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Essentials CUL50W12

Essentials CUL50W12
95
Reviews
42 Reviews
66
Features
Good Features
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
78
Value for Money
Very Good
70
Age
6 Years Old
84
Running Costs
£300 Over 10 Years
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our Verdict:
A classic and very economical to run freestanding refrigerator, with a good price and a good spec. Customers report that this refrigerator has excellent storage, it's very well designed and very good in terms of power usage.
Features We Love:
Has a reversible doors
Has a defrost function
Has a thermostat
102L
CAPACITY
43dB
NOISE LEVEL
3
SHELVES /
BASKETS
£303
OVER 10 YEARS
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With outstanding reviews and low running costs, we have ranked the Essentials CUL50W12 number 332 across all fridges.

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Kagoo Score
96
Reviews
66
Features
79
Value for Money
70
Age
84
Running Costs

79

79
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 79?

multiple reviews mentioned that it has great user reviews with an average user rating of 89%, based on 42 reviews.
This fridge is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer refrigerators with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering.
This Essentials fridge has an energy efficiency classification of A+, and its running costs of £300 over 10 years are pretty average compared to the other 1,600+ fridges that we have calculated running costs for.
The CUL50W12 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Has a reversible doors
Has a defrost function
Please consult with installation experts such as our knowhow team to carry out door reversal
Tiny fridge capacity
Loud noise level

What is the Kagoo Score?

We calculate the Kagoo Score for each fridge by looking at its reviews, features, popularity, age, value for money and running costs.

The Kagoo Score is an easy way to understand whether the fridge is recommended.

The Kagoo Scores are constantly being updated. As newer, higher spec fridges come to market, the older fridges will gradually have their Kagoo Score reduced.

96
Reviews

Average Review Score

4.5 stars (42 reviews)

60%

of Customers Would Recommend
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What Are People Saying About the Essentials CUL50W12?

Environmental Considerations
43
0
Design
42
0
Price
40
0
Capacity
1
0
Over 40 People Thought the Essentials CUL50W12 Was Fairly Priced

Two people thought that the Essentials CUL50W12 wasn't expensive.

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Excellent Value for Money
42 people agree
1 person disagrees
  • Fridge very quiet good quality for price. The only problem with this fridge is the salad draw is very small and narrow.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 15 Feb 2018
  • Good value.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 14 Nov 2017
  • Brian scored Value for Money 100 out of 100
    Brian - Currys.co.uk 2 Dec 2017
  • Brenda scored Value for Money 100 out of 100
    Brenda - Currys.co.uk 19 Nov 2017
  • View All Reviews About Value for Money
    Not {More} Expensive
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    8 Out of 10 People Thought the Essentials CUL50W12 Was a Good Size
    View All Reviews About Size and Weight
    Many Customers Thought it Was Thoughtfully Designed

    More than 40 people thought that the Essentials CUL50W12 was really well designed and three people thought that it was also very good-looking.

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    Very Well Designed
    46 people agree
    No people disagree
  • Well designed. Loads of space. Miss the bottle cooler of my previous fridge.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 25 Nov 2017
  • Well proportioned and quiet. I love the design.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 29 Nov 2017
  • Well proportioned and quiet. I love the design.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 29 Nov 2017
  • Great design; loads of storage; well-labelled zones for different foodstuffs. The door to the ice box gets stuck - usually just after you've taken something ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 20 Aug 2017
  • View All Reviews About Design
    Very Good-Looking
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    One Person Thought it Had Nice Technical Features
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    Most Customers Thought This Fridge Had Been Designed With Environmental Issues in Mind

    More than 40 people thought that the Essentials CUL50W12 was very good in terms of power usage.

  • Theresa scored Energy Efficiency 100 out of 100
    Theresa - Currys.co.uk 16 Nov 2017
  • Sarah scored Energy Efficiency 90 out of 100
    Sarah - Currys.co.uk 19 Sep 2017
  • Peter scored Energy Efficiency 100 out of 100
    Peter - Currys.co.uk 24 Nov 2017
  • Paul scored Energy Efficiency 80 out of 100
    Paul - Currys.co.uk 14 Jun 2017
  • Most People Thought it Had an Acceptable Noise Level

    Four people thought that the Essentials CUL50W12 was really quiet.

  • ... that sounded like a mediaeval flour mill. The Bosch is just wonderful. Hardly a sound. In fact I thought I had gone deaf.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 19 Nov 2017
  • Great capacity. Much more space than our previous one. Quieter motor. Fruit and veg container is larger and keeps everything in good condition.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 28 Nov 2017
  • Fridge very quiet good quality for price. The only problem with this fridge is the salad draw is very small and narrow.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 15 Feb 2018
  • Fridge part quite spacious. Very quiet. Would prefer another box in freezer.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 3 Dec 2017
  • Four People Thought it Had a Big Capacity

    Several people thought that the Essentials CUL50W12 had a big capacity and big storage capacity.

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    Has a Big Capacity
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
  • Great capacity. Much more space than our previous one. Quieter motor. Fruit and veg container is larger and keeps everything in good condition.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 28 Nov 2017
  • Great looking Fridge. Good capacity. Keeps things very cold even on a low setting. Overall it's great. It's really noisy. I wanted one that was quiet. ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 31 Oct 2017
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    Has a Big Storage Capacity
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    More Than 10 People Thought it Had Superior Storage

    Several people thought that the Essentials CUL50W12 had brilliant storage, shelves and was outstanding for storing wine bottles.

