BOSCH Serie 4 Vario Style KGN36IJ3AG 60/40
A 60/40 fridge freezer, with the fridge at the top and freezer at the bottom. We have to admit that it isn’t a huge stand-out product in terms of what it does – even though it does what you expect of it – but we just had to include it for one big ingenious reason.
We have talked about the colour of appliances a lot in our reviews, because it is important. While you want a fridge freezer which actually cools and preserves your food, style is also important to create a nice atmosphere for your cooking space.
The Serie 4 has additional interchangeable coloured doors available, so you can really personalise it to your own tastes. Using a clever combination of invisible hooks and magnets, you can simply clip the doors of your choice onto the appliance and change them with ease. Plenty of colours are available to buy separately, so it is easy to freshen it up for a change with the seasons or adapt when you redesign a year down the line. Bold options are available too, which is pretty rare with these types of appliances.
There are standout specifications too. A controllable VitaFresh temperature compartment is great for your meat, fish, vegetables and fruit to help it adapt to the atmosphere. In here, there are two air humidity zones – a dry section for storing meats and cheese while the other creates a moist environment for fruit and vegetables to help them retain their flavour and freshness.
The fan-assisted MultiAirflow System ensures a consistent temperature throughout both the fridge and freezer. It will automatically defrost periodically, saving you a job too. SuperFreezing and SuperCooling functions help to keep the temperature consistent when you’re adding a bulk-load of new food.
Obviously, if you are going to go for the full experience, the cost will creep up. You have the fridge-freezer to buy, and then the covers don’t come cheap. But if you are indecisive or change your layout/decor often, then it is unarguably cheaper than buying a new appliance, especially one of this quality.
- Alarm system to signal when the door is not closed properly or when other errors occur
- FreshSense controls the ambience
- SuperCooling function
- Freezer only has three average sized drawers
A superior fridge-freezer, with the added bonus of design choice. Should please a lot of people
- Capacity: Fridge 237L / Freezer 87L
- Dimensions: 186 x 60 x 66 cm
- Efficiency: A++
- Features: FreshSense, SuperCooling
SWAN SR11010CN 70/30 Fridge Freezer
The retro look doesn’t have to cost you the earth, as demonstrated by this Swan fridge freezer model. Swan has long been a competitor to Smeg when it comes to the classically designed appliances, and this one does not look far off the mark. There is, admittedly, quite a bit less storage, but for less than a quarter of the price, we are pretty sure you could work around that a little bit if the design is the biggest issue.
Despite the lack of space on paper, the inside is very roomy, and there is plenty of scope to arrange everything to best suit your lifestyle.
The freezer is at the top and the fridge at the bottom, so make sure everyone in the household will be able to access what they need the most before you buy.
- Good storage solutions
- Not large enough to be the only freezer for a family
An affordable option if the retro look is top on your list of what you are looking out for, and the colour choice is extensive
- Capacity: Fridge 168L / Freezer 40L
- Dimensions: H149.7 x W54.5 x D63.8 cm
- Efficiency: A+
- Features: Wine rack, fast freeze
This cream standalone appliance from Haier (also available in other appealing colours) makes a welcome change from the sea of silver, white and steel we usually see.
Split 70/30, it claims you can fit approximately 16 bags of food shopping inside which, although we didn’t test, we can easily believe as it feels very spacious – maybe due to this being an extra tall model. Humidity control keeps everything frozen and prevents a build up of ice, to save you chipping away or running out of room.
Both compartments offer a great amount of space, and we particularly liked the large freezer drawers as opposed to separate compartments behind a single door. One of these drawers is a special MyZone design. Simply put, you can customise the temperature (from -3° to +5°C) with one-touch, so you can store foods that need certain care without affecting the rest of the appliance.
Perhaps you’ve just done a food shop and need some extra fridge space? Or maybe you’re defrosting some raw meat and don’t like putting it in the fridge? The opportunities are endless.
