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Lifestyle knowledge sharing which focus on personal interests, activities, and hobbies. Created as a personal library for author to reference back lifestyle worthy information only and sharing on common asked questions by friends. Content will mainly focus on commonly asked questions as author tends to forget details over time. Do let me know if you’re interested in certain contents, i’ll try to share the experience.

The information provided is based on personal experiences / preferences and reference materials / research during purchase. My personal preferences do not determine what’s true. This is just a reference. You have to experience yourself to know what you like. Knowledge is shared as a reference for those who are interested and ease the purchasing/ survey process. Healthy discussions / interactions based on your experience are most welcome.

Uncivilized comment will not be entertained as this is just based on author’s personal preferences. One man’s trash might be another man’s treasure. Everyone has different personal preferences. You need to learn to respect the difference.

CARE LESS , STRESS LESS.

ENJOY LIFE IN YOUR OWN RULES.

Feel free to contact the author at jane.jiaen@gmail.com if u have questions / need more information / have better recommendations.

Might also be selling pre-loved items for upgrades.

Fashion: CHANEL Perfume for Men -Bleu de CHANEL Eau De Parfum

Q: What’s the best perfume for men?

  • Bleu de CHANEL Eau De Parfum (EDP) -Aromatic woody


Bleu de CHANEL Eau De Parfum (EDP)-Aromatic woody

Recommended ? : 4- highly recommended
rating scale: 1-not recommended, 2-moderate 3-good, 4-highly recommended

  • Smell fresh, clean, elegant and classy. Better choice compare to Gucci Guilty Black. Good gift choice for boyfriend.

Composition:

  • Citrus, ambery Cedar, TonkaBean and Vanilla.

Product Award:

  • Winner of Allure magazine’s ‘Best of Beauty’ Award for Best Men’s Scent, 2018
  • 2019 Fifi Awards: Fragrance of the Year-Men’s Luxury and Media Campaign of the Year-Men’s.

Way to use:

  • Eau de parfum is sprayed in a cloud inside clothing or the skin.
  • Bf has the habit of spraying on his clothes.

Available type:

  • Eau de Toilette (EDT): lightest & most relaxed fragrance.
  • Eau de Parfum (EDP): closest in strength & character to the parfum form.
  • Parfum: most powerful, concentrated & long-lasting form of fragrance.

Available in 3 sizes:

  • 50ml, 100ml , 150ml

Where to buy:

  • Any Chanel official boutique

Note:

  • try not to buy fake perfume. May contain chemical ingredients which might cause respiratory & skin problems. Even buying original, my bf still worries & only spray on shirt.

Original Price :

  • (2019, ), RM600++

Chanel Background:

  • Luxury fashion house founded by Coco Chanel , headquaters in Paris, France.
  • one of the most influential luxury designer brands which focus on high fashion, ready-made clothes, luxury products, and accessories.
  • Chanel de Bleu created by Jacques Polge, French perfumer, Head Perfumer at Les Parfums Chanel. (Chanel’s fragrance creator of 35 years). Created every Chanel fragrance launched since 1978, including Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Allure, Chance, Chanel de Bleu and Chanel No.5 Eau Premiere

-the information provided is based on personal experiences & reference materials during purchase 


Credits :

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup/g27787872/fragrance-foundation-fifi-award-winners-2019/

https://www.chanel.com/us/fragrance/p/107360/bleu-de-chanel-eau-de-parfum-pour-homme-spray/?nrtv_cid=f0688ec3a3544f83431789f5c9efeddf979325433a4561f450748c4013bbb0fb&utm_source=narrativ&utm_campaign=allure&utm_medium=affiliate&=undefined

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Polge

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/jacques-polge-retires-as-chanel-fragrace-creator

KATE SPADE Handbag Review

KATE SPADE New York – Cameron candace satchel hand bag- PXRU5931

Q: Why Kate Spade?

  • Because their saffiano leather is very durable.

Recommended? : Yes

  • Cameron candace satchel, black used to be the signature design that rarely have discount. Currently they’ve changed top management and stop the signature design and move to another type of leather coated with anti scratch coating. But still this will always be one of my favorite & one of the most practical & durable handbag over time.

