Stinol refrigerators: reviews, ranking of the best models + tips for customers

Evgenia Kravchenko
Checked by a specialist: Evgenia Kravchenko
Author: Natalya Listyeva
Last update: August 2019

A refrigerator is one of the most necessary appliances in the kitchen, so you need to be very responsible for its choice. Do you agree? More recently, Stinol refrigerators were the most popular among buyers. They were considered prestigious and operational-comfortable, and a large number of people wanted to purchase them.

However, the brand did not last long. Economic difficulties put an end to the successful plant, and the company eventually became the property of Indesit. Investors re-equipped the workshops and introduced several technological innovations, but promised to maintain the spirit and traditions of their beloved brand.

In this material we will talk about the features of the refrigeration equipment of the Indesit concern, consider the product lines manufactured by the plant, and also name the TOP-5 best models of the manufacturer. In addition, in the article you will find expert advice to potential buyers and reviews of owners of refrigerators of this brand.

The principles of the Lipetsk plant

By technology, released under the popular world brands, but in Russian factories, buyers have always been wary. However, there is nothing to be afraid of. Devices assembled and equipped by local craftsmen are almost in no way inferior to equipment made abroad.

Indesit Corporation, which bought the Styrene plant in Lipetsk, completely reorganized the interior. The Italians equipped the workshops with modern automatic lines, and in the neighborhood built a progressive logistics center.

Workshop of Lipetsk Refrigeration Equipment Plant
At the former Stinol plant in Lipetsk, now owned by Indesit Corporation, three-level quality control has been introduced. Thanks to such a system, a defective, defective product has practically no chance of being in the store and getting to the buyer

The process of manufacturing and assembling refrigeration equipment was taken under strict control by Italian engineers. Training was organized for the staff and provided the opportunity to improve their qualifications in special courses.

In addition, it was decided to bring the main work units, original replacement parts and technological components from abroad.

In the shops of the Lipetsk enterprise, they created comfortable conditions that made it possible to assemble a turnkey refrigerator, test for potential breakdowns and timely eliminate the discovered shortcomings and problems.

This made it possible to start the production of devices that meet the most stringent standards, but are somewhat cheaper than similar products made in Europe.

The interests of Indesit in the Russian Federation are represented by Indesit International CJSC. This organization controls all issues related to the production of refrigerators, and conducts active logistics activities that ensure the distribution of products throughout the country.

Assembly shop for refrigerators in Lipetsk
Now the Lipetsk plant is on the list of leaders representing high-quality domestic refrigeration equipment on the Russian market. The most successful are inexpensive, roomy budget models

Today in Lipetsk produce the following devices:

  • built in a niche or under a table-top;
  • single-chamber and two-chamber freestanding;
  • household freezers.

The sale is carried out by the official representative of the brand in Russia - a subsidiary of Indesit RUS LLC. It also organizes the possibility of acquiring refrigerators manufactured at the former Stinol plant throughout the country.

Products are distributed through online stores and popular chains specializing in the sale of household appliances.

The products of the Lipetsk plant, manufactured on Italian equipment, taking into account the traditions of Stinol and the latest innovative developments, attract customers with a reasonable price, high level of reliability, practicality and European quality.

Models from Indesit representative in Russia

The Lipetsk plant of refrigeration equipment, once producing Stinols, now manufactures Indesit and Hotpoint-Ariston equipment. Both brands are owned by Indesit International.

The units are equipped with reliable and modern compressors of such companies as:

  • Danfos (Denmark);
  • Sicop (Slovenia);
  • ACC (Italy);
  • Jiaxipera (China).

Accessories, internal containers and boxes are made of quality materials. Glass for shelves has high strength and withstands a load of 35 kg. This guarantees absolutely safe storage of any products and prepared dishes.

Hotpoint-Ariston in the interior
Not only Italian artists, but also the famous Japanese designer Makio Hasukite worked on the concept of the exterior design of the Hotpoint-Ariston Lipetsk line. Thanks to its influence in products, it was possible to harmoniously combine the clarity of simple lines with the sophistication of forms.

Lipetsk products marked with the inscription Indesit belong to the segment of cheaper, low-cost equipment, and Hotpoint-Ariston Series includes middle and upper class models.

Features of refrigeration equipment

Units created at the Lipetsk plant represent a fundamentally new level of household appliances that meets all modern requirements. Along with advanced Italian technologies in production, the achievements made by Stinol engineers are used.

