Kitchen elf, nice emoticon lol.
About the fridge, go with your heart, you'll be looking at it everyday. It's easier to clean something you love than something you hate.
I'm a vanilla fridge kind of gal, it's functional, that is all that is required for me.
Thanks for doing your part to improve the economy.
I have only ever had an upside down fridge as they are called here and I could never go back to the standard set up. (well I guess I may have to if money were tight.) It is much better to have the door that you open the most at the top so that you can access your food/drink without bending over all the time. It is also much easier to keep a track of the contents. You also get a better proportion of freezer to fridge in the upside down model as a rule but if you have an independent freezer, this may not be an issue for you. I would love to have a French door type but can't justify the extra money but would always recommend an upside down one.
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OK so it costs more but you love it - being pleased with something everytime you look at it counts a lot. Say it costs $1,000 more than the other one take that $1,000 and divide it by 20 years and it sounds a lot more reasonable
Go for it