Smeg FAB32 Reviews

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Summary

Total Volume: 11.65 Cu. Ft. / 330 Liter
3 Shelves
Door Opens To The Right
Efficiency: A
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Specification for Smeg FAB32

Main characteristics
Refrigerator Type: Bottom Freezer
Installation: Free-Standing
Total Volume: 330 Liter
Fresh Food Volume: 210 Liter
Freezer Volume: 100 Liter
Total Number of Shelves: 3
Ice Maker: Without Ice Maker
Number Of Motors: 2 Motors
Fresh Food Compartment
Fresh Food Shelves / Bins: Vegetable Bin x 2Dairy CenterWine Rack
Shelf Material: Glass
Light: Yes
Door Opens: Opens to the Right
Freezer Compartment
Shelve / Bins: Ice TraysBin x 2
Convenience
Defrost: Automatic Defrost
Controls / Display: Dial Control
Extra Features: Adjustable Rollers / Levelers
Exterior Color: BlackMetallicBlueOrange
Energy
Energy Efficiency: A
Annual Energy Consumption: 347 kWHrs

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Latest Reviews

★★★★☆

“Works great in small kitchens.”

Written on: 29/01/2021 by PeterJackson12 (7 reviews written)

Works great in small kitchens because of it is higher than a normal fridge but a lot slimmer. It's offered in many great colors… also a very pretty white. It's one of the only refrigerators with pretty sides. Looks authentically vintage… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Good looking rubbish”

Written on: 25/11/2020 by Caydeny398 (1 review written)

The Fab32 looks great, and that's all I have good to say about it. It just doesn't work as it should. Condensation and uneven temperatures cause my food to go off very quickly. It also needs to have more weight in the base, the centre of gravity is way too high and it rocks a bit just opening it. I've gotten out the spirit level and made sure it is correctly positioned but it is still wobbly. The layout is dumb, the crisper drawer scrapes the base of the fridge and the bottom freezer… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Faulty freezer door.”

Written on: 02/06/2016 by Inanna (1 review written)

the retro smeg has a design fault ie freezer door. mine broke after a 6 months, currently on my third one, which are very expensive to replace, smeg know this is a design error but undeterred choose to ignore the millions of complaints, don't buy waste of money. Style over substance… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“It's all about the name!...”

Written on: 08/03/2016 by lah11 (1 review written)

After saving up for this fridge/freezer (FAB32YAZ £1,300) to go with my new kitchen 3 years ago, I can safely say I'm 100% disappointed with it. All 3 freezer drawer fronts have snapped and broken, it's freezes up so easily and often, it has no auto defrost. The top shelf in the fridge broke and I got covered in yogurts when opening the door one day. It's constantly wet under the salad drawers at the bottom... The drainage hole seems to block up easily. When I spoke to a customer service… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Lulled by Looks”

Written on: 22/12/2015 by Hammondci436 (1 review written)

I am so disappointed with my Smeg FAB32QR fridge freezer which I bought 5 years ago for over £1200. The capacity is so limited that I had to buy a back up fridge to keep in the shed, I have had to replace endless handles, drawer fronts and trays which crack and crumble and the freezer door seal (never having sealed terribly well has now split and is riddled with mould and I cannot find a replacement as the model seems to be discontinued rendering a 5 year old fridge virtually useless. I feel… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“A different experience - touch wood.”

Written on: 05/01/2014

I have had a FAB32 for 10 years with none of the problems encountered by the other reviewers. The seal to the freezer section has finally perished but what do you expect after 10 years? I can fix the seal with some silicone. No need to buy a new door… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Style over substance”

Written on: 20/09/2013 by jmark (2 reviews written)

Good looking, but very poor value for money. The door seal does not make contact in one corner, the seal and then the door was replaced but the problem remains. Service was a real struggle, had to haggle for every call out, in contrast to the excellent service from Neff and Miele for our other appliances. The build and material quality is poor, worse than our previous fridge which was a quarter of the price. Screws fall out, bits break. There is permanent wetness at the back (common) and it… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“costly rubbish quality”

Written on: 08/06/2012

Saved up for a great looking fridge freezer. That I got. However, it has broken down 4 times. Each time it involves loosing food in it. An average of 10 days to get it repaired. I took an extra policy out with Homeserve for insurance repairs which is something you really do need with this freezer. It is not a great service though. You have to wait for a repair gent to actually turn up and then assess the problem. Send for a part if needed - another week and then wait for him to fit you… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“victory for Style over performance”

Written on: 22/02/2012 by eDavid (1 review written)

50's look with 50's technology. Freezer door seal lasted about 6 months so freezer constantly icing up( no auto defrost naturally). Can you buy a new door seal? no of course not you have to buy a replacement door at £400+ Now compressor for freezer has packed up which means it is not economic to repair and can gladlt be consigned to the skip only scores 1 star because of ease of use- you have to open a door! and style which I guess is what sucks the punters in… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Poor door seals.”

