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Specification for Smeg Fab28

Main Features
Refrigerator Type American Style
Refrigerator Type Top Freezer
Total Volume 5 - 12 cu. ft. (142 - 340 liter)
Main characteristics
Refrigerator Type: Refrigerator With Ice Box
Installation: Free-Standing
Total Volume: 270 Liter
Fresh Food Volume: 250 Liter
Freezer Volume: 20 Liter
Total Number of Shelves: 3
Ice Maker: Without Ice Maker
Number Of Motors: 1 Motor
Freezer Star Rating: 4 Stars
Fresh Food Compartment
Fresh Food Shelves / Bins: Vegetable Bin x 1Wine Rack
Shelf Material: Glass
Light: Yes
Door Opens: Opens to the Right
Freezer Compartment
Shelve / Bins: Ice Trays
Convenience
Defrost: Automatic Defrost
Controls / Display: Dial Control
Extra Features: Adjustable Rollers / Levelers
Exterior Color: BlackBeigeMetallicBlueOrange
Energy
Energy Efficiency: A
Annual Energy Consumption: 288 kWHrs

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★★★★★

“Smeg Fab28 is really a nice and great value for money...”

Written on: 09/08/2012 by nukthediva (2 reviews written)

Smeg Fab28 is really a nice and great value for money fridge. Works fine since I have bought it (1.5 years)… Read Full Review

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Topcat5's Response to nukthediva's Review

Written on: 04/12/2012

A really poor quality basic fridge wrapped up in a good looking shell, which is just panels stuck on the outside. You pay the incredible price for its looks. The frozen food section is not frost free, which should be a norm in a fridge of this price. The door of this section is held in place by two small plastic half inch sticks which break off in time, especially if clumsy teenagers slam the door shut when ice has built up, then you have to replace the whole door. All replacements are horrenduously dear, that's if you can actually get them. There are better and cheaper 50s style fridges on ebay!

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★☆☆☆☆

“Smeg Fab28nes6”

Written on: 26/06/2012

Have had this fridge for about 8 years. Its rubbish!!!!! Do not spend the £1000 (approx) they cost. Mine is black and looks very nice but do not be deceived like I was by this....that's where the positive points end. My freezer box door has broken and it will cost over £55 to replace, the door seal has been going for years and you have to buy a whole door unit for it which costs £266 plus vat because the seal does not come separately, which in my view is very poor design. For saying they… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Italian Style - Albanian Engineering”

Written on: 21/06/2012

Have loved my Smeg for 2 years, yes the door rubbers did go, and yes the interior plastics are rubbish and fall apart.......But it looks beautiful! Sadly it has now died, Smeg, who are useless and after waiting 3 weeks for an OVERPRICED ENGINEER to visit (£120 ph) have condemned it saying it is beyond economical repair as both the Compressor AND the main board are gone. Call me old fashioned but for over £850 I expect it to last a little longer as I told the service engineer so as to get as… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 22/06/2012

I fully agree with this review. I had only had my Fab28 a few short weeks when bottle rack on the door cracked, for the extortionate price of the fridge you would expect something more robust. I bought mine fridge online but would n't have picked it if I had seen its internal fittings at first hand in a store. Flimsy -and overpriced replacement parts too.

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★★☆☆☆

“Great Cover , Poor Read!”

Written on: 15/08/2011 by DCutter (1 review written)

Yes it looks great, yes its cool, but man this is a poor excuse for a fridge! Points to think about : 1/ The magnetic seal on this is very strong, so great the door wont keep opening on its own! However when you do open the door the whole thing rocks & shakes. 2/ The compartment for the freezer is very small, if you dont have a separate freezer than this isnt for you. 3/ The freezer door , & one of the shelves has already broken on ours, so its parts are not very sturdy. 4/ Parts are very… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to DCutter's Review

Written on: 15/02/2012

I think the reviewer has been to kind.

