Review of Westinghouse refrigerators

Let’s face it, we’re not paying much attention to the humble fridge in our kitchens anymore. It is feeling a bit left out. Chances are, you’ve had your fridge for quite a while now. It might be a little slow, a little clunky and a little noisy. If you’ve noticed your fridge start to wither in performance, then maybe it’s time for a new one. Old fridges can be a burden for cooling your food, and your energy bill, so it could pay in the long run to invest in a new fridge. A viable option is a fridge from Westinghouse.

For over 100 years, Westinghouse, has been supplying whitegoods to families. In fact, some of their original engineers include the likes of Nikola Telsa and Thomas Edison, so their prowess is second to none. The brand has been immensely popular in Australia, delivering innovative and good-value fridges for quite some time now. The brand usually performs well in our customer satisfaction reviews for new fridges. Find out what they offer to Aussie households below.

What fridges does Westinghouse offer?

Westinghouse has a large range of fridges. From top-mount, bottom-mount, side-by-side and French doors, Westinghouse likely has you covered. Their price range covers a wide range – from entry-level units, to behemoth models costing over $2,000. However, is Westinghouse good value, and what do they offer to the Aussie shopper? Let’s dive in with more detail, using the metric of 33c/kWh – your provider may charge for electricity differently.

Top-Mount FridgesTop-Mount Fridges

The good old fridge with the freezer on top is represented well by Westinghouse. Perhaps the most standout model is the 520L unit (WTE5200SBR) pictured. With a healthy smattering of shelf space, the 520L capacity ensures this fridge is ideal for a midsized family. Its refrigeration compartment is 396L, while its freezer is 124L. Its key features are:

  • Separate temperature controls for fridge and freezer
  • Adjustable shelving and interior
  • ‘Spillsafe’ tempered shelves – this patented technology prevents up to one litre from being spilled onto lower shelves. This technology is uniform across all their fridges.

It’s no star in the energy-rating department, but it’s no slouch either. It’s rated at 2.5 stars, and uses 507kWh. This would therefore cost around $167 a year to run. Retailing for about $2,100 it’s a pricier unit on-the-whole, but is about average for a fridge this size.

Bottom-Mount Fridges

Again, Westinghouse is no slacker when it comes to the bottom-mount fridge either. Here it offers the 530L unit (WBE5300SALH). Like the model above, it has a decent capacity for a midsized family; just the freezer and fridge units are flipped. Its fridge volume is 344, while the freezer’s 185L. It features:

  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel
  • Spillsafe glass shelves
  • ‘FamilySafe’ lockable compartment
  • Internal electric controls
  • Temperature sensor

It is reasonably efficient, rated 3.5 stars, and it uses 421kWh. This could equate to around $139 a year in electricity costs. Overall expect to pay about $2,000, which is not exactly cheap, but you might find your savings in electricity costs versus other models of the same capacity to be worth it in the long run.

Side-by-Side FridgesSide-by-Side Fridges

If you want more equality for your freezer and fridge, a side-by-side style may be more up your alley. Westinghouse has your back here, with the gargantuan 690L unit (WSE6900SA) pictured. The massive 690L capacity is split between 242L and 447L for the freezer and fridge respectively. As such it’s suitable for a large family, who perhaps freeze a lot of bulk meats or meals and need to access them easily. Its features are:

  • Spillsafe glass shelves
  • ‘FamilySafe’ lockable compartment
  • Drink chill timer alarm
  • Mould resistant

It’s finished in a sleek stainless steel, and its price somewhat reflects its massive capacity – retailing for around $2,300. However, it is three-stars energy-efficient, using 545kWh. This fridge could cost you around $180 a year to run in electricity costs.

French Door Fridges

If you desire a more European feel for your kitchen, then a French door unit could be up your alley, and Westinghouse comes to the party here, too. It offers a 524L unit (WHE5260SA), and it’s a feature packed one:

  • Ice and water dispenser
  • Flexible shelving and storage
  • Fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish
  • Spillsafe glass
  • ‘Familysafe’ Lockable compartment
  • Full-width freezer door

All these features combine for making family refrigeration a snap. The drawer freezer makes plonking in bulk meats easy, too. Retailing for over $2,700, it’s a pricier unit but that’s reflected with its impressive range of handy features. It’s not really power-hungry either; it’s rated three-stars for energy-efficiency and it’ll use 478kWh. This could subsequently cost about $158 a year to run in electricity costs. With the money you spend on the initial unit price, you might find you save later in electricity, especially compared to other French door models out there.

Is a Westinghouse fridge worth the money?

Westinghouse is a popular name in the Australian kitchen. For over 100 years they’ve been market leaders in appliance manufacturing. As such, their name is usually synonymous with quality. However, Westinghouse fridges also often command a slight premium. That is to say, they don’t make any cheap and cheerful fridges – there are only a few valued at under $800 and many are over $2,000. Considering our research found that the average Aussie spending amount on a fridge is under $1,300, many people may feel a Westinghouse a bit ‘out of reach’. Nevertheless if it’s high-quality refrigeration you want, Westinghouse may be the fridge for your house.

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