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Essentials CUL55W18

Essentials CUL55W18
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Reviews
89 Reviews
70
Features
Good Features
88
Popularity
Lots of Positive Reviews
80
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Age
2 Years Old
87
Running Costs
£300 Over 10 Years
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Our Verdict:
Multiple reviews mentioned that this fridge is very well designed, brilliant in terms of power usage but it has bad shelves. It's a positively reviewed and very economical to run freestanding fridge, great for individuals and couples.
Features We Love:
Has a reversible doors
Climate class rating of T
Has a thermostat
106L
CAPACITY
41dB
NOISE LEVEL
3
SHELVES /
BASKETS
£295
OVER 10 YEARS
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With outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Essentials CUL55W18 number 128 across all fridges.

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84
Kagoo Score
96
Reviews
71
Features
88
Popularity
81
Value for Money
83
Age
87
Running Costs

84

84
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 84?

multiple reviews mentioned that it has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 88%, based on 89 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 efficiency rating of A, and its running costs of £300 over 10 years are pretty average compared to the other 1,600+ refrigerators that we have calculated running costs for.
The CUL55W18 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Has a reversible doors
Climate class rating of T
Adjustable glass shelves for versatile storage options
Reversible door hinges let you choose how your fridge opens
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.

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Reviews

Average Review Score

4.4 stars (89 reviews)

70%

of Customers Would Recommend
5 Stars
62 Reviews
4 Stars
19 Reviews
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What Are People Saying About the Essentials CUL55W18?

Price
101
5
Design
99
4
Environmental Considerations
99
2
More Than 100 People Thought it Was Reasonably Priced
  • ... than any we have had before very bright. Looks nice inside and spacious very good for the price. Everything is excellent.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 29 Oct 2018
  • Solidly built. Does the job. Good price. None noticed yet.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 1 Oct 2018
  • Excellent value. Nothing.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 6 Aug 2018
  • Great value for money. Fast delivery.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 17 Dec 2018
  • Some Customers Thought This Fridge Was Not Solidly Made

    Three people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 was easy to damage or scratch.

  • Whenit was unpacked I noticed that was a broken bit. It was only a small part of a door shelf the corner was broken. But it doesn't affect use.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 24 Nov 2018
  • ... was unpacked I noticed that was a broken bit. It was only a small part of a door shelf the corner was broken. But it doesn't affect use.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 24 Nov 2018
  • ... fridge. This product is for you. I ordered two of them. Both came with damaged back top corners. Once I slide fridge under the counter. It is not noticeable ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 14 Nov 2018
  • Over 10 People Thought This Fridge Was a Good Size

    Nine people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 was an excellent size.

  • Good value for money, And good size for an average size family.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 17 Aug 2018
  • The design and the size.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 6 Aug 2018
  • Great size for our small kitchen and perfect capacity for our family of six. Would recommend.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 9 Dec 2018
  • Great size for one person as well as two. Fresh design and simple. Not really any bad points. Great size for one person as well as two. Fresh design and ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 31 May 2018
  • Over 90 People Thought This Fridge Was Well Designed

    More than 90 people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 was very well designed.

  • The design and the size.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 6 Aug 2018
  • Great size for one person as well as two. Fresh design and simple. Not really any bad points. Great size for one person as well as two. Fresh design and ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 31 May 2018
  • Functional no-frills design. Extremely quiet and efficient in use. None that I've noticed.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 3 Sep 2018
  • Fresh and clean design. Glass shelves. Would rather had the slatted shelving.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 3 Sep 2018
  • Two People Thought it Was Easy to Use
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    One Person Thought it Had Well Executed Technical Features
    View All Reviews About Features
    One Person Thought it Had Good Technical Guidance
    View All Reviews About Support
    Most People Thought it Had Been Designed With Environmental Issues in Mind

    Over 80 people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 was superb in terms of power usage.

  • William scored Energy Efficiency 100 out of 100
    William - Currys.co.uk 11 Sep 2018
  • Marilyn scored Energy Efficiency 100 out of 100
    Marilyn - Currys.co.uk 17 Aug 2018
  • Steve scored Energy Efficiency 90 out of 100
    Steve - Currys.co.uk 2 Nov 2018
  • Shirleycharters scored Energy Efficiency 100 out of 100
    Shirleycharters - Currys.co.uk 11 Nov 2018
  • 9 Out of 10 Owners Thought the Essentials CUL55W18 Had an Acceptable Noise Level

    Six people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 was very quiet.

  • No annoying ice box to get iced up. Very quiet.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 16 Nov 2018
  • Lots of room inside and in the door. Very quiet running and keeps a steady temperature. Had to change the door round so opened the other way. (I have a ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 12 Aug 2018
  • Extremely quiet. At first I didn't think it was working. None.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 6 Aug 2018
  • It is very quiet. I just don't have any.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 16 Sep 2018
  • 9 Out of 10 People Thought it Had a Large Capacity

    Five people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 had a very big capacity.

  • Great size for our small kitchen and perfect capacity for our family of six. Would recommend.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 9 Dec 2018
  • Ideal size capacity plenty of room.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 10 Aug 2018
  • Good capacity for size of product. No obvious ones.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 5 Nov 2018
  • Looks good and has large capacity. Nothing.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 18 Sep 2018
  • 7 Out of 10 Customers Thought it Had Inferior Storage

    Several people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 had bad shelves, was bad for storing bottles and had bad drawers.

