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      26.07.2011 12:02
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      Good value, energy efficient fridge-freezer, perfect for a family of 2 or 3

      We bought this fridge-freezer 3 years ago now as a cheap, economical option for our first flat. We bought it from Curry's for £219.99 and that included free delivery (up the stairs to our flat, which wsa excellent because it weighs 57kg!) and installation. We have the white version, although there is a silver version that costs a bit more. White looks fine in our small kitchen, so we weren't prepared to spend the extra.

      The whole thing is 1.42m tall, 54.4cm wide and 56.4 cm deep, so it isn't a hug monstrosity in our kitchen. The fridge is on top of the freezer and has a 132litre capacity. The fridge has a large clear plastic salad box, which keeps all of our fruit and veg in easily. There are then two glass shelves, that do get mucky easily but are easily wiped. They also seem pretty sturdy as I do a deep clean every other week and I have yet to chip one of them. The door has two shelves, one for milk etc that holds 3/4 bottle or cartons and a smaller one at the top for cheese, yoghurts etc. All the shelves within the fridge are adjustable, so you can have it laid out anyway you like.

      The nifty thing about the fridge and freezer doors mean that you can switch which side they open from. So we bought it with the hinges on the right-hand side but swapped them with no difficulty to the left hand side to fit our kitchen. Inside the fridge is one light on the right hand side at the top and like the previous reviewer has mentioned this can make the left side of the fridge a bit dark and gloomy, so just be careful how you stack your food in the fridge.

      The fridge's temperature is controlled by a dial that runs from 1-6. The manual recommends keeping it at 4, however after 2 years of this we noticed that the drain at the back of the fridge was freezing up. Meaning that water was pooling underneath the veg box. We've tried all sorts to fix this, but it seems the best solution is to chip away the ice as it forms and keep the fridge at 2 or 3. I've not seen anyone else mention this about the fridge so perhaps it is a one off for us. Either that or 3 - 4 years is the lifespan of this model.

      The freezer has 3 drawers and a 70 litre capacity, which isn't very much if you like a lot of frozen food. Being that there is only two of us, it's an adequate size, even for freezing all our leftovers. The drawers are all a good size and as deep as the freezer and have runners to help pull them in and out. One point to note is that this freezer needs to be defrosted regularly, we do it twice a year (althought the manual recommends doing it every 12 weeks).

      The fridge-freezer is economical to run and it's quiet so you can't hear it when you're in bed. The only thing I would say is watch the icing problem we've had.

      Thanks for reading!

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      09.06.2011 11:28
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      A good small fridge freezer

      I bought this fridge freezer about 2 months ago now, as my last one wasn't staying cool and therefore was a bit of a health hazard when it came to storing food for Harry and I! I didn't need anything huge because there are only 2 of us at home and I didn't want to pay a fortune for it either so I set off to my local Currys to try and find something that would fit our budget and our requirements. I spotted this Frigidaire, and although it was quite a bit smaller than my previous Indesit that just gave up the ghost, I decided it would be more economical to run, and still be plenty of storage for Harry. The price of £219 was very reasonable too, so I ordered it online as strangely I could book it for a sooner delivery date online than I could in my local store 2 minutes down the road!

      This particular fridge model is Frigidaire FRE196A, and has a refrigerator on top, with the freezer situated below. The fridge freezer stands at 1.42 metres which isn't especially tall, but is the perfect size for me being that I'm smaller than the fridge freezer! It is white in colour, it is available in silver too but the white was cheaper so it was that for me. The door open from the left side out with the hinges down the right side, although this can be changed over easily. There isn't anything super technical on this, it's got one light in the fridge and a temperature control at the top of the fridge, but that's about it. No fancy flashing buttons or lights at all, but it is a basic model and does what it is supposed to do. It's rated A for energy so is a very economical product to run. It's very basic in terms of looks, just white doors and side, with the silver frigidaire logo on the front but it looks very clean and smart. The handles are not on the outside, but are a groove at the bottom of the fridge door, and the top of the freezer door which makes the product look slimline and clean, although dirt does gather in the grooves so you have to keep it clean.