Thanks to such an integrated approach, reliable and high-quality devices come off the assembly line, attracting the attention of customers with a pleasant appearance, progressive functionality and a reasonable, balanced price that does not hit the family budget too much.

The advantage of Stinol refrigerators
The main advantage of refrigerators with the Stinol logo and products manufactured by the Lipetsk factory under foreign brands is its affordable price, because customs duties do not affect it

Technologically "chips" products

Indesit Corporation is constantly improving and regularly introducing innovative technologies and innovative ideas into production, which make it possible to increase the functionality and operational comfort of the units.

Among the most popular options available in refrigerators made at the Lipetsk plant, there are such positions as:

  • Air Tech Evolution No Frost - revolutionary cooling system. It stimulates the circulation of air flows in the interior of the chambers and creates ideal conditions for food storage.
  • AristonIntegratedRefrigeration - The latest type of ventilation. Rationally distributes temperature and optimum humidity across all compartments.
  • Vacation - option that puts the device into standby mode. Provides for the entire period of absence of the owners a single cooling level with minimal electrical consumption.
  • Quick chill / freeze - Allows for a short time to cool and deeply freeze a large batch of products.
  • Cool care zone - allows the use of a freezer drawer in four different cooling options.
  • Ice party - exclusive option. Cools champagne bottles correctly in a special bucket with refrigerant.

All models have a different set of the above options. The buyer can choose for himself what he really will use, and for which there is no point in overpaying.

Cooling cameras according to the Nou Frost system
The cameras of the new models supplied by the Lipetsk manufacturer to the domestic market are cooled without the formation of hoarfrost and snow shell. Refrigerators are equipped with the latest achievements in the field of household appliances

Energy Efficiency and Climate Features

Russian-made refrigerators manufactured at the Stinol plant under the Hotpoint-Ariston and Indesit brands have several energy classes - from B to A ++. The most economical appliances are valued somewhat more expensive, but over time it pays off by a significant reduction in electricity consumption.

Among the products there are models of all classical climatic classes and units with finer settings that provide for operation in a mixed climate, for example, SN-T or SN-ST.

Having familiarized with the characteristics, the user can choose for himself the most convenient and comfortable product.

Stinol refrigerator
Among the trading offers of the Lipetsk plant there are units with a middle and highest class in terms of economical energy consumption. Because Since refrigerators are operated almost continuously, it is worth choosing class models from A to A ++. For giving class B is quite enough

Product lines manufactured by the factory

Today, the production complex in Lipetsk is fully loaded. The plant collects such lines of refrigerators as:

  • “Evolution” - Hotpoint-Ariston;
  • Basic, New Line, Icon, and Giugiaro are Indesit.

Most of the products enter the domestic Russian market and partially go to neighboring countries.

General Description of Russian Hotpoint-Ariston

Under the Hotpoint-Ariston brand, the Lipetsk plant produces refrigerators marked Ecotech. This means that the models are not harmful to the environment or to the user.

They have high technical parameters, demonstrate excellent performance and have an attractive design.

Hotpoint-Ariston Refrigerators
The volume of cooling chambers for refrigerators made in Lipetsk varies between 80-300 liters, and freezers - from 40 to 150 liters

Among the wide range of offers, customers are offered free-standing and built-in one- and two-door modules with different locations of the freezer compartment. In terms of dimensions, the gradation is very wide. Available are small (about 40 cm in height) economy options and full 2-meter units.

In the series HBM the freezer is at the bottom. The average volume of the cooling compartment is 233 liters, and the freezing compartment is 85 liters.

The kit includes a meat container and an egg stand made of high-strength eco-friendly plastic. Inside are removable tempered glass shelves and a compartment for storing greens.

Representatives of the line E4d offer customers more options for storing edibles. The capacity of the refrigerator is 470 liters and allows you to load a large number of products and prepared dishes.

Four-door Hotpoint-Ariston E4D AA
The E4D with an additional AA marking is equipped with a freezer compartment with two self-contained chambers, each of which opens separately

In addition to the egg niche, the E4D has convenient bottle holders and special trays for vegetables and fruits, equipped with humidity sensors. Externally, the unit looks restrained and elegant, which makes it easy to fit into any design solution implemented in the kitchen or dining room.

Icon Modules Hf equipped with a practical and convenient No Frost system. Modern technological developments create optimal conditions inside the cooling compartment, allowing to maintain the initial freshness of products within 9 days.

