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Post# 764473   6/18/2014 at 18:51 (2,076 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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$300.00. We had this exact 'fridge for years. The panels on the front are removable.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO goatfarmer's LINK on Southbend Craigslist

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Post# 764490 , Reply# 1   6/18/2014 at 20:17 (2,076 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Nice Box!

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If a little large for a single person, LOL! This is an Amana 25.

My next-door neighbor has one like this, in Avocado, as a garage fridge. It never skips a beat, and it is definitely not coddled. The ice and water system hasn't been connected in years, of course.

I will confess here - if I absolutely could have whatever I wanted, and running costs were no object, an early '70s Amana 22 would be my top choice. I've never been a fan of ice and water in the door, because the systems behind the convenience can be a little unreliable. My mom and dad had a GE Americana that never worked right from Day One.

My search for a top-mount is because A) I also like Amana's top-mounts very much and B) The cubic footage is more reasonable, with a lower running cost, for one person. A vintage Amana 22 or 25 would probably carry a running cost of something like $40-$50 a month these days.

An Amana 22 is below. Nice, nice fridge - very TOL and expensive in its day. As always, thanks for keeping your eyes open - I need all the mojo I can get:

Post# 764527 , Reply# 2   6/19/2014 at 02:35 (2,076 days old) by washer111 ()        

Love the woodgrain trim inside that Amana!


But boy, being an old SxS, it must cost a small fortune to run. I imagine the folks selling it will have a very heavy wallet after selling it!

Post# 764551 , Reply# 3   6/19/2014 at 06:25 (2,076 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Just For Grits 'n Giggles....

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....Here are two better, larger shots of an Amana 22.

Those door handles are die-cast, chrome-plated metal - sigh!

This one is new enough to have the Ye Olde Fayke Woode Graine inside; models a couple of years older had the typical "lemon smoke"-color plastic of the era instead of the synthowood.

This is the same model seen on The Bob Newhart Show, in Bob and Emily Hartley's condo at Thorndale Beach North in Chicago; Emily's was Harvest. On the Left Coast, Station 51 on Emergency! had the Coppertone version to hold the groceries needed for Gage and DeSoto's attempts at cooking.

Until the Amana 25 shown at the beginning of this thread was introduced, the 22 was Amana's biggest and fanciest machine. The 25 was, of course, created as an answer to the GE Americana, which was the dream fridge of the late '60s and early '70s.

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Post# 764620 , Reply# 4   6/19/2014 at 16:55 (2,075 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My friend Brenda had the Amana 25 with ice & water in the door. Hers had laminate panels in Lupine Blue, to match the cabinets.

Post# 764625 , Reply# 5   6/19/2014 at 17:09 (2,075 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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What do you think would happen if I were to start channeling my mojo for you once again?  You might become inundated with Amanas! smile

Post# 764631 , Reply# 6   6/19/2014 at 18:09 (2,075 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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The one we had still cooled properly. It started freezing water in the drain, and was a PITA to keep unthawing. Tried a few fixes, nothing worked. Also the ice auger was finicky, wouldn't work for 2 weeks, then would work for a day, then go out again.


If not for those problems, it would still be residing in our kitchen.

Post# 764654 , Reply# 7   6/19/2014 at 20:00 (2,075 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I'd be very happy to be inundated with Amanas, trust me!


That auger problem is exactly the same as the problem my parents' Americana had. No one could fix it, and Dad was working for RCA/GE at the time. There were jokes about maybe calling in an exorcist.

Post# 764688 , Reply# 8   6/20/2014 at 03:21 (2,075 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Could this have been one of those models that Barbara Hale claimed used no more energy than an ordinary light bulb?


She didn't specify how many watts that ordinary bulb was rated at, though.

Post# 764699 , Reply# 9   6/20/2014 at 05:48 (2,075 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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....Barbara Hale is used to Hollywood lighting, where the wattages are pretty high, LOL!

And that's without getting into arc lights.

Post# 765041 , Reply# 10   6/21/2014 at 20:48 (2,073 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

No, thank you. They're gorgeous, but I'd never want a SxS with water dispenser or ice maker. For me the whole point of a SxS is to have the frequently used items on the top shelves so I don't have to stoop or bend. The SxS where I last lived had the whole top 1/4 of freezer taken up by machinery, defeating (for me) the whole purpose.

Am staying with a friend until co-op ready. He has a top-freezer he bought a year or so ago. He was between jobs at that moment so he bought the cheapest thing that fit his needs. I now wish I'd sprung for the difference between what he could afford and the cost of a bottom freezer.

