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first time fridge buyer - any tips? emergency!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lurk_much, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    These are the Which? best buy short fridges ordered by noisiness
    If I was you I would work my my way down to the one I thought was reasonably priced.









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    • Which? score:




      83%



    • Price:
      £467.00
    • Type: Worktop / counter height

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    <h3>
    Neff - K5604X7GB
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    This impressive built-in counter-height fridge from
    Neff is quick to cool, easy to set up and immune to fluctuations in room
    temperature. Useful extras include an illuminated temperature display
    inside and a shelf that can be split in two.

    This Neff
    chills speedily to below 5&deg;C in less than seven hours. Feeble fridges
    can take up to 24 hours to cool to below 5&deg;C, letting bacteria grow
    unchecked.




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    • Which? score:




      81%



    • Price:
      &pound;225.00
    • Type: Worktop / counter height

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    <h3>
    Zanussi - ZRG717CW
    </h3>


    This freestanding counter-height fridge from Zanussi
    was easy to set up and use. It also cools fresh food from room
    temperature to below 5&deg;C in a decent time.

    The ZRG717CW
    is easy to set up - just turn the thermostat dial to the manufacturer's
    recommended setting and it will automatically reach the ideal
    temperature of under 5&deg;C.




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    • Which? score:




      77%



    • Price:
      &pound;280.00
    • Type: Worktop / counter height

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    <h3>
    Neff - K4316X4GB
    </h3>


    This built-in, worktop-height fridge from Neff has an
    excellent thermostat - setting it at its recommended setting results in
    an ideal temperature. It also has 125 litres of usable space.

    The
    Neff remains very stable when the room temperature fluctuates, but the
    temperature within the fridge is not as even as the best models. This
    model was tested before we introduced the cooling test, so we can't
    comment on how quickly it cools food.




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    • Which? score:




      75%



    • Price:
      &pound;290.00
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    <h3>
    AEG-Electrolux - S70176TK
    </h3>


    The stainless steel, freestanding under-counter
    AEG-Electrolux S70176TK fridge did well in all of our tests and is a
    worthy Best Buy.

    The swish S70176TK is quite attractive
    for an under-counter fridge. It comes in 'anti-fingerprint' stainless
    steel with a curved, self closing door.




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    • Which? score:




      74%



    • Price:
      &pound;390.00
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    <h3>
    Whirlpool - ARG585/A
    </h3>


    This Whirlpool performed well in our technical tests
    and has some tidy features; storage is maximised by incorporating two
    fold up door racks, so you can make space for more bottles when you're
    entertaining without having to completely remove racks.

    Capacity
    is reasonable for a fridge of this style, but we found the temperature
    inside the fridge was coldest on the bottom shelf, so it's best to store
    your vegetables in the crisper where it's not quite as cold.




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    Whirlpool ARG585/A















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    • Which? score:




      74%



    • Price:
      &pound;226.00
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    <h3>
    Beko - BL 20
    </h3>


    This small BL20 built-in fridge from Beko generally did
    well in our tests, but storage space is limited. It takes a while to
    chill fresh food.

    It's excellent at maintaining a stable
    temperature, keeping your food perfectly chilled even if the room
    temperature varies. The internal temperature is also even, so there are
    no warm spots where bacteria can multiply.




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    • Which? score:




      74%



    • Price:
      &pound;230.00
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    <h3>
    Bosch - KTR16A21GB
    </h3>


    The Bosch KTR16A21GB freestanding counter-height fridge
    is easy to use, set up and its running costs are low. Yet the
    KTR16A21GB takes a long time to cool food.

    The Bosch
    takes 14 hours - over half a day - to cool food to the recommended
    temperature of 5&deg;C. Slow cooling allows bacteria to grow and can mean
    food deteriorates faster than expected.