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    Has Very Good Storage
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
  • Glad I chose one without an ice box cause it gives lots of extra storage just the salad draw is a bit slim apart from that excellent.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 8 Nov 2017
  • Good storage with plenty of space and good shelving. Only thing is shelves in door are a little too shallow and some tall things can topple over. Must ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 18 Dec 2017
  • Compact fridge fits into a small space. Good storage in the door. Well lit. Salad box at the bottom is a waste of time the configuration of the fridge ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 18 Nov 2017
  • Great design; loads of storage; well-labelled zones for different foodstuffs. The door to the ice box gets stuck - usually just after you've taken something ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 20 Aug 2017
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    Has Outstanding Shelves
    4 people agree
    7 people disagree
    Brilliant for Storing Wine Bottles
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has Good Drawers
    2 people agree
    No people disagree
    One Owner Thought the Essentials CUL50W12 Was Straightforwards to Clean
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    How Good Are Essentials Refrigerators?

    66
    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Has a reversible doors
    Has a defrost function
    Has a thermostat
    Tiny fridge capacity
    Loud noise level
    Only three shelves / baskets
    Only N.ST climate class
    Tiny total capacity
    Smaller than average fridge capacity

    What the Reviews Say

    Many customers thought it was thoughtfully designed
    Most people thought it had an acceptable noise level
    Four people thought it had a big capacity
    More than 10 people thought it had superior storage
    Tiny Fridge Capacity

    The fridge net capacity of the Essentials CUL50W12 of only 102L is in the smallest 14% of all refrigerators when ranked by this feature. The smallest fridge net capacity of refrigerators is 12L, the biggest is 1,400L, and the average fridge net capacity is 210L.

    What does "fridge net capacity" mean? Less Edit
    Loud Noise Level

    The CUL50W12's noise level of 43dB is in the loudest 4% of all refrigerators when sorted by this feature. Fridges have noise levels of between 29dB and 55dB, and the average noise level is 39dB.

    What does "noise level" mean? Less Edit
    Only Three Shelves / Baskets

    The Essentials CUL50W12 is a three shelf / basket fridge.

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    Has a Reversible Doors

    The CUL50W12 has a reversible doors, as do 78% of fridges.

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    Only N.ST Climate Class

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    Tiny Total Capacity

    Fridges have total gross capacities of between 46L and 590L, and the average total gross capacity is 220L. The Essentials CUL50W12's total gross capacity of only 104L is smaller than average when compared to most other fridges. It is in the smallest 13% of all refrigerators when sorted by this feature.

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    Has a Defrost Function

    The Essentials CUL50W12 has a defrost function, which is unusual. 96% of fridges do not have a defrost function.

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    Smaller Than Average Fridge Capacity

    The fridge gross capacity of the CUL50W12 of only 104L is in the smallest 10% of all refrigerators when sorted by this feature. The average fridge gross capacity of all fridges is 240L, with the smallest being 15L and the biggest being 1,500L.

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    Has a Thermostat

    The Essentials CUL50W12 has a thermostat. 76% of refrigerators do not have a thermostat.

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    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    The chart below compares the value for money of the Essentials CUL50W12 (the red dot) against some of its competitors (the blue dots). Hover on a blue dot to see additional info for each competitor. Click the dot to view that product.

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    What the Reviews Say

    Over 40 people thought the Essentials CUL50W12 was fairly priced
    70
    Age

    Essentials CUL50W12 Release Date

    July 2013

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    How Fast Do Essentials Refrigerator Prices Drop After Release?

    Most refrigerators drop in price by 0% in the first 6 months after release, however Essentials fridges tend to depreciate faster.

    In the first 6 months after release, Essentials fridges drop in price by 18% on average. That means that on a typical Essentials refrigerator costing £430 you could save on average £77 by waiting 6 months before buying.

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    Running Costs

    Essentials CUL50W12 Running Costs

    The energy efficiency classification of this fridge is A+. The CUL50W12 has an average running cost of £300 over 10 years based on average energy prices, which is pretty average compared to the other 1,600+ refrigerators that we checked.

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    Electricity cost £303
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    Europen European Energy Rating
    1.4T
    Running this fridge over 10 years will generate 1.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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    To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 36 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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    What the Reviews Say

    Most customers thought this fridge had been designed with environmental issues in mind

    How Can I Save Money on My Energy Costs?

    There's lots of simple ways to reduce your electricity costs at home. Read our comprehensive guide "How to Save Electricity at Home: 101 Powerful Tips".
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    Essentials CUL50W12 Specification

    Key Features
    Case Design
    Fridge Net Capacity
    Height
    Width
    Performance
    Noise Level
    Thermostat
    Defrost Function
    Climate Class
    Fridge Gross Capacity
    Design
    Type
    Shelf Material
    Bottle Rack
    Shelf / Basket
    Reversible Doors
    Colour
    Ergonomics
    Interior Light
    Power
    Annual Energy Consumption
    Energy Efficiency Class
    Weight & Dimensions
    Weight
    Depth
    Other Features
    Total Gross Capacity
    Dimensions (WxDxH)

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    essentials cul50w12, brand cul50w12

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