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We bought this fridge freezer online from Laskys after trawling round shop after shop looking at fridge freezers, pulling drawers out, trying to work out if we would have enough space. We settled on this model from Beko as we were revamping our whole kitchen and were trading in an undercounter fridge and freezer for fridge/freezer combination such as this. We needed one that was not too deep because of the space in the kitchen it needed to fit in but also it needed to have a suitable amount of storage.
We have not been disappointed, this fridge/freezer looks great in the silver colour it has 3 shelves in the fridge plus 2 quite large salad/veg drawers also on the inside of the door there is a space the length of the door for milk and bottles etc. above this are 2 more shelves which have perspex coming up in front of them halfway so that small bottles, jars etc can stand in there with no worries about falling out when you open the door. There is also the egg tray insert which will hold 10 eggs which i was quite impressed with as normally it's only 6.
In the freezer compartment there are 2 whole large drawers with a smaller drawer down the bottom and then up the top a large fast freeze area which has a pull down plastic door. Also at the very top is a pull out tray, where you can put ice trays as well as thin packages of food.
The fast freeze area i use all of the time and am very impressed with it, i put meat in their and within only a couple of hours it is well on it way to being frozen.
The freezer in this combination could hold enough food in it for us for weeks, it is more than ample for us a growing family. The fridge again hold more than enough, although it can be a game of shuffle the fridge around to get things out from the back, but this could just be my bad organisation of it. There are grooves all up the sides of the fridge so you can have the shelves set where you want them, the top shelf i have to stretch a bit to reach the back of and i am 5ft 3 but this is not a problem. Also the doors on both can be hinged either way.
This is a quiet fridge/freezer for most of the time, a couple of times a day it will become a little noisier for around 5 minutes, this is a hum and gurgling sound i guess this is the motors to keep it cold.
I would recommend this fridge/freezer if you want something stylish looking and sleek but has enough storage space without going to the next stage of a huge american style double door design.
First of all a few specifications. This is a frost free, auto defrost fridge/freezer with the fridge having a 175l and the freezer a 94l capacity. It has a grade A energy rating, a four star freezer rating and dimensions are (H)190.6 x (W)59.5 x (D)60.0. I know it says auto defrost but sometimes you never know but as far as I am aware we have never had to defrost this by hand. We do have a little frost at the back of the fridge but nothing major.
The silver does not exactly match our kitchen but then we do have a silver cooker too and the fridge is tucked away so does not look too bad. In fact the colour hides minor dirt and finger marks. The inside walls are white with glass shelves that are all easy to clean. The design is sleek as there are no handles, you can either open the fridge with the bottom of the door which has a large, groove all long or by just opening where the suction is at the side. The freezer opens similarly but at the top. You do need to be careful that it shuts properly as just giving it the door a push close sometimes leaves it open.
The glass shelves are all movable including the ones on the door which includes an egg tray. We use the bottom tray on the door to store milk and juice which can fit in four 2l bottles. The bottom of the fridge has two pull out salad boxes. One of them must have broken as we only have one. This suits us fine as by not having the glass shelf above (it smashed) most of the salad fits in the one box as there is room for it to stick out. The other side allows room for bottles (2l milk not 2l fizzy drink size). The shelves in the fridge width-wise are nearly twice a pizza box size (Asda chosen by you to be specific!) and the depth of just over one.
The freezer starts with a thin pull out ice tray which allows your ice cube tray to sit flat to freeze. You can also put various fruit and vegetables in to freeze. The first draw underneath is a fast-freeze and has a pull down lid rather than pulling out like the other three drawers do. The drawers are a see-through/frosted plastic. They are deep (fitting the mentioned pizza in flat) and you can fit enough in for a family of four or five if you shop regularly. We do have a chest freezer now as well so I would say this would suit 3 people ideally without having to shop for a while. The fridge though has plenty of room.
It is pretty tall, but then it is a fridge/freezer. I have no issue with reaching the top of the fridge, none of us do, but then we are not small in our house! Others may struggle to reach the back of the top shelf however you could move it down one. I cannot however reach on the top of the appliance. It is handy to store trays and cake tins but not worth keeping anything else as I would need a stool to reach the back.
The good thing with the design is that the back has wheels so moving it around is a little easier. The doors can also be put on opening either way.
It also comes in white, the model number being CDA648FW. This silver is CDA648FS1.
Prices for this fridge in silver are:
£267 from nextdomesticappliances.co.uk
£279 from comet.co.uk
This fridge/freezer is a good appliance for us. We needed a decent size one as we have never been one to be able to use a tiny one and this provides ample space, particularly in the fridge. We have not had any problems with it and can happily recommend it.