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    Bosch KTR16A21GB















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    • Which? score:




      73%



    • Price:
      &pound;397.00
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    <h3>
    Electrolux - ERU14410
    </h3>


    The built-in counter-height ERU14410 fridge from
    Electrolux is immune to fluctuations in room temperature and has an A
    energy rating. However, despite its compact size, the temperature is
    inconsistent between the top and bottom of the fridge.

    From
    the top shelf to the salad crisper, we found a temperature difference
    of more than 3&deg;C, which is poor for a fridge of this small size.




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    Electrolux ERU14410















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    • Which? score:




      71%



    • Price:
      &pound;558.00
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    <h3>
    Liebherr - KTPES1750
    </h3>


    The Liebherr KTPES1750 is a silver, freestanding
    counter-height fridge that cools in a decent time. We found it easy to
    set up and use.

    In our tests, this fridge was able to
    quickly cool fresh groceries to below 5&deg;C in just over nine hours. This
    is the highest temperature that the Food Standards Agency recommends
    that food should be stored at to slow the growth of bacteria.




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    • Which? score:




      70%



    • Price:
      &pound;254.00
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    <h3>
    AEG-Electrolux - S70170TK
    </h3>


    This Best Buy freestanding counter high fridge performs well and is relatively cheap fridge to run.
    Fridge
    stability is good and this model will work in rooms of temperatures
    between 10&deg;C and 38&deg;C. It also uses R600a refrigerant which is more
    eco-friendly.




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  2. She wants one with a freezer compartment though Lurk, and I dont think any of those have one?
     
  3. perriwinkle

    perriwinkle New commenter

    I have a BEKO fridge and freezer which I bought for my first property 15 years ago and they are still going strong - despite now being relegated as spares in the garage. Am considering choosing swish new BEKO integrated if/when I finally have a new kitchen.
     
  4. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    whoops
    I didn't look at them in detail. I just assumed
    I will try again
    I am terribly terribly sorry
     
  5. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    fail
    I can't find a fridge freezer that suits
    not a one of the Which? best buys has an icebox.
    it willl have to be suck it and see
    sorry
     
  6. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I wouldn't worry about spending a lot on a fridge. No moving parts, not too much to go wrong if you treat it kindly ( keep it clean and don't block up any draining holes etc) Best not to have a fixed view of what you want - you can only choose from what is available at a reasonable price.Comet deals do look good. I'm off to get a washing machine as mine is trying to break out of my utility room as we speak and my washing is sprinkled with bits of plastic from god knows where. I plan to spend as little as I can get away with. I have had hot fill in the past but cold fill seems to be the current style so that's what it will be.
     
  7. I went down this morning and the fridge was sat in a big puddle, which I mopped up. Just for the heck of it, I turned it on to see what would happen and it seemed to wake up and is happily humming in the kitchen now. Could it be that the fridge needed to make several puddles and has now cured itself? I could happily spend my now-set-aside-fridge-money on clothes in the sales...
     
  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Oh go for it! That fridge sounds fine to me. Fridge flu!!
     
  9. I wouldn't rush out to buy a new one, but I also wouldn't spend the money you'd set aside.
    If its started having problems its only a matter of time before you will need a new one - put the money somewhere safe.
     
  10. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Lead commenter

    Two problems I have had with a fridge and a fridge/freezer.
    If you lay the fridge on its side for transport or other reasons, the fluids will flow into the wrong paces and it will not function straight away when installed. Leave it for a day for the fluids to drain back to where they should be, before switching on.
    If you have a fridge freezer with a single thermostat in the fridge part, but controlling the freezer as well (quite common), then you will have trouble with it, if you install it in the garage or anywhere where the ambient temperature goes below the fridge setting (3C or so). The freezer will switch off when the fridge does and whilst the contents of the fridge will still be happy, your freezer will defrost! Happened to us last year at Christmas!!!!
     
  11. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Probably wise. It could well be on its last leg and will need replaced at short notice. As for which one to buy,I've always bought fairly cheap white goods and they've been just fne.
     

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