Updated 18 Jun 2015

Miele

KFN 12823 SD-1

Snapshot: The Miele KFN 12823 SD-1 is a small bottom-mounted fridge-freezer with a total capacity of 339L. How well does it perform?

KFN 12823 SD-1
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$2799

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Test results

Overall score (%)
50
Fluctuations
?/10
Combinations
?/10
Uniformity
?/10
Seasonal change
?/10
Recommended settings
?/10

Good points

  • OK range of fridge and freezer temperature combinations (although the freezer couldn’t achieve -15°C without the fridge becoming too warm).
  • Freezer temperature is uniform.
  • Good at handling seasonal change.
  • Very good energy efficiency.

But

  • Poor at minimising temperature fluctuations.
  • Fridge temperature isn’t uniform (there’s considerable variation).
  • Recommended setting for fridge can be too warm.
  • Self-closing doors don’t always 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
Bottom-freezer
Origin
Germany
Avg price
$2799

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
n/a
Brand satisfaction (%)
n/a

Specifications

Energy usage (claimed (kWh)/achieved)
414/Pass
Energy star rating
★★☆☆☆
Annual running costs
$104
Noise level (dBA)
38
Freezer location
Bottom
Total volume
339L
Claimed volume - fridge
231L
Claimed volume - freezer
108L
Height (mm)
1820
Width (mm)
600
Depth (mm)
630
Door-hinge position
Reversible
Door type
Single
Finish
White
Alternative finish
Stainless steel

Features

Door alarm
Yes
Fridge shelves/positions
3/9
Crisper
2
Electronic controls
Yes
Rollers
Yes
All shelves removable at 90˚
Yes
Self-closing doors
Yes
Chiller
No
Dairy compartment
Yes
Water dispenser
No
Ice dispenser
No

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
Available only by special order.

Reliability

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