Updated 4 May 2018

Fisher & Paykel

RF402BRYW6

Snapshot: The Fisher and Paykel RF402BRYW6 is a medium-sized bottom-mounted fridge-freezer with a total capacity of 403L. How well does it perform?

RF402BRYW6
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1395

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Test results

Overall score (%)
72
Fluctuations
?/10
Combinations
?/10
Uniformity
?/10
Seasonal change
?/10
Recommended settings
?/10

Good points

  • Good range of fridge and freezer temperature combinations.
  • OK at minimising temperature fluctuations.
  • Fridge temperature is very close to uniform.
  • Freezer temperature is close to uniform (there’s minor variation).
  • Very good at handling seasonal temperature change.
  • Energy consumption is as claimed.
  • Self-closing doors.

But

  • Door bottle-shelf can be too warm for best storage of perishable foods (milk and dairy products) at some temperature settings.
  • Chiller is cold enough for good storage of perishable foods (chicken and fresh fish).

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
Avg price
$1395

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
91
Brand satisfaction (%)
74

Specifications

Energy usage (claimed (kWh)/achieved)
465/Pass
Energy star rating
★★★☆☆☆
Annual running costs
$121
Noise level (dBA)
32
Freezer location
Bottom
Total volume
403L
Claimed volume - fridge
280L
Claimed volume - freezer
123L
Height (mm)
1720
Width (mm)
635
Depth (mm)
695
Door-hinge position
Right or left
Door type
Single
Finish
White
Alternative finish
n/a

Features

Door alarm
Yes
Fridge shelves/positions
3/17
Crisper
1
Electronic controls
Yes
Rollers
Yes
All shelves removable at 90˚
No
Self-closing doors
Yes
Chiller
No
Dairy compartment
Yes
Water dispenser
No
Ice dispenser
No

More Info

Notes
Available with right door hinge (RF402BLYW6)
Availability
-