I want to tap into a 1/2 inch copper pipe for a fridge line.
I'm trying to choose between a saddle valve, or cutting the pipe and installing a quarter turn shutoff valve with a quarter inch compression fitting for the line.
My question is about reliability or any other considerations that would not be obvious to someone who like me has little experience. I can easily install either one and I'm sure they will both work fine at first. The saddle valve seems a little hacky. But it costs less and requires less work to install. If it's equally reliable I may as well use that. I'd like to hear the voice of experience on these.