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Summary

Total Volume: 9.57 Cu. Ft. / 271 Liter
Door Opens To The Right
Efficiency: A
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Latest Reviews

★☆☆☆☆

“Form over function”

Written on: 05/12/2013

I fell in love with the Fab fridge freezer and matching dishwasher, and I have to say that they do look good, in red. They really look good. Oh dear, that is where the good news ends. The fast freeze door either came broken or got broken, I can't say which. It was always loose on the right hand side. I brought a replacement door, defrosted the freezer. When I went to replace the door I discovered that the right side clip was not screwed in. As in no screw just an empty hole. a quick flurry in… Read Full Review

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“Fur coat no knickers!”

Written on: 15/11/2013 by Baythrun (2 reviews written)

Suffered this fridge for the last 10 years, bought hugely expensive shelves and ice box cover, now the seal has gone and they tell me I must change the whole door! Well I've had enough for the price of the new door (£300) and all the other parts I have to replace I decided to buy a Gorenje. SMEG have known the problems with this fridge for many years but have 'buried their heads in the sand' instead of coming up with some sensible solutions to help us, have they got no idea of customer service… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Smeg 28R Retro Fridge”

Written on: 05/10/2013

Thankyou so much to everyone who took the time to write a review about this fridge, you have saved us a lot of money and disappointment. Thankyou also to those of you who suggested alternatives, very helpful… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Smeg Fab fridge”

Written on: 02/10/2013

My Smeg fridge was a disappointment from the start - door seals, freezer door, shelving - all problems. I resorted to an insurance policy and have had to have doors replaced and even a new fridge replacement. Throughout this Smeg have accepted no responsibility and even today a customer service rep made me feel as if it was my fault! Real arrogance and denial of any problems. Just check internet reviews!!! … Read Full Review

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“I could cry.”

Written on: 04/09/2013 by sadcafe (1 review written)

We fell in love with the FAB28 fridge as soon as we saw it. Pretty soon, bits started falling off. First the door hinge of the freezer compartment broke. It simply snapped and fell apart. Next, I noticed cracks in the milk bottle shelves. I actually had the audacity to put milk on the shelves, and this is obviously outside the design parameters. All three shelves cracked and eventually gave way. I was able to delay the eventual demise of the shelves with clear gaffer tape, but ultimately the… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Terrible parts, weak shelves”

Written on: 09/08/2013

The fridge looks good but is the worst purchase i have ever made for the kitchen. Having glass shelves that are supported by clip on plastic strips which become brittle in the cold then snap when any weight is put on the shelves is madness. Why couldnt they make the shelves out of wire like the bottle rack? I complained to Smeg two years after i had bought the fridge, and after I had bought a number of hugely expensive shelf support replacements, and they claimed no-one had ever complained… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Smeg fridge not cold”

Written on: 18/07/2013

Brill to look at not much good at anything else have had persistant problems with mine for a while now everthing has gone wrong light bulbs blowing, door dropping things freezing Bl...y useless and have had so many engineers out to look at it all a bit laurel and hardy was just about to chuck it ot the window when by a off chance came acoss a company who service the london area Agsrefrigeration.co.uk they came out and found that the light switch had a faulty connection which they rectified… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“These fridges are popular for a reason!”

Written on: 11/05/2013

I've had my red Smeg fridge freezer for about 7 years now without any real problems. Yes, you do have to regularly defrost the freezer section or it gets really iced up.I think one of the shelves broke when I was cleaning it but no hassle to replace it. I'm thinking about replacing the red fridge with a cream one but as there's still a few years' wear left in it, I'll sell the red one for a couple of hundred quid. Because of all the bad press the Smeg retro fridges get, I have looked around… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Left Me Cold”

Written on: 06/05/2013 by Chrisimo (1 review written)

I was seduced by how this fridge looked - lovely bright colour and sensuous curves. But now it needs constant defrosting no matter what setting you have it on, all the door trays and salad trays are cracked and broken. It's rubbish. Definitely style over substances. I thought Smeg was a top brand but I won't be buying another of their products… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“7 Years Old & Still Working Fine”

Written on: 14/10/2012 by ROMANW (1 review written)

Great retro looking fridge,initially took a few weeks to get the SMEG levelled up properly but then had no problems at all until 6 months ago when the internal light started to flicker (more off than on) whenever the fridge door was opened so i changed the bulb over which has proved to be a big mistake has it hasn't worked since,this does become a problem at night when the kitchen lights are off & we just want to grab a drink out of the fridge but i am going to have another go at replacing the… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“very hard to get into!!! Good if you are on a diet I...”