  • The saffiano leather is suitable for rough usage, scratch-proof and doesn’t peel like soft leather. Bought a mini version 2 years back, often use it and still in good condition. Just the mini one is not so practical if you’ve many things to bring.

  • durable, classy, elegant & practical design which comes in different color. The large version has very large space & suitable to use as office bag. I’ve been putting all the important documents / receipts in the front compartment when we manage our new house renovation, the hard leather doesn’t change shape easily and ensure the papers put in the bag are in good condition & not wrinkled . 

  • I love practical, quality & durable bag, this is one of my favorite . If you still see this design in the market just buy. It’s just an entry level affordable luxury brand but it’s worth the money for day to day use. Some higher level luxury goods costs more but doesn’t provide the practical durability that you need for day to day use. You need extra care for the leather during use which i don’t think is practical if you just need a bag to go hawker stall for a delicious local meal. Use a more durable handbag so that you have less worry on the stain.  

  • If there’s stain, you can bring your handbag for cleaning in any outlet like Pavillion KL, Gurney Paragon, Queensbay Penang. They’ll clean it with leather solution and is FOC. 

Key Features:

  • Classic & functional bag
  • crosshatched leather with matching trim
  • book stripe printed on poly twill lining
  • 14 karat gold plated hardware
  • saffiano leather , tough to break/ get dirty,water-resistant & scratch-proof (more durable)
  • Luggage tag bag charm with hardware accent
  • Slim front pocket, 3-pocket interior.
  • Rolled handles and optional, adjustable shoulder strap. Dust bag included.
  • Available in varieties of colors & 3 sizes (mini, medium, large).

Retail Boutique vs Factory Outlet:

Material Quality Difference

  • Boutiques material are high-quality leather.
  • Outlet material will be lighter, thinner, weaker and less durable with lower grade leather.

Price difference

  • Boutique price are higher even after discount.
  • Outlet can be almost half of the price

Design difference

  • Boutique 14-karat gold Kate Spade charm / hardware are available. Follow standard signature design. Luggage tag bag charm with hardware accent.
  • Outlet 14-karat gold Kate Spade charm / hardware are removed. Slightly different design in handles, Luggage tag bag charm without hardware accent.

Original Price :

  • (2019), RM1,850 (Original boutique)

Kate Spades Background:

  •  American luxury fashion design house founded in 1993, headquarters in New York, United States.
  • Known competitors of Michael Kors
  • Company was purchased by Tapestry, Inc. formerly known as Coach.
  • Luxury can be divided into levels:
    -Entry level luxury / affordable luxury: Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach
    -Moderate luxury / accessible core: Ralph Lauren
    -Premium core: Louis Vuitton, Chanel
  • The categories of luxury are determined by their target demographic, product price points, scarcity and exclusivity.

-the information provided is based on personal experiences & reference materials during purchase 


Credits :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Spade_New_York

http://static5.businessinsider.com/pyramid-of-luxury-brands-2015-3

https://www.quora.com/If-Kate-Spade-Ralph-Lauren-and-Coach-are-considered-luxury-brands-then-why-arent-their-bags-as-expensive-as-Louis-Vuitton-bags-or-Chanel-bags

Address (Penang) :
Gurney Paragon: L1.14, Gurney Paragon Mall, Gurney Dr, 10250 George Town, Penang
Queensbay: 1F-78, Ground Floor, Queensbay Mall, Unit GF-76/75 (B), Lot, No. 100, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

The hierarchy of luxury brands around the world, business insider.

Damon braces food trick & kitchen shortcut – Daiso apple cutter review

Q: Do you bite apples directly when you wear damon braces? 

  • During damon braces treatment, do not directly bite into hard fruits like apple to avoid breaking the bracket.
  • Apples are required to cut into small slices.
  • Use apple cutter as shortcut to save time and effort.
  • Even after braces removal, do not bite directly. Biting whole apple directly will cause misalignment to your teeth (if you do it very often). 

How to cut apple quickly into small slices especially for damon braces user?

  • use Daiso apple cutter

Recommended? : Yes

  • helps to cut apples into symmetrical slices effortlessly, remove the apple core without using knife and complete within seconds. Highly recommend this quick & easy kitchen tool
Cutting result: 3-excellent
rating scale: 1-slow, 2-moderate, 3-excellent
  • apple slice are equivalent if the apple didn’t have abnormal shapes. apple core is directly removed when press down the cutter. Very effective and can complete within 1-2 seconds.

