Well, bought a new fridge. Talked to one sales person at my first stop and it seems there are 4 main players - Whirlpool, GE, LG, and Electrolux. Whirlpool owns just about everyone - Maytag, Amana, Kitchen Aid, and several others. Electrolux owns Frigidaire. I wanted a bottom freezer and hoped to get a single door fridge section, but there are not many like that and they are smaller than what I have currently (25 cu.ft. or so) and would be smaller than the fridge space in the cabinetry. The LG units seemed to be well designed and took up the least fridge space with the ice maker/dispenser. I thought it was kind of dumb (engineering view here) to try and make ice inside the door of the fridge, but that's what they are all doing. So either you have a very small ice bin and tiny door shelves (LG) or a bigger bin and NO door shelves on the left door. DUMB!
So I left there and went to Sears. I found a Kenmore that had a water dispenser on the door, but a "normal" ice maker in the freezer section, so it had full size door shelves on both doors. It was not festooned with LCD screens and fade-in/fade-out LED lighting. The sales person walked up and said "you can't beat that deal". I'd not even paid attention to the price at this point - but when I looked at the sheet I had to agree - $1000 off. Yes, 1 and three zeros.
I looked around a little more just to see what else they had available, and then called the wife to discuss color. We have bisque appliances now and it was available in bisque, but decided on the "Ultra Satin" which is not quite stainless but close and it doesn't show any fingerprints. I didn't want to limit our choice of dishwasher, stove, or microwave down the road when they go belly-up since bisque isn't real common. Bottom line, it was a $2300 unit for $1300. New, not scratch and dent. The regular colors were $1000.
I thought it was made by Whirlpool, but the sales person said it was made by LG to Kenmore's specs/schematics. We'll see how it holds up!