Written on: 10/01/2012 by dmagherts (1 review written)

The seals do not touch the fridge all the way around as it shrinks in the top corner. Presuming this is what is causing the condensation. Had door replaced and the same thing happened. Reported it again and engineer did not turn up. Top shelf in freezer broke and screw holding it in fell out. The skin over the fridge is coming away slightly which I can live with but it shouldn't be coming away. Looks fantastic though but I am not convinced that this is the fridge that has been tested to last… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“I love the design of this fridge but it has not been...”

Written on: 21/03/2011

I love the design of this fridge but it has not been without its stupid niggling problems.

After owning the fridge for a week or so we noticed condensation and decided to try and get to the bottom of it,
We tried not putting fruit and veg in there and making sure everything was sealed so moisture couldn't escape in to the fridge.
The condensation was still there ???

After examining the construction closely, we noticed The door was slightly crooked (variations in the hinges) and at the wrong… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“We got seduced by the good looks and paid well over...”

Written on: 06/01/2011

We got seduced by the good looks and paid well over the odds for what turns out to be a pretty poor fridge freezer. The compressor blew within 15 months. So far it has taken SMEG 3 visits and over a month and we are still without a freezer. Very poor product and very poor service. I would never recommend one of their products. Please don't waste your money. My last fridge freezer was a fraction of the price and was still going after 11 years… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“SMEG Egyt after sales and services sucks. The fridge...”

Written on: 08/08/2010

SMEG Egyt after sales and services sucks. The fridge had a coolinmg problem the front light was flahing the service center is careless and reckless and helpless. Bottom line and in a nut shell .Do not buy SMEG fridges. I liked its shape and aerodynmaics. Liked its silver paitn. Did not like its tempermnetatl door closing.
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★★☆☆☆

“I LOVE HOW IT LOOKS,SO RETRO AND CHIC.FREEZER NEEDS...”

Written on: 04/05/2010

I LOVE HOW IT LOOKS,SO RETRO AND CHIC.FREEZER NEEDS CONSTANT DEFROSTING THO,AND DOORS SHUT TEMPREMENTALLY.BOTH MY FRIDGE SHELVES BROKE WITHIN A YEAR AND ONE FREEZEY COVER BROKE .VERY FRAGILE AND NOT SO DURABLE FOR BUSY FAMILY LIFE.LOOKS GOOD THO… Read Full Review

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Fife15Mm's Comment

Written on: 11/04/2016

Yes we owed one ourselves. This is the worst fridge I have come across. The trays are hopeless flimsy & they are worst than the Whirlpool made quality. So if you want Retro look for the newer model. Forget about quality.

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★☆☆☆☆

“Always breaking down - found out that smeg merely...”

Written on: 08/02/2010

Always breaking down - found out that smeg merely place the plastic 'overecoat' or retro panels onto a 'bog standard' fridge and then charge us a fortune for the thing!

Also found out that smeg have one of the worst service reliability/breakdown record of all the main manufacturers.

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★★★☆☆

“Oh dear, years I waited to buy this retro fridge...”

Written on: 08/05/2008 by hethmar (7 reviews written)

Oh dear, years I waited to buy this retro fridge freezer and whilst it is beautiful to look at, it certainly scores very low on the actual working end. It over freezes even on minimum, it's not controllable, the doors dont close securely. A work of art in my kitchen but if I'd of known how poor the performance was I wouldn't have bought it… Read Full Review

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Ruthhulton's Response to hethmar's Review

Written on: 11/06/2008

I had read loads of bad reviews about the fab28 but my husband really wanted a fab30 or fab32 but this has sealed the deal we're definitely not getting a smeg fridge!

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☆☆☆☆☆

“Customer service said that I had been unlucky with the...”

Written on: 07/07/2006 by mfisher (1 review written)

Customer service said that I had been unlucky with the Smeg FAB32 Fridge Freezer and offered to replace it for £600 which is still more than a normal fridge freezer. Don't be fooled by the look of the thing - it's expensive and badly made. Who wants the word 'SMEG' on your fridge door anyway?… Read Full Review

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