Zanussi – Our New Addition
We took delivery of the Zanussi ZRB24100WA Freestanding Fridge Freezer and the first thing we noted was just how light it was to move about. Removing the previous incarnation literally took my partner and our neighbour 10 mins since it was horrendously heavy to move, even without the ice which was holding in the drawers as the plastic they were previously being supported by had long gone. But even I could move the Zanussi Fridge Freezer about with my mobility problems, being able to push it into place with my foot and the top of my head (I was in my wheelchair at the time). Not that the delivery men expected me to do it, that was just an experiment after they had delivered it to see if I could move it with a disability and I can so that’s a big thumbs up for Zanussi!
We plugged it in and had to check that it was on by opening the door to see the light shining at us since as it was so whisper quiet we didn’t hear it spring into action and within a couple of hours it was chilled enough to put products in it, however we left our food in a spare one that we were borrowing from a friend for 24 hours since we wanted to make sure it was at its optimum temperature before we laden it with our goodies.
The freezer too was allowed to rest for 24 hours as it had been bumped about in transit so needed to settle with all it’s gases and suchlike. So we closed the doors and although I was tempted to keep opening it to make sure it was working as it was silent, I did resist until the very next day before taking a peak.
Filling it, I remarked that it was about twice the size of the initial fridge that we had formerly owned and that we would probably have to buy a lot more shopping to sufficiently occupy the space that it had, since the little we possessed looked like we were on hunger strike. The fridge has an immense 176 litres of storage space compared to 110 litres of a standard fridge so it was already going to be a household winner. The bottom door tray had ample room for 2 bottles of wine (well, in my case just Cherry Lambrini), a couple of bottles of soft drink and our soya milk. The others had loads of room to store the condiments and sauces that we use on a daily basis, so everything is easily accessible for me and I can finally do little things in the kitchen again when my neuropathy is having a good day. You see, when you’re disabled, having an under counter fridge/freezer is a nightmare if you want to use a wheelchair unless you get your kitchen modified but since there’s two of us and my partner is able bodied it defeats the object. OK, I can’t reach the very top shelf when I’m seated but I can reach what I need with this Zanussi Model. Plus the handles are quite thick, and have a lovely grip on them too so my hands don’t slip about when I open the doors. Hooray!
The salad crisper is full width so you can pile all your lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and chives in it as well as a few packets of fruit and you’re good to go. After a few days the salad was still in tip top condition too. Ordinarily we’d leave a salad in the tray, to take a look a few days later to find a lettuce that would need the last rites and tomatoes growing their own penicillin so this was already turning out to be my dream fridge. 3 shelves finish off this item and the attention to detail with those is sensational too. Situated right at the back, inside the fridge at the end of where the shelf slides in is a crevice. This crevice hugs the shelf to secure it from being pulled out by accident. You have to grip the shelf and lift it up and slightly away to remove it for cleaning so there’s no way you can accidentally catch it, pull it out and smash it on the floor. An ingenious idea.
The doors have one of the best seals I’ve seen in a model at this low price. To make sure the seal is totally secure, they’ve manufactured it with a small hole at each of the four corners. This in turn helps the suction. I know we’ve had problems in the past with the seals failing and the freezer defrosting on us overnight ending up as a mushy puddle of water and soggy chips on the floor where it’s all fallen out. With this small design feature the door stays firmly shut requiring a little firmer grip to open than we’re used to. It also allows the seal to be slightly more flexible.
The freezer is small at 61 litres and compact enough for our monthly shopping. The bottom tray is going to be home to our ice creams, lollies and diet desserts. It’s quite a size too and will take the height of 4 frozen desserts “from Heinz” taken out of their boxes, so probably enough room for 24 of them. However there’s tonnes of room being lovely and deep and once we cram it with our treats they’ll be no room for anything else. Each of the other 2 trays are enough for 4 large bags of vegetables so it’s just right for us. You’d probably struggle if you were a large family so the model is much more suited to a couple or very small families shopping.
Energy Efficient Fridge Freezer
Energy ratings are always important to me too since I’m quite environmentally aware of the things I use and being A+ the Zanussi Fridge Freezer ZRB24100WA is a consumer winner. When a company cares about the environment, they care about all of us and not just making money. If you’re looking for a new Fridge Freezer, I would push you towards the Zanussi ZRB24100WA as it fits in with any style of kitchen, it’s easy on the pocket and disability friendly.
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