Original Price :

  • (2019, December), RM 5.90

Note:

  • Ikea has the same design with cover for the cutter area for safety reason.
  • The first apple cutter I used was from Ikea. The price is 2-3 times higher than Daiso. Material is better. However, there’s not much difference in function. 

-the information provided is based on personal experiences & reference materials during purchase 


Address : Daiso outlet 

peel the apple before using apple cutter if you don’t like apple skins
apple slices are even and apple core is removed

Tortilla wrap method

Q: How to wrap a tortilla?

Procedure:

  1. Spread sauce (size of the wrap) , add ingredients, fold edge of tortilla.
  2. Pull the tortilla towards you with your fingers and slightly compress the ingredients.
  3. Roll the wrap tightly, to the end, put sauce to make it stick
  4. Tuck each end of the tortilla (3 tucks) which will keep the wrap in shape.
  5. Add 1 spray of olive oil and heat up the pan.
  6. Heat it on hot pan for about 1 min each side to roast the tortilla,slice in the middle of wrap. (vice versa)
  7. Slice lemon / parsley for garnishing.

**Recipe may improvised & depends on personal preferences.
**Refer credits for original recipes.


Credits :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VISogdR_Jts&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXe_Wt-Qu4E&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzsAA5zRHu4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzFoThs2Qpw&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PobMBZzdpgM

Rice cooker Hainanese chicken rice recipe

Asian cuisine: Hainanese chicken rice recipe – with rice cooker 
Servings: 1pax

Ingredients:

Hainanese chicken

  • 180g Chicken thigh
  • 6 grind salt
  • 2 dash pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger chicken paste

Hainanese rice

  • 80g / 3/4, cup rice
  • 12g / 1 1/2  tablespoon sesame oil
  • 10g garlic, minced
  • 6g ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoon ginger chicken paste

Garnishing

  • Hainanese chili
  • 2 stalk spring onion
  • 2 dash pepper
  • 4 slices cucumbers
  • 2 cherry tomatoes

Dipping Soy Sauce

  • 1/2 tablespoon fried garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil

Procedure:

  1. Add water to large pan, cook evenly.
  2. Add 12g sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add  10g garlic, 6g ginger, 2 tablespoon and fry until aromatic, about 1 minute.
  3. Add Ginger chicken paste, then add the rice and stir to coat, about 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer the 80g / 3/4, cup rice to a rice cooker and add 2 cups water (depends on type of rice, the type of rice that i’m using require more water. add slightly more water if you’re planning to keep warm at night and serve in the morning).
  5. Season the chicken with 3 grind of salt , 1 dash pepper (each side), 1 tablespoon ginger chicken paste, place the chicken above rice in rice cooker
  6. Set AI rice cooker to usual cook rice setting and cook for 20mins.
  7. Make the dipping soy sauce in a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  8. Serve the sliced chicken with the rice, dipping sauces, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, spring onion, pepper and Hainanese chili.

**Recipe may improvised to 1-2 serving with whatever ingredients available & depends on our preferences.
**Refer credits for original recipes.


Credits :

https://rasamalaysia.com/chicken-rice/

https://tasty.co/recipe/hainanese-chicken-rice

What type of hand sanitizer is effective for Coronavirus?

Q: What type of hand sanitizer is effective for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ?

  • hand sanitizer with between 60% and 95% alcohol content.  Alcohol is the active ingredient, may have other ingredients like moisturizers or scents.
  • usually isopropyl alcohol, ethanol (ethyl alcohol) or n-propanol
  • according to the CDC, rub  sanitizer to coat your hands entirely and let it completely dry. If wipe off before it dries, it won’t be as effective. 
  • the best is still washing hands with soap and water. hand sanitizer is used if soap and water are not readily available. CDC’s handwashing website recommended by Havard Health Publishing by Havard Medical School. 

