Temperature is excellent in both fridge and freezer. Wouldn't call it quiet, but definitely a lot quieter than its 50 year old Kelvinator predecessor. Fairly easy to clean but the rubbers are staining easily.
The major problem for me is the amount of wasted space! Sold as gross volume of 380 litre, listed as net volume of 346 litre. Seems a lot less than that even due to the internal contours and the space wasted by the door shelves. And if these contours are meant to be part of the "Smart Active" component of the appliance, then the electricity usage or "Energy Rating" doesn't seem to reflect a "Smart" appliance.
Nice to have a new fridge but sad that the down sides take the shine off the joy of using it.
I bought this fridge at least 15 years ago. It has been moved from pillar to post and it has never missed a beat. I really love it but now need more freezer space. Not happy.... but have to look at getting a bottom mount as I have no room for a small freezer. Just found out they're now made in China:-(.
It bever misses a beat
A little noise when it turns off from defrosting.
Based on its performance in Consumer tests I opted for this fridge freezer model in November 2011. The first appliance delivered clearly had not been checked closely by F&P quality control (do they exist?) and a quick check (pop a torch inside and close the door) showed that the freezer did not seal properly. The replacement passed the 'torch test'. By the way, I emailed F&P about the problem... no response: shows interest doesn't it?
In late May, 2014 (naturally out of warranty) a piece of plastic broke off the bottom of the freezer door (...this provided the initial resistance (additional to the magnetic seal) to opening and the 'boost' to close prior to the magnetic seal). At 3mm thick by about 10mm in length virtually impossible to repair in-situ and fiddly to replace. As to the performance of the fridge/freezer - a big improvement on its predecessor. Better efficiency and thermostatic control - you'd expect that in a newer model wouldn't you?. As to construction - its predecessor (a Westinghouse) despite being over 20 years old did not self-destruct, i.e. lose pieces of itself, during its lifetime and is probably still humming for its new owner.. Would I purchase another? Doubtful. F&P is now owned 90% by Haier (headquartered in Qingdao, Shandong) and the reliability of their goods was already heading south for some years (check Wikipedia for details) prior to the takeover. Efficient (cooling & electrical consumption) and quiet Unit 1 (replaced) - poor construction. Unit 2 (current) - bit fell off
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