Updated 18 May 2017

Fisher & Paykel

E388L WW

Snapshot: The Fisher & Paykel E388L WW is an upright freezer with a volume of 389L. But how well does it perform?

E388L WW
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2559.99

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Test results

Overall score (%)
67
Temperature performance
?/10
Cool-down
?/10
Insulation efficiency
?/10

Good points

  • Good at minimising temperature fluctuations.
  • Very good range of temperature combinations.
  • Good at handling seasonal temperature change.
  • Energy consumption is as claimed.
  • Good cool-down performance.

But

  • Temperature isn’t uniform (there’s considerable variation).
  • Just OK insulation efficiency (warms up faster).

How we test

Overall score includes:

Temperature performance (55%): We check how well the freezer maintains even temperatures. We also check how it copes with ambient temperature change – and whether the freezer allows a good range of temperature choices and the controls’ mid setting gives an appropriate temperature.

Insulation efficiency (30%): This relates directly to the amount of insulation the freezer has and indicates how long it would take to warm up in a power cut. First, the freezers are switched off in a room with an ambient temperature of 32°C. The test starts when the freezer temperature is -15°C and ends when it gets to -5°C. The longer this takes the better.

Cool-down (15%): We measure how long it takes to cool the air in an empty freezer, from when it’s switched on until it reaches -13°C in a warm temperature-controlled room.

What about energy use?

We assess energy usage based on the manufacturer’s claimed energy usage as well as measured energy usage. A pass means the measured energy usage was no more than 7.5% higher than claimed, anything over that is a fail. Once a freezer fails, we stop measuring. In previous tests, we would have kept testing to find a maximum energy usage reading.

Claimed energy use is the amount of energy (in kW/h) the manufacturer says its fridge uses. If a fridge uses more power than claimed, it’s not necessarily bad, just not as efficient as claimed.

Key data

Model

Freezer type
Upright
Size
Medium (376-450L)
Avg price
$2559.99
Origin
-

Specifications

Energy usage (claimed (kWh)/achieved)
616/Pass
Energy star rating
☆☆☆☆
Cooling time (hours:mins)
2:23
Annual running costs
$160
Noise level (dBA)
35
Claimed volume (L)
389
Height (mm)
1700
Width (mm)
640
Depth (mm)
700
Door-hinge position
Left or right
Finish
White
Alternative finish
Stainless steel (E388LXFD and E388RXFD)
Control type
Conventional
Control locations
Controls at rear - floor level. Need to pull freezer away from the wall and use a torch to see.

Features

All shelves removable at 90˚
Yes
Shelves or baskets
-
Rollers
Door alarm
Self-closing door

More Info

Notes
Door-hinge side interchangeable (with kit). Controls at floor level at rear and are very awkward to see and adjust. Also available with left or right hand doors (E388LXFD and E388RXFD).

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