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Haier HRF450BW2 review

Freezer on bottom fridge. 454L total volume. Priced at $1199.

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Recommended View more details.

We recommend currently available fridges which score at least 75% overall and at least 60% for all aspects of temperature performance except the recommended setting score. We exclude this because you can change the settings to get better performance.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This tells you how well your fridge performs, based on our uncompromising lab tests. Our experts take into account how stable the fridge's temperature is, how even the temperature is throughout the fridge (any warm spots?), and how well the fridge copes with changes in the outside temperature to arrive at a rating you can trust.

Keeping food fresh longer score View more details.

This rating tells you how well your fridge will keep your food fresh and safe to eat, based on our lab tests.

Temperature stability score View more details.

How stable the fridge's temperature is. Higher scores mean a more stable temperature, so your ice cream won't melt and refreeze, for example.

Temperature evenness score View more details.

How even the temperature is throughout the fridge – are there any warm spots?

Temperature range score View more details.

How well the range of fridge and freezer temperature options suit the needs of most users.

Response to outside temperature score View more details.

How well the fridge adjusts to changes in the outside room temperature, like the change from winter to summer.

Default setting score View more details.

Whether the fridge's default setting (which most people don't change) is suitable for the Australian climate.

Noise level score View more details.

The higher the score the quieter the fridge.

Noise level (dBA) View more details.

The noise level in dBA – the lower the number the quieter the fridge.

Energy star rating View more details.

As claimed by the manufacturer. The higher the number, the more energy-efficient the fridge.

4
Claimed energy use (kWh/year) View more details.

Energy use per year, as claimed by the manufacturer.

336
Shop Ethical rating View more details.

Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

F
Reliability score View more details.

A high score means the brand (not the model) is less likely to have faults over time, according to CHOICE members.

Satisfaction score View more details.

A high score means CHOICE members are satisfied with the brand (not the model).

Service score View more details.

A high score means CHOICE members were happy with the support they received from this brand when they had a problem with their fridge.

Warranty (years) View more details.

Stated warranty of the fridge. You're still covered by the Australian Consumer Law regardless of the manufacturer warranty.

2
Country of origin View more details.

Where the fridge was manufactured, though parts may have been sourced from other places.

China
Availability View more details.

'Tested model' means you should be able to find this fridge in retailers. We check availability every time we test, which is 6-10 times a year. 'Identical model' means this fridge is exactly the same as one we've already tested, except for a cosmetic detail like colour or the handle. You can expect identical performance to the tested model. 'Similar model' means the fridge is identical to one we've tested, except for one or two details, such as an ice maker.

Tested model
Price View more details.

Recommended retail price at the time of testing, but shop around for the best deal.

$1199
10-year running cost View more details.

This gives you a good idea of the effect your fridge will have on your energy bill over its lifetime. Calculated using an electricity price of 30c per kWh.

$1008
Recommended installation depth (cm) View more details.

The minimum recommended depth for your fridge. We recommend at least 5cm clearance at the rear of your fridge to allow for heat to dissipate.

73
Recommended installation height (cm) View more details.

The recommended minimum height required for the efficient operation of your fridge. We recommend at least 10cm clearance to allow for heat dissipation.

178
Recommended installation width (cm) View more details.

The recommended minimum width required for the efficient operation of your fridge. We recommend at least 5cm clearance on either side to allow for heat dissipation.

80
Fridge size View more details.

We've classified fridges into the following groupings: Extra small (<300L), Small (300-380L), Medium (381-450L), Large (451-525L) and Extra Large (>525L).

Large (451-525 L)
Total volume (L) View more details.

Use this figure to calculate if a fridge is the right size for your household. As a rule of thumb we recommend: 250-380L for 1-2 people, 350-530L for 3-4 people, 440L+ for 5 or more people. Remember that ice makers take up around 30% of your freezer, and that gross volume includes all the nooks and crannies you can't fit food into. If in doubt, get the bigger fridge.

454
Fridge volume – claimed (L) View more details.

The gross volume quoted by the manufacturer tells you approximately how much air space the fridge has to cool, and includes spaces you can't put food into.

328
Freezer volume – claimed (L) View more details.

The gross volume quoted by the manufacturer tells you approximately how much air space the freezer has to cool, and includes spaces you can't put food into.

126
Height (cm) View more details.

The claimed dimensions for the smallest box that will fit around the fridge, including hinges, door handles and any protrusions out the back.

173
Width (cm) View more details.

The claimed dimensions for the smallest box that will fit around the fridge, including hinges, door handles and any protrusions out the back.

70
Depth (cm) View more details.

The claimed dimensions for the smallest box that will fit around the fridge, including hinges, door handles and any protrusions out the back.

68
Colour / Finish View more details.

Almost all fridges are available in at least a stainless steel or (less expensive) white finish. Colour variations usually have the same model number with one character difference to denote the colour (e.g. W for white, X or S for stainless steel).

White
Number of crispers View more details.

If you need to store lots of fruit and vegetables then look for more than one crisper.

1
Water dispenser
No
Ice dispenser
No
Needs plumbing for ice/water dispenser View more details.

If it has a ice or water dispenser, will the fridge require plumbing? Your kitchen may require modification if you don't already have the necessary fittings installed.

Not applicable
Chiller View more details.

Important if you often store meat, fish and poultry (fresh or cooked), to keep it at close to zero degrees.

Yes
Dairy compartment View more details.

Convenient for keeping butter and hard cheeses slightly soft.

No
Self closing doors
Yes
Door alarm
Yes
Door hinge position View more details.

This is the side of the fridge the door hinge is positioned on, or the direction that the door opens. Many models have both left or right variations, and some are reversible with an optional kit, which is useful if you move to a house with a different kitchen layout.

Right
Rollers View more details.

Rollers (wheels) make it easy to move the fridge, for when you need to clean behind it.

Yes

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