Post# 768243 , Reply# 11   7/5/2014 at 19:46 (2,059 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Coppertone Amana 22

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Just thought I'd add a little to the thread--I have always loved 60s and 70s Amanas. Found this copper tone one on CL last nite and posted it in the shopper square forum. We all love here are those from the listing. Nicest bit about this one is the interior which doesn't suffer from gaudy-itis. Quite a clean and still stylish interior compartment--not style eye sore at all.

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Post# 768244 , Reply# 12   7/5/2014 at 20:08 (2,059 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I'd take that Coppertone SxS in a minute!

Post# 768246 , Reply# 13   7/5/2014 at 20:17 (2,059 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
That copper tone is ....

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a STEAL at $50, provided it works alright! 1/2 tempted to take the truck out to CA and pick it up!

Post# 768249 , Reply# 14   7/5/2014 at 20:32 (2,059 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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That Amana 22 is a fridge that ought to be saved. They're getting kind of rare; the survivors are forty years old and more now.

That Coppertone unit is the twin of the one seen in the kitchen of Station 51 on Emergency!; Gage and DeSoto were in and out of it all the time.

Post# 768319 , Reply# 15   7/6/2014 at 05:31 (2,059 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Well, Sandy...this one is FREE, and in white, BUT:

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Read and look--and you'll see why it's free. Good news is that these are at least showing up out there for the having:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO funktionalart's LINK on Brainerd Craigslist

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Post# 768336 , Reply# 16   7/6/2014 at 07:45 (2,059 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
south bend posting gone

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I came across both those Amana SxS's while searching CL and admired them both. Thanks for posting all the pics, everyone. Oh, fyi - goatfarmer - the posting is deleted...anyone from decide to buy it?

Here's an older model Amana fridge, which isn't Sandy's pick, but Slim Pickens Second Hand Shop near Akron-Canton, OH has it.

Another close to Sandy's pick :

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Post# 768437 , Reply# 17   7/6/2014 at 14:10 (2,058 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
That white Amana Bottom Freeze "energy saver" ?

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THAT is my fave modern Amana Fridge. Always liked the handles on these. Preferably all black with aluminum trim kit for black acrylic panels. THOSE look sharp! They are boxy looking as hell when in a small size kitchen, tho.

Post# 768456 , Reply# 18   7/6/2014 at 14:48 (2,058 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Here's the black one I like

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I wound up with a JennAir side by side, with doors done in brushed aluminum trim and black acrylic over the textured black .

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Post# 768502 , Reply# 19   7/6/2014 at 16:40 (2,058 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Amana Bottom Mount:

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Actually, I would be just ducky with one of those Amana bottom-mounts - IF it was the version with the black handles. That's all I ask - just black handles, not the white.

The reason is evident in the photo - white handles yellow very badly over time. How many Nineties and Noughties appliances have we all seen with white handles that were damn near tan from age, UV and poor cleaning habits?

Also, white handles just don't have any "presence." None.

Post# 768505 , Reply# 20   7/6/2014 at 16:41 (2,058 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Good point, Sandy - agree.

Post# 768506 , Reply# 21   7/6/2014 at 16:46 (2,058 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        

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I've never understood the big kick all the manufacturers had for white plastic/vinyl EVERYTHING. It ages like shite.....No presence, no thrill....nuthin'. I need to photo my black JennAir for you Sandy. So beautiful. Full length vertical coved aluminum door pulls with black faux leather facing trim (aka vinyl tape) and black acrylic door panels. Totally timeless. I'll keep it forever....won't ever look "of its time", definitely. Funny how those 80s/90s white pieces give their age away immediately. You can look at certain dishwashers and fridges and say "1992". And be exactly right.

Post# 768517 , Reply# 22   7/6/2014 at 17:01 (2,058 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Free black JennAir side by side

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Ovrphil just posted this. My fridge is exactly this model but with all gloss black door dispenser trim. The one in the ad is FREE for Gawds' sake. Unreal. Is this near you?

CLICK HERE TO GO TO funktionalart's LINK on Washington DC Craigslist

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Post# 768524 , Reply# 23   7/6/2014 at 17:28 (2,058 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
SO Not Near Me:

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Nice fridge and thanks so much, but I'm in Waterloo, Iowa. Northeast quadrant of the state, sort of halfway between Des Moines and Twin Cities.

Post# 768564 , Reply# 24   7/6/2014 at 20:31 (2,058 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Sorry Sandy....

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I had this wrong idea in my head that you were in the Tri-State area of east coast.

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