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Wandering round my local Currys store killing a bit of time while my wife was looking at a new microwave I spotted the LG 5146 fridge freezer on special offer. We didn't really need a new one but come Christmas time our existing model is usually full to bursting and I thought it would be nice to have the extra space.
It's an unusual design with double doors for the fridge section and then 3 drawers for the chiller and freezer unit all finished in a very stylish brush steel. At 70cm wide and 185cm tall it's smaller than the American style but a good amount bigger than a more traditional design and this extra size makes a huge difference to the internal storage. No more squeezing things in or having to shift loads of stuff around to reach the less often used items that normally get hidden at the back of the fridge.
Starting with the fridge section, it is very well lit by low energy led lighting on the back wall so it's much easier to see all the items than in our old unit which just had a single bulb in the top corner. Opening the double doors reveals 246 litres of space, more than enough for most families and with deep door pockets (takes a 4 pint carton of milk with ease), a sliding shelf to help reach anything at the back, two fixed shelves and a 'snack' drawer along with the salad crisper. The salad section is very well designed and as you pull the drawer out the hinged lid section automatically lifts up so getting your veggies out is even easier, this part does feel a bit weak compared to the rest of the fittings but it has stood up well so far. Everything has been really well thought out and these nice little touches make such a difference. There is also a water reservoir in the bottom left corner which feeds down to the ice maker in the freezer. It's a doddle to remove when refilling and just needs a quick wipe over to clean.
Between the fridge and the freezer is a chiller draw. I've never had one of these before and wasn't sure how much use it would be but I have certainly been impressed with how versatile it is. With a lower temperature than the fridge, it is great for storing fresh meat and fish to get the most out of their shelf life and perfect for quickly cooling down bottle of wine without the risk of it freezing when you forget you've put it in the freezer!
The chiller and freezer drawers all pull out very easily and extend fully from the appliance so you can get to everything with ease. The bottom drawer also has a shallow tray above the main storage so you can seperate the more frequently used things. Plenty of depth for bulk items so fitting a few Sunday roasts inside is no problem.
The temperature controls on the front led panel light up nice and bright when you're making any adjustments and then dim down to save energy when not in use. They even have a child lock to prevent little fingers making any unwanted changes. With frost free usage and low energy consumption, I would highly recommend it.
I've been really impressed with the LG 5148 and it amazes me how I've managed so long without it. I'll certainly never go back to the more standard UK design of fridge freezer again.
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