Product Type: Argos refrigerators
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Argos 6 Litre Mini Fridge
Member Name: Ayesha-`
Argos 6 Litre Mini Fridge
Advantages: Keeps stuff very cold and is also very portable
Disadvantages: Had one random malfunction/error of use that heated contents instead!
Over the last year I have quite dramatically changed the direction of my career and life. Given the current economic climate and lack of job prospects I could see ahead of me, and the fact I have no major responsibilities other than for myself, I decided to quit my day job and apply for a place at University. Keeping costs low, I opted to stay in the Halls of Residence and even managed to get the cheapest possible accommodation for a short time (shared room, good grief). Anyway, my room-mate was a spoilt madam who quickly got herself moved out, and with the extra space I decided to make things more comfortable for myself. Among other small comforts, I bought myself this mini fridge.
Reason for buying
I soon recalled how awful it was to share a flat with students, and just how much worse that could be when you are nearly a decade older than everyone else. Among the problems I had with this situation was finding food and more importantly my milk going missing. So the main reason I bought this fridge was so that I could keep my milk in my room, and it appeared there was no rule to stop me from doing so. One less worry for me, because I really hate missing my breakfast cereal!
At the time of buying, this fridge was priced just a little under £40 at Argos, although having run a search recently, I discovered that the price has gone up by at least £5 to £44.99. This seems like a lot to me, for what it is, but then I have to admit I've been more than happy with what I paid given the improvement to my level of comfort and peace of mind!
I will admit now, I didn't pay with real money, as I rarely do for luxury purchases. I had some vouchers saved up on a consumer panel website, and so I chose to use these to buy my fridge.
How does it come?
I went into the store to pick up my fridge. Having imagined it would be bulky and rather heavy, I waited until my boyfriend was visiting so that he could help me get it back to my flat safely, as I take the bus. However, to my surprise, the box was not that big and in fact light enough to carry as an ordinary shopping bag, lighter than my groceries. Appearance wise it is sleek and has a nice wipe-clean surface for easy maintenance.
Having got it back to the flat, we soon discovered it was faulty, with the power cord not connecting properly, falling out and being possibly dangerous. However, I got an exchange with no trouble within a couple of weeks and the replacement was fine.
Inside the box was a small fridge, the power cord for plugging into the wall and also a car charger (so far I haven't needed this as I do not drive). The fridge comes with a removable shelf, stuck in with masking tape. I removed this shelf and if I'm honest, have not successfully been able to use it because it just buckles under weight. I also don't usually need it as I use the fridge primarily for a 2 pint bottle of milk.
The fridge has a warming function which I don't use, and the on/off settings I have to be honest I don't fully understand. My pack had no instruction information to my recollection, although given the need for a swap it is possible this simply got overlooked on the replacement. To be fair it is not that hard to use and can be worked out without help.
The walls of the fridge are quite thick, so the external measurements (34cm tall, and 21x25cm) are misleading for what can be stored in it and only tells you where you can store the whole fridge. The whole fridge is small but has a rounded roof I suppose to stop us using it to put things on! The fridge gets warm when on so store it somewhere that allows good ventilation around it.
As I say, I use this fridge for a 2 pint bottle of milk and this fits fine, albeit with little space left. You can pile in 8 standard cans of cola although I don't think this leaves enough ventilation room.
I have tried cramming too much in for short periods of time and the main thing is make sure that the door will click shut and the ventilation is not blocked. Otherwise it seems to be fine. You can't fit a lot in but it does nicely for cooling drinks and maybe a small lunch pack.
What's that buzzing noise?
I was warned that a mini fridge would probably be very noisy and not a good thing to keep in the bedroom as it could disturb your sleep. There is undoubtedly a low buzzing noise that is quite audible in the room and would probably disturb some people. However as it is relatively low-pitched I simply got used to it in the background. Sometimes I'm aware of it and others have noticed it, but I've never had trouble sleeping because of it. If you are sensitive to noise however, I would not recommend keeping this little fridge in your bedroom or any place you need absolute silence for concentration.
The cold hard facts
I had read from several reviews before buying that this fridge temperature is dependant on the room temperature and stores food at X degrees below that (like a cucumber I guess!). However I would confidently say this has not been the case for me at all. It does get very cold and if too full, ice might form at the back, which must be cleared, however it keeps everything at about the same temperature irrespective of how warm or cold the room was for me. In fact, I've noticed that this mini fridge is actually quite a bit colder than any main fridge I have used. I find that my milk keeps a few days longer than it would in a standard fridge and I now take for granted that lovely refreshingly cold can of cola that I simply cannot achieve with a normal fridge. Oh how it has spoilt me!
Blowing hot and cold
One day I had a little shock. Having brought this fridge back to my parent's place for the summer I set it up and switched it on. I'm certain I had the right setting but I will never know if not. I was reading in my room when the low buzzing I'm so used to suddenly stopped. This I noticed immediately. I went to the fridge and switched it off. I then opened it and realised the cans in it (fortunately no milk at this point) were very warm, in fact a little hot. I may have accidentally switched the button to the warm setting and I can only hope this was what happened and it won't happen again. From this the main thing is to make sure absolutely that you have switched on the fridge to the correct settings.
For me this was definitely a very good buy. I realise that if I only wanted it to stop my milk being stolen then financially this would be silly. However, it has also been useful for keeping things longer, having the perfect cold drink in the summer and I even took it with me on holiday (it fitted in a large suitcase nicely and was not too heavy) and this saved me paying £200 for my essential breakfast. Using only around the same amount of power as a laptop to run, it is pretty energy efficient and cheap to run. So in all it has been a very good purchase that I do not regret one bit.
Summary: A very useful little fridge for keeping milk and cold beverages or small items verrry cold!
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