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When we recently moved house we ordered a Smeg fridge freezer but had a delay of a few weeks waiting for our colour to come in stock. We needed a fridge (obviously) but didn't want to end up buying too so we decided that a compromise would be too buy a drinks fridge that we could keep in the garage for wine storage. We didn't want to end up spending too much so after a little research we decided upon the Ice Appliance Big Chill drinks fridge as it seemed a really good quality one, it was cold enough that for a few short weeks we could store food in it, and I had some Amazon vouchers and it was the best price on there!
Looks wise I particularly liked this model as some of the small counter top drinks fridges that I had seen were cheap but looked it too. It looks like it has been well made and to the touch it doesn't feel plasticky. The stainless steel and glass materials mean it looks modern, and will fit in with any kitchen.
The size comes in at 44 x 48 x 50 meaning it can fit easily into any kitchen even a small one. Once we took delivery of our 'proper' fridge, this made its way into our garage on the counter top and it takes up next to no space at all.
The 50L storage is more than adequate for home usage, coming in at around half the size of my chest freezer so it's perfect for storing wine, champagne and a few bottles of beer. Spec wise, the manual says it will store 16 bottles of wine or 32 cans / bottles of beer although we have a mix of the two.
The fridge keeps drinks to the perfect temperature in my opinion, and for the short time we used it for food storage it was more than adequate. We haven't had any issues with freezing. I haven't noticed any noticeable noise coming from the fridge which I half expected due to the small size of it.
We paid £105 on Amazon but it has gone back up in price now so do shop around.
2 years manufacturer warranty.
**What is it?**
The Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge is a unique fridge made especially for cold drinks, specifically wines and beers. It's suitable for use in the home or small business.
**Do I need a drinks fridge?**
I never thought I'd need one, but as you get a bit older people tend to give you bottles of wine and champagne as gifts, and my husband started to drink a bit more bottled lager at home rather than going out (as we've had a baby). The fridge had a row of beer and wine and two bottles of champagne in the door.. it was getting a bit cramped in there with all the milk my little girl drinks too, so we thought we'd go for a drinks fridge meaning we can stock up when there are special offers on and we can save the drinks for social occasions like birthdays and Christmas. You certainly don't need to drink a lot to need a drinks fridge, we've found.
**Price and Availability**
We purchased our Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge from Argos, it was on offer at £95 which we thought was fair and we reserved and collected it within the hour (it easily fit in the boot, even boxed).
You can also buy it online but it seems to be more expensive which is odd as things are usually cheaper online. So I recommend Argos (you can also pay a little extra for home delivery if you don't have a car).
**What you Get**
In the box you get:
The Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge, which comes with a reasonable length power cable and fused plug
I think the fridge looks great, especially for the money, I never thought a reasonably budget wine cooler and drinks fridge could look so modern, it certainly would look in place in a trendy wine bar.
Size wise it stacks up at 43.5 x 47.5 x 50.0 cm meaning you can use it on your counter top or underneath, we have integrated it into our Ikea kitchen.
The fridge is styled in stainless steel with a glass door, oddly the hinge is on the left and the handle on the right which is the only door in my entire kitchen to do so but it does look nice.
**Specs and Use**
The Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge has a generous 50 litre capacity meaning it's far more practical than those little £25 fridges you used to be able to get which could hold about four cans of coke.
The specs say you can hold 36 cans of beer or 16 bottles of wine but like most people we have a mix, four bottles of white wine, two bottles of champagne and about ten bottles of beer, we also keep cans in there and glass bottles of drink like Appletise and Orangina.
In use it works very well, the drinks stay nice and cold, don't get icy (despite the name of the product) and the door doesn't mist up when you open it. Some reviewers have commented that it can be a bit noisy, I haven't found that, it has a low hum but in my kitchen which has a fridge, freezer, washer which is permanently on, dryer and dishwasher (which also seems to be permanently on) it's either drowned under the noises of everything else or it's genuinely quiet. At night when I go into the kitchen I don't notice it when everything else (bar the fridge and freezer of course) is off.
I never thought I'd end up owning a drinks fridge but now I do I really do recommend it. It frees up the fridge for..well, food, and it's brilliant to have that extra room at Christmas especially when you need more fridge space (and more drinks!!) It looks good and it's a good asset to our kitchen which doesn't take up too much room.