We purchased this fridge freezer almost four years ago from Argos and it's still going strong. I'm surprised to realise we've had it that long actually, (and that I haven't already reviewed it). I don't remember exactly how much we paid although I seem to remember it was in a sale. A check on Amazon brings up the current lowest available price for this model as just under £300, I think ours was closer to the £250 mark.
We bought it because we were in need of more freezer space. It's nice and tall and the freezer space is almost double that of our old fridge which was on it's last legs. I also prefer to have the fridge as the top half and freezer on the bottom, it was the other way round on our old one.
The freezer has four large spaces for food - three storage drawers, plus a fast freeze compartment and an ice bank tray. It's very cold and very efficient. As seems usual in these style of freezers the bottom drawer has less space than the two above it, (it's got the thingumajig behind it).
We finally lost the flap door on our fast freeze compartment a couple of months ago, it was cracked and had been taped up for a while. It doesn't seem to have had much effect on things really, I don't know if it makes it any less energy efficient - maybe when the door is open it does? The fan is located in this compartment. To be fair I wouldn't say there was any fault with it, it broke because was regularly force filled to bursting. My husband seems to think we have a bottomless freezer and regularly buys a ton of frozen food if it's on offer, even if the freezer is already full. I have become an expert on making the most of freezer space, getting rid of packaging and putting everything in bags. Apparently freezers work best when full so presumably ours is a consistent top performer.
I've never defrosted this magic frost free freezer. Even after leaving the door open, (oops), the frost build up has cleared itself, I don't know how this works, but I'm glad it does.
We do use a lot of freezer space, as I mentioned my husband is in the habit of bringing home lots of frozen/freezable bargains. A quick check tells me one drawer currently contains, amongst other items, no less than 6 quiches, (I checked, the plural of quiche is quiches, doesn't sound right does it?), so guess what I've decided to do for tea tonight? Because of this eccentric seeming but economically sound habit we could probably use a bigger model, but realistically, for normal people, this freezer should be more than sufficient for a family of three such as ourselves.
The fridge came with four shelves, but we took one of them out as we wanted a tall wide space, they are easily removed and can be set at variable levels. The bottom shelf is glass and has two decent sized salad drawers underneath. The others are the usual wire rack style shelving, the next one up has a little door in the bottom that can be lifted up to stand bottles or tall cartons/other items in. The adjustable shelving means you can organise the food the way that suits you best. I have quite a small space at the top which is full of jars, with more variable sized items in the middle and taller items in the bottom, (not that I'm anal about it).
In the door there are three trays; a large sided one at the bottom in which we keep milk and juice cartons, the middle one has an egg tray in it, (we removed ours as we don't keep eggs in the fridge), and another at the top. You need to keep an eye on what you put in this top one, as sometimes the packaging from items in here can get caught in the door so it doesn't seal properly, but there's room for manouevre with four shelf grooves. It's possible to place all three shelves lower down, but we prefer to have a wide gap between the bottom shelf and next one up.
At the top of the fridge is the temperature adjustment and the light. We usually have the temperature set between two and three, it's a large round dial and easily moved, I have accidentally caused some items to ice up in there before. We don't use the light, my husband taped the switch to stop it going on, (told you he's eccentric - good job he never bothers to read my reviews), something about it being silly to have a filament bulb, (read 'heat source'), in a fridge and to be honest who really needs it anyway? I never wander around the kitchen in the dark.
If the fridge gets jam packed with food, (or jam), it can lead to the odd soggy yoghurt lid, this is because of the self defrost mechanism which means water droplets form at the back, so it's best not to have food pushed up against the back of the fridge.
The water droplets collect in a drainage channel and leave via a tube. It's possible for the tube to get blocked, if this happens the water will overflow into the fridge. I have had occasion to use the little plastic plunger to clear it, (the plunger is provided and lives in the top of the tube), but this hasn't happened often, so long as it's kept clean it's fine.
~Keeping it Clean~
As everything is removable it's all very easy to clean. The salad drawers need to be done the most often. If we get a bit low on provisions I'll empty everything out, remove the shelves from the fridge and door, give them all a good wash at the sink and give the inside a good wipe down. The top tends to gather dust as I have to stand on a chair to reach it properly. I keep a spice rack up there, one with all the lids facing outwards and I can reach up easily enough to use them, bear in mind I'm around 5' 11" so this mightn't be doable for most people.
~What Haven't I Mentioned?~
It has an A energy rating. It can make some odd noises, sometimes it will hum or buzz and occasionally it gurgles, but this doesn't seem to have any bearing on it's performance other than that it is occasionally noisy. It comes with a decent 20 page instructions leaflet which includes a 12 month guarantee card that you need to register for.
