If you're looking for a fridge that's going to fufill all the basic requirements then this is probably a good option for you , it has an in door setting where you can choose how cold the fridge goes and the temperature changes very quickly. The fridge is quite small but it is a good option if like me you've got a small kitchen and don't mind bending down to get into it. The fridge isn't the most attractive one out there so don't buy if you think its going to improve the look of your kitchen what ever you do! This fridge should be bought if you just need an average fridge for its food chilling purposes , it does the job! The only thing I haven't mentioned is that it is fairly noisy and you will find quieter ones but it shouldn't be enough to deter you from buying it ! reliable fridge!
Back in 2008 when we purchased our caravan we were faced with the prospect of having to kit it out with electrical and household appliances as this was going to be our second home for seven months out of the year. Along with a kettle, toaster, television etc we needed somewhere to keep our fresh food and milk cold so of course we had to look at buying a fridge.
The kitchen area in our caravan comprises an oven, sink, a long worktop and just enough space for a small-to-standard sized fridge so off to Currys we went with a limited budget and no other requirements apart from needing to fit in the space we had available. Freestanding fridges are surprisingly thin on the ground nowadays with the majority of appliances seeming to cater for those looking for fridge/freezers or the large American-style double door, wardrobe-type behemoths so our choices was somewhat limited. In the end we narrowed or search down to a couple and decided on a brand name which was recognisable to us; Frigidaire.
One of the largest and best known manufacturers of refrigeration appliances in the UK Frigidaire is a brand I grew up with. Both my parents and grandparents had a Frigidaire fridge/freezer throughout my childhood so in the end we were happy to pay just under £100.00 for a brand name we trusted.
The R5303B model met our space requirements measuring in at just 84.5 cm in height, 54.5cm in width and 57cm in depth - I said space was tight! and features an inbuilt Ice compartment. There are 2 interior wire shelves plus a removable veggie box situated at the bottom of the fridge itself along with space to hold a few cartons of milk and a couple of racks for eggs, jars etc in the door. There is a light which comes on when the door is opened and a dial which allows you to increase or decrease the interior temperature. Capacity wise the fridge can hold 150 litres and is probably best described as 'compact', the door is reversible so can be fitted to open right to left as well as left to right and is classified as "B" rated for energy efficiency and ultimately does what you would expect a fridge to do; keeps food cold.
**In everyday use**
Practically speaking the fridge is not without its faults when used on a day to day basis. Allowances have to be made for its size when compared to larger models available but I would hate to have to rely on this for holding more than a small amount of perishable goods. The plastic coated wire shelves are *very* close to one another as you would imagine for something so small so any food which comes packaged in boxes struggle to fit onto the lower one of the shelves and even though there is a decent amount of depth to the fridge its rather like a jigsaw puzzle in arranging your food so that it all fits. The slot on the door for holding milk is slightly too narrow to hold a 4 litre container so one inevitably ends up being squeezed into position and the fixed shelf just above it means that a 2 litre bottle of pop or juice will not fit into the door. The rack for holding eggs feels very flimsy and unsecure in position so I never trust it to hold more than a few eggs at a time in case it falls off and smashes them.
The Ice box is *tiny* and can just about fit a couple of ice cube trays into it before being filled to capacity and if these are removed you can probably get a box or two of fish fingers in their place. There certainly isn't space within the Ice Compartment to hold a joint of meat or a loaf of bread but given the fact that is is only an ice compartment it shouldn't be expected to do so. On the positive side the box's door does open from left to right rather than lifting up and down which is often the case in other fridges so this does make it easily accessible for making ice.
Although up to now I have been quite negative with my thoughts on the fridge in all honesty it is perfect for our limited requirements at our caravan where we do very little cooking, as it is we tend to store milk, drinks and the odd fresh food item in it rather than a full weekly shop and for us it is ideal. It is small enough to fit where we need it to fit, it keeps what we put in there cold and fresh and when it was switched off last November at the end of the caravan season it quite happily sprung back to life when it was switched back on in March this year when we reopened our caravan even though it had been sat dormant for 4 months.
It is silent when in use and unlike fridge/freezers does not shake or shudder when adjusting its temperature. It simply sits where we put it and is an unobtrusive kitchen appliance which has been reliable and well worth the money we spent on it.
This is a fridge which would suit a single person living alone in my opinion. It isn't a family fridge and more than 2 people would struggle to fit a decent amount of food in it but for anyone living alone it would certainly suit them. I don't think it would be suitable for an elderly relative either though as it does sit quite close to the ground and being only 84cm in height you do have to stoop over to retrieve food items from the back of the fridge therefore those with mobility problems or issues with their backs may find this awkward to use and could probably benefit from something taller.
All in all and despite its faults the R5303B certainly fulfils the requirements we expected it to, it cost £97.99 when we bought it and this seems to be the going rate for a fridge of this design. There are not that many options available to people looking specifically for a fridge on its own and tracking one down from large electrical retailers such as Currys or Comet may be difficult. It can be purchased online from a number of places though and tends to retail at just over £100.00 nowadays.
I cant award a perfect five star rating as the limited space is a concern and there are a couple of design niggles which are annoying. However it has been a reliable, sturdy, no-nonsense buy from a respected brand name and on that basis I would award a good 3 star rating along with a cautious recommendation and a word of advice to try and track one down to inspect before purchasing.
Thanks for reading my review.
Manufacturer / Short name: Frigidaire R5303B