I have a retro style Smeg fridge/freezer that I love! However although it looks wonderful in my eyes, it doesn't hold as much as I would like. I really enjoy white wine and it has to be well chilled! When I received a Lec drinks cooler as a present a few Christmases ago I was thrilled! To be honest it was not something I would have ever bought for myself, but once installed I realise how useful it is!
The Lec DF 50 model has a 50 litre capacity and can hold 5 bottles of wine and 12 cans of beer or soft drinks. It looks stylish in black and silver with its long bar handle at the front of the glass door. The door can be hinged to open either from the right or left. It is quite compact measuring 47.2 cm in width x 49.2 cm in height and 45 cm in depth. The fridge is designed to stand on a counter top. I keep mine in my utility room as I don't have much space on my kitchen worktops.
The top shelf is designed for wine bottles and has a shaped chrome bottle rack allowing bottles to lie flat as they should. This allows bottles with corks to keep moist and stop the cork from drying out- not that my wine is ever left long enough for that to happen! The second and third shelves are also chrome and designed for cans. If you prefer you can store up to 10 bottles of wine without the cans.
The fridge has a dial to adjust the temperature with setting including normal, minimum, maximum and off. I usually keep the temperature at normal and find it chills my wine perfectly. The temperature range is from 5- 18 degrees. It does take about 20 minutes to cool a bottle of wine to the correct temperature. If I forget to put any wine in the fridge, I reduce the temperature setting to minimum.
The cord is a good length at 70 cm. The cooling system is at the back of the fridge so you do need to leave a gap between the fridge and the wall behind to ensure air can circulate. The fridge has 4 rubber feet that can be adjusted so the fridge is stable on any surface.
There is an instruction booklet and 3 year warranty included.
I think this is a really useful addition to my kitchen (well utility room!).It is quite compact, looks stylish and can hold a decent number of bottles and cans. I like the bottle rack at the top and find the middle and lower shelves good for cans of beer and soft drinks. The fridge was brilliant when we had friends for BBQ in the summer, insuring there was a supply of cool drinks for everyone.
The fridge is easy to keep clean and only requires a quick wipe. The glass door allows you to see quickly how many drinks are inside.
On the negative side this is quite heavy at 100 kg so would be difficult to move around, especially if it was full! It is also quite expensive costing around £140.
Thought it would be fun to include some Halloween drinks ideas! The fridge will be used to cool the juice used!
1 oz of vodka
1 dash of grenadine.
Chilled orange juice.
Pour vodka and grenadine into tall glass and fill with the chilled orange juice. Stir together and add ice. Looks revolting but taste lovely! The grenadine makes this a ghoulish blood red colour.
1 oz amaretto.
1 oz of gin.
1oz southern comfort.
1 oz vodka.
Splash chilled 7 up.
½ oz of grenadine
chilled pineapple juice.
Add all the alcohol to a tall glass and then fill up with the chilled pineapple juice. The grenadine gives the drink its pink/red colour making it look like blood!
Door Opens / Short name: Lec DF50