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When our Miele fridge freezer stopped working recently, it was time to look for a new one. We'd been happy with the Miele one for over ten years, but as we no longer earn Miele wages, we decided to shop around, and we arrived at the snappily-named Siemens KG36VVW30G.
We got our Siemens fridge freezer from the John Lewis website, where it was initially priced at £486. There was a discount on offer for trading in an old fridge freezer though, so off went our broken Miele and the whole thing came in at just over £400. Looking around online, it looks like you can buy this Siemens model for about £400 anyway, but we were happy with the price we paid, which included delivery to our top-floor flat and removal of the old fridge freezer.
This Siemens model had the storage capacity we were looking for - 94L of freezer space and 215L fridge space. The inside of the fridge freezer is much as you'd expect - three glass shelves in the fridge, veg/salad box at the bottom and the usual bottle and cheese storage bits on the inside of the door. The freezer has three drawers with the middle one being the biggest. One thing I was pleased with was the extra large veg/salad box in the fridge - this is much more capacious than the one we were used to and hopefully might influence our shopping habits in a good way!
This fridge freezer has a very simple appearance. When the doors are closed, all you see is the Siemens logo on plain white doors. The handles are slots in the sides of the doors (there are slots built into both sides of the doors, so you can ask for the doors to be reversed at the point of ordering if required). The doors are slightly curved, giving the fridge freezer a slightly classier look.
When you open the fridge door, along the top of the inside there are buttons to press to select the fridge temperature - you can choose from 2,3,4,6 and 8 degrees C. There's also a booster button for when the fridge needs a bit more oomph (for all those balmy days we get in Scotland). There is no corresponding temperature selector in the freezer, which presumably just freezes to a set temperature. We were used to a fridge freezer that had an exact temperature display, but so far so good with this one - the only slight drawback is that it would take a bit longer to notice if things weren't quite right with the temperature.
The Siemens KG36VVW30G has an energy rating of A++, which I'm sure is better than our old one - one of the advantages of getting a new model is that these things have improved so much over the years. The fridge freezer is also very quiet, and I haven't been aware of it making any operating noise at all.
We were also surprised to see that this fridge freezer only needed to stand for an hour before being switched on - gone, it seems, are the days of leaving them for 24 hours for the gases to settle. Because we're quite cautious about these things, we left it for the 6 hours recommended on the John Lewis website.
So far, we're very happy with our Siemens fridge freezer. Whether it lasts longer than the old one remains to be seen, but it does have a 2-year guarantee and it seems to be a well-built model.
White / With the Siemens KG36VVW30G fridge freezer, you can enjoy an A++ energy rating without compromising on space or functionality / Finished in a clean white, this unit offers plenty of room to comfortably accommodate your fresh and frozen storage needs / Removable shelves and magnetic door seals ensure that the KG36VVW30G is effortless to clean , while the fridge's auto-defrost function makes for easy maintenance / With 4 safety glass shelves, a bottle rack, and a salad drawer , everything has its place in the Siemens KG36VVW30G / Features: Energy efficiency class A++ uses up to 45% less energy than a standard A-rated fridge freezer LowFrost for less ice creation, which in turn means quicker defrosting Removable magnetic door seals for easy cleaning 4 safety glass shelves in fridge, 3 of which are height adjustable / Short name: Siemens KG36VVW30G