• Best of Year 2012

Blomberg BRFB1040SL 10.6 Cu. Ft. Bottom Freezer Silver Review

If you're looking for an appliance that will maximize space, put this one at the top of your list.



The Blomberg BRFB1040SL may be a compact fridge, but don't let that fool you - this appliance is small, but delivers in a big way. If you're scratching your head as to why you haven't heard of this before, don't be surprised. Blomberg is made by Arçelik in Turkey, and they have a large name in the European appliance market. While they have been distributing products in the United States since 2007, their marketing campaign has been rather minimal. It's disappointing, really, since the fridge we tested did so well.

With an MSRP of $1,250—quite low for an appliance of this kind and quality—it's absolutely worth it if you need a robust compact fridge for a nice apartment with a small kitchen. Fridges like the Blomberg are very much specialty items, and consumers would likely never buy something like this if they have the space for a full-sized fridge. However, because the market is much smaller than the one for larger models, really high-end options for fridges of this size—usually products made by Liebherr—can sell for almost three times as much. It's almost a steal if you can find it on sale, which we did, for as little as $900.

This machine offers solid temperature consistency in both the fridge and freezer, vegetable drawers with moisture retention that puts the major brand names to shame, and a finish that would add more than a touch of class to any kitchen. That said, a lot of the extra features on full-sized fridges aren't found here. There's no ice maker or water filter to speak of, and the low height of the freezer drawers can make them a little bit of a pain to get to. If you don't mind having a simple appliance that very much delivers on the main points of a fridge's job description, though, this is definitely one to consider.


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