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    Has Bad Shelves
    11 people agree
    5 people disagree
  • Large interior. Very quiet and lovely bright light. Perhaps an extra shelf.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 23 Sep 2018
  • Fresh and clean design. Glass shelves. Would rather had the slatted shelving.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 3 Sep 2018
  • Fresh and clean design. Glass shelves. Would rather had the slatted shelving.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 3 Sep 2018
  • ... was unpacked I noticed that was a broken bit. It was only a small part of a door shelf the corner was broken. But it doesn't affect use.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 24 Nov 2018
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    Bad for Storing Bottles
    7 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has Bad Drawers
    3 people agree
    No people disagree
    One Person Thought it Had a Good Defrost Feature
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    Four People Thought the Essentials CUL55W18 Was Straightforwards to Clean

    Four people thought that the Essentials CUL55W18 was really easy to clean.

  • Very easy to clean.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 24 Jul 2018
  • A great little 'fridge which does everything it needs to do. Easy to clean - well lit and easy to move. Not expensive and very quiet. Very pleased. None ...
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 10 Nov 2018
  • Sufficient room for our needs. Easy to clean. Fitted perfectly under the kitchen worktop.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 19 Nov 2018
  • Looks good easy to clean quite quiet. Door shelves could be a bit taller to hold bottles from falling out.
    currys.co.uk - Currys.co.uk 6 Aug 2018
  • How Good Are Essentials Refrigerators?

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    Features

    Key Reasons For and Against

    Has a reversible doors
    Climate class rating of T
    Has a thermostat
    Tiny fridge capacity
    Loud noise level
    Only three shelves / baskets
    Does not have a door open alarm
    Does not have a temperature alarm
    Only one door balconies

    What the Reviews Say

    Over 10 people thought this fridge was a good size
    Over 90 people thought this fridge was well designed
    9 out of 10 owners thought the Essentials CUL55W18 had an acceptable noise level
    9 out of 10 people thought it had a large capacity
    Four people thought the Essentials CUL55W18 was straightforwards to clean
    Some customers thought this fridge was not solidly made
    7 out of 10 customers thought it had inferior storage
    Tiny Fridge Capacity

    Fridges have fridge net capacities of between 12L and 1,400L, and the average fridge net capacity is 210L. The Essentials CUL55W18's fridge net capacity of only 106L is smaller than average when compared to most other fridges. It is smaller than 85% of all fridges when ordered by this feature.

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

    Fridges have noise levels of between 29dB and 55dB, and the average noise level is 39dB. The CUL55W18's noise level of 41dB is louder than 79% of all fridges when ranked by this feature.

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

    Most fridges have between 1 and 11 shelves / baskets, including the CUL55W18 which has three shelves / baskets.

    What does "shelf / basket" mean? Less Edit
    Does Not Have a Door Open Alarm

    The Essentials CUL55W18 does not have a door open alarm. 81% of refrigerators also do not have a door open alarm.

    What is a door open alarm? Less Edit
    Does Not Have a Temperature Alarm

    The Essentials CUL55W18 does not have a temperature alarm, although it is worth noting that 93% of fridges also do not have a temperature alarm.

    What is a temperature alarm? Less Edit
    Has a Reversible Doors

    The Essentials CUL55W18 has a reversible doors, as do 78% of fridges.

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    Climate Class Rating of T

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    Only One Door Balconies

    The CUL55W18 is a one door balconies fridge. Most of the other fridges have between one and six door balconies.

    Chart Hide Chart What does "door balconies" mean? Less Edit
    Has a Thermostat

    The CUL55W18 has a thermostat, which is unusual. 76% of fridges do not have a thermostat.

    Chart Hide Chart What is a thermostat? Less Edit
    88
    Popularity

    Popularity

    The Essentials CUL55W18 has been listed on Kagoo since June 2018 and is currently ranked number 128 out of 627 fridges.
    81
    Value for Money

    Value for Money

    The chart below compares the value for money of the Essentials CUL55W18 (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

    More than 100 people thought it was reasonably priced
    83
    Age

    Essentials CUL55W18 Release Date

    November 2016

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    Fresh zone compartment

    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 CUL55W18 Running Costs

    This refrigerator is rated A for energy efficiency. The CUL55W18 has an average 10 year running cost of £300 based on typical energy prices, which is pretty average compared to the other 1,600+ fridges that we checked.

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    1.3T
    Running this fridge over 10 years will generate 1.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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    What the Reviews Say

    Most people thought it had been designed with environmental issues in mind

    How Can I Save Money on My Energy Costs?

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    Essentials CUL55W18 Specification

    Key Features
    Case Design
    Fridge Net Capacity
    Height
    Width
    Performance
    Noise Level
    Super Cool Function
    Thermostat
    Automatic Defrost Function (Fridge)
    Climate Class
    Design
    Type
    Door Balconies
    Shelf / Basket
    Built-in Display
    Control Type
    Reversible Doors
    Colour
    Ergonomics
    Door Open Alarm
    Interior Light
    Temperature Alarm
    Power
    Annual Energy Consumption
    Energy Efficiency Class
    Weight & Dimensions
    Weight
    Depth
    Other Features
    Fast Freeze Function

    Product Identifiers

    Manufacturer Part Numbers

    essentials defrost106l, essentials cul55w18

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