When we moved to our house more than three years ago we needed to buy a few new appliances for our kitchen including a new fridge freezer. It needed to be big enough for a young family but also within our tight budget which we had set for moving to our new home, especially as there were so many other expenses to think about at the time.
After looking about at a few fridge freezers we opted for the Indesit BAN12NF 260 litre frost free fridge freezer which we bought from Currys. Although available in white we opted for the silver version of this fridge freezer as it was the one that was going to fit in with all the other appliances in our kitchen.
This particular fridge freezer has an energy efficiency rating of A, which means that this fridge freezer is one of the most energy efficient on the market which was certainly one of the things that sold this fridge freezer to us. Another selling point was the fact that this Indesit fridge freezer was completely frost free meaning that there would be no build up of ice inside the fridge or freezer, meaning no defrosting needed here. I believe that this is a huge plus as defrosting any freezer has to be one of the most dreary jobs available.
Price and availability
We bought this Indesit fridge freezer in Currys over three years ago and from memory it was about £300. Having a look online I can see that this model is available in Currys at the moment for £279.99. It is listed at the same price with Dixons, £299.99 with Comet and is much higher priced at £359.99 with Asda.
How does it look?
This fridge freezer is 175 cm in height, 60 cm in width and 65.5 cm in depth. The one that we bough is silver in colour and looks very stylish as far as fridge freezers go anyway, as far as I am aware it is only available in white or silver. I have seen the white version which also looks good, the silver one was more suitable for us to fit in with everything else in our kitchen.
The handles on the doors of the fridge and freezer compartments are indented on to the doors which means no ugly handles sticking out which I also like. Overall then I am very happy with the look of this fridge freezer, it is big enough without taking over our kitchen and also looks stylish enough.
The fridge compartment makes up the top part of the fridge freezer and accounts for more than half of the total size of this fridge freezer. The fridge has two drawers in the bottom which have good storage space, we currently use one of these drawers for salad things, with the other drawer being full of yoghurts and other things for the children. The fridge has three shelves which can be moved to suit your own requirements, giving you more or less space on each shelve if you want to fit in some taller items for example. There are three compartments in the door, the bottom one having more space to fit larger bottles like your milk. The middle shelve in the door has a bit less space, fitting things like jars of jam and the top shelve has a lid that closes down making it suitable for things like cheese. In the top one there is also an egg tray to store your eggs in. I have always found the fridge to have ample storage space and it is definitely big enough for us.
This fridge has Hygiene Control which is a film which lines the walls of the fridge to stop any bacteria or mould which is another excellent feature in my opinion.
When you open the door on the fridge compartment there is a large bright light situated at the back of the fridge which lights up helping you to see what you need to find. When you open the door to the fridge you will also see the temperature knob which you turn to put the temperature up or down. The door on the fridge does not automatically close when you leave the fridge open so you will need to make sure that you remember to click the fridge door closed.
The freezer compartment makes up the bottom part of this fridge freezer and is slightly smaller than the fridge but still has enough storage space for me and my family. When you open the freezer there are three large drawers for storage. The drawers are all very deep and each are able to store a lot of food, the only drawback with this is that you have to sometimes do a lot of digging through the drawers to find what you are looking for. On the top of each of the drawers there is a blue plastic ice tray attached which you can take off the top of the drawer to make some ice. This is quite a nice feature and saves you some space as the ice trays are built in to the drawers in the freezer.
I have found the freezer to have plenty of space, certainly enough for our family of two adults and two small children although if you have any more people in the house than that you may need something a bit bigger.
My experience and verdict
My experience of the Indesit BAN21NF fridge freezer has been very good so far. I have owned this fridge freezer for about three and a half years and it has always worked perfectly well with no breakdowns or faults at all to report which I think is excellent. At £300 I believe that I have already experienced excellent value for money from this fridge freezer and hope that it will continue without any faults for a long time to come.
Both the fridge and freezer have plenty of space and the fact that you can move the shelves in the fridge to fit in larger items means that I have never had a problem with fitting things in so I am very pleased with the storage in this product.
This fridge freezer also looks great, I particularly like our silver one and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a stylish but affordable fridge freezer with plenty of storage space.
We brought this fridge around 18 months ago, as soon as it was delivered there was a fault with it straight away, for some reason it would not adjust to cool temperature. As it was purchased less than 28 days it was repaired free of charge.
The freezer draws are easily jammed and take a bit of frustration to get them out!
The shelves are easy to remove for cleaning but are a nightmare to put back in.
Around 14 months after we purchased it, we had another fault, a relay was getting stuck and kept clicking, after a few hours, the light would turn off, then eventually the fridge would turn off. Unplugging in and out solved the problem but it kept getting more and more frequent, until it got to the point that we either brought a new fridge or we get this one repaired. Indesit sent an engineer out to fix the problem which was a new control board was needed. It cost us £160 for the repair which also placed a new 12 month warranty on the fridge.
A cool feature, in the freezer is that you can de attach the draw handles and use them as ice cube trays, although they are a little awkward to get out.
All in all, I'm in no way happy with this fridge with the amount of faults there have been, surely fridges should last a few years at least??
When we came back from our last holiday to be greeted by a terrible smell and a big sticky puddle creeping out from beneath our fridge freezer, we knew it was time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one.