For under £100 I do think it is a good price, it's well made and it comes with a 2 years manufacturer's guarantee as standard. I highly recommend it and will award the Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge five stars out of five. A good buy which I am pleased I made.
Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge
PRODUCER OF THE PRODUCT:
Anybody who is after a great cheap way to store any type of drink but primarily wine or bottles of beer. It runs on a very low temperature setting running from 0 degrees to 12 degrees cold enough for anybody and will come in handy whether it's just for personal storage or whether you are having a little party or family gathering.
THE PRODUCT IN ONE:
The big chill drinks fridge is a great way to store all of your drinks having the capacity of 50L you are able to store either 36 beer bottles such as "Budweiser" or "Grolsh" style bottles or up to 15 wine bottles. The fridge takes around 30 minutes to reach the desired temperature which can be anywhere from 0 degrees to 12 degrees and will soon have your drinks nice and cold ready for the evening. Although primarily been designed for bottles or cans this fridge does get cold enough store items such as milk, eggs and other food items in so it could be useful to take this on holiday with you if you happen to go camping or somewhere local in the country, been small in size at 435mm x 475mm x 500mm and only weighing 23 kg it wont really get in the way in the boot of your car or storage in your chalet or caravan.
The product itself is a nice little cube design, with a nice silver finish to it. It doesn't scratch to easily either, we've had ours for ages and it still looks as new as the day we bought it. Been the colour it is it generally blends in with most rooms so kitchens, dining rooms, conservatories bedrooms etc and isn't aimed at one sex so can be lads or ladies. The price may seem a little steep but for the job that it does its worth the money and if you are somebody who has a lot of family parties then you will want something that is long lasting which is why it is worth paying that little bit extra for so under these terms this fridge is actually quite cheap.
All in all I would recommend this fridge out to people but only is you are to have a lot of parties, otherwise it would probably just sit there gathering a bit of dust under a unit or shelf or tucked away in the corner of the room
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I do love a glass of wine or a beer or two and my friends and family began to notice that. So every birthday or Christmas I am lucky enough to accrue a vast number of bottles of vino along with a few crates of beer. So many in fact my fridge was becoming over run. So I decided to treat myself to a little chiller for my booze.
I opted for the Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge based on the fact a friend of mine had one and he said it was good. It is a diddy little chiller but big enough to handle a sizeable amount of alcohol. You can fit 16 bottles of wine or up to 36 cans of lager. Usually over the Christmas period I have it filled with wine. I find in the summer it is perfect for using whilst having a bbq.
I have the little fridge hidden away in the garage. This is only because I have no room in the kitchen for it. It is 48 cm x 48 cm and could fit in a kitchen cabinet if needed. It is a solid machine weighing around 25kg. It has a silver outing with a glass panel in the door so you can see into the fridge without opening it. It looks really good and quite futuristic.
If it has been switched off for a while it does not take long to chill again. Usually it takes around an hour to get going fully. It is also really handy for keeping other essentials in as well if your main fridge is full.
One thing I would warn though is that it is pricey. I paid £139.99 for it. I only paid this because I had £100 worth of Amazon vouchers that were expiring so thought I would treat myself.
Over the year I have had it it has been great. It runs as good as ever and the temperature remains low. It is so good for partys and get togethers.
We purchased one of these chillers in the run up to Christmas to keep everyones drinks cool at our parties. We got a good deal at Argos and bought it for just under £90, which I thought was a little pricey for a drinks fridge, but my other half was determined.
The fridge is medium sized, 43.5 x 47.5 x 50.0 cm and it has a 50 litre capacity, which means it can fit 36 cans or bottles of beer and around 16 bottles of wine. We thought this would be more than enough for our parties and small enough to fit into our kitchen. Once set up on the side and plugged in (the flex is pretty long) it was cool within an hour, and so soon stocked up. We found it very useful for our Christmas parties, but now it has been put into storage awaiting the summer parties. I'm sure that it is mainly designed for those who want it permanently in their kitchen, but we don't drink enough wine to warrant the power usage.
