Always coveted a retro-style Smeg fridge or fridge freezer?
Their sleek shape and fifties feel add instant style to modern kitchens. But do these good-looking and pricey appliances chill fast to help food last longer? Or are they more a case of style over substance?
We’ve just tested the Smeg FAB50 fridge freezer and Smeg FAB28 fridge. Read the reviews to find out how quickly they cool and whether they keep your food evenly chilled and frozen when your kitchen heats up and cools down.
Smeg: what you get for your money
Good looks apart, the Smeg FAB50 fridge freezer has some nifty storage features, including two chiller drawers for keeping meat and fish extra cold; a manual ice maker in the freezer; and all manner of shelves, racks and compartments for storing groceries. It’s available in cream, silver or white and costs in the region of £1,800.
At around 80cm the FAB50 is wider than most fridge freezers, so before you buy it check you’ve got room for it in your kitchen, and that you can manoeuvre it through internal doorways.
Looking for a Smeg fridge freezer that will fit in a smaller space? See our review of the slimmer Smeg FAB30.
The Smeg FAB28 fridge has an ice box inside, which is ideal if you have a freezer elsewhere in your home but you want to keep everyday frozen foods readily to hand in your kitchen. It offers plenty of storage, comes in a range of colours and pastel shades and will set you back around £880.
Fridge, freezer and fridge freezer reviews
If you’re after something a little less pricey than a Smeg model, we’ve also got new reviews of other key cooling appliances, including built-in fridges and freezers and freestanding fridge freezers from brands including Frigidaire, AEG, Beko, Bosch and Miele. See below for the full list of tested models and links to the reviews.
Two appliances aced our cooling tests and are Best Buys. But one fridge is dreadful at keeping its cool in changing kitchen temperatures and guzzles electricity at an alarming rate, so we’ve made it a Don’t Buy.
Fridge freezer reviews
AEG SKS58210F0 – £329, integrated, under-counter
Beko ULC532W – £140, freestanding
Bosch KIR21VS30G – £419, integrated, larder
Bosch KIR41VS30G – £589, integrated, larder
Bosch KIL42VS30G – £589, integrated, larder
Smeg FAB28QP1 – £899, freestanding, tall
AEG AGN71800C0 – £700, integrated, tall
Beko QZ32 – £239, integrated, under-counter
Miele FNS37402i – £1,449, integrated, tall