“ Brand: Hotpoint „
For first house I needed a fridge freezer that would take up as little floor space as possible with the biggest capacity. This style of upright fridge freezer server this purpose well. Why did I buy it? ----------------- I was working for a company that could get a big discount on this product - I got it for around £400 over 3 years ago. I have limited space in my house but a family requiring maximum storage. Storage ------- The fridge an freezer compartments are of roughly the same size. Both make almost full use of the available cabinet space. The frost free design means no cooling element, just a pump at the bottom with a fan to circulate the cold air to the firdge or the freezer given maximum storage space The fridge is very practical, a decent light at the top illuminates well, adjustable shelves, two salad / veg draws with humidity controls - great for storing different fruit and veg. There is also a practical and safe raw meat storage draw at the very bottom ensuring it is kept well away from other food, and at a lower temperature than the rest of the fridge (just above 0C). The door gives lot of space, holds 2 or 3 large (6pint) bottles of milk along with a cheese compartment, two trays for sauces etc and an egg tray for 11 eggs (slightly annoying - why not 12?) The door