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Smeg FAB32RRDNA1 review

Freezer on bottom fridge. 326L total volume. Priced at $2990.

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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 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 View more details.

How stable the fridge's temperature is. Higher scores mean a more stable temperature - i.e. your ice cream won't melt and refreeze.

Temperature evenness View more details.

How even the temperature is throughout the fridge - e.g. any warm spots?

Temperature range View more details.

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

Response to outside temperature View more details.

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

Default setting View more details.

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

Noise level View more details.

The higher the score the quieter the fridge.

Energy consumption – claimed (kWh/yr) View more details.

The amount of energy the manufacturer claims the fridge uses in one year.

323
Star rating – claimed View more details.

Helps you compare energy efficiency between fridges. More stars means better efficiency.

3.5
Availability View more details.

'Tested model' means you ought to be able to find this fridge in retailers. We check availability every time we test - 6-10 times a year.

'Identical model' means this fridge is exactly the same as one we have 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 icemaker.

The information for 'Not yet tested' fridges has been collated from publicly available sources, such as manufacturer websites, and will be verified and updated as part of our testing process.

Tested model
Price View more details.

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

$2990
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.

$969
Type View more details.

How the fridge is configured - is the freezer on the top or the bottom? Is it a side-by-side model or a French door? Or does it have a single door?

Freezer on bottom
Fridge size View more details.

We've classified fridges into the following groupings: Upright or single door fridge (various sizes); Less than 300L; Small (300-380L); Medium (381-450L); Large (451-525L); More than 525L and French door; Side-by-side (various sizes).

Small (300-380 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 icemakers 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.

326
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.

228
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.

98
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.

193
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.

60
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.

72
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).

Red
Origin View more details.

The claimed country of manufacture, though take this with a grain of salt as it may be made using components from other places.

Italy
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.

No
Dairy compartment View more details.

Convenient for keeping butter and hard cheeses slightly soft.

Yes
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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