Other Details: Annual Energy Consumption: 335 kWh/Year, Total Capacity: 269 litre (9.5 cubic ft), Fridge Capacity: 175 litre (6.2 cubic ft), Freezer Capacity: 94 litre (3.3 cubic ft)/ Freezing Capacity: 6 kg, Freezer Star Rating: 4 Star, Functions: Cold Wall Technology / Door Hinging: Reversible, Width: 59.5 cm, Height: 190 c, Depth: 60 cm, Weight: 69 k, Features: Dairy Compartment, Bottle Retainer, Adjustable Feet, Salad Crisper, Fruit & Vegetable Box, Egg Tray, Butter Box, Ice Cube Tray, Wire Shelf. Available in white or silver.
Beko appear to have colonised my kitchen, first came the fridge freezer, then the washing machine followed by a cooker. If anyone's interested I have already mentioned the background to the company in my review of our washing machine, (http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/washing-machine/beko-wm6167/1433861), and I see no need to go into it here. Suffice to say I am a satisfied customer. Apart from the one or two very minor niggles mentioned, I think our fridge freezer is a splendid creature that has been excellent value for money.
This is a fantastic fridge freezer! I've had mine for 2 years now and it's still going strong and looks as new as the day it was bought. I have the CDA648FS silver model, which looks very sleek and much more expensive than it was.
We are a family of 5, and it is more than adequate size-wise. This is a very big (tall) fridge freezer at around 190cm and 60cm wide. Short people may struggle to reach the top shelf - I am an average height woman at 5ft 6 and have to stretch a bit! But it has tonnes of space inside both the fridge and freezer as a result, with 4 shelves and 4 drawers to fill in each compartment.
The freezer has a fast freeze drawer at the top which is good for freezing fresh food quickly (as the "fast freeze" function suggests!). I use it to quickly freeze leftovers from casseroles etc. It also has a really useful ice tray for storing ice cubes, which means you don't have to worry about balancing trays of water on top of bags of frozen food!
I find it very quiet in operation - despite frost free models having a reputation of being noisier and making strange noises. This is my first frost free one and it's much quieter than the one I had previously. One downside is that there are no lights externally or warning beeps to tell you if it's working properly or not - my old fridge had a green light to show it was working, which changed to red if it stopped or if the door was left open too long. If this fridge was to break down I potentially wouldn't know about it until my food had started to spoil. I don't think it's too much of a con considering the price though.
Overall for the price, I think this is a wonderful fridge freezer and I would highly recommend it to all. It has the looks and functionality to rival much more expensive brands/models.
We recently bought the BEKO CDA648 from COMET to replace our small freezer and small fridge with a small freezer compartment at the top. We wanted it to save space in our kitchen. After shopping around this seemed the best deal in our price range. We paid £299.99.
Our main worry when buying it was concerning the space in the freezer. In COMET they do not display the measurements for the item so it was all a bit of guess work. We thought the fridge compartment was larger than the freezer but in actual inches it is smaller. The height of the freezer compartment is 37 inches. The fridge is 34 inches. Obviously, in the freezer the drawers take up space so the actual useable space is less than the fridge.
The top freezer drawer is a fast freeze drawer which means that it freezes fresh foods quicker and saves electricity by doing so. However, after having read through the instructions, I still haven't worked out if I am meant to put stuff in this drawer that doesn't need to be fast freezed. At the moment, I am using it for ice creams...
In the fridge compartment, the space in the door is well designed to fit 2 litre bottles but also smaller jars. I really like that this is a feature because in the old fridge we had to lay fizzy drinks bottles down on one of the shelves which wasted space and often caused them to drip on to the food stored below below.
When you first switch on the appliance, the compresser generates a fairly loud humming noise. As it warmed up, the noise lessened. Now it only hums when the compressor is working to maintain the temperature. When the compresser is off, the appliance makes no noise at all and this is so different from our 15 year old fridge that I am very impressed.
The fridge has an A energy rating so it will also reduce our electrcity bill.
Overall, I am very happy with the product and think it is good value for money. As I have not had this item for long, I have no idea if it will be reliable in the long term but I feel I cannot rate it down on this as it may well prove to be a great long term investment.
I would say that for a family of four, I doubt it would be big enough, but for two or three people it is perfectly adequate.
I have owned 2 of these, but would definitely NOT buy another. It's a good fridge freezer when it works, but both times the compressor broke down causing the appliance to get stuck in permanent de-frost mode! The first one I owned was still within its 12-month guarantee when this happened, but it took the manufacturer over 4 weeks and several visits to conclude that it was beyond repair and give me a replacement. The replacement has now broken down after 22 months.
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