We tried to replace our much loved, John Lewis-badged (AEG) fridge/freezer/wine cooler when part of it stopped functioning after about 12 years (and could not be mended because of the outrageous 'sealed' module design adopted by all mfgrs, but soon to be made unlawful, I believe).
Trying to find an appliance of similar dimension proved impossible but we eventually chose a good-looking Fisher Paykel model. After eight months and THREE faulty models in a row, with all the massive inconvenience and disruption that implies, we bought an AEG RXE75911VM.
OK, it’s too soon to report on long-term reliability, but we love everything else about it. We ordered directly from AEG and had very nice sales support and a quick delivery.
The fridge/freezer has astonishing capacity, far greater than any other models we looked at, or bought. It’s brightly lit (unlike the Bosch 600 series which we’d tried as a temporary replacement) and all the shelves are accessible (unlike the Bosch which was so tall the top shelf was unusable).
The doors are deep and so the inbuilt shelves are actually useful, and take large quantities of butter, bottles, etc. Best of all the door split echoes the veg crisper drawers inside so you only need open one if, for example, you just want to get out a lettuce.
We didn’t need the ice maker as we already have a professional unit, and thought we wouldn’t use the iced water, but we do. It works very well.
Again, I was dubious about the need for the drawer that can be set at any temperature from freezing to just cold. Actually it’s brilliant. We keep all the fish, shellfish and smoked fish in one side and all the meats in the other. Really, really handy.
The freezer is wonderfully designed, too. We keep ice cream in the (slightly hidden) top drawer which pulls out, and bread and veg in the more obvious compartments.
Another factor, often overlooked, is how relatively quiet the fridge-freezer is, with no high-pitched humming or other irritating noises. With no handles, it’s easy to keep clean, too.
We hope it will prove as dependable as it looks and functions. Right now, we’re in love with it.