Hand Sanitizer type and comparison 

  1. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers
    -contain varying amounts and types of alcohol, often between 60% and 95% and usually isopropyl alcohol, ethanol (ethyl alcohol) or n-propanol.
    -Alcohol able to kill most germs including MRSA and E coli, they’re also effective against many viruses, including the influenza A virus, rhinovirus, hepatitis A virus, HIV, and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
    -below 60% alcohol content, the effectiveness drops very dramatically.
  2. Alcohol-free hand sanitisers
    -contain  quarternary ammonium compounds (usually benzalkonium chloride) instead of alcohol.
    -reduce microbes but are less effective than alcohol.

Note: 

  • CDC requirement for coronavirus:
    -hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
    -consider alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol to clean and disinfect surface.
  • In simple words, alcohol free hand sanitizer and unclear alcohol % hand sanitizer just doesn’t serve the intended purpose. It makes you personally feel safe but put yourself in risk. Just wash hands for at least 20 seconds if you can’t find a good hand sanitizer.

CDC background

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Leading national public health institute of the United States.
  • United States federal agency responsible to protect public health and safety through control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in US and internationally.
  • The health care information on CDC is reliable and highly recommended by medical doctors. It’s actually recommended by my specialist wellness doctor from famous private hospital.
  • CDC information also recommended by Havard Health Publishing by Havard Medical School. 

Havard Health Publishing

  • Publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University.
  • Havard University , Private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ranked as the world’s top university every year since it was released.
  • Publish latest health information that is authoritative, trustworthy, and accessible with expertise of the 10,000+ faculty physicians at Harvard Medical School.
  • Publishing content is made available to public through  syndicated daily newspaper column and licensing arrangements with a wide range of public and corporate websites.
  • Harvard Medical School was founded in 1782 and encompasses 18 affiliated hospitals with more than 11,000 members of the faculty, including more than 10,000 clinical physicians.

-the information provided is based on personal experiences & worthy information from reference materials during purchase.  Do get professional advice for best practice. 


Credits :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Medical_School

https://www.health.harvard.edu/about-us

https://www.businessinsider.my/how-to-make-sure-your-hand-sanitizer-is-effective-coronavirus-2020-3?r=US&IR=T

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center#Prevention

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-not-all-hand-sanitisers-work-against-it-heres-what-you-should-use-133277

https://www.dettol.co.uk/about-us/understanding-coronavirus/

Harvard Health , Havard Medical school
CDC
Business insiders
CDC
CDC
Hand sanitizer gel & spray
Left: 66% alochol , Right: unspecified alcohol %
UK disinfection wipes with DGHM/VAH approved for medical device.
70% alcohol (medical grade)
UK disinfection wipes (200pcs/bottle)
70% alcohol (medical grade)
Hand sanitizer gel
70% alcohol
When i return to pharmacy to buy more, all the stock was reserved by doctors. It’s a bit hard to get branded certified hand sanitizer at this time but at least the hand sanitizer is meeting the minimum CDC requirement with at least 60% alcohol .
Hand sanitizer liquid (require to pour into spray bottle)
75% alcohol (medical grade)
Disinfectant Surface Spray
60% alcohol
only spray at appropriate surface. don’t just spray blindly and spoil your item.
Disinfection wipes
70% alcohol (medical grade)

Chinese Seaweed Soup Recipe

Asian cuisine: Chinese Seaweed Soup Recipe Summary
Servings: 2pax

Ingredients:

  • 12g / 1 seaweed sheets
  • 150g minced meat
  • 160g pork ribs (optional)
  • 18g / 4 pcs dried oyster (optional)
  • 150g tofu
  • 120g potato (optional)
  • 50g carrot (optional)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch, mix (optional)
  • 8g / 1 tablespoon baby shrimp
  • 1250ml water
  • 1 spring onion (optional for granishing)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 3 grind salt, 1 dash pepper for seasoning when soup is ready (optional for saltier taste)

Seasonings (meat)

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 dash pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine

Procedure:

  1. Soak seaweed in water until softened. Rinse thoroughly and drain.
  2. Marinate pork mince and pork ribs with seasoning for 15 minutes.
  3. Add water, seaweed, minced meat , pork ribs, dried oyster, tofu, potato, carrot ,baby shrimp into AI rice cooker, set to soup mode, cook for 1-2 hours.
  4. After 1-2hours , add corn starch to thicken the soup . Slowly drop in  egg and gently whisk with a fork.
  5. Flavor the soup with salt, soy sauce and pepper (optional). Garnish with spring onion.