I've seen a couple of people suggest that this could be used for keeping food in for students or those working away from home. I think this would be a good use if you had one already (although it does take a couple of people to lift and move this thing!) but I wouldn't buy one specifically for that purpose. In fact I think for £90 you could pick up a much bigger fridge either in a sale or second hand that would be perfect for students.
In summary I have to say that this is a good drinks fridge, that is very useful if you are often entertaining. If you only throw the occasional party though I would probably think twice about buying this because it will be unused most of the time!
With the Xmas season soon upon us and with lots of big companies cutting back on their Christmas parties, the trend this year in our circle of friends seems to be more on having parties or social gatherings around each others' houses. The problem with this is that your fridge may well already be stocked up with lots of goodies for the festive season....so where to keep the drinks cold? One technique is to fill the bath with ice water and store the beverages there but another is to splash out and treat yourself to this handy chiller!
Although on the small side, this little fridge is deceptive and can hold 36 cans of beer or lager or a grand total of 16 botles of wine ~ more than enough for the average sized party. And the good thing is, this can be used all year round; we are already thinking ahead to next summer when we can use it to keep the drinks cool at our next family BBQ!
The dimensions are 48 cm by 48 but be warned, this may not be heavy but it is cumbersome and can be awkward to carry so you may well need two people to move it to where you want to store it. I believe it weighs in at around 23 kg so a bit less than a full sack of spuds. It gets cold fairly quickly all things considered (ours reached a cool temperature in approx 50 minutes after switch on) and has a good length of electrical cord meaning you don't have to be too close to a plug socket. Though not ideal for long-term storage, it even gets cold enough to keep stuff like milk and eggs in so would be handy to take on holiday if you were going to stay in a caravan or tent for example provided you had an electrical supply nearby you could use!
It doesn't come cheap (ours cost us £135 on Amazon) but is certainly going to get plenty of use with a couple of big birthdays in the family coming up next year so is a good by in my honest opinion! It is a bit noisier than larger fridges and other makes of drink chiller but this is a small niggle and seeing as we put ours in the spare room leading off from the kitchen (at the back of our house), this doesn't look like it will ever be too big an issue.
Certainly this is good value for money and I would recommend it to anyone who has a lot of parties/ social events planned at their house. There are cheaper models available but one thing I have learned to my cost is that you often get what you pay for and sometimes it is worth spending a little bit more for a better and more decent product! And with this, this is exactly what you get!
My husband works away from home a lot a stays in a rented room so we bought this for him to take away with him so he could have fresh milk and yogurts etc in his room.
We bought it from Argos at £89.99, which we thought was a pretty good deal for a 50litre mini fridge. First things we noticed was that it is seriously heavy, 23kilos! Second was that it was hardly packaged at all, a slip of cardboard round the outside, not even covered at the top or the bottom....
While this fridge is designed primarily for use as an additional drinks fridge, and we do know a fair few people who use it for that purpose, it is perfectly easy to us it as a small ,normal, refrigerator. If you do use it for drinks it will take 36 beer/lager or soft drink cans or 16 bottles of wine, so you can see it's a pretty decent size.
While the design is pretty basic, not as slick looking as some of the other drinks fridges on the Market such as the 'guiness' branded model, it's main fault is really the noise level.
While a traditional fridge is silent most of the time, you do hear the fan come on every now and then to keep the temperature down. With the mini fridge you can pretty much hear it all the time! My husband said he didn't really mind this and it didn't effect his sleep, even though it was in his room, I think it would have driven me mad!
I would say due to the noise from the fridge, while handy for uni students etc in their room in halls, it would be something better kept either in the kitchen, or even better in the garage!
An item we acquired when we first moved into our house was the Ice Appliance Big Chill Drinks Fridge, when we got the keys to the house we didn't move in straight away as we wanted to get the house sorted out and decorated, we spent the whole weekend and most nights for a few weeks decorating and building the furniture, obviously we did not have a fridge yet as it had not been delivered so a friend lent us their Big Chill Drinks Fridge so that we could keep some drinks and a bit of food at the house for when we were there. This was perfect, big enough for a few cans of drink and a bit of food but small enough to stand somewhere out of the way.
A couple of years on we still have the fridge as our friends moved and did not want it any more so now it sits in our garage and is ideal for the summer when we have BBQ's or at Christmas when there is not enough room in the fridge for drinks as well as all the extra food, in the two years we have been here it has been extremely useful to have.
