Advantages Good shelf arrangements, very versatile storage
Disadvantages Difficult to alter the door
When my tall freezer eventually stopped working properly I decided to re-arrange the layout of my kitchen to allow me to have a larger fridge. I needed to keep some freezer space but I was able to put a small freezer where my old fridge had been and I decided to opt for a fridge freezer in the larger gap that I had.
As always seems to be the case for me once I start looking seriously for an appliance I find that my list of criteria cuts down on my choices dramatically.
I started looking at several appliances before I realised that at only 5’2” tall I was struggling to reach the top shelves in a lot of them and I then decided that I couldn’t have an appliance any higher than about 1.8m. The fridge-freezer also couldn’t be any wider than 60cm due to the location of a light switch and a door frame. I also wanted one that was white to fit in with my kitchen. The last criteria was that the fridge space had to be substantially larger than my previous fridge but I didn’t want a really tiny freezer compartment either. I also wanted the fridge on top for easy access as I open my fridge a lot more often than my freezer.
After much hunting around I picked the Bosch KGV36VW30G and opted to buy it online from John Lewis as they were offering the best price and free delivery. I think I paid about £325 last year. The model now appears to be discontinued but is still available from plenty of online retailers at prices ranging from £275 to £395.
When the fridge-freezer arrived and it was put in the kitchen it suddenly looked enormous. It was much larger than my old freezer but I have got used to it now and it no longer looks so imposing. The fridge capacity is 215L and the freezer is 94L and the energy rating is A++ which seemed good.
Like the majority of fridge-freezer this is not very exciting to look at. It is plain white with a bevelled front and vertical handles which stick out from the side and a neat Bosch in silver coloured letters near the top. Due to the location of this appliance the handles sticking out does not bother me but if it was in a different place it would be more inconvenient and I would be more likely to walk into them. There are no warning lights visible from the outside which I think is a disadvantage as it is always good to be able to glance at a fridge or freezer to see that it is on and running at the correct temperature. The lead was an adequate length and reached the nearby plug easily. We left it to settle overnight and turned it on in the morning after using the twisting feet to make sure that we had got it level.
I had selected this model as it stated that the door was reversible and due to the position it was going in I knew that it would be much more convenient if I swung the door the other way. However when we unpacked it there was an instruction saying that requests for the door to be hung the other way should be dealt with before delivery. This wasn’t terribly useful, a note on the website would have been more help.
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