I bought this fridge freezer a few years ago when I bought my own house on a very tight budget so I wasn't blessed with space! I moved into a one bedroomed house which had a very small kitchenette and a gap for a slimline fridge freezer. I went shopping with my parents and compared what was on offer, and this seemed like a good value buy.
The fridge freezer itself is fairly standard white finish (although I couldn't afford to pay more for other colours so I didn't check whether it's available in different finishes). The handles are at the bottom of the fridge door and the top of the freezer drawer but I tended to just pull the doors open by grabbing the sides because you're bending down a lot otherwise. In a small house I used to find it a little noisy at night because the kitchen was at the bottom of the stairs leading to my bedroom, but I think I would have had this problem with any fridge freezer because none of them are silent and the issue was the layout of my house rather than the product itself.
The fridge freezer is a nice size if you're limited on space, and as it's quite short you can use the top of it for storage. The top of the fridge freezer is at eye level so I used to store spices and things on top of it for easy access and to free up some room on my worktops.
The fridge has a salad drawer at the bottom and three shelves which are adjustable so you can make the best use of the space. You'd struggle to store anything tall without taking one of these shelves out, but I used to store tall things lying down. There are drawers for milk etc on the inside of the door, but these are very narrow and struggle to hold anything wider than a two pint bottle. |This was never a problem when I lived on my own but I now live with my fiancé and we are using the fridge freezer temporarily until we get our kitchen fitted - we get through a lot of milk but find we have to buy it more often as the fridge can't hold a 4 or 6 pint bottle. There's no compartment for eggs like you'd find in some fridges, but this hasn't really caused us a problem as we just store them in the main fridge area.
I've had a few problems when the fridge has been full with food icing up, I'm not sure whether it's because I've had it a few years so maybe it's not running as efficiently as it used to, but we always keep the fridge setting low now for that reason. Other than that, the fridge part is easy to clean and as long as you're willing to play tetrus to fit your food in, it's fine!
The freezer has three drawers, although the top one is very shallow so you can fit maybe a pizza in there and it's full. The other drawers are quite deep but still fill up easily when you start storing bread for example, so it's not possible to stock up on special offers as you'll end up chucking something else out to make room for them! Now there's two of us using the freezer we've actually removed the drawers to free up some storage space, but this means we're storing things on the elements which isn't ideal. We also end up having to take things out of their packaging to make everything fit in the freezer, so sometimes we've come to cook something and can't remember how long or what temperature it's supposed to be on!
All in all I would say this fridge freezer is excellent value (I paid less than £200 for it, think it was about £170 from Iceland) and is ideal if you are living on your own and struggling for space. If there's more than one of you I think you'd be better with a slightly larger fridge freezer, or accept the fact you'll be eating less fresh food than you used to.
We have recentely moved into a new flat, finding this coolzone fridge freezer on arrival. The appliance looks very smart, and is a nice slimline shape, great is you haven't got a very big kitchen. It is handy not having two seperate items to buy, move about and clean, although it does make it quite heavy. Inside the fridge there are three glass shelves and a vegetable box, and two plastic shelves on the inside of the door. The glass shelves are not that roomy, and you can't put anything particularly tall in on teh shelves. It works very well for two people, but any more and it would be getting a little full. The freezer has three drawers of differnet sizes. This is useful, with the bottom compartment being deep, although the top compartment is quite shallow - we have turned it into our ice cream shelf.
The fridge is quiet most of the time, but wirrs occassionally when it is powering up. The temperature control only needs to be on the lowest setting, otherwise you start getting ice in the fridge - this may be a problem with having a combination fridge freezer, but I have found that the freezer is cold enough, so it is ok.
We had a problem with it being really smelly, and it is important that you clean out the drainage channel and drip tray fairly regularly to avoid this, which is a bit of a pain. All in all though, for about £180, I think that this is a good looking, good quality, good value and reliable product.
I bought this fridge freezer as the one which was included in the price of the flat I recently bought packed in within a couple of weeks of me moving in - typical isn't it.
