Haier’s Dice fridge freezers are subtle four-door home equipment designed to carry the type and comfort of American fridge freezers to UK kitchens. Inside its 190.5 x 83 x 68cm body, the HTF-508DGS7 is filled with sensible tech to maintain meals recent, together with a fridge freezer swap zone, a Humidity Zone and touchscreen controls.
The HTF-508DGS7 is clearly a luxurious equipment. Its darkish, gunmetal stainless-steel doorways boast a shiny Iconic Glass end. Discreet integral handles sit tucked out of sight. The touchscreen management panel illuminates on contact, solely to subtly vanish as soon as choices are chosen.
We’ve swooned over a Haier French door fridge earlier than, however in case you’ve by no means used a fridge with double doorways, it modifications the way in which you entry your meals. Every thing is readily available earlier than you, since you’re positioned within the centre of your fridge if you open the equipment.
This mannequin runs so quietly that it is troublesome to inform whether or not the equipment is switched on or off, which is improbable in case you’re on the lookout for a fridge freezer for open-plan residing. A door alarm gently beeps if the door is open for greater than sixty seconds, however the delicate sound is the alternative of irksome.
As you’d anticipate from a mannequin of this kind, the doorways shut with a strong thump. The freezer doorways handed the bounce check each time, however the fridge doorways require extra care. The French door design means the left hand door seal wants to fit right into a channel on the high of the fridge, so slamming the door could cause some bounce again.
This fridge freezer falls into Vitality Class A++ and Haier claims that its complete annual power consumption is 340kWh. At common UK 2021 charges, this means a operating price of about £49 a 12 months, though this depends upon your cost scheme, your provider, and your location within the UK.
A lockable touchscreen panel on the fridge controls temperature and features. While you open the fridge, it illuminates to inform you the present temperature of the fridge, the freezer and “My Zone”, the fridge freezer swap compartment.
Haier provides you some helpful performance. The tremendous cool, fast cool and tremendous freeze modes allow the quick cooling of latest meals launched into the fridge, My Zone and freezer compartments respectively, a perform that additionally protects meals already saved from warming by contact.
Vacation mode provides you the power to empty the fridge and set it at a steady temperature of 17C to keep away from mould progress and unhealthy smells, however maintain the freezer operating on the identical time, which is helpful for holidays or lengthy absences.
You’ll be able to set particular person temperatures for every compartment by way of the Auto Set mode or handbook mode. Auto Set routinely adjusts settings based on the ambient temperature and the temperature change within the equipment; handbook means that you can programme these your self if you wish to retailer a selected kind of meals.
And that is the place issues get attention-grabbing, as a result of one of many key options of this mannequin is the swap zone, talked about above.
My Zone – the swap zone
To be clear, there are two “My Zone” sections within the equipment. The primary is a drawer within the fridge that may be local weather adjusted to retailer cheese, fruit and veg, or different recent meals at their superb temperature.
The second half makes up the best hand aspect of the freezer, and that is the swap zone. Manually, you may alter the temperature of this compartment from 5C to -20C in 1C increments, so you may change this a part of the equipment into an extension of your fridge in case you require, say, additional storage for recent fruit or meals ready for a particular occasion. Likewise, you may revert it again to a freezer when you have a glut of frozen pizzas you’ve picked up on provide. This makes an enormous distinction to the flexibility of the equipment.
Should you’re fearful about illumination in a fridge of this measurement, don’t have any concern. The fridge boasts a considerable again panel of shiny white gentle, so there’s nowhere for a renegade grape to cover.
This “daylight” panel doesn’t prolong down the again of the fruit and vegetable drawer or the nippiness compartment, consisting of the Humidity Zone and the My Zone drawer, however as these areas pull out, you continue to have wonderful visibility over the contents inside.
Each the freezer and the swap zone on the backside of the fridge freezer have LED lamps, to completely show the meals within the compartments.
You get some critical house on this fridge; it is a bit like opening the door into Narnia.
Haier says you may match 350 litres of procuring throughout the complete fridge, with 32 litres within the chill compartment (consisting of the Humidity Zone and the My Zone drawer), and 318 litres throughout the three storage cabinets and “Recent Field”.
We predict it is a contact conservative for the nippiness zone, as 32 litres equates to a few bag and a half of grocery store procuring and we managed to pack 9 twin-packs of romaine lettuce into the Humidity Zone alone.
As for the capability of the remainder of the fridge, we estimate that 318 litres is about 16 baggage of procuring, which provides you an thought of how huge the house is.
And this brings us to an essential statement about this mannequin. That is very a lot an American type, family-size fridge freezer. To actually get probably the most from it you will should be a big family. However in case you entertain or cook dinner rather a lot and battle to cram every thing into your present fridge, this could possibly be the equipment you are on the lookout for.
Cabinets, drawers and containers
The fridge carries three non-adjustable, metal-trimmed, glass cabinets, with the center shelf that includes a fold down wine rack that holds three bottles of wine.
The underside shelf kinds the highest of a pull-out fruit and vegetable “Recent Field” that includes a pretty soft-open lid. Beneath this field, you could have two separate drawers: the Humidity Zone and My Zone.
Each have their very own touchscreen panels that mean you can alter the settings inside the compartments.
Because the identify suggests, the Humidity Zone is a sealed drawer with its personal local weather management system. You’ll be able to select between low, medium or excessive humidity, relying on whether or not you need to retailer dry fruit, juicy fruit or salad leaves.
