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- Haier RRTW18VABW
- Just because you may not be familiar with a brand doesn't mean it's not any less worthy of your attention than a more established name. Haier is a fairly recent addition to the American appliance market, but some of its products are as good as the more recognizable models. The Haier RRTW18VABW, for instance, is an excellent entry-level fridge that can more than hold its own with the major competition. Like all entry-level fridges, it has its flaws - a somewhat cheap interior design and inconsistent freezer temperatures were the biggest issues we came across - but with online sale prices hitting the $370 mark, it's a pretty fantastic bargain for consumers on a budget. Give this Haier a try, and see if this younger brand is a good fit for your kitchen.
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The front of the Haier has a white matte finish. A rather large product logo is on the upper right corner, and there are small screw covers in place that can be removed if you want to reverse the doors.
The matte finish is resistant to stains and smudges, but make sure no colorful liquids dry in the small rivulets between the textured finish.
There's a small, rotating knob just inside the top of the fridge. It's on an arbitrary scale from one to seven, with no correlation to any actual degree measurement. There's also no marked manufacturer's recommended setting.
The handles are made of white plastic that are just a little bit darker than the fridge's finish. They're light and sturdy, and unlike other entry-level fridges, the plastic is smoothed down, making it easy and pleasant to grip. There are lots of little ridges, though, which may prove to be a haven for spills and could need frequent cleaning.
No surprises here. A standard arrangement of minimal shelves in the fridge, with an open freezer and some additional storage spots on both doors.
The fridge interior has three full-width shelves - two are wire and can be adjusted using rear-mounted hooks, while the third serves as the top of the two crisper drawers. Those drawers are identical and set at the bottom, with humidity controls on the front edge of the bottom shelf.
The fridge's door shelves are also full-width. There are three of them, and all of them are fixed. There's also a small dairy tray in the top left corner.
The freezer is essentially an ice box. There are no shelves and no light, though there is an opening in the upper left corner meant for an ice maker if you choose to install one. Though this model doesn't come equipped with one out of the box, it does provide two standard ice cube trays.
There are two shelves on the freeze door, done in the same style as those found in the fridge. They're full-width, and can't be adjusted.
The back of the Haier is covered with a steel sheet, and has a clearly marked label for where to install an ice maker if you'd like to buy one separately.
The sides of this appliance have a white matte finish that matches the front, giving it an overall uniform appearance.