Pros & Cons of Refrigerator Ice Dispenser

There’s nothing better than reaching for an ice cold drink to cool off in the warm summer months. When it comes to purchasing a new refrigerator, ones with built-in ice dispensers may seem like a no brainer, providing luxury and instant refreshments. But could the bad possibly outweigh the good? Here are the pros and cons of having a refrigerator with a built-in ice dispenser.



Convenience: A built in ice/water dispenser makes it easier to fill up your glass with just the push of a button and stay hydrated throughout the day. Manufacturers are starting to offer sparkling water options and even dispensers that produce cold and hot water.  Many refrigerators also offer a crushed or cubed ice option, for added convenience.

Cleaner Water: Ice dispenser water is run through a built in filter to help remove mercury and unwanted minerals, leading to better tasting water.

Environmentally Conscious: Using a built in water dispenser will not only help eliminate the cost of constantly buying plastic water bottles, but is also much better for the environment.


Cost: Refrigerators with an ice/water dispenser typically costs a few hundred dollars more to purchase. They require more energy to run, making your electric bills higher. And don’t forget the expense of replacing the filter, which is another added cost.

Repair Rates: According to Consumer Reports, refrigerators with ice dispensers tend to break down a lot and repairs can be very costly.

Reduced Storage: Depending on the make of your refrigerator, the ice/water dispenser can take up very valuable space in either your refrigerator or freezer side.

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