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WHAT IS IT?
A fridge freezer made by Beko. It has got a larger fridge than freezer and that was what I was looking for when I researched my purchase because I do not buy a lot of frozen food.
WHY I BOUGHT THIS MODEL
I needed to replace my fridge freezer because it had started to make a loud buzzing noise that disturbed everyone in the house at night, it also was not keeping my food fresh for as long as it should. I did not have any brand on my mind and chose this Beko appliance because it has got a 155 litre capacity in the fridge and 70 litres in the freezer, that suits my family unit because my fridge is usually filled with fresh foods and vegetables but I use my freezer for home cooked then frozen meals like stew and chilli. I am energy conscious when I choose home appliances so the A+ energy rating also helped me to decide.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy with my new fridge freezer and think it fits in with what I need from this large appliance. The shelves in the fridge can be moved and this is easy to do so I often move them if I have bulky things to store like large cakes, at Christmas I took the bottom shelf off altogether so that I could fit my turkey in while it defrosted. I like that the salad drawers have got a glass shelf covering them because that helps to keep my vegetables crisp and fresh and it also lets me put plates of food on this glass shelf because it is more solid that the other wire shelves. The salad drawers are deep and I can keep quite a lot in them, they are cut out a bit at the backs though so I cannot fit long pieces of celery or cucumbers in them without disturbing the loose glass shelf.
The inside of the door has got a wide shelf for my milk and the other shelves are narrower so I use them for jars and yogurts. The door moves smoothly so they do not rattle around when I open and close the fridge. It comes with a removable wine rack but when you put 4 bottles of wine in it it takes up a lot of room so I took mine out and keep my wine in a wine cooler instead of the fridge.
The freezer has got 3 drawers and a shelf at the top with a drop down front. The drawers are very good because they are dead square so I can stack my containers of meals when I have finished cooking, it holds enough containers and bags of peas, frozen potato products to feed my family of five for a week if I am very busy with no time to cook in the evening. I use the top shelf for containers of pureed foods for my baby daughter that I batch cook every second Sunday. It is a very quiet fridge freezer and does not even make a humming noise when it is running.
The freezer is frost free and does not damage food that is kept in there for quite a long time, it also stays clean and it is not very often that I have to wipe it only usually when my husband spills peas in it like he always does. When we had a powercut last week I made sure nobody opened the door and left it for an hour for the coldness to come back after the power had been restored, I was happy that none of my food had defrosted and think the freezer must be very well insulated. The food in the fridge did not seem to be so fresh though and I had to throw some dairy products and cooked meat away.
I like that you can change what way the door opens and we did this because the way the door was hinged when we bought it would have been awkward in our L shaped kitchen. My husband did this and it looked easy but I had to help him hold the door while he clipped the hinge back in on the other side so I do not think it would be so easy to do alone.
We paid £350 for our Beko BC502 and I think that is very good value for a fridge freezer that costs less than £3 a month to run even when it is full up.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Key specifications: Energy efficiency rating: A+ / Energy consumption: 269kWh per year based on standard test results for 24 hours / Storage capacity 7.9 cu ft / Net fresh food storage volume 155 litres / Net frozen food storage volume 69 litres / Star rating: 4 / Climate class SN.T / Noise level 38dB / Designed to be built-in / Fridge specifications: 4 glass shelves / Bottle rack in fridge door / 4 bottle wine rack / 1 dairy compartment / 2 salad crisper compartments / Egg rack / 4 full depth glass shelves including salad crisper cover / Automatic defrost system in fridge / Chrome wire wine rack / Freezer specifications: 4 storage compartments / 3 plastic drawers / Ice cube tray / Manual defrost freezer / Operates in cold ambient temperatures down to 5 degrees celcius / 4 separate freezer compartments / 14 hours power failure safe storage / General information: Ambient temperature 5 to 43°C / Freezer at bottom / Reversible door / Manual temperature control / Size H177, W54.5, D53.5cm / To fit aperture size H178, W55, D54cm / Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee / EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5023790028769 / By Beko / Short name: Beko BC502