Anyway I bought this from the co-op for the very reasonable price of £169.99 including delivery (although there was an extra charge for taking to old one away).
This fridge freezer was ideal as there was only a small space it could fit into with my kitchen not being all that big plus there is only the two of us so there was no need for a massive one. It was also one of the few cheaper ones I could find which had the fridge above the freezer.
After it was delivered I was advised to leave it for 4 hours before I plugged it in to allow all the coolant and oil in the pump to settle after transporting it. Fortunately I had put all the food in a cool bag etc and it was early May when the weather was cooler so this wasn't a major problem but at the height of summer it may have been.
What it looks like
The exterior is white and the handles to open the doors are at the bottom of the fridge door and the top of the freezer. As I was only interested in buying a white one I did not do any searches on whether it is available in any other colour.
The interior of the fridge has two glass shelves which are quite heavy as well as the glass lid over the crisper draw. These are all easy to remove which makes cleaning the fridge easier. The height of the shelves can be adjusted to make the best use of the space. The inside of the door has the usual bottle rack and then a further shelf towards the top of the door. The bottle rack is perhaps a bit too narrow and although a 1 litre square juice carton will fit into it I doubt anything larger would. The second shelf is also a little too high up to be of much use. A small jar of mustard might fit into it but nothing taller.
The freezer has three draws which become larger as they go down. The draws do slide out easily but they are made of quite a brittle plastic so make sure you don't drop them. The middle and bottom draws are a good size but the top one is perhaps a little too shallow.
Well at first I had a bit of trouble getting the fridge to be level as the so called adjustable feet were difficult to adjust. In the end I gave up and used the age old method of the folded piece of paper under one of the feet which solved the problem. Whilst in use the fridge is much quieter than the old fridge which is always good. The fridge is also an 'A' rated fridge and so is energy efficient.
On first opening the freezer there was a sort of strong plastic smell which was off putting and quite unpleasant. This was solved be washing the interior and the draws with a solution of bicarbonate of soda in water. The freezer is a good size for one to two people but it wouldn't be any good for a family unless it was used as an additional freezer. The freezer has a 4* rating so food will keep for a long time in it. The door also looks well insulated so it should keep food frozen for some time if there is a power cut.
The doors like on most fridges can be switched over so the open in the opposite direction which can be useful depending on the position it is placed in in the kitchen. This isn't the easiest thing to do and will need two people to do it. One to keep hold of the fridge at a tilted angle and one to do the door switching.
The fridge is a self defrosting one so you need to make sure the drainage hole just above the crisper draw is kept clear so water won't collect in the fridge. This can be done with a bottle brush or pipe cleaner. The freezer, however, will need defrosting regularly and this can be done in the normal way. Although a small plastic scraper is provided with the fridge freezer the manual advises not to use one during the defrost. The ice cube tray provided will only make small ice cubes - about half of the size of most you see, so that has been replaced by an older one I had.
Dimensions and other spec
Fridge capacity (ltr) 92
Freezer capacity (ltr) 58
Dimensions (cm) : Height 123
Power use (units p.a.) 254
The fridge also has a flush backing so can be moved close to a wall but ventilation around it should be maintained to get to work most efficiently. Also a couple of times a year move the fridge out and hoover the back of the fridge to remove any dust that has collected as this can also reduce it's efficiency.
The exterior of the fridge is easy to wipe down to remove any splashes that get on it and the internal bulb of the fridge looks easy enough to replace but let's face it does anyone actually bother to replace the bulb in a fridge if it does blow?
The top of the fridge can be used for a bit of storage but be careful not to put anything hot on top of it. At the moment I have my wine rack on top of mine as this keeps it at eye level (with me being 5'10") but it could be used for keeping pots and pans on as well.
Would I recommend it?
In all despite a few minor things it is still a good fridge and yes I would recommend it to anyone who needs a smallish fridge on a bit of a budget. With most items it does come with a one year guarantee. As long as it keeps food fresh and can chill a bottle of white what else do you really need a fridge to do?
Energy Efficiency / Short name: CoolZone CZ51518