An antibacterial coating protects the internal surface of the unit from the formation of harmful microorganisms, fungi and mold manifestations. The active option of superfreezing makes it possible to freeze more than 2 kg of products per day without losing their gastronomic qualities.

Devices BCB are a classic version of a domestic refrigerator. The freezer is located below and requires manual defrosting. The cooling compartment has removable shelves to optimize space for personal needs.

BCB Hotpoint-Ariston Refrigerator
A feature of the BCB modules is their excellent capacity with a compact width (only 54 cm). This unit is suitable for small kitchens and easily fits in the pantry

Apparatus HBT equipped with revolving doors. Containers for meat, fruits and vegetables are conveniently located, are easily removed, washed and are resistant to minor mechanical damage. The plastic from which they are made has excellent transparency and retains it throughout the entire operational period.

When you turn off the electrics, the freezer maintains the set temperature for 13 hours. Of course, this is not the most impressive indicator, but the presence of such a function will help at least for some time to maintain reserves in the event of a force majeure situation.

Distinctive features of Lipetsk Indesit

The company in Lipetsk under the brand Indesit mainly produce budget models. They are distinguished by good energy efficiency (class B and higher), are controlled by electromechanics, have ergonomic compartments for different types of products and cost reasonable money.

The exterior design is classic. This moment allows you to harmoniously fit the refrigerator into any interior.

Unit NBS 20 AA from the Basik series differs in capacity, but at the same time has a small width and easily becomes in the kitchen of small and medium sizes. Electricians consume only 294 k / W per year. When you turn off the energy in the freezer for 19 hours keeps a low temperature.

Refrigerator Indesit NBS 20 AA
The inner drawers of NBS 20 AA are made of high transparency plastic. Thanks to this, opening the refrigerator, you can immediately see where what products are

Simple and inexpensive two-chamber RAA28 or the New Line range is suitable for use in all climates. The freezer is located on top and thawed dropwise. The recessed handles allow you to use the door gently without putting extra load on it

Indesit RAA28
The RAA28 device is very economical and belongs to class A. Having bought such an aggregate, the owners will be able to qualitatively cool, freeze and store products without overpaying for an electrician

BIAA 20 UA Icon series is designed in a restrained, elegant style. Particular refinement is given to it by overhead extended handles located on the door. The interior space is competently divided by impact-resistant glass shelves with white metal sides. The freezer is located below and is equipped with three plastic drawers.

Bicameral Indesit BIAA 20
The main advantages of the BIAA 20 UA model are capacity with relatively small dimensions, quiet compressor operation and an 18-month manufacturer’s warranty

The main feature of the refrigerator Prime Giugiaro PBAA 34 NF X D - This is a unique appearance developed by the Giugiaro Design studio. The "filling" is not far behind these parameters. The functionality and capabilities are very wide and raise the operating comfort to a very high level.

Indesit with No Frost
In PBAA 34 NF X D, the No Frost system is installed, which prevents the formation of frost and frost on the walls. There is no need to defrost the freezer. The process is automatic and does not require user participation

The Pure Wind function contributes to even cooling of food in all compartments, and the control panel with sound and light signals informs the owner in a timely manner of any problems, malfunctions and interruptions in the supply of electrics.

The rating of the best Indesit models can be found in this stuff.

The best models of the brand Stinol

Consider 5 advanced models produced by the Lipetsk plant under the Stinol brand. The list of their advantages traditionally includes an extremely attractive price and innovative technologies borrowed by the engineers of the Lipetsk plant from Italian employees.

Refrigerator # 1 - Stinol STN 200

The two-meter two-chamber refrigerator is made in a classic white tone.

The unit offers potential owners a useful volume of 359 liters, of which 106 liters are occupied by the freezer located below. A model can perfectly freeze up to 2.5 kg per day.

Both Stinol STN 200 chambers are cooled in accordance with the principles of No Frost technology, which means that they do not require regular defrosting in order to remove ice and snow growths.

Electromechanical type control, simple and reliable, insensitive to difficult operating conditions. After turning off the power supply, the unit is able to keep cold for another 13 hours. According to the data on energy consumption, the model received class A.

Refrigerator # 2 - Stinol STS 200

From the previous model, the Stinol STS 200 refrigerator does not differ in external dimensions, but it is slightly ahead of us in useful volumes.