- Flexible MyZone area
- Plentiful storage space
- Matte finish and cream colour
- Extra tall – might be too tall for some
- Not a great energy efficiency compared to other modern models
One of our highest scoring appliances in this category. An attractive cream-coloured fridge-freezer with lots of space, and we love the flexibility it offers
- Capacity: Fridge 233L / Freezer 97L
- Dimensions: 190 x 59.5 x 65.7 cm
- Efficiency: A+
- Features (3 top features): Multi temperature zones, external touch controls, Airpur technology
HAIER A3FE635CCJ 70/30 Fridge Freezer User Manual
GORENJE ORK193 Freestanding
If you’re looking for the fun, retro style of a Smeg product but you can’t afford the real thing, something like this original burgundy Gorenje ONRK193R might do the trick.
It has the same level of capacity as the Smeg, and slightly more freezer capacity. This makes it perfect for anyone who loves the fashion but practicality needs to rule, so wants a balance. Storage is smart, with plenty of drawers to keep your salad fresh and areas which will keep leftovers safe. Coming in at 80:20 ratio, which is rare, it is definitely for those families whose food is taken out of the fridge for meals quicker than it goes in.
It also boasts an A+++ efficiency rating, and in fact uses marginally less energy compared to many other models of its size and capacity. While it doesn’t have a chilled water dispenser or an ice tray, it does have the same auto-defrost and fast-freeze features, as well as plentiful room for bottles.
- High energy-efficiency
- Spacious interior
- Reasonable Price tag
- Customer service
- Lack of decent-sized ice tray (easily remedied by buying a separate one)
Our favourite retro-style offering. An efficient and stylish addition to your kitchen that offers great value for money.
- Capacity: Fridge 227L / Freezer 95 L
- Dimensions: H194 x W60 x D66.9cm
- Efficiency: A+++
- Features: Salad tray keeps produce fresh, sturdy handles
SMEG FAB32LCR3UK 60/40 Fridge Freezer
It’s no secret that Smeg products are some of the most stylish kitchen appliances in existence. They have a cool, retro aesthetic, come in a range of unusual colours, and are energy efficient.
We love this tasteful cream model from Smeg (available in a few other colours too) as it has a fabulous A+++ rating, spacious compartments and never requires manual defrosting. There’s nothing better than an appliance which does all the hard work for you.
The primary appeal of this model is the design and respected Smeg name. It’s fast-chill and fast-freeze functions are also very handy, ensuring that your food reaches the best temperature rapidly. However, there is no getting away from the fact that these famous Smeg products have a hefty price tag.
- Aesthetic and design
- Antibacterial liners keep everything clean
- Plenty of room for bottles and jars
- Doors are a little heavy
A retro product that comes in a range of colours, along with all of the reliability and quality you’d expect from this famous brand
- Capacity: Fridge 234L / Freezer 97L
- Dimensions: 195.5 x 60.1 x 72.8 cm
- Efficiency: A+++
- Features (3 top features): Frost free, fast chill and freeze, good internal lighting
The Samsung RB31FDRNDSA is really everything you could want out of a traditional appliance. It is a standard size at just 59.5 cm across, and so much more appropriate for modest kitchens than big American-style alternatives. It has ample storage space, a chilled water dispenser (but no ice), and handy bottle rack. The external display is a nice touch, too.
Considerably more efficient that its American-style counterparts, using approximately two thirds of the amount of energy. The trade-off is that you have less space, but not everybody needs as much. This product would still be perfectly fine for a family or 2-3 people sharing.
- The Holiday Mode option
- The easy-slide shelf for reaching items at the back
- The Power Freeze function
- Casing and shelving are not robust
- Lack of ice-maker
A modern model with built-in chilled water dispenser from this reliable brand.
- Capacity: Fridge 210 L / Freezer 98 L
- Efficiency: A+
- Dimensions: H185 x W59.5 x D66.8 cm
- Features (3 top features): Safety glass sheving, fridge auto-defrost, 3 freezer drawers
Samsung RB31FDRNDSA user manual