When we decided to part company with our larder fridge and chest freezer to buy a fridge freezer for the first time, we certainly didn't do it by halves!
Almost two metres high and over half a metre deep, the gleaming white BEKO CDA653FW cut an impressive figure and promised to add a spacious new dimension to our kitchen.
One of the reasons we chose this particular product was for its water dispenser, the tank for which is situated on the inside of the door and intrudes into the fridge space a little.
Despite this, there is still enough fridge space for the routine needs of a family of four. The shelving is also adjustable, a series of extra runners on the fridge walls making it possible to move them around or remove entirely i.e. to create deeper shelves if required or for cleaning.
The water tank itself holds just over two litres and we choose to fill it with still spring water. It is important not to fill it with any liquid other than water as this can damage the mechanism. It can be taken off and filled at the tap or left in position and filled by jug. It also requires taking off and cleaning periodically, which is straightforward. The dispenser tap is on the outside of the door, which means you can enjoy lovely, refreshing chilled water without needing to open the fridge. One inconvenience is that some of the taller pint glasses won't fit in the dispensing area.
The two upper door shelves are big enough to fit two litre bottles of milk or pop and the wine rack in the main fridge compartment can hold a standard 75cl bottle of wine. Taller bottles on the wine rack can prevent the fridge door closing.
The fridge automatically defrosts. I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence here, but make sure that the plunger isn't left firmly in the drainage hole at the back of the fridge compartment. For several months we wondered why water was accumulating in the salad crispers!
If I was able to custom design the fridge, I would make the water tank bigger, as we are having to refill it daily. This could be accommodated by removing the slide and tilt mini commodity bins from the inside of the door, that we haven't found a use for. I would also move the thermostat to a less awkward position. It is located on the ceiling of the fridge compartment and we inadvertently catch it regularly and alter its setting as we take things off the top shelf.
The freezer has a spacious ice bank where ice cube trays or ice packs can be stored. One thing to note however is that it doesn't have any stoppers, which can result in a kitchen floor covered in ice cubes! There is a fast freeze compartment underneath this for freezing fresh food, then two generously deep draws and a narrower one at the bottom. You will find that its freezer capacity of 3.3 cu.ft is difficult to beat in this price range.
A few niggles apart, this is an efficient fridge freezer that does what is expected of it well. Food is kept fresh, chilled and frozen in all the right places and it only requires a bit of creative filling at party time.
A word of warning for those of a nervous disposition though: If you hear any strange whines and gurgles during the night, it is very likely to be coming from your fridge freezer!
* I have also written this review on Ciao
The Beko CDA653F has stood imposingly in my kitchen for the past three years fulfilling my requirement for a freestanding fridge-freezer. Initially prurchased from Comet, I took up the option of the additional warranty as it comes with only a 12 month warranty as standard.
Measuring 189cm x 60cm x 65cm and finished in a metallic grey hard wearing plastic, as with most fridge freezers it places the 4 compartment freezer with a capacity of 91 litres below the fridge unit which has a larger capacity of 121 litres. In the door of the fridge is a drinks dispenser which can be refilled via the cooled 2.2 lire reservoir on the reverse. As a result the drink is served chilled.
Which has given this item an annual running cost of £39 which is fairly reasonable for anyone who has more than one person living in the property. For the green amongst you, the carbon footprint is measured at 182.58kg CO2 per year. One word of note is that it is a fairly noisy device. The guide measures it at 41db, but perhaps it is the type of noise which seems akin to a herd of cows mooing. It has a certain comedy value to visitors, but after a while the noise will sink into the background.
Internally the shelving on both units is made of plastic. The freezer part has shown a knack for breaking quite easily under not very much force. Espescially the draws, so an extra degree of care is needed and never attempt to fill to capacity. There are three draws and a flip down top shelf. The middle draws are full size whilst the bottom is only half size in order top accomadate the motor at the bottom. The temperature control unit for the freezer is located on the top shelf with a multi setting wheel used to control it. At the top of the freezer, above the flip down compartment is a one inch tray where you can store the ice cube trays. Two are included but they are very small so purchasing your own is advised.
The fridge unit is a slightly better tale made up of plastic and with glass shelving. This seems to better the strains of daily usage better than the freezer unit. In the bottom of the fridge are two containers for fruit and veg, over which is a shelf of glass. The remainder of the fridge is divided into three sections by two full size glass shelves and one half size glass shelf.
At the top of the fridge attached to the internal roof is a centrally located light. To the right hand side as the user looks is the temperature control unit mounted on a wheel. There are 6 different settings from 1 to 6, 6 being the coldest. The top shelf has a rack to store ten eggs, certainly a little strange as most people buy in multiples of 6 so I would have thought it would be a 12 egg rack, but I presume this was determined by space.
In conclusion, despite one or two grumbles and perhaps lacking an ice maker, it is a good item. Sleek design with smooth lines mean it will look at home in most mid size kitchens. The simple interior mix of glass and plastic with removable shelves allows for simple cleaning. And in nearly four years I have had no faults, So I would recomend it.
Here I review our frost free fridge freezer. It is by the brand Beko, a brand that I had no qualms purchasing because my previous fridge freezer had been Beko, and hadn't let me down once. After many years use it was only replaced as it was damaged during a house move. We chose this model instead of buying the previous one again, as its size was no longer suitable for us.