The total displacement of the internal space is 363 liters, of which 128 liters are allocated for the freezer compartment. The unit can freeze up to 2 kg per day.

Both cameras of the model are cooled by the static method, i.e. snow growths and hoarfrost will periodically appear inside. Defrosting is carried out manually at the intervals specified in the manufacturer's instructions.

An electromechanical device is installed for control. Not as convenient as its electronic counterpart, but rarely malfunctioning and well protected from possible moisture. The model can remain cold after turning off the power for up to 19 hours. According to the energy consumption data, the unit received class B.

Refrigerator # 3 - Stinol STS 150

The height of this two-chamber refrigerator is 1.5 meters, which did not fail to affect the size of the usable volume.

The model will offer future owners only 263 liters. Of these, 72 l is located at the bottom of the freezer, up to 2 kg can be frozen in it per day.

Cooled by Stinol STS 150 drip method. So, the owners have to periodically defrost the unit manually. True, a microclimate is formed inside the chambers of such refrigerators, which contributes to the preservation of freshness and elasticity of greens / fruits / vegetables.

It is controlled by an electromechanical system. After disconnecting from the power supply, the unit will independently hold the temperature background necessary for the products for up to 15 hours. The refrigerator received class B in terms of energy efficiency.

Refrigerator # 4 - Stinol STN 185

A two-chamber unit with a height of 185 cm offers a useful space of 333 liters.

106 l are allotted to the freezer below. You can freeze it up to 2.5 kg per day.

Both the Stinol STN 185 freezer and refrigerator are cooled according to the No Frost system. Forced defrosting of the unit’s cameras is not necessary, asStable air circulation inside eliminates the formation of condensate and its freezing products. They are thawed no more than a couple of times a year in order to put the equipment in order.

The model is controlled by an electromechanical device. If the power supply is interrupted, it will be able to maintain the operating temperature for up to 13 hours. In terms of energy efficiency, this option has received class A.

Refrigerator # 5 - Stinol STD 125

The single-chamber model is ideal for lovers of country life, owners of rooms in dormitories and owners of studio apartments.

The height of the unit is only 125 cm, while the volume of its usable space is 225 liters. Underneath the low-temperature compartment, 28 liters are allotted.

Cooling Stinol STD 125 drip type. It will be necessary to defrost it manually, but they are doing it now much less often than during the years when the first weeping refrigerators appeared.

A single-door chiller is controlled by an electromechanical system that rarely gives trouble to owners. Its cost is more than acceptable. In terms of energy efficiency, the model received B class.

What to look for when choosing a refrigerator?

In order to buy a refrigerator correctly and not to overpay, it is necessary to determine in advance in what conditions the unit will be operated and how much products will be stored in it.

For a family of 2-3 people living in a small-sized city apartment, compact-width devices that do not take up much space are suitable.

Two-door refrigerator in the interior
If in the region of residence there are interruptions with the supply of electrics, it makes sense to take an aggregate capable of maintaining the optimum temperature for storage in the freezer for a long time offline

Those who often travel on business and do not keep large food supplies at home should pay attention to products with the “Vacation” function. Thanks to her, you can set the refrigerator to work in "sleep" mode for the duration of the absence of the owners. This will save a significant amount on utility bills.

Technological functions of the refrigerator
It is not at all necessary to buy a device crammed with an expanded package of functions. It is better to choose a model with options that you plan to use constantly, and not from case to case

For large, high-capacity refrigerators, the energy class is an important criterion. To save food and reasonably consume an electrician, it is worth taking an A + or A ++ level unit. For small household appliances, this moment is not so significant, so you can save on it. Learn more about how much electricity refrigerators consume. read on.

Customer feedback on products

Customers respond differently to products made at the former Stinol plant under the Indesit and Hotpoint-Ariston brands. Among the pluses is the loyal price, for which you can buy not only a basic unit with a minimum of functions, but also a rather “sophisticated” device.

Refrigerator integrated in the kitchen
The ability to integrate the refrigerator into the kitchen is one of the essential advantages of the equipment produced at the Lipetsk plant. This helps save usable space.

Customers positively evaluate the internal arrangement, the presence of strong and durable removable shelves, roomy containers for different types of products and the opportunity rearrange doors.

Among the minuses are often called not too good build quality and instability to active use of flagella and seals. These elements wear out very quickly and require regular replacement, like thermal relay sensors.

