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- Fisher & Paykel E522BRX
- Proving that counter-depth fridges can perform just as well as their full-sized big brothers, the E522BRX delivers performance that ranges from adequate in some areas to outstanding in others. At the end of the day, though, it's still a counter-depth fridge, offering less storage space than even some of the smallest—and cheapest—full-sized options.
Fisher Paykel E522BRX 17.6 Cu. Ft. Bottom Freezer Stainless Steel Review$1,849.00
This appliance has a stainless steel finish, with the larger fridge door on top and the smaller freezer door on the bottom. Handles are located on the far left, with the control panel and a through-the-door water dispenser located on the right of the fridge door.
The reflectiveness of the Fisher & Paykel's surface prevents you from seeing any of the fingerprints or smudges on the exterior finish. Step off to the sides, though, and you'll notice more than small amount of dust and smears. If you plan to go into your fridge a lot, you'll end up spending a lot of time cleaning it, too, unless you want to perpetually shine a light directly at it.
The control panel, which operates everything in the appliance, is located on the fridge door, and is operated using a series of buttons that cause the panel to illuminate when in use.
The slim, steel handles are located on the front left of the doors. Unlike more traditional bottom freezers, the fridge handle doesn't extend all the way to the top of the fridge door. Also, the bottom freezer compartment has a door that opens as opposed to a pull-out drawer, with a handle that matches the top one. Buyer beware, though - if you wants handles on the other side, you'll have to place a special order. These doors aren't reversible.
The door dispenser only produces water, operating using a push panel. The dispenser is only slightly indented into the door, meaning you'll have to hold on to your glass when getting a drink.
The fridge is found on top, with the freezer compartment below it. Storage space is found in both main sections, but only the fridge door has shelf space.
The interior of the Fisher & Paykel's fridge is broken up into four full-width shelves, as well as a pull-out rack with two buckets in lieu of more standardized crisper drawers. The fridge also comes with a removable bottle rack.
The water filter is one of this refrigerator's most bizarre design features. The filter connects an external water hose with the one found behind the lower cover on the back of the appliance...but the actual filter is stored outside of the machine!
The fridge door is broken up into six sections. At the very top are two identical dairy bins, and at the bottom are two full-width shelves with an adjustable divider. Between these are two half-width shelves set side-by-side, which come with removable egg tray inserts. These can be removed to create regular door storage, or can hold up to one dozen eggs each.
The interior of the freezer is broken up into four sections. At the top is a very shallow tray that is just deep enough to hold an ice cube tray, which is included with the fridge. Below this is a pull-out tray with two plastic compartments, another shallow tray perfect for wide items like frozen pizzas, and a bucket drawer below that at the bottom.
The freezer door works only as a seal to keep in cold air. There is no storage space available because there are no shelves.
The ice maker is located in the rear upper left corner of the freezer compartment. It's hard to see, and even harder to get to. Fortunately, you don't normally need to get to it - It's controlled using the console on the fridge door, and only dispenses bulk quantities of ice. The Fisher & Paykel comes with a large ice bucket that can be removed to either access the ice or when the device isn't being used.
A solid piece of white plastic covers almost the entire rear of the fridge. A small white, removable cover is fitted over the bottom portion, which needs to be removed to access the inner working of the appliance, as well as the cables for the water filter.
Counter-depth fridges have sides that aren't quite as deep as standard models. This means that in a smaller kitchen, a fridge this size can be placed flush to your counters. Even though the sides of the Fisher & Paykel have a smooth, gray finish designed to match the stainless steel front, you won't see have to worry about seeing them stick out into the center of the room. Counter-depth fridges are priced the way they are to give your kitchen a nice streamlined look without having to spend exponentially more money on a built-in model.