We have the silver version of the fridge/freezer shown above in white. This is marked by adding an extra S to the model number CDA 654FS. The F at the end also denotes that this is a frost free model.
This is quite a tall appliance; it towers over me (I'm 156cm) at 190cm. It is a standard width, I believe, at 59.5cm and definitely a standard depth at 60cm.
The net fridge capacity is 5.9 cubic foot and the freezer is 3.3 cubic foot. This is because we wanted a larger fridge to cope with a growing family, but didn't need much extra freezer space as we also have a standalone chest freezer. I believe this freezer would suit a family anyway, even if they didn't have the extra freezer as I do.
Measuring in cubic feet is all well and good, but what's that in English, I hear you say? The fridge compartment has two full sized glass shelves, no cheap wire racks here! It also has a half sized shelf at the very top of the fridge. A chrome metal wine rack which slots in the shelf supports, is also supplied, but we have removed this to allow for extra storage as we don't keep wine in the house. With the shelves being glass, they are very easy to clean, and look very minimal. They are edged in white plastic, and after years of use they are not going yellowy and brittle as some plastics do, they are perfectly white and look brand new.
On the half size top shelf we keep yoghurts (I don't know why we just do). There is ample room to place two packets of 6 portions full sized yoghurt pots (ordinary 120g sized pots) end to end, with a little room to spare.
To give you an idea of the size of the two shelves below, you could lie five 2 litre bottles of fizzy drink laying down on each. I know you wouldn't want to, but this is so you can visualise the size.
On the glass that covers the salad crisper compartments (of which there are two) you are able to fit four full sized family loaves side by side.
The two salad crisper compartments are a very generous size. I always have one full with salad and vegetables. It will take all the usual salad ingredients with room to spare. I use the other one for snacks and treats for the kids.
The door of the fridge is full of features too. There is an egg rack and a butter dish placed on the very top shelf, with space for cheese etc. Further down, there are two bottle holders. These will hold a four pint carton of milk in each. Below this is a further two little jar holders, these are not as tall. They will not hold full sized bottles of milk, but will hold a bottle of salad cream or big jar of mayonnaise.
In between these four holders is a tank to be filled with fresh water. It is easily filled by taking a jug/bottle of water to it, or you can remove it and fill it at the tap. There is a lid to prevent it being contaminated by smells or crumbs from the fridge. This tank should never be filled with fruit squashes or juice, as this will invalidate the guarantee. I believe it has something to do with the acids in this drink, eroding the valve on the tap.
The tap is set into a little hollow on the front of the door on the fridge. There is a handy shelf to set your glass upon, and a drip tray should your glass overflow. Fresh, ice cold water on tap in the summer, is absolutely wonderful. It has been a great addition. One at the time, that was not a necessity for me, but it will be on all my future appliances. I can't do without it now.
On to the freezer. At the top is an ice tray, great for the storing and making of ice cubes.
There are three full sized drawers below, of solid white plastic construction, with a clear drawer front, so you can see the contents better. The top one of these three is the fast freeze section. There isn't a fast freeze boost button on this model, but I place all freshly purchased food in this compartment and it will refreeze in a matter of minutes rather than hours, lower down in the freezer. This is handy when you've had a long wait at the checkout of the supermarket, sometimes I worry that everything will have started to defrost, but placing things in here get things colder, faster, ensuring your food is safe.
At the base of the freezer there is a compartment which is accessed via a half depth drawer (unlike just a pull down drawer front like my old model). A proper functioning drawer is great because on my previous model the the pull down compartment cover kept falling off. It is half depth because the motor is behind, but there is still enough room to keep a couple of joints of meat, or as I do, keep all the ice cream and ice lollies in there.
The energy classification of this appliance is A rated. It will use 329 kilowatts a year to run and in real money terms this equates to approximately £35.00.
The motor is a quiet hum, some other fridges I've had, when they start up, they sound like an aeroplane taking off. Not so with this. According to Comet website (where I purchased mine from) it has a noise level of 41, the lower the number the quieter the noise. Looking around, I see there a quite a few with a higher rating to this.
This appliance is available to purchase from Comet at the moment for £429 which is around the same price as I paid for this model about four years ago, so it has kept its value well. I would shop around though, as this is also available to purchase from Tesco at £359. 97 with double club card points, and free delivery.
One point to remember is with all new fridges and freezers, they should be kept upright, and unplugged for some hours before connecting to the electricity. This is to allow the coolants inside the machine to settle. Please check your instructions for this, as different models and manufacturers have differing times. I think our fridge/freezer had to stand for 12 hours but I may be wrong.
Revoo, another review site has this rated as 8.6 out of 10 with 438 reviews made upon it. I think this is a fair evaluation. In fact, I would rate it a little higher at 9 out of 10. It only loses its point because, if you were to use the wine rack addition, it compromises the storage space within. For Dooyoo purposes, a four star rating seems very harsh, especially as I don't use the wine rack, so I'm going to give it the full five stars.
All in all, this is a great fridge freezer and has given me over four years trouble free use. Ideal for families, looks good, and does its job very efficiently - what more could you ask for?
Annual Energy Consumption / Short name: Beko CDA653F