The My Zone drawer has three choices: cheese, fruit and veg, or recent.
Though the touchscreen panels function particular labels, these drawers are extraordinarily versatile and offer you an enormous variety of choices for storing several types of meals.
You’ll be able to retailer espresso and dried fruit within the My Zone drawer underneath “cheese”, maintain your bread and butter within the humidity field underneath “low humidity”, and stick your carrots within the “Recent Field”. Or you may maintain your meat and fish within the My Zone drawer underneath “recent”, pop your mushrooms and cabbage within the humidity field underneath “excessive”, and simply use your “Recent Field” for fruit.
However do these zones actually make a distinction? Our checks confirmed that they do. We dispersed mushrooms, lettuce, apples, lemons, and oranges, all freshly purchased on the identical time from the identical batch, throughout the principle fridge cabinets, the “Recent Field”, the Humidity Zone set at excessive, and the My Zone drawer set at fruit and veg.
After three weeks, the situation of all of the fruit and greens was much better than we might usually anticipate, regardless of the place that they had been saved within the fridge.
Most notable, nonetheless, was the situation of the reduce apple, the lemon wedge, the iceberg lettuce and the mushroom saved within the humidity bin underneath excessive humidity. The lettuce nonetheless had a inflexible curve to its leaf, the mushroom had no wrinkles, and the reduce apple was away from mould. The lemon wedge was additionally nonetheless juicy and there was no shrink again from the pith.
You get three racks per French door, so six in complete, with an adjustable center rack. Every rack width is a constant 12cm, however the top of the 2 higher racks is 7cm whereas the underside rack is a deeper 10cm.
You’ll be able to match three conventional milk bottles on every backside and center shelf (twelve pints in complete), or two standard grocery store 4 pint milk container per backside shelf, so 4 bottles in complete (sixteen pints). As with different Haier fashions, you may’t decrease the center shelf and use it to retailer 4 four-pint containers in a single door.
If you wish to chill greater than three bottles of wine, so want extra space than the wine rack presents, you could have a few choices. You’ll be able to match three standard bottles of wine in both backside door rack, or you may convert My Zone right into a fridge at 5C, and simply take your wine out in time to air to a extra cheap 7-10C earlier than serving. The My Zone tray will match 5 bottles, and the center drawer extra like eight, so there are many potentialities in case you’re within the get together temper.
Once more, you may match six 250g packs of butter in every rack, and 4 comfortable drink cans or 4 250ml water bottles within the center and backside rack. We additionally discovered every rack would take three to 4 massive mayonnaise or pickle jars.
You additionally get two clear plastic egg trays, every becoming six eggs. These could possibly be extra enticing however they’re practical, a minimum of.
Freezer and swap zone capability
The power to transform one half of your freezer right into a fridge is the standout function of this specific mannequin. Either side are No Frost, so that you don’t want to fret about defrosting.
All sides has two drawers, one full measurement center drawer and a truncated decrease drawer, and a high open-front tray, which is nice for straightforward entry.
The freezer compartment has a capability of 77 litres, whereas the swap zone has a capability of 78 litres – so round 4 baggage of procuring every.
Utilizing the bread check, we discovered that you may match two 800g loaves into the freezer tray with room to spare, 4 loaves within the center drawer with house for a few 1kg baggage of chips, and two loaves within the backside drawer with capability of 4 to 6 500g baggage of frozen greens. And that is simply the freezer zone. You’ve additionally acquired the swap space, if wanted.
Once more, this Haier mannequin doesn’t have an integral ice-maker, so the equipment comes with a separate unit that you simply fill utilizing a measuring cup and place into the freezer. A reasonably large gadget that makes 24 ice cubes, it takes up substantial house. As soon as the cubes are frozen, you flip the dials to launch the cubes. Once more, that is an adjunct we really feel could possibly be improved.
Quiet down & heat up
We discovered that it took lower than an hour for the freezer to achieve -19.4C from 3C. This implies a freezer calm down time of round two hours from an atmospheric temperature of 21C.
Haier states that the equipment provides you twelve hours of secure meals storage within the occasion of an influence reduce, and this was borne out in our checks.
This specific fridge freezer stands at 190.5cm with an 83cm width. If that is too tall for you, Haier does a wide range of shorter fashions in its four-door Dice collection vary, although you could lose the swap function.
Worth and availability
The Haier Dice HTF-508DGS7 has an RRP of £1,349. It is presently out there from a spread of on-line retailers together with AO.com, Boots Kitchen Home equipment, Marks Electrical and John Lewis.
We’re constantly impressed with Haier’s Dice collection fridge freezers: the builds are strong, the options intriguing, and the aesthetics and value are large.
With this mannequin, nonetheless, the flexibleness of temperature, humidity and storage choices are distinctive. You can also make this equipment be just right for you in a method that’s stress-free and straightforward, altering your freezer and fridge storage capability with the seasons or to align with particular occasions in your 12 months.
However you will must determine how helpful the swap function will probably be and the way a lot house you actually need, as that is what you are paying a premium for with this mannequin.
We have additionally reviewed the Haier Dice HTF-456DM6, which retails for roughly £730. It is just a little smaller and does not function the swap zone, but it surely has the identical luxurious Haier Dice end and lots of the different nice options, together with French doorways and a Humidity Zone.