox had to be used wisely.
For the most part, I now take my fridge for granted, along with food that comes from all over the world at all seasons, brought home and stuffed into an overflowing compartment.
My fridge seems to be a black hole of sorts. Or maybe a very cold compost unit. Things get lost in there! It is so deep the goods at the back are out of sight and out of mind. I'm embarrassed by the food I throw out.
According to the David Suzuki Foundation, close to half the food produced worldwide is actually wasted. It's a shocking statistic. Part of the problem is packaging that forces people to buy more than they need, poor planning, not using up leftovers... I'm guilty and hoping to change my habits. Design helps make a difference.
The kitchen reno is a great opportunity to re-think refrigeration and get an appliance that can be used more consciously.
There's not a lot out there for counter-depth freezer bottoms. Liebherr's European styling looks great. The BioFresh technology is similar to SubZero, keeping foods fresher for longer.
I figure I'll be saving money because #1 I'll know what's in my fridge #2 it will stay fresher longer #3 it has Energy Star ratings.
Consumer Reports didn't rank this one, and depending on the source the brand gets mixed peer reviews. I'm starting to get a bit suspicious of those sites anyway, wondering how many comments are left by the marketers themselves. The salesman we're using has told us he hasn't gotten any complaints on the Liebherrs he's sold (and says his customers wouldn't hesitate to let him know if there were problems). I guess we'll see.
In the meantime I'm reading up on how to best organize the fridge once I get it, and rethinking where and how I shop for fresh produce.