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New Fisher & Paykel fridge

During our renovation we  had the kitchen cabinetry designed for a wider fridge.  We allowed 980mm, whereas our existing fridge was about 700mm.  We also had a water fitting installed should we ever want a 'fancy' icemaker fridge.  We thought that at the time it would be pretty unlikely we'd ever pay extra for that sort of fridge.

Our dimensions were based upon browsing catalogues to get an estimate of the size of new fridges.  We'd also spoken to a neighbour who bought their house post-renovation and we learned from their experience.  It was something like this:

  • their nearly new kitchen cabinets were custom made to fit one fridge - the one belonging to the previous owner.
  • new fridges generally didn't fit the cabinet space.  It took them a long time to find one that did.
  • when the fridge was delivered it was so heavy that the delivery guy struggled with the one step on to their verandah.
  • the fridge didn't fit through the front door.  They removed the door from its hinges and just slid it through.
  • they chose the model with the icemaker.  To fit the plumbing for the water involved also paying a plumber to visit, who then drilled holes through cupboards and chipped away tiles to fit a tap near the fridge.
Following from a busy Christmas period in which we entertained, we decided to look for a new fridge in the New Year. We knew that we wanted a double door fridge, and the freezer should be at the bottom.  The existing Fisher & Paykel fridge would become a backup fridge for big events and drinks, located in the laundry.

During the New Year we went on a 2,500km road trip that involved visiting a few friends.  At one place we saw the fridge of our dreams - the 614L Fisher & Paykel RF610ADUX.  

It is a 'french door' fridge. On the door is a chilled water dispenser.  A few years back we lived for a year in a hot climate where we had chilled water, and it was great because we all drank more water, and the children could help themselves.  The fridge also has an ice dispenser - into a tray within the freezer.

So this morning I had a look at the online pricing:
  • Good Guys Moorabbin: $2,849, reduced to a web price of $2,659 plus $50 delivery.
  • Appliances Online: $3,599, reduced to $2,427 including delivery (free connection and removal of the old appliance also stated on their website as included items).
  • E&S Trading: $3,299, reduced to $2,356 plus $49 delivery in Melbourne, same day if ordered by 1pm.
I immediately purchased one from E&S Trading with an online transaction at about 11am.  At about 3.30pm the fridge was delivered and installed.  This included an unexpected hassle with our tap fitting which was cheerfully fixed by the two delivery guys. They moved our old fridge to our laundry and took all the packaging away.

If we hadn't seen the fridge and had a demonstration of its features from people we trusted (our friends who already owned one) I wouldn't have made such a purchase without inspecting one in a shop.  In this instance, we knew it was what we wanted because we'd had a personal testimonial from someone we trusted, and once we'd checked the dimensions, we could proceed with the purchase without leaving our home.

By 10pm tonight ice was dropping into its freezer tray.


  1. Oooh! Now I am suffering Fridge Envy! It looks great. I might have to drop in to visit so that I can check it out. How exciting! :D

  2. I desperately want a french door fridge! It's definitely on my wish list. Not that it would fit into our 'fridge space' at the moment, lol!

  3. We've had a few fridge inspections in the last couple of days. One person commented that the shelves in their side-by-side fridge/freezer were too small to be useful for plates and platters. That was one consideration for us. French door seems to address that issue well with such wide shelves.

    We're also getting some good work out of having two fridges. The second one is a drinks fridge and ice-cream freezer at present - we're experimenting with home made ice-creams (lactose free) and sorbets.

  4. I haven't quite done a Victor Kiam but this post certainly pushed me further towards buying the product!

    Again I bought from E&S Trading, but from their impressive showroom in Chadstone. Unlike the OP, I hadn't seen the fridge in the flesh before purchase, and so was reluctant to just go with a sight-unseen online purchase. Having seen it on the shop floor I was impressed. The flimsy crisper lid is a bit of a worry, but the freedom and space of the rest of the interior was the deciding factor. If the crisper lid becomes a problem I'm sure I can work out a simple fix.

    Searching for a fridge has been a bit of an eye opening experience. You really have to be honest with yourself and acknowledge your real day-to-day demands of the product rather than buying into the 'fridge full of Chablis' marketing gumph. Count the number of shelves, and work out if they are practical for you.

    Fridges are designed to be purchased and not necessarily to be useful - so when buying, pick the fridge that will really be useful.

    1. We're still very happy with the fridge. The crisper lid hasn't been a problem at all (yet). The door-open-buzzer gets a bit annoying when you know perfectly well that you have the door open. It went off recently for the first time when we had left the door inadvertently open, so maybe it's worth the hassle.

      Having the vegies close to eye height when you open the doors has proved to be a real winner. We still chuck out the odd over-ripe item, but nowhere as many as we were with the old fridge.

      Despite deeply rooted suspicions, having a fridge with a cool water dispenser in the door has been fantastic. The temperature isn't chilled by any means, and that's probably been the reason for it's success in our household.

      So we're still very happy with the purchase and hope that you are too. Thanks again for the tip.


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