The colour is good. The bottle shelf is ok. It is a shocking fridge. a worse than useless freezer. A fitting punishment for all who choose by looks above all. (We had the excuse of height.) We are on our second freezer door purchased on line from 12000 miles away. Style 2 stars value for money no stars. ease of use 1 star. Durability 1 star - ours is rusting already after 3years. Service and support. ??????. Stictly one for the Magazines this one. Like a lot of Italian culture great looking but leave it there and don't engage. Ciaou (means I am forever your slave) Fiat means fix it again Tony. Bella.

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★☆☆☆☆

“This fridge, while superficially cute in photos, is a...”

Written on: 18/03/2011

This fridge, while superficially cute in photos, is a piece of junk. the inside parts are mostly cheap plastic, and broke within a week, and now the main door gasket has peeled back so that it no longer forms a seal between the door and the fridge, which is a huge waste of energy and is also causing really quick frost buildup in the freezer. Don't buy this fridge!!… Read Full Review

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Cinbev's Comment

Written on: 13/03/2013

you are so right, my sister had one, and i was desperate to have one, what a mistake, bought from a company on eBay, that you bid on, cost 800 2 years ago, but my seal is going on the fridge and, there is only me using it, i have had fridges for years and the seal never goes, such a waste of money .

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★★★★★

“I was very hesitant to buy this fridge due to all the...”

Written on: 17/03/2011

I was very hesitant to buy this fridge due to all the bad reviews online. We decided to take the risk and buy one anyway. On delivery we found a note inside our fridge with specific easy instructions on how to keep it running 100%. Slightly tilt it backwards (due to the heaver door), and you will have zero problems.

We had this one for over 1,5 years now...no failure, no doors breaking off, no icing on teh inside...just make sure you slightly tilt it backwards and take good care of teh… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Bought a top of the range SMEG Fridge Freezer and have...”

Written on: 10/02/2011 by david7777 (1 review written)

Bought a top of the range SMEG Fridge Freezer and have had nothing but problems with it. The SMEG recommended engineers are incredibly expensive.

Also have a SMEG washer / dryer which has been broken since the 4th January and I have been told today the parts will not be available until 4th March - are they joking!

I personally will not by SMEG again, (although my dishwasher and cooker are fine), as the reliability is a real issue and when something goes wrong - prepare yourself for major… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to david7777's Review

Written on: 30/06/2011

smeg dont have a washer/dryer. check your facts.

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★★★★★

“I seem to be something of an exception to the rule as...”

Written on: 24/09/2010

I seem to be something of an exception to the rule as I love my Smeg FAB28 fridge and have had no trouble with it at all. I admit I bought it almost purely on its looks, reasoning that as fridges all work much the same I might as well have one that looks fabulous even though it was going to cost me rather a lot of money. I bought the pastel green one and indeed it looks every bit as wonderful in my kitchen as I had anticipated. The green is a beautifully soft shade but not insipid and suits the… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Was expensive, seems an alright product but is more...”

Written on: 17/03/2010 by chookycouk (1 review written)

Was expensive, seems an alright product but is more about looks than performance im afraid. You can try your luck with this fridge, I have been lucky judging by the other reviews… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Smeg Fab28 is a nice looking fashion fridge, but...”

Written on: 26/07/2009

Smeg Fab28 is a nice looking fashion fridge, but useless build. Door lining shelves can't take normal use, and no easy repair, have to buy new door at over £200. Ice box door bust, another expensive item. Serves me right for listening to the missus and going for looks instead of functionality… Read Full Review

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“i to have also purchased a smeg fab28 (in red), as i...”

Written on: 03/04/2009

i to have also purchased a smeg fab28 (in red), as i am on to my third one after the compressor keeps shorting out it its the worst fridge i have ever owned!!!
i have since, got a westinghouse 510 ltr fridge best product i have ever had(plus i painted it red looks a treat!!)… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“For such an expensive fridge I am very disappointed....”

Written on: 26/11/2008

For such an expensive fridge I am very disappointed. The parts are flimsey and expensive to replace. Both our door seals have gone after 18 months wear and the only option is new doors which costs more than the fridge itself!!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Nice, great value, quiet.”

Written on: 16/03/2008

Nice, great value, quiet… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“FAB28 is the most beautiful refrigerator I have ever...”

