Unboxing, first impressions, and updates! Condura No Frost Inverter Refrigerator CNF-201i


Heya! Here's an unboxing and first impressions review of our new ref, Condura CNF 201i No Frost Inverter Refrigerator.

We were very excited about this purchase because it's our first inverter ref and finally, we can say goodbye to the dreadful chore that's called defrosting!

This was not actually our first choice for an inverter ref, I was eyeing the LG GR-B202SQBB because it's the only one I could find online with dimensions that fit our kitchen perfectly. Unfortunately it was out of stock when we looked at Anson's so we sought help from the guys there to find me a 2 door inverter ref that's less than 58cm in depth. Et voila, we found a perfect match with Condura.

It didn't take long for us to decide on getting this particular model. Usually I'd look for online reviews first before jumping on a big purchase, but for one, the size is perfect, and most importantly - we were desperate to get rid of our old ref. So yeah, it took a week for it to get delivered but holey moley was it worth the wait.

Luckily we were able to sell our ref to a neighbor who agreed to take it on the day our new ref arrives. Had a bit of a problem securing a gate pass for them, I didn't know we even needed a gate pass just to move an appliance from one unit to another?! Urgh, condo rules. 

Anyway...

What I like about it...
  • No frost inverter, yeah that's a given
  • Twist ice maker
  • Spacious freezer
  • 12 slot egg tray
  • It looks sleek and pretty
  • Size is just right for our home
  • Height is just right to allow a microwave on top
  • I don't have to worry about emptying the drain pan, if my assumption is right (also, I asked around), the drain pan automatically empties itself when it reaches a certain level. There's a metal sticking to it that heats up when the water reaches a certain point.

What I don't like, so far...

Ice maker's kinda hard to navigate because you have to tip it over a bit in order for it to snap in place on top of the ice box. And that angle causes water to drip on the bucket. Basta yon haha. Hassle. Anyway, what I do now is just place the ice tray on a different surface, not on top of the bucket so it doesn't spill. Okay naman haha.

Energy consumption...

I actually made this blog post to collect updates on our energy consumption. To be honest I'm not really expecting our bill to lower significantly. After all, we got a bigger ref, inverter lang naman naiba. I also don't know what to compare exactly because we're replacing an old ref not adding a new one so it's hard to gauge the difference. So yeah. We'll see in a few months since kaka-deliver lang samin last August 22! :)

Okay! Here's an update:

Apr 20202,187.64
May 20202,203.36
Jun 20202,533.16
Jul 20202,451.79
Aug 20202,224.30
Sep 20202,258.02
Oct 20202,366.07
Nov 20202,153.12
Dec 20201,902.40

For comparison, I listed down our April to August consumption, the time when we still had our old ref - a 6.8cuft single door non-inverter one. If you notice there's really not much difference between August to September, which is where I'm expecting a change. But you see, since they're almost the same, that means a smaller semi-defrost ref consumes the same electricity as a bigger inverter ref. In short, we didn't save electricity per se, but it revealed that we've been wasting money for 3 years with our previous ref haha. Conclusion: should've gotten an inverter ref 3 years ago lol.

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