I think she mentioned it’s available in a couple of weeks. However, from what I saw this weekend, that’s about as good as it gets right now.
On the warranty company, we’ve actually had great results with our dryer and dishwasher for repairs, as well as electrical and plumbing repairs. Our appliances were quite old and came with the house. We had a cash out on an old gas oven which needed numerous repairs with out-of-stock parts, which was more than enough to get a decent (but not top of the line) replacement. The best thing about the warranty company is that the parts are covered. The parts for our fridge for this repair were nearly $300 without labor. I guess it’s a YMMV thing with warranty companies.
After spending over 30 hours on repairs, warranty company calls, and shopping for the fridge, I had reached my limit! But this weekend opened my eyes. For refrigerators, I had always heard that if the compressor goes, get a new fridge, but anything else is repairable. Our issue wasn’t a compressor, and, in hindsight, we should have gone with the repair given the shortage of new appliances.
ETA: I just saw that the Cafe model we ordered now has an additional delay of 2 weeks for any orders placed today. For anyone considering purchase a new appliance, please make sure the seller gives you a real date and is not just stringing you along on delivery estimates. Also, make sure you can cancel.
At least in the Bay Area, it does appear that the smaller appliance shops (in contrast with the big box stores) seem to have slightly more availability. For example, one smaller store in Silicon Valley had a Bosch fridge we were looking at that was available to deliver in a day. However, we went with another brand, given the relative lack of rating info I could find about the Bosch.