Updated 18 Jun 2015

Haier

HRFZ-213

Snapshot: The Haier HRFZ-213 is a small top-mounted fridge-freezer with a total capacity of 213L. How well does it perform?

HRFZ-213
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$699

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Test results

Overall score (%)
45
Fluctuations
?/10
Combinations
?/10
Uniformity
?/10
Seasonal change
?/10
Recommended settings
?/10

Good points

  • Fridge temperature is close to uniform (there’s minor variation).
  • Freezer temperature is very close to uniform.
  • Very good energy efficiency.

But

  • Only just OK range of fridge and freezer temperature combinations.
  • Only OK at minimising temperature fluctuations.
  • Extremely poor at handling seasonal change (unless the controls are reset, the freezer can become too warm in winter and too cold in summer).
  • Recommended setting for fridge can be too warm.
  • Door bottle-shelf can be too warm for safe storage of perishable foods (milk and dairy products).
  • No auto-defrost for freezer (it has to be defrosted manually).
  • Self-closing doors don’t work well.
  • 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
China
Avg price
$699

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
87
Brand satisfaction (%)
54

Specifications

Energy usage (claimed (kWh)/achieved)
375/Pass
Star rating
★★☆☆☆☆
Annual running costs
$93
Noise level (dBA)
31
Freezer location
Top
Total volume
213L
Claimed volume - fridge
172L
Claimed volume - freezer
41L
Height (mm)
1440
Width (mm)
550
Depth (mm)
580
Door-hinge position
Reversible
Door type
Single
Finish
White
Alternative finish
n/a

Features

Door alarm
No
Fridge shelves/positions
3/8
Crisper
1
Electronic controls
×
Rollers
All shelves removable at 90˚
×
Self-closing doors
Chiller
×
Dairy compartment
×
Water dispenser
×
Ice dispenser
×

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
-

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