**Recipe may improvised to 2 serving with whatever ingredients available & depends on our preferences.
**Refer credits for original recipes.


Credits :

https://en.christinesrecipes.com/2010/04/seaweed-tofu-pork-mince-soup.html?fbclid=IwAR2Mh1KX1vND8u1WM21tOGFkWEhZeDqt23EMjkri0HNbqXZvd3PQ8dfoNm0

https://souperdiaries.com/chinese-seaweed-soup/?fbclid=IwAR0biAiA-xZAC5xYMq3hsx6zDhXuZEvQXHyRdI3AORuT9s-QE2B2LZNwb6Q

https://asianinspirations.com.au/recipes/seaweed-soup-with-tofu-and-minced-pork/?fbclid=IwAR2QSys_o3xlWE4vkMxbD_V6SJ8O8LeewgyH33N3AjYbo5aH4aoSqa_Xqrs

http://yireservation.com/recipes/seaweed-egg-drop-soup/

Teochew Steamed Fish Recipe

Chinese Cuisine: Teochew Steamed Fish Recipe Summary Recipe 
Servings: 2pax

Ingredients:

  • 250g fish
  • 6 grind salt
  • 2 dashes white pepper
  • 190g / 1 big tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 pickled, sour and salted plum
  • 150 g silken tofu
  • 10g ginger, minced
  • 10g garlic, minced
  • 70 g preserved mustard, sliced

Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Garnishing:

  • 1 spring onion, trimmed (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Add salt (3 grind each side) and white pepper (1 dash each side) on both sides of the fish.
  2. Add minced ginger into fish stomach.
  3. Arrange tomato wedges, sour plum, preserved mustard and tofu around the fish. Add minced ginger and garlic on both side of fish .
  4. Add sauce mixture and steam the dish for 6 minutes or until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  5. Garnish with spring onion.

**Recipe may improvised to 2 serving with whatever ingredients available & depends on our preferences.
**Refer credits for original recipes.


Credits :

https://rasamalaysia.com/teochew-steamed-fish/?fbclid=IwAR1BuiOsEb1NTsSqmQpn9RpzNx1Pk-DpMvRj0gOtcF3_g8Z68jIrFQqnclc

Damon braces before after

Q: Is damon braces effective?

  • Damon braces able to effectively align my dracula teeth. The result can be seen within 1-2 months during the treatment. 
  • My orthodontist molded my teeth profile before and after damon braces  to compare the actual condition of my teeth. The mold are given when I remove braces. No extra charges. It’s included in the whole treatment


Teeth alignment result: 3-good
rating scale: 1-slow, 2-moderate, 3-good, 4-extraordinary result/perfect

  • I was expecting a perfect looking set of teeth like advertisement and I was disappointed. Technically I can’t get it perfect due to natural teeth alignment.
  • I didn’t remove any of my teeth, it follows the natural alignment and there’s gaps in between the teeth. (blue arrows in photo) 
  • The orthodontist trimmed my teeth slightly to fix the issue. It will cause sensitive teeth and we just can’t overdo it. My orthodontist advised that if I want teeth that’s close to perfect, I’ll have to remove teeth. Practically, it’ll make your jaw line slimmer.
  • In order words, to get V shape face. (I was not being told at that time. Anyway I was quite young back then and I wasn’t demanding. I thought going to famous dental clinic in the town, pay the high price tag and I’ll get perfect nice teeth which at the end it doesn’t work this way. It’s a 2 ways communication and there’s a need to discuss exactly what you need and your priorities with the orthodontist, i’ve prioritise the idea of not extracting any teeth and i sacrifice on the teeth alignment) 

Recommended? : Yes & No

  • Yes-teeth condition severely misaligned.
    The result is very quick. My dracula teeth moved down within 1-2 months. However, getting all the small details really takes time. I even request to extend and re-do the treatment to fix small details.
  • No- teeth condition not severe and just want to fix small things like gaps. 
    Not worth it to go through all the pain and can’t get perfectly fine teeth. For my case, I just can’t fix the teeth gaps. The teeth is naturally that way. I’ve friend that actually did braces to fix severe overbite issues. She told me personally that it doesn’t seem to work perfectly. The top deck of teeth still extruded and the bottom deck goes behind. Braces reduces it but seem like doesn’t fix it perfectly. 

the information provided is based on personal experiences, advises from my dentist and some reading materials which i’ve came across during my treatment. i do not guarantee 100% accuracy on the information provided as i do not have any professional qualification. it was just my personal experiences. the effect of damon braces might varies on different user. consult your dentist before making any decisions. 