Written on: 28/01/2008 by aaarcimboldi (1 review written)

FAB28 is the most beautiful refrigerator I have ever seen. My kitchen now looks like a new one!! All my friends, when entering in my kitchen make me compliments. The fridge inside it simple but is functional. I am also happy with the quality of the appliance, I never had a problem (I bought it 4 years ago). This product really improved my quality of life, happyness flows into my veins each time I look at it !!! FAB28 I LOVE YOU. This is a fantastic product. I suggest this product to every… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“It really is a good looking fridge but I wouldn't have...”

Written on: 18/07/2007 by lizziefisher (1 review written)

It really is a good looking fridge but I wouldn't have another. The quality is poor and the Customer Service department haven't been helpful when calling… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“We purchased the Smeg Fab28 refrigerator because of...”

Written on: 14/08/2006 by beebs700 (1 review written)

We purchased the Smeg Fab28 refrigerator because of its looks. We are now on our third fridge due to problems with the door seal going, which leaves the light on inside all the time. My third fridge has frozen up at the rear, and it then decided to defrost all over the kitchen floor! Another phone call to Smeg and another engineer call out! Probably another fridge too. Where will it end? Customer services are very helpful, but they can't make the product any better… Read Full Review

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“I have had the Smeg Fab28 fridge for 5 years, and it...”

Written on: 12/08/2006 by justtara24 (1 review written)

I have had the Smeg Fab28 fridge for 5 years, and it cost a fortune. I expected to have it for at least 15 - 20 years. Living in Ireland, it would cost 600 Euros for a new door and then the cost of fitting it. It would be cheaper to buy a new fridge… Read Full Review

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Appledude's Response to 255045_justtara24's Review

Written on: 08/05/2008

Again it seems as if SMEG is unhelpful with the consumer, blaming them for not opening the door properly?

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“Like other reviewers, I purchased this Smeg Fab28...”

Written on: 01/08/2005 by ossie1959 (1 review written)

Like other reviewers, I purchased this Smeg Fab28 Refrigerator on the basis that it looked great and had a large capacity. However, it is without doubt the worst purchase I have ever made. I have been plagued with problems such as the door seal going (you have to buy a whole new door at a cost of £300 plus labour to have this repaired!), the compressor going (another £200), permanently iced up freezer compartment and plastic egg holders etc...that crack with the slightest knock! If you were… Read Full Review

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Appledude's Response to ossie1959's Review

Written on: 08/05/2008

A helpful review because of the comments on the fragility of different components, such as egg dishes, doors etc - and the cost of such items to replace or repair.

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“Less than 3 years since I bought this Smeg Fab28...”

Written on: 26/06/2005 by LauraA (2 reviews written)

Less than 3 years since I bought this Smeg Fab28 fridge, it is heading to the tip. It will have a sign on it, informing any passers by, not to buy a fridge of this type.

This is the most over-priced, unreliable electrical appliance I have ever purchased. Having spent nearly £900 I was expecting a quality product that was durable, reliable and most importantly fit for purpose. After 6 months, and considerable wastage of food items that had perished because of inadequate temperature control, I… Read Full Review

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Appledude's Response to LauraA's Review

Written on: 08/05/2008

Once again it mentions SMEG's lack or interest in solving consumer problems with the unit, and of problems with basic design strength.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Smeg Fab28 Fridge - I expected a product of this cost...”

Written on: 05/08/2004 by Simon Phillips (1 review written)

Smeg Fab28 Fridge - I expected a product of this cost and supposed quality to be a good workhorse as an household refrigerator. However, since day one the fridge temperature was unresponsive to the controls and the lightbulb was replaced several times in the first 2 years, packing up altogether in month 25. Unsightly browning appeared around the door light activating control panel after a few months.
The panel finally blew after 26 months, with widespread blackening in this area.
SMEG have… Read Full Review

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Appledude's Response to Simon Phillips's Review

Written on: 08/05/2008

I have been considering downgrading my huge ancient Amana 3 door to a much smaller fridge - was considering the SMEG because I love the look, though the price seems expensive. SMEG e-mailed me info as to who would service their units over here in the U.S. - San Diego California area, and claim to<br/>have a very high quality product, with very few problems. This review and others make me think perhaps otherwise.

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