Updated 8 Dec 2016

Fisher & Paykel

E331TRT3

Snapshot: The Fisher and Paykel E331TRT3 is a small vertical fridge-freezer with a total capacity of 329L. How well does it perform?

E331TRT3
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$1390

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Test results

Overall score (%)
64
Fluctuations
?/10
Combinations
?/10
Uniformity
?/10
Seasonal change
?/10
Recommended settings
?/10

Good points

  • Very good range of fridge and freezer temperature combinations.
  • Fridge temperature is uniform.
  • Very good at handling seasonal temperature change.
  • Energy consumption is as claimed.
  • Self-closing doors.

But

  • Just OK at minimising temperature fluctuations.
  • Freezer temperature isn’t uniform (there’s moderate variation).
  • Door bottle-shelf can be too warm for best storage of perishable foods (milk and dairy products) at some temperature settings.
  • No chiller.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Fluctuations (30%): measures how much the temperature inside the fridge fluctuates (or swings) as the compressor starts and stops. The higher the score, the less the temperature fluctuates.

Combinations (25%): where we measure the temperature in the fridge and freezer compartments at the same time. A high score means the temperature in both compartments are managed well, for example if the freezer is set to its coldest setting, the temperature in the fridge isn’t affected.

Uniformity (20%): a measure of how uniform he temperature is throughout each compartment. The higher the score, the more uniform the temperature is in each compartment.

Seasonal change (20%): a test of how well the appliance deals with changing temperatures outside. We test in a temperature controlled room. We adjust the temperatures to simulated winter and summer conditions while monitoring the temperature inside the fridge. The higher the sore, the better the fridge dealt with the changing temperatures, meaning little adjustment would be needed throughout the seasons.

Recommended settings (5%): a test of how well the fridge performs on the manufacturers recommended settings. Many people will only change the temperature setting once, so we test with this setting. If there isn’t a recommended setting, then we test using the factory set or mid-setting.

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 percent higher than claimed, anything over that is a fail. Once a fridge fails, we stop measuring. In previous tests, we would have kept testing to find a maximum energy usage reading. By changing our test we can now test more fridges each year than ever before.

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

Type
Top-freezer
Origin
Thailand
Price guide
$1390

Specifications

Energy usage (claimed (kWh)/achieved)
371/Pass
Star rating (new)
★★★☆☆☆
Annual running costs
$96
Noise level (dBA)
34
Freezer location
Top
Total volume
329L
Claimed volume - fridge
232L
Claimed volume - freezer
97L
Height (mm)
1425
Width (mm)
635
Depth (mm)
715
Door-hinge position
Right or left
Door type
Single
Finish
White
Alternative finish
n/a

Features

All shelves removable at 90˚
×
Fridge shelves/positions
3/13
Dairy compartment
×
Electronic controls
Rollers
Door alarm
Yes
Self-closing doors
Chiller
×
Crisper
1
Water dispenser
×
Ice dispenser
×

More Info

Can be paired with
n/a
Notes
Available with left opening door (E331TLT3)
Availability
-