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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.
Haier RRTW18VABW 18.2 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer White Review$704.74
Ease of Access
One might think that having fewer shelves would mean easier access to food. This is potentially true, but it all comes down to how much food you regularly stock in your fridge. True, the wide open shelves offer unhindered access to most products, but if you take advantage of the full space and start stacking items, you may find yourself having to move things around a lot to get at what's in the back or on the bottom. This is particularly true in the freezer, which has no shelf and as such, requires you to stack items on top of each other.
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 controls are very basic, but have quite a few flaws. They are certainly very easy to read, but the lack of any degree correlation or a manufacturer's recommended setting means you'll be flying blind when you calibrate your fridge for the first time. It essentially requires you to purchase an external thermometer to know what temperature you're storing your food at. Also, it's unusually difficult to turn, as it rotates using a knob set on the bottom. Not being able to see it makes it difficult to grip, and the odd angle makes finding the right leverage a pain.
There is virtually no spill protection anywhere in this appliance. The freezer lucks out by virtue of just being a box - spills have nowhere to go. The door shelves, however, all have slits on the bottom of the front half, which is made of clear plastic. Anything the size of a pea or smaller, including any liquid, will just drip right out, and if a spill occurs on an upper shelf, everything underneath it can be damaged. The wire shelves in the fridge are no better, so any liquid or viscous substances should be kept as low to the ground as possible...just in case.
The Haier manages to make as much noise as your average fridge. This means that as long as the doors as closed, you'll soon forget it's even there.