Smeg 24-Inch 50’s Style Refrigerator Review

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Written by Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT


Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT

Sustainability Expert

Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada's National Observer.


Available in 10 different color tones from a subtle cream to a vibrant orange, Smeg’s 24-inch 50’s Retro Style refrigerators may look stylishly old-fashioned, but they are incredibly energy efficient. Providing 9.22 cu. ft. of storage, with 3 adjustable (and removable) glass shelves in the main compartment, the Smeg refrigerator is easy to use, easy to clean, and uses just 250-305 kWh/yr, depending on who’s testing it.

Smeg 24-Inch 50’s Style Refrigerator

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Highlights: Three adjustable (and removable) glass shelves in the main compartment. Very quiet, with a noise level of just 42dBA. Company has won awards for its environmentally-friendly design and policies.

Smeg 24-Inch 50’s Style Refrigerator at a glance:

Country of Origin:Italy
Power and Capacity:Dimensions (h x w x d)
57½” x 23⅝” x 27½”
Gross weight: 181.4lbs
Net weight: 156.5lbs
Climatic class: T
Energy consumption: 305 kWh/year
Voltage: 120V
Current: 10Amps
Frequency: 60Hz
Noise level: 42dB(A) RE 1pW
Certifications:UNI EN ISO 9001
UNI EN ISO 14001
OHSAS 18001 
EU directives RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemical Substances)
Table of Contents
  1. Smeg 24-Inch 50’s Style Refrigerator
  2. Overview
  3. Smeg vs. Bosch, Liebherr, and Blomberg


Smeg’s 24-inch refrigerator includes a small icebox, has an interior LED light, 1 bottle rack, 1 fixed glass shelf, 1 fruit and vegetable container, 1 dairy box, and 2 adjustable covered bins in the door, with 2 bottle storage bins, 4 adjustable bins, and 2 egg bins.

The Smeg is also very quiet, like the Liebherr (View Price on Amazon), with a noise level of just 42dBA. This Italian company strongly adheres to and aims to exceed European safety standards for eco-friendly manufacturing practices. The company’s headquarters has won awards for its environmentally-friendly design and policies, which include not building on more than 30-33% of the site, so as to foster habitat conservation (the company also planted more than 4,000 plants).

In addition, Smeg are very selective in all the components and materials that go into their products, choosing steel, glass, aluminum and brass, where possible, as these can be easily recycled. Smeg also fully complies with the EU directives RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemical Substances), which lay out strict restrictions on the use of hazardous materials and substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium VI, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and regulate the handling of chemical substances to ensure that human health and the environment are protected to the fullest extent.

Smeg are also committed to choosing eco-compatible suppliers and use recyclable packaging, and also take steps to make their transport/haulage more environmentally friendly. They’re committed to further reducing water consumption, emissions, electricity, and packaging materials and have policies in place for improved waste management systems.

On top of all these great steps, Smeg produce kitchen appliances with high performance and low energy consumption top of mind. And, they have their own Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) policy, which fully complies with UNI EN ISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 standards. EU directive UNI EN ISO 14001 outlines the requirements for the adoption of an environmental management system, helping a company draft corporate policy on eco-sustainability and pollution, specifically looking at optimizing the use of energy and natural resources, and quality systems for waste disposal.

Smeg vs. Bosch, Liebherr, and Blomberg

While the classic Smeg refrigerator might lack a few of the more modern touches of the Bosch, Liebherr, and Blomberg brands, they really shine in their safety, sustainability, and environmental policies. So, if the idea of a stylish looking refrigerator you’ll likely hang onto for years trumps WiFi capability and other snazzy features, chances are you’ll be happy with a Smeg Retro Refrigerator.

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  1. What kind of refrigerant is used in this refrigerator? That is a very important detail that should be in all the descriptions when one first looks at the item. I can’t find it anywhere in the description.

    • Hi Bobbie,

      Thanks for the comment. You’re right that we should have made it easier to see that all the refrigerators we recommend use the more eco-friendly R600a coolant (I believe Smeg only use this type of coolant). I’ve gone back through all the reviews on the site and added the coolant to the quick checklist at the top for convenience.

      Hope this helps!


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