Beko BFFD3626SS French Door Refrigerator Review

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The Beko BFFD3626SS has a stainless steel exterior with its four door handles as its only features.

The Beko BFFD3626SS has an unremarkable exterior, with just handles and stain-resistant stainless steel.

Opening the two top doors reveals the fridge compartment, which features a standard arrangement of shelves and bins, although you’ll notice the crisper bins appear a bit bluer than usual, thanks to their LEDs that boost the crisps. products.

The two lower doors of the appliance conceal two separate freezer compartments. The leftmost one has three drawers, one of which is the ice reservoir. The rightmost partition has a drawer under two shelves.

About the Beko BFFD3626SS French Door Refrigerator

A photo of the inside of the fridge.  Both doors are wide open and all bins and shelves are completely filled with food.

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The interior of the refrigerator has a standard arrangement of bins and shelves. The water dispenser is located on the left wall and there is an air purifier against the upper right rear wall.

Dimensions: 71.63 “x 35.75” x 27.75 “(H x W x D)
Measured capacity: 8.1 cubic foot refrigerator compartment, 3.5 cubic foot freezer
Finishes: Stainless steel
Distributors: Internal ice and filtered water
User’s Guide: Beko BFFD3626SS French Door Refrigerator Manual

What we love about the Beko BFFD3626SS French door refrigerator

Four-door design provides additional freezer organization

A close up of the freezer.  The left compartment has three drawers and the right compartment has one drawer under two shelves.

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The four-door design allows for additional freezer drawers to be added.

Most French door refrigerators have a single freezer drawer, usually with one or two shelves to help organize its interior. In practice, most of the items just end up in a disorganized pile there.

However, a four-door refrigerator like the BFFD3626SS offers additional organization options, dividing the freezer compartment into two separate spaces and filling each with multiple drawers. This greatly facilitates the organization and storage of your frozen foods.

While there is one minor downside to this design (we’ll get to that later), this layout will be a huge boon for consumers who prefer to keep things tidier and more easily accessible.

Its blue light crisper bins can keep green salads fresher, longer

Close-up of the vegetable bins, illuminated by their blue LEDs.

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Blue-lit crisper bins should extend the shelf life of leafy greens.

One of the most interesting features of the BFFD3626SS is its Active Fresh Blue Light system. The claim is that blue LED lights illuminating crisper bins can improve freshness and vitamin content by supporting photosynthesis.

Some studies suggest that blue light may help improve shelf life and nutrient retention in leaves, but we’re skeptical of the claim that it directly supports photosynthesis: we measured light intensity in the leaf. drawer and found it to be too low, around 500 Lux, and this does not provide enough photosynthetically active radiation.

Even though the lights seem a bit too dim to perform exactly as claimed, this technology is proven to always extend the shelf life of your green salads. We’re excited to keep an eye on this technology to see how it evolves over time, and whether or not this Beko innovation is becoming the norm in crisper bins around the world.

In terms of normal crisper functionality, these crisper bins are excellent, retaining the perfect amount of moisture to keep your leafy greens from wilting or rotting prematurely.

It has an internal ice maker and a water dispenser

Close-up of the ice cube drawer.

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The ice cube container is the upper drawer in the left freezer wall.

While we prefer the through-the-door ice and water dispensers for convenience, the internal variations are still quite handy. The filtered water dispenser is located on the left wall of the refrigerator, and the ice maker drawer is the tallest device behind the leftmost freezer door – both are easily accessible.

What we don’t like about the Beko BFFD3626SS French door refrigerator

Inconsistent temperatures mean calibration is important

Refrigerators have a tough job. They need to maintain a relatively narrow temperature range: anything hotter than 40 ° F will allow bacteria to grow, and anything colder than 32 ° F will freeze items you didn’t want to freeze. Besides having only 8 ° F of wiggle room, temperatures can fluctuate during defrost cycles or when someone opens the door and lets out all the cold air.

The Beko BFFD3626SS struggles in this regard. The ideal temperature for a refrigerator compartment is around 37 ° F, and we measured the BFFD3626SS with an average of around 39.14 ° F with temperatures at the top and bottom of the refrigerator compartment exceeding the 40 ° F threshold. . These are not safe conditions for long term food storage.

We strongly recommend that you calibrate the refrigerator cooler than the settings specified by the manufacturer, to ensure that you do not inadvertently shorten the shelf life of your perishables.

It has less storage space than the average counter-depth refrigerator

The downside to the BFFD3626SS’s four-door design is that the drawers are not as space-efficient as the shelves. While the freezer drawers provide better accessibility for frozen foods, in terms of storing raw materials, you’re missing out on something, and a counter-depth refrigerator already doesn’t have a lot of room to work.

Of course, we’re not going to be too hard on the BFFD3626SS for this, as it is a deliberate design choice that offers the tangible benefit of improved organization and ease of access. Just be aware that you may not have enough room to store large pizza boxes, or you may not be able to store as much as you would in a traditional counter-depth French door freezer.

What the owners say

Unfortunately, there are not enough reviews available online to draw meaningful conclusions about the performance of the BFFD3626SS with its owners. As a new refrigerator from a relatively new brand (and not exactly a low budget purchase), this is not unexpected. We will update this section as more user reviews are posted.

guarantee

Beko offers a 2 year warranty on all of its major appliances which covers parts and labor. They will also cover any part of the sealed system (compressor, evaporator, condenser or filter) for up to 5 years.

Since the industry standard warranty is one year for parts and labor, we’re big Beko fans who go above and beyond here. The problem some US-based consumers may face, however, is a lack of familiarity with Beko as a brand – the Turkish manufacturer has been around since the 1950s, but is still relatively new to the US market and therefore may not be. not suggest the same. stamp like Maytag or GE.

Regarding their US infrastructure, David Riordan, National Service Manager at Beko Home Appliances, said: “At Beko, we contract with service agencies in every market where home appliance dealers sell our products. When it comes to parts, we are a direct supplier and our parts distribution center is located in Bolingbrook, Illinois, just outside of Chicago and centrally located in the US market. We always have an open line of communication with our dealers, service agencies and customers to ensure that we deliver parts quickly and with the best possible service.

Should you buy the Beko BFFD3626SS French Door Refrigerator?

No

While there are some elements we love about the Beko BFFD3626SS – its sharper tech is interesting and the four-door design will be a godsend for anyone who likes an organized cooler – overall, we don’t think that this is good value for money.

To begin with, you’ll need to calibrate this refrigerator below the settings specified by the manufacturer to ensure that its sometimes inconsistent temperatures stay within the safe zone. While this is easy to do if you know you have to, most consumers won’t, which shortens the shelf life.

If you are looking for another four-door option, we recommend the Samsung RF23J / 22K series. These are slightly older models and can be pricey too, but they have rock-solid temperatures and great organization characteristics. We also recommend that you look for refrigerators with a flexible drawer, such as the Frigidaire Gallery FG4H2272UF, which is our current pick for the best refrigerator you can buy.

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Dave Ellerby is the Chief Scientist of Reviewed and holds a PhD. from the University of Leeds and a B.Sc. from the University of Manchester.

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