When we moved to our present property we decided to replace an upright freezer and separate fridge with a combined fridge freezer for our new kitchen. Our bedroom is directly above the kitchen and bearing in mind our thin wooden floors we felt it important to find a fridge freezer that was going to be reasonably quiet.
After much research we chose the Miele frost free KFN 8762 fridge freezer in a brushed stainless steel finish. It stands 198cm high, 60cm wide and 62cm deep. Due to the height of the fridge freezer it was fun and games moving it into our cottage and final position in the kitchen, but once there we were immediately pleased with how it looked. The brushed stainless steel finish has a glean to it without being too shiny. The design is typical of Miele; classy, simple and modern. I particularly like the two very large lever actioned handles which mean not only less finger prints on the doors but a comfortable and smooth means of access to both the fridge above and the freezer below.
~ Fridge ~
Internally the fridge section measures 113cm in height, it provides a maximum of five glass adjustable shelves, a chrome plated bottle rack, two egg storage trays and two large and sturdy salad drawers at the bottom. On the inside of the door fully adjustable shelving includes trays with high sides as well as low and a hinge lidded dairy shelf. All of these items are quality made, I especially love the glass shelves as they always look good and are easy to keep clean. Regularly during the summer months I will fill the vegetable drawers with heavy vegetables such as potatoes or carrots and they don't struggle at all with the weight. During the year I will change the shelving as it's so easily adaptable to different requirements and this is something I have never really been bothered to do with previous fridges I have owned. Miele's 'dynamic cooling system' means cool air is re circulated so a constant even temperature is maintained.
~ Freezer ~
The frost free freezer section consists of three strong plastic drawers. The lowest drawer is only half width so at first I was a little disappointed as I felt this reduced storage space quite considerably, but I've been pleasantly surprised at just how much I can store in the freezer due to the drawers being so deep. The only issue with this fridge freezer is every six months or so an area of thick ice forms under the lowest freezer drawer. I don't know whether this is usual or not, however it is easy to chip away in a matter of moments so this isn't something that really bothers me in any way.
~ Controls ~
Along the top edge of the fridge are a series of LED controls and temperature displays for the fridge and freezer. There is a 'super chill' function for the fridge and 'super freeze' for the freezer, both I use when I first store large amounts of food at any one time. If the door is left open for longer than approximately 3 minutes a buzzer will sound which is a helpful reminder but when it isn't, for instance when re-organising or cleaning, the buzzer can be turned off.
The fridge freezer has A rating energy consumption, it uses an average of 402 kWh per year. It is very well insulated as it has held temperature for 3 to 4 hours during power cuts even in summer months. When the compressor is running it makes quite a loud humming sound but this is occasional and so for the majority of the time it is, as far as we're concerned, very quiet indeed.
Overall, an excellent family size fridge freezer, quality and good design throughout, versatile storage, energy efficient and runs quietly. I don't think we will be looking for a new fridge freezer for a very long time.
Available between £780.99 - £900.00 and in my view worth the price. I hope this review is also helpful if you are looking at similar Miele fridge freezer models. Highly recommended.
Thank you for reading this review :)
© Lunaria 2012
This Miele fridge-freezer retails for circa £800. It is a freestanding, very sleek looking model.
Fridge and freezer compartments hold about 270 and 90 litres of food respectively.
The appliance has a brushed chrome finish. There are two sections, the upper larger one is the fridge section and the lower one the freezer compartment.
In the interior of the fridge there is a light which goes on when the door is opened.
There are four shelves, one wine rack, and two fruit and vegetable containers towards the bottom of the fridge,
In the door there are butter and cheese compartments, an egg tray and other general door shelves.
Within the freezer there are four drawers and a marker system for food.
Makes no sound when in use i.e. no annoying buzz however an alarm beeps if the fridge or freezer doors are left open for an extended period of time which is handy.
The freezer compartment does not get very much build up of ice as it has self defrosting functionality. Similarly, in the fridge compartment there is not much condensation which you can get with some fridges.
There are super cool and super freeze settings if you want to rapidly cool down large quantities of ambient food.
Freezer drawers slide in and out easily and the shelves can be adjusted to different heights (or totally removed) in the fridge.
The freezer is not overly capacious and so would not suit those who like to have loads of food in the freezer.
If too much is stored in the fridge door it can swing open quite suddenly.
Freezer Volume / Short name: Miele KFN8762SDED