      The fridge capacity is around 128 litres, which is a fairly small fridge, but suits a two person household fine. There is a bottle shelf in the door of the fridge, which holds around 4 bottles, and a single shelf towards the top of the door where I place cheese, eggs and other smaller items that might get pushed to the back of the main fridge. Inside the fridge, there are 2 glass shelves, and a large sized salad drawer at the bottom. The front of this drawer is see through so you are able to see all of the contents easily, and the shelves throughout the fridge are all glass and therefore it is easy to see what you have in your fridge. You can obviously use the glass shelf just above the salad drawer too, so effectively there are 3 shelves, and plenty of storage space for us. There are 4 adjustable slots for the shelves, so you can adjust their heights or remove shelves as required which is a great idea. The temperature is adjusted by a wheel on the right hand side at the top, numbered 1-6. The manual recommends setting it to "4" and that seems a perfect setting to me, everything is well chilled but there is no ice build up anywhere in the fridge.

      One small issue I have with the fridge is the location of the light. My old Indesit had a long light across the top, throwing light throughout the fridge, but in this one, its located just on the right side of the fridge, and therefore down the left side of the fridge, it can get a little dark and shadowed, especially if something large is placed next to the like, blocking it from spreading throughout the fridge. I would have preferred that they put it along the top but I have made do and have got used to it. However, this is a small niggle, and I am otherwise pleased with the fridge. The size of the salad drawer is fantastic, leaving loads of space for me to place our fruits and vegetables, and often fizzy drink cans too so they are out of the way of the main shelves. Because the shelves are glass, they can get mucky quickly but a quick swish of some dettox cleans it up no problem and it is a neat and compact fridge.

      The freezer is much smaller, with a 68 litre capacity compared to the 128 litre of the fridge. However, Harry and I don't have much freezer food in the home, this suits us perfectly. There are 3 drawers, each with a clear front so you can easily what is inside them, and each of these have a very good capacity. There is no space for ice cubes, my old freezer had special tubes in the top of each drawer you could fill with water to make ice-cubes but this freezer has no capacity for something like that. However, this is a more basic model so I didn't especially miss this feature. Once switched on, I had to leave it for 24 hours before using the freezer to allow it to cool down, and after this time I quickly loaded it up. The food cooled quickly, there was plenty of room for everything and was very pleased with my freezer. The drawers moved easily in and out on their runners, and are plenty deep enough for lots of storage capacity. The freezer is not frost-free so will need defrosting, the manual suggests every 12 weeks but I can't see mine will need doing anywhere need that regularly to be honest.

      Overall, I am really pleased with this fridge freezer and would certainly recommend it to two-person households. I think it would struggle to suit a family of three or more simply because of the size but for a couple, it would be perfect. It fits nicely into a small corner of your kitchen, and it isn't so tall that it will be an eyesore. In terms of cleaning, it is very easy - the glass shelves are easy to clean with dettox and a bit of kitchen roll, but because everything is either glass or white, it does show the dirt easily so make sure you keep on top of it! It runs quietly, I don't notice any noise from it at all which is great as there's nothing worse than humming things in the kitchen on a quiet evening! It's an energy efficient product which has done the job we ask of it, and for the very good price of £219.99 as well. I purchased mine from Currys with free delivery and installation, and it can be found from most electrical retailers.

      Dimensions: 1426 x 544 x 564 mm (H x W x D)
      Total storage capacity: 196 litres / 6.9 cubic feet
      Fridge gross capacity: 132 litres / 4.66 cubic feet
      Freezer gross capacity: 70 litres / 2.47 cubic feet
      Weight: 57kg (gross)
      Price: £219.99

      Thank you for reading.

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      Cooling Type / Short name: Frigidaire FRE196A