I had sought after an American style Fridge Freezer for a long time but they were always beyond my Price range so I had to save up for a good year or so. I've always thought they looked really Stylish and they also obviously have a lot of Storage space sine they have 2 Doors. Many times after a big shop, I'd struggled to fit all of my shopping into the small Freezer that I had, but I no longer have the problem with this Fridge Freezer!
I have the Silver version of this Fridge Freezer, but I believe it is also available in Black and in White. It is a very sturdy model with noticeable good quality. Both doors Open and Close gently and securely, if you do forget to close one of the doors or if one of them isn't quite shut properly then it will Beep to let you know, so there's no need to worry about your food melting or defrosting!
The Fridge section is on the Right hand side and consists of 3 Large shelves at the top and then 3 Large drawers at the bottom which I've found to be very handy for Vegetables etc. It also has a Dairy corner and Egg tray as well as Shelves on the back of the door. The Freezer section is then on the right hand side and has several drawers for storing your Frozen food and also has an Ice cube tray which dispenses Ice cubes at the twist of a knob. With a Storage capacity of 349 Litres this Fridge Freezer more than caters for all of my Shopping!
On the outside of the Fridge Freezer there is an LED display which displays the Temperature of both the Fridge and the Freezer and you can adjust these with 2 "+" and "-" buttons. I find this handy for different Seasons, for example in the Summer I like to make them a little bit colder.
The Energy rating of this is an A which is very good for such a big Model. I bought it for £699.99 bought I have also seen it for around £620 so it's worth having a look around. I absoloutely love this Fridge Freezer, but do make sure your Kitchen is big enough for it if you are going to buy one!
Curry's ...Whatever Happens Insurance Policy. I'm sure there is a category slot for that one, but my point of mentioning this service is how I came about owning this beast of a fridge. A long story involving a broken TV and reading the small print I found myself in credit with Curry's to the tune of £600.
I was the unhappy owner of a tall freestanding white fridge freezer that needed regular defrosting as the fan in the freezer kept stalling and freezing. Out of warranty, no insurance on it.
The decision to buy :
I wanted the side by side design I know it's the American lifestyle thing (and watching too much MTV cribs) that attracted me, but more than that doesn't it make sense ? Previous fridge freezers I've owned have all had the standard 3 or 4 draws located under the fridge section, the top compartment opened by hinged lid or smaller draw. Am I alone in having easily breaking the draw fronts or rear catches as you pull the draw put looking for the peas?
I did my research, unfortunately Dooyoo didn't have much info on these fridges and the revoo site attached to Curry's own products was very informative. Many reviews complained the fridge was too big, freezer too small. I'll come back to that. One thing I didn't want was a drinks dispenser, which involves plumbing and something else to go wrong. By the time we hit Currys I was all genned up on twin thermostats and cubic feet.
This fridge was priced at £599 on the website, but I needed to 'see it'. I don't have a huge kitchen, and I don't have many cupboards either. I wasn't worried about the depth because it was 5 cm deeper than my old model. The interesting thing is the height. A good 10 cm shorter than my older fridge it doesn't tower over everything else.
We found it, compared it to a couple of others but were totally sold when we saw the instore price was £499. With delivery, connection and taking the old thing away I was looking at £540. I was happy.
I knew they'd have to take the doors off it to get it in, I'd read this many times. All quite simple though and reattached very quickly, 20 minutes later the silver beast was gently rumbling in it's new home.
The beauty of the beast :
The brushed silver doors with the long handles are for the show, behind the fascia the sides are a grey textured plastic, this bothers some but not me, you can't really see it. Temperature setting and indicator on the freezer door, four buttons, simples. It has castors - easy to move, and level adjustment.
The freezer :
Open this and you get the visible gentle blast of cold air. The five door compartments are surprisingly deep, easily accomodate six cones, but I find they hold the bags of vegetables well, as the products remain upright and aren't rummaged over to get to the bottom.
You have two draws at the bottom and then the wonderful ice tray. How is it wonderful ? Well I'm easily amused, but you fill the three trays up. Each one is on a swivel and spring, once frozen you twist and they fall into the tray underneath. Tray pulls out. In fact if you don't want this little effect, removed and you have another shelf.
You still have three more glass shelves to fill. Many reviews and complaints I've read suggest that things can't balance/fall out. Well if you load these shelves with awkward shaped items then yes you are going have a freezer avalanche ! The suction seals on these doors can aid any get fit regime so don't put the peas at the front on the top shelf !
I have become oh so much more efficent in my freezer house keeping. I've started batch cooking, doubling up on lasagnes etc. Any left overs are stored in those little rectangular plastic Chinese takeway containers and labelled. I can find it all,see it all and don't have anything lurking at the back for months.
The door, four deep shelves, can fit everything in there, I mean everything. Six pinters, 2 litre bottles every condiment going. Top cheese compartment with a hinged door which is easy to forget to close, you forget - you open you have flying dairy !
The main compartment. What I love about this fridge is the ability to stand wine bottles and 4 pints of milk upright in the main area. There are four shelves in total. A massive salad bin and a smaller chiller compartment which you can switch to meat or veg. Note: it's not advertised as a chiller compartment but it does the job.
Easy to clean, all shelves and compartments fit in the dishwasher. The outside brushed silver wipes beautifully. The handles are a rough texture and I admit to wiping these at every opportunity. (Boys!)
Leave the doors open for longer than a minute and you get nagged at with a series of beeps.
So some say the fridge is too big the freezer too small. I think it depends how you shop. I can fill the fridge and just top up, the length of time some products keep these days. And let's face it it's easy to fill a freezer because it doesn't have to be used immiediatly. The fridge side is at constant pecking and grazing control in this house.
Energy wise I have an energy monitor and have noticed no change in the day to day usage.
As far as insurance is concerned, after the year I've had I took LG's product insurance on this £11.10 a month for a year and it's covered until 2014, repair or replacement. I rarely do this but this was too good to miss.
Freezer Star Rating / Short name: LG GWB227WLQ