Product Type: Beko refrigerators
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First Came Refrigerator...
Member Name: noodlesandwich
Date: 09/06/11, updated on 09/06/11 (225 review reads)
Advantages: Big, Cold, Efficient
Disadvantages: sometimes it gurgles
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.
Summary: excellent value for money
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