We didn't want to rush into buying just any one, we wanted as big a one as we could possibly get for the space we had and I did a bit of research on the internet to find the best one for the best price.
Eventually we opted for the Indesit BAN 12NF, a completely frost free fridge freezer. This fridge freezer is approximately 175cm in height x 60cm in width x 65.5cm in depth. It is white and the door handles are flush, which I prefer, avoiding the risk of bumps and bruises from handles that stick out too far. The fridge compartment is at the top with the freezer underneath. It has an Energy Rating of A with the fridge compartment having a 175 litre capacity and the freezer having an 85 litre capacity.
When fitting this appliance, because it is frost free, the compressor and condenser to the rear need good ventilation as they give off heat. You should also try to place the fridge freezer on suitable flooring which is solid and level, if the floor is not level then the front feet can be adjusted to suit. You are advised in the instructions to allow space of at least 10cm above the appliance and at least 5cm space at the sides and rear. You are supplied with spacers with the fridge freezer, which can be fitted to the rear fan grill, just to make sure you have left enough space.
The fridge compartment is slightly larger than the freezer. It has 3 glasses shelves and 2 salad drawers in the bottom of the main compartment and in the door it has a lidded egg tray, a small multipurpose storage shelf and a bottle shelf. All the shelves have various positions where they can be placed allowing room for larger, taller items. There is a large lamp which lights up when the door it opened and there is also a temperature knob, which has minimum, medium and maximum settings, with the medium setting being the advised choice. Mine is always set on medium and has always kept my food super chilled. On the back wall of the fridge there are aeration cells for the No Frost System, which continuously circulate cold air and collect humidity so preventing the formation of ice and frost. These cells should always be kept clear and not blocked by food stored in the fridge. I have never had a problem with this, as where they are situated, it would be quite difficult to cover them unless you fridge was over packed, mine is always full, but never too packed.
The freezer compartment, as I said above, is only slightly smaller than the fridge. The temperature control for the freezer is a small knob discreetly placed in the door rim of the fridge, it has 4 settings - off, which turns the fridge and freezer off, maximum, minimum and eco. You are advised to set this knob to the eco setting as this is the most efficient energy saving setting. It has 3 large deep drawers with ice trays attached to the top of the front of each drawer. The bottom drawer is slightly shallower than the other 2, but as far as I know this is normal on upright freezers. The ice trays are blue plastic and lift easily from the top of the drawer front. These should be filled with water to the maximum fill level, which if you don't stick to can cause problems when it comes to trying to get the ice cubes out. Once you have filled to the advised level, when you turn the tray back to the horizontal the water is supposed to divide evenly between the little ice cube compartments. This is relatively easy to do if you stick to the maximum fill level. The lid is then placed back on the tray and it is put back into position. Once the ice is ready you just bang the tray on a solid surface and hey presto you have a tray full of ice cubes.
==My Views on this Fridge Freezer==
I love this fridge freezer! I love the size of it, it is so much deeper than my last one, giving so much more storage space. It has more than ample storage for a family of 4, 2 of whom are particularly big eaters. The light in the fridge is situated on the back wall and is a large panel, which gives off a great light when the door is open. The glass shelves are lovely and easy to clean and also easily moved into other positions. I think the variety of positions to place the shelves, giving plenty of room for taller items, stopping the potential risk of leaks from tall items being placed on their sides is a real added benefit. Again the shelves in the door can be placed into various positions allowing more than enough room for tall bottles of juice, wine etc. The salad drawers are very roomy too and keep my salad nice and crisp.
The freezer has so much room in it too, with lovely large deep drawers, the only draw back with these being the fact that you have to pile things on top of one another, which can sometimes cause frustration when you are trying to find something.
My ultimate love of this fridge freezer though, has to be the fact that it is completely frost free. I used to HATE defrosting my freezer, I would leave it so long that the ice was so thick it took hours to melt. Having a completely frost free fridge freezer helps keep cleaning and maintenance to a minimum and indeed makes cleaning very easy, it also helps to keep the fridge working to its full potential keeping he food fresher for longer.
The fridge freezer looks great, brilliant white, all flush and with the bright light inside sparkles when open.
The one and only complaint I did have is the fact that being frost free, a few times a day, the condenser makes lots of weird popping and cracking noises, which did concern me a bit at first and were quite annoying, but now I am used to them and know that there is nothing faulty with the appliance, I don't really even hear them any more.
We purchased this fridge freezer from appliancesonline.co.uk almost a year ago for £268, which was a really great buy, I have actually seen this priced as high as £429 in Currys and it is still working as well as the day we got it (touch wood!).
I would definitely recommend the Indesit BAN 12NF Fridge Freezer to anyone with the room to have it.
Well, if you get one of these that works, then that's fine. We bought one to replace an existing fridge freezer that was over 10 years old. This one only managed to last 6 months before the gas escaped and was rendered completely useless. Useless was pretty much how Indesit service were as well. It took long enough to actually get an engineer to come out and see it, then when he did, Indesit refused to replace it as the shop (Asda) that sold it to us had had it in stock for 3 years. Doesn't say much about Asda's stock rotation does it? So for the last month I've been to-ing and fro-ing between Asda and Indesit trying to get SOMEONE to replace the thing, but neither wanted to know until I threatened Asda with court action. All of a sudden they have offered a full refund. I'd steer clear of both companies in future.
Freezer Volume / Short name: Indesit BAN12NF