Leave a msg below or e-mail me if there’s any questions. 
e-mail: jane.jiaen@gmail.com

 
 

Refer to other Damon braces related posts: 

https://imahappyidiot.blogspot.com/2013/03/blog-post_6633.html

https://imahappyidiot.blogspot.com/2012/04/lifestyle-damon-braces-recommended.html

Left, Before Damon Braces: misaligned Dracula teeth
Right, After Damon Braces: no misaligned Dracula teeth but there’s gaps between upper and lower deck of teeth  
 upper deck of teeth:
Right, Before Damon Braces: severe misaligned 
Left, After Damon Braces: properly aligned 

Home: Refrigerator buying guideline – Energy saving?

Q: How do you choose your fridge ?

  • We did survey among friends & sales person when purchase fridge and surprisingly the energy saving concept varies. some even said bottom freezer save energy.
  • It’s the best to follow the requirement from Energy Star by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy saving fridge requirement:

  • Require to have energy star certification by US, top freezer design, size limited to 453-566L.
  • Compare the energy star/ energy efficiency rating of the product model on energy star website to determine the best model.

Is the fridge really energy saving?:

  • Check on Energy STAR certification
  • ENERGY STAR certified fridge is 9% more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum standard for energy efficiency.
  • most famous brands in Malaysia only stated save more energy but not being certified by energy star.

Which freezer position save more energy?:

  • Top freezer> Bottom freezer>Side-by-side freezer
    -ENERGY STAR certified top-freezer: ~360 kWh or $45 a year to run.
    -ENERGY STAR certified bottom freezer: ~560 kWh or $70 a year to run.
    -ENERGY STAR certified side-by-side freezer:~ 630 kWh or about $75 a year to run
  • top-freezer refrigerator with ENERGY STAR uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb

Best size to save energy?:

  • 16-20 cubic feet. (453-566L)
  • the larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy consumption.

Top freezer refrigerators:

  • great for simplicity, convenience, energy saving but often don’t include the space-saving and high-tech features.
  • Best choice if energy efficiency & budget are priority concern.

Top freezer Pros:

  • more energy efficient
  • generally cheaper

Top freezer Cons:

  • probably won’t win any design awards
  • most top freezers are just wide open space
  • not for heavy freezer-user. Frozen food tends to be very unorganized and slip out off the fridge when it’s overloaded.

Bottom freezer refrigerators:

  • great for classy elegant and high-tech feature but less energy efficient & more pricey.
  • Best choice if organizing space, design and high tech feature are priority concern.

Bottom freezer Pros:

  • puts the fridge at eye level
  • built-in organizers, can have pull-drawer style, organizing baskets or shelves to keep everything in order
  • for heavy freezer-user with larger freezer section at the bottom of fridge and allow easier access to frozen food.
  • Typically with more high-tech features like auto ice maker, water dispenser
  • More to classy and elegant designer fridge.

Bottom freezer Cons:

  • less energy efficient (compressor located at bottom of fridge, it generates heat and require more energy for cooling)
  • generally more expensive

For home appliances purchase, you really have to rate your requirements and you’ll find the best design for yourself. We bought bottom freezer because of the high tech features, elegant design, organizing space & large size (750L). There’s no US energy star certification & just energy saving feature as the size is way beyond the typical energy saving size (453-566L).

-the information provided is based on personal experiences & reference materials during purchase 


Credits :

https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/refrigerators?qt-consumers_product_tab=2#qt-consumers_product_tab

https://energystar.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/211439598-What-s-more-energy-efficient-a-refrigerator-with-a-top-mounted-freezer-bottom-mounted-freezer-or-a-side-by-side-