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5 Reasons For
The Smeg FAB5 is one of the shallower comparable spec fridges that were launched more than two years ago (only 560 millimeters) amongst Freestanding refrigerators of this age. Freestanding refrigerators that were released around the same time as the FAB5 have depths of between 420mm and 800mm, and the average depth is 610mm.
Other fridges with a deeper depth that you might want to look at include the AEG S32500KSS1 (£461.88) (612mm and cheaper).
Quite Low Connected Load
With a connected load of only 70 Watts, the Smeg FAB5 has a quite low connected load compared to most of the other similar spec refrigerators that are a comparable age to the FAB5. Comparable spec refrigerators that have been around for around the same time as the FAB5 have connected loads of between 50W and 200W.
With a height of only 730 millimeters, the Smeg FAB5 is quite short compared to most of the other similar spec refrigerators that are a comparable age to the FAB5. The shortest Freestanding fridge that has been around for around the same time as the FAB5 is 490mm high and the tallest is 2,000mm.
If you would consider a refrigerator with a taller height then you might want to look at the AEG S32500KSS1 (£461.88) (1,250mm and cheaper).
Across all the fridges that have been around for more than two years the widths range from 400mm to 1,300mm, and the average width is 570mm. With a width of only 404 millimeters, the Smeg FAB5 is very narrow compared to most of the other comparable spec refrigerators that have been around for a similar time to the FAB5.
Refrigerators with a wider width that might also be worth considering include the AEG S32500KSS1 (£461.88) (550mm and cheaper).
Quite Quiet Noise Level
The noise level of the Smeg FAB5 of only 29 decibels is one of the quietest amongst Freestanding refrigerators that are a similar age to the FAB5. The average noise level of similar spec refrigerators that are a comparable age to the FAB5 is 40dB.
If you are not worried about having a louder noise level then you might want to look at the AEG S32500KSS1 (£461.88) (38dB), or the Gorenje R6182 (£394.50) (38dB) which is also cheaper.
5 Reasons Against
Quite Small Gross Capacity
The average gross capacity of Freestanding refrigerators that came out more than two years ago is 270L. When compared to other refrigerators of a similar age and spec to the FAB5 that we have assessed, the gross capacity of the Smeg FAB5 of only 42 liters is one of the smallest.
Quite Small Net Capacity
With a net capacity of only 40 liters, the Smeg FAB5's net capacity is one of the smallest amongst similar spec fridges that have been on the market for around the same time as the FAB5. Across all the Freestanding refrigerators that were released more than two years ago the net capacities range from 30L to 400L.
If this Freestanding fridge net capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Liebherr TPesf 1710 (£409.00) (147L), or the Smeg FAB28 (£579.00) (222L) which is also cheaper.
Only Two Shelves/basketss
The Smeg FAB5 is a two shelves/baskets refrigerator.
Running Costs Are High
This Freestanding fridge is rated E for energy efficiency, and the average 24 year running cost of the FAB5 is £653 based on typical usage levels and energy prices, which is in the most expensive 4% of all 151 Freestanding refrigerators that have been available for more than two years.
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Does Not Have a Water Dispenser
The Smeg FAB5 does not have a water dispenser, although keep in mind that most of the other Freestanding refrigerators that are a similar age to the FAB5 also do not have a water dispenser.
There are a number of other fridges which also have a water dispenser which you might want to look at including the Grundig GSN10710DW (£449.99).
1 Other reason to consider the Smeg FAB5
Released Over Two Years Ago
This Smeg refrigerator was released over two years ago.
Automatic Defrost Function
No Frost System
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Running this fridge over 10 years will generate 3.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 84 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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