The Big Chill Drinks Fridge is basically a small square fridge, the door surround is silver in colour whilst the back side and top is black, the whole of the inside of the fridge is also black. It has a glass door on the front which allows you to see the contents of the fridge, this is attached to the main body with small black hinges which blend in perfectly with the rest of the fridge. On the front of the door is a long silver handle this stretches most of the length of the door and is sturdily attached to the front of the fridge allowing you to simply pull the door open as with a regular sized fridge. Inside the fridge are 2 metal shelves and also a further 2 shelves which sit sideways in the bottom of the fridge, these are made from a shiny metal. The shelves are not totally flat and have a series of dips in them these are designed to sit either cans or bottles in and prevent them from rolling about, the top 2 shelves have about 5 dips in each of them and the sideways shelves have 3 dips in them each. The fridges measures 480mm wide x 480mm long x 475mm high, so is a decent size, when used for drinks it can hold 36 bottles of beer or 16 bottle of wine this makes it ideal for entertaining as it really can hold a decent amount of drink whether that is alcoholic or soft drinks, the capacity of the fridge is 50l.
As I have said we used our fridge firstly to keep a few drinks in, milk and some food whilst we were decorating our house, it was perfect for keeping a few sandwiches chilled and our drinks were lovely and cool when we drank them, the fridge has a small control dial on it which allows you to adjust the temperature. The fridge is suitable for all types of food including dairy products, milk, meat, the temperature control allows you to get the fridge at just the right temperature for whatever you are storing in it at the time.
The Big Chill Fridge is not ideal as a long term solution but is handy to have for storing drinks for parties or BBQ's, it would even be suitable for an office environment or a child's bedroom with juice drinks in it, as long as there is somewhere to plug you can use the fridge anywhere. My Mum borrowed it for a few days last year when hers went wrong. The plug is of a reasonable length however if your intention is to position it a little way away from a plug you may need to use a multi block.
Obviously I did not purchase our Big Chill fridge as it was given to us by a friend however I do know that they can be brought online from Amazon or from www.iceappliance.com for £159.00, this is quite expensive and personally I'm not too sure I would pay that amount of money out for a small fridge. However I do think the fridge is an excellent item and is worth the money if you are willing to pay out for it. The fridge is of excellent quality and very hardwearing, it really does keep everything inside cold and does what it says it will, no parts of the fridge are flimsy or likely to break easily, the whole structure is very sturdy.
Setting up the fridge is very simple it has small feet on the bottom of it, these are adjustable which allows you to ensure that the fridge is stable and not going to move around even if the surface it is standing on is not perfectly level. You simply turn them to adjust them to the right level for the surface you care placing the fridge on, this is a bit of trial and error, however I found adjusting the feet very easy and once I had, the fridge did not wobble at all, this is essential if you have glass bottles in the fridge as it meant that they did not hit into each other which in turn could cause them to break. Once you have got the fridge level you simply plug it in and leave it for an hour to cool down to the temperature you have set it to, it is then ready to fill. The fridge was also reasonably light to move around. Whilst it was a little on the bulky side to carry it really wasn't overly heavy at all which I was quite surprised about.
The Technical Bits
Voltage 220/ 110 v with an 80watt input power
The power consumption is 0.8kw
The temperature ranges between 4 and 12 degrees, this is adjustable with the temperature gage on the fridge.
The weight of the fridge is 21-23kg so as I have said it is reasonably light to move around (although I have already mentioned this)
To be honest I do not really understand all of the technical information so I am not too sure whether this item is very economical, however we do not have ours plugged in all of the time only when we need it during the summer months when we have BBQ's or at Christmas when the fridge is too full to fit drinks in.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Big Chill Drinks Fridge, although called a drinks fridge it is also suitable for chilling food in as well. It has a large capacity meaning you can store enough drinks for a party or even a sporting event. The fridge is suitable for any environment as long as it can be plugged in. The feet on the bottom of the fridge are adjustable meaning you can alter these to ensure that the fridge is stable and does not move about. Its easy to clean I just wipe it out with a mild soap solution. Although it is a bit expensive and you probably can buy cheaper versions, this one is well worth the money if you are willing to pay out for it and it is something you can use year after year.