Experts note some problems in refrigerators with electronic control. The internal board often burns out without having served its due date, and it has to be reflashed or replaced with a new one.

Poor soldering of the circuit pipes, which Russian devices often sin, often leads to leakage of freon. The replacement process itself is not difficult, but it takes time and skill. Wizards from the service center fix the problem quickly, but you will definitely have to pay for it.

Most of all, potential buyers are afraid of compressor failure, but such a breakdown happens in refrigerators extremely rarely. Even models equipped with a Chinese device work clearly and are not afraid of heavy use.

Compressor for refrigerator
Some Indesit ranges are equipped with compressors from the Chinese company Jiaxipera. This is a reliable manufacturer, has been on the market for 30 years. His models run on freon and the progressive R-600 refrigerant. The only minus of the devices is the noise during operation.

Indesit engineers advise customers to purchase equipment to protect equipment from power surges. voltage rectifier. This element will save equipment from sudden combustion in the event of an unexpected blackout and reduce the load on the compressor, thereby extending its service life.

Conclusions and useful video on the topic

Recommendations for choosing the optimal refrigeration equipment:

How to create refrigeration equipment in Lipetsk. Excursion to the production shops of the enterprise.

Many customers complain that it is no longer possible to buy a refrigerator called Stinol, and recall how convenient and inexpensive the Russian units were.

Given this moment, Indesit Corporation, which bought the plant, emphasizes that it uses Stinol's achievements in production and, supplementing them with European innovations, manufactures high-quality devices that in all respects surpass the once popular Stinol models.

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Visitors Comments
  1. Andrew

    The Italians re-equipped the plant there so that almost every Indesit is a marriage, it serves only 5-7 years. Many decent stores do not get involved with this technique due to numerous defects.

    • Alexander

      Maybe the name of these decent stores you can name? Because Indesit accounts for more than 30% of sales of large household appliances in Russia. Which, as it seems to me, is quite a lot. The drawdown in quality could be related to the launch of a refrigerator factory in Lipetsk. But 15 years have passed already, if there were any problems at first, then now the build quality is no worse than in Italy.

  2. We have Stinol STN 185. We are happy with everything, if you don’t really find fault with the little things, like the lack of an egg rack and molds for freezing ice. And so everything is pretty standard - four glass shelves that can be rearranged to a convenient level, there are two containers for vegetables and fruits. There are 4 shelves on the door. There are three boxes of normal size in the freezer, everything fits in our room. It is possible to outweigh the door. The refrigerator works almost inaudibly.

  3. I bought a Stinol refrigerator model RF NF 345A.008 in November 2001 and still works flawlessly. The only drawback is that the freezer drawers are falling apart, apparently from old age.

  4. Expert
    Evgenia Kravchenko

    According to the reviews of the former master of the plant, I can tell you that the refrigerators are very good in assembly, both in terms of quality and quality of materials used. The weakest point is the compressor and, as already noted above, they do not know how to make boxes in our refrigeration equipment.

    In general, it is quite maintainable models at a budget cost. I have been working with Stinol reassembly for many years and everything is fine.

  5. I bought a Stinol-RF-305A refrigerator in 2005.In 2007, a fire broke out in the house - everything burned out, and my Stinolchik just melted a little at the top and the gum suffered a lot, but in the yard 2019, and it works! True, his appearance was not good enough for him, but I can’t buy a new one, the pension does not allow it.

    I want to say to those people who made this refrigerator many thanks for their diligent work! With great pleasure I would have bought the same refrigerator, but in our Engels Stinol’a I have not yet met. Thanks again to the manufacturer.

    • Expert
      Evgenia Kravchenko

      Indeed, refrigerators of this brand have always been known for their quality. We now have Stinol in the country, too, and this is the real Steenol Frankenstein, when the master of 2 killed refrigerators and a new motor assembled one working one that had survived the terrible operating conditions already during the “second” life and was still almost unkillable.

  6. Sergei

    Why once released? You have outdated data. They are still releasing Stinol. In 2016, Stinol refrigerators began to be produced again. Literally this Saturday, he himself purchased a freezer of this brand - “Stinol” model STZ 150 F. And yes, the plant already belongs to the American concern “Whirlpool”, which bought the company “Indesit” in 2014.

    • Expert
      Evgenia Kravchenko

      This is not the same “Steel of Novolipezk”. In fact, everything has changed, only the brand remains.