Written on: 11/10/2012 by janeyt (1 review written)

yes it looks good- we have a red one, came yesterday BUT wish we had never bought it- and now I 've read reviews can see why! very hard to open the door- we have had ours levelled by a professional- why cant you stop the wheels at the back with say a brake- he has put blocks down for us to stop it moving across the floor.Door is very hard to open- hope this will ease with time-but its ridiuclous!The handle is naff- cheap plasticy looking and not like the ones on old retro fridges which had a… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Smeg fab fridge freezer”

Written on: 13/07/2012 by Grays11 (1 review written)

Purchased this as I always wanted one in lime green had it two months the door on the fridge the seal at the top was coming apart. Had it replaced they said my kitchen floor was not level. New door fitted I have left it while the same thing happening but the seal has come away a lot making the fridge at the back wet with the warm air getting in leading to leaking water on the floor at the back. Rang again. I need a new door they say my kitchen floor is not level. Never had this problem with a… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to Grays11's Review

Written on: 30/07/2012

Hi I have actually had a whole replacement fridge freezer today see how it goes

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★☆☆☆☆

“Style over Substance!!!!”

Written on: 16/06/2012

If only I had read these reviews first! STYLE...STYLE...STYLE, but there it ends. In particular the quality of all plastic components/fittings (not under guarantee. Surprise!) is terrible.All drawers, door racks etc in fridge & freezer compartments have cracked/shattered/broken. We have had it around 5 years. The trouble began almost immediately. There is just the two of us, useage, careful. God knows what it must be like in a busy family household..'tho I can imagine!! Disappointing is an… Read Full Review

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Modugmore's Comment

Written on: 15/09/2012

May I ask whether SMEG have ensured and improved on the quality of their plastic components since your model and year? Were you able to buy new parts to replace your cracked and shattered ones?

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★☆☆☆☆

“Looks Nice..and we get loads of compliments...but”

Written on: 11/09/2011 by shamblesman (1 review written)

If it was a racehorse..it would have been put down by now. Icebox door has broken and is long gone..shelves are poor and broken..and it drips water It has terrible build quality and durability. I have to defrost it regularly I would never buy another as they are rubbish. It was cheap enough at the time I think..and my wife loves it. which brings me on to this point: it is still working 6 years on..and does keep stuff cold..so that is all I can say for it. Oh, and did I mention...it is Pink… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Without question our worst purchase EVER! The first...”

Written on: 23/10/2010

Without question our worst purchase EVER! The first one was delivered with a faulty seal and was replaced after a week. The second lasted two whole months before the freezer door tab broke and yes, the seal also failed to seal the fridge properly. The freezer compartment drips water on to the food beneath, and the light has a will all of it's own.

I know it may look good, and everybody assumes SMEG is a great make - but no, just because it's expensive does not mean that this is good quality… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“So wish I had read these reviews before I purchased...”

Written on: 16/09/2010

So wish I had read these reviews before I purchased this rubbish fridge. Have had the door replaced twice and still the seal doesn't function properly. Looks good but is poor quality. don't buy one. thankfully i did take out an additional 5 year warranty which i have had to use twice. makes for a very expensive purchase… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“ SMEG FAB FRIDGE.....Lovely to look at , a nighmare to...”

Written on: 31/08/2010

SMEG FAB FRIDGE.....Lovely to look at , a nighmare to own!I
Had mine 4 years . when still under guarantee compressor broke. had it repaired. last november had to have whole new door replaced as it wasn't closing properly and temperature fluctuated, sometimes inside was room temperature or it was freezing food and constantly dripping wate from ice box. engineer told me it was common practice and that hed most probably be back as it would happen again. had to wait 9 weeks for new door. Guess… Read Full Review

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Aussierob04's Comment

Written on: 12/05/2013

I wish I could also say something good but it's the same story for quality control down here in Australia. Broken plastic within, trays etc. I wish I bought an old round one, with a cast metal handle as that after a recondition would have gone for another 40 years. Now that's a good business idea, new motors in old retro fridges, classic not plastic!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

“SO BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS AND...”

Written on: 10/08/2010 by Allison1 (1 review written)

SO BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS AND RAGING THAT EVERYONE HAS HAD THE SAME PROBLEMS- BROKEN FREEZER DOOR - BROKEN BOTTLE HOLDERS. I HAVE BOUGHT CHEAPER FRIDGES ALL MY LIFE AND NEVER HAD SUCH POOR QUALITY FITTINGS AS WITH THE SMEG - YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES… Read Full Review

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“AS EVERY ONE HERE, FREEZER DOOR CATCHES AND PEGS...”

Written on: 05/06/2010

AS EVERY ONE HERE, FREEZER DOOR CATCHES AND PEGS HOLDING THE DOOR IN PLACE SNAPPED TWICE. SHELFS IN THE DOOR BROKE OFF UNDER THE WEIGHT OF 2 BOTTLES OF MILK.... JOKE PRICE FOR THE BUILD QUALITY… Read Full Review

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“My wife wanted a SMEG FAB fridge a few years ago....”

Written on: 18/05/2010

My wife wanted a SMEG FAB fridge a few years ago. Nothing but trouble from the outset. I have a fix for broken door shelves. Inevitably the lugs in the door that support the clear plastic shelves will break off. Don't buy a new door. Buy some 1" sticky back velcro tape from ebay. You'll need about a metre for the two big shelves. Stick this on (it is a bit tight when refitting but persevere it will fit), and hey presto, problem solved. The freezer compartment door hinge has broken now, so I… Read Full Review

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