Updated 18 Jun 2015

Fisher & Paykel

E372BRE4

Snapshot: The Fisher & Paykel E372BRE4 is a small bottom-mounted fridge-freezer with a total capacity of 373L. How well does it perform?

E372BRE4
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$1499

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Test results

Overall score (%)
76
Fluctuations
?/10
Combinations
?/10
Uniformity
?/10
Seasonal change
?/10
Recommended settings
?/10

Good points

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

But

  • Freezer temperature isn’t uniform (there’s moderate variation).
  • 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
Bottom-freezer
Origin
not stated
Price guide
$1499

Specifications

Energy usage (claimed (kWh)/achieved)
455/Pass
Star rating (new)
★★☆☆☆
Annual running costs
$118
Noise level (dBA)
35
Freezer location
Bottom
Total volume
373L
Claimed volume - fridge
250L
Claimed volume - freezer
123L
Height (mm)
1595
Width (mm)
635
Depth (mm)
715
Door-hinge position
Right only
Door type
Single
Finish
White
Alternative finish
Stainless steel (E372BRX4), White with silver handles (E372BRE4), White with white handles (E372BRT4)

Features

All shelves removable at 90˚
Fridge shelves/positions
2/13
Dairy compartment
Electronic controls
Rollers
Door alarm
Yes
Self-closing doors
Chiller
×
Crisper
2
Water dispenser
×
Ice dispenser
×

More Info

Can be paired with
n/a
Notes
Also available with different exterior finishes and with left opening door under different model numbers.
Availability
-

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