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Oct 10

Never look a gift horse in the mouth (except this one)

Now that I think about it, not much is less appetizing than a horse’s mouth. But it’s the first cliché that came to mind when I saw Maytag’s MFX2571XEM new refrigerator drawer. I’m not going to lie, it struck me as silly. (Uh, let’s hope the boss doesn’t read this anytime soon.) Do I think Maytag is taking the moral high ground with its energy conscious design. Of course. Do I think a fridge drawer is practical? Well, it didn’t seem like it initially. When I first saw it, I immediately pictured the contents of any drawer in my house. Though I verge on OCD when it comes to clean, I don’t find I have the mental fortitude to organize my sock drawer on any regular basis. Same for kitchen gadget drawers and bathroom drawers. I mean, let’s face it, we may have opposable thumbs, but thumbs aren’t going to get us anywhere when it comes to keeping a flat space that moves forward and backward six times a day, let alone 40, organized.

Since I really hate to be Vann’s voice of dissension when it comes to everything new and giggity, I’ve thought long and hard about this advancement in refrigeration technology. How could the drawer be truly useful? Well it does have compartments—three to be exact. And I have no doubt it cuts down on energy loss by keeping the main part of the fridge closed. But, really?

In my quest for a fully informed point of view, I took a trip out to the sales floor and had Andy, our illustriously seasoned salesman, give me a tour of the new MFX2571XEM. I can say, it definitely made a big first impression. For starters, the drawer isn’t the only eye-catcher. The amount of interior fridge space has been increased tremendously thanks to the fact that is lacks the usual array of produce bins. If I had the tenacity (and flexibility), I probably could have squeezed myself in there. It’s that wide open. And even though there is a gratuitous deli drawer, it doesn’t even seem necessary with the addition of the drawer.

I’m not sure why Maytag branded it the Easy Access drawer. It’s made for fresh foods, and it seems it would demystify its use if Maytag just called it that. (But that’s just me.) So, my second impression of the drawer itself is that (a) it is stout, downright burly, (b) it glides ever-so-smoothly and opens all the way out, (c) and it definitely puts a nice chill on its contents and comes with solid air-sealing components. The compartments are wide and fairly deep, and since the drawer is the full depth of the fridge, there is almost more room than I would know what to do with. The drawer would be perfect for fruits and vegetables, and Andy told me it’s also purposed as a deli drawer (if only I had a need to store 30 pounds of sliced meats and cheeses). All kidding aside, it would obviously work great for both. And since it’s about three feet high, it would also work equally well for storing snacks for kids.

In the end, there just isn’t much, if anything, for me to nay. As a matter of fact, I’m fairly tempted by Maytag’s new design. If anything, I might be able to keep my socks better organized.

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