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I was recently fortunate to receive a grant to purchase a new fridge freezer, but it could only be used on Euronics.co.uk. This was slightly disappointing because they only had a very limited range in stock, and what they did have was a lot more expensive than if I had been able to shop at Argos or Tesco Direct. In all honesty I chose this particular model through a lack of choice. I think it's fair to say that that initial disappointment was justified though.
For over £400, including delivery and installation, this fridge freezer looks and feels like it cost a whole lot less. It's not particularly aesthetically pleasing due to the clumsy door handles and clunky ridges at the top, and the exterior material looks and feels like cheap plastic. I'm still not sure why my fridge freezer even needs handles when every other model I've had has opened just fine without them.
Inside the freezer, the drawers look like they will be broken in a matter of months. The top shelf in the freezer folds down to open and has to be pulled REALLY hard due to being secured in place by a plastic catch. I have no doubt that this will be the first part to break! There is no fixed top shelf in there - instead there is a wire rack that slides in and out. I guess that's a bonus if you want to make a tiny bit more space in your freezer, by turning the shelf and drawer below it into one space, but for me it's an inconvenience because I found I couldn't store my plastic ice cubes or ice pops without putting them into boxes first, else they just fell through the wires into the drawer below.
The bottom drawer of the freezer is really small too, reaching back about half the depth of the drawer above it. Both drawers feel cheap and clunky, and are made entirely of thin plastic that is clunky to get in and out, takes up a little more space than perhaps it needs to, and feels like it will break in the very near future. The details on the web claim that this freezer can hold 70 litres, but I'm not convinced. The only saving grace with the freezer part is that this is a frost-free model, meaning there frost should not build up making defrosting a thing of the past.
The fridge is a bit nicer and gives more generous space than the freezer below. The fridge crisper drawer is again cheap and clumsily made of thin plastic, and it's shaped at the back to give you less than storage space than you first think you're going to get. There is ample room on the adjustable shelves and in the door storage compartments, but I do think it's a shame you can't customise the door storage to suit your needs as this is something I really liked about my old Beko model.
Finally I am surprised by how much noise this makes. When it was first plugged in, the delivery guys assured me that the initial buzzing and humming was just the unit warming up, but this noise has continued erratically during the course of the few days since. Every time you open one of the doors, the fans start to whirr, and every now and again you hear them going for no apparent reason too. It's not a noise loud enough to distract me from having a conversation or listening to the TV, but it's loud enough to irritate me when I'm trying to read a book in the next room.
For the price, I'm hugely disappointed with this. The whole thing looks, feels and even sounds cheap. I think it's sad that every time I open the door or pull out a drawer I have to be careful not to break it. My child can't even open the top freezer drawer it's so stiff, and I won't be letting them touch the other drawers anyway for fear they'll break them! I was tempted to return this but felt it would be pointless since none of the other models in this price range were in stock for use with my grant. If you have more choice than me though, make a better one.
235litre Fridge Freezer FROST FREE Class A+ White