I have a large family which means I am in need of lots of food. I don't buy frozen foods much but I do buy a stock of meat and bread that needs freezing and my old fridge was simply not big enough to cater for everything. My grandmother said that she would buy me one for my birthday this year and we went shopping at Currys. There was a range of fridge freezers that I liked but the one that I liked the most was an LG American style fridge freezer and was not in stock. The next best thing in store was this one also made by LG but a single fridge freezer.
Why I bought it
This is simple to answer and it was because of the chrome plated look. It seemed so sophisticated and smart. It reminded me of some space age contraption. I feel like someone from star trek with it. When I was looking it had a lot of fridge space and freezer space was more than the one I had. It was expensive at £650 but it has been worth the money.
This is very large, it has 2 large draws one which has all my fruit in and the other my veg there are pictures on the front of the draws which show meat but I tend to freeze my meat until I need it so I don't use them for it. The bottom shelf is glass and I tend to stand the cans of larger on this shelf along with any meat that I may have defrosted. The next shelf up is used for my yoghurts ,ham, butter and eggs the next one up from that is extra storage I tend to keep my open jars of jam or extra stock of cheese or milk. Then comes the door part this is the most amazing fridge door I have ever seen. You have the water dispenser to start that has to be filled every day with us but it does hold 2 to 3 litres of water we just drink lots of it. It is easy to remove and fill and has a handy handle to carry it. Above that is small tray that I keep my vegetable oil in or lard depending on what I may use at the time and the one above that has my cheese in this draw has an opening at the top but is also covered by a flap that you can open. The draw next to this is the same which I keep the medication that needs to be kept in the fridge this is because it is the highest point and my children still can not reach it even if they stand on a chair. The one below this is for the fresh orange which a 1lt bottle can stand upright in and I also keep my salad cream in it. The next one down is an egg tray this can hold 8 eggs this is good but we get through around 15 eggs a week so I always have to store some in a box in the fridge then the last tray which is the bottom one is for the milk. You can fit either 2 4pt bottles or one 6pt bottle in this tray so if you have to buy more like me you will have to store it somewhere else in the fridge but there is plenty of room to do this. Then comes the cool part the light in the fridge it is a blue led light it is amazing I love this when I open it at night it really gives a hi tech feel and it is really bright too.
This is an average size freezer and I have managed to fit a months worth of shopping is this at a push but this does not include my bread. It is bigger than my last freezer but still not big enough to hold everything that you may need to store but I do find it sufficient. Usually I do a weekly shop so this size is great and do not struggle to store what I need to but this monthly shop has been difficult. The top tray is the ice tray I also keep my ice, lollies in this tray too I have managed to fit around 30 lollies in here which is brilliant and the children can not see that they are there so they never know where I am getting them from I am sure that this will change they will soon work it out. The next tray down is large I can put two ice cream boxes on top of each other and there is room for the other things I need to fit in which at the moment is 6 bags of frozen veg. The next draw down is also equally as big which stores all my meat which I have 3 packs of pork chops, 2 packs of frozen sausages, 2 packs of chicken 2 packs of bacon and 2 packs of fish fingers. The last draw is slightly smaller than the other 2 and usually I store 3 loafs of bread in at the minute it has 2 packs of frozen chips the odd ice cream a pack of bacon and 3 bags of nuggets. This is also frost free which is brilliant for many reasons. The first reason is that I do not have to empty my freezer contents to clean it and defrost it, I hated having to wait for my old one to defrost and having water all over my kitchen floor and soaking wet towels, the other reason is that when a freezer starts building up the ice you start to struggle to fit in the food and I found that I always managed to break the draws too.
The fun part
If you are like me anything with a button on it is brilliant and this has a few for me to play with. Usually you would have a dial in the fridge to control the temperature this one is on the front of the door and you simply press a button to change it. The best part is that you are able to have 2 different temperatures one for the fridge and one for the freezer. When I first had this I was able to do a quick freeze which means it froze my frozen food quickly which was brilliant. It is also made like an American style which means you can set it for vacation which will keep your food in your fridge fresher for longer if you are away for a week or two which is great because most people give their food away or try to eat it all in case it spoils when away. I have found that my fruit has stayed fresh for over a week without softening but I have also found that if the temperature is too low on the fridge it will freeze the things in the fridge. There is a lock button on this, no unfortunately this does not lock the fridge although I hoped it would to keep my children out of it all the time this button simply locks the ability to press any buttons this is good because if my children do manage to get to them they are not able to change any of the settings.
This is a very tall fridge freezer which amazed me when it came due to I didn't realise it was so big and I have a small kitchen. It isn't as wide as my old one but I am glad that I have high ceilings so that it fits brilliantly in my kitchen. I am not able to store anything on the top of the fridge anymore due to I am a mere 5ft 3inch and can not reach because it stands around 7ft tall. This is good for small or large kitchens as long as the room is high. It is brilliant in size for what needs storing in it if you have a large family if there is not so many of you it may be that there is too much room.
The only problem that I had with this was when it came to the delivery. In the LG warehouse it was not being packed properly which meant that as it was being moved it was being damaged after 3 attempts the 4th fridge came without a problem and the problem was reported to LG to make their checks before despatching. I will say that it was worth the wait though.
I love this fridge it is very stylish with its chrome front which is easy to clean but does show the handprints if touched. I think it is very high tech and space age looking and feel. It has a large compacity that can hold almost everthing. It keeps food very fresh for a long period of time. It is good value for money. It is easy to use and change the temperature. It is frost free which limit's the mess made when having to defrost. It looks expensive and makes you feel the need to look after it. It is good for the large family. I like the water dispenser too on a hot day it is great because you get ice cold water with no need for ice in it. A medium sized glass can be filled easily. This is simple for the children to use and help themselves and I know that they are drinking enough water because they empty it every day. I would recommend this for everyone it is amazing.
I alway wanted a big fridge as mine was never big enough and I love this. However much I put in, it seems to fit somehow!
It looks very cool and stylish, people often comment.
The iced water is a great feature although it only takes short glasses which is a shame, medium or large don't fit under.
The freezer is not massive but fine for my needs, however it is smaller than other ones I've had as part of a fridge freezer.
Great that you don't need to defrost either section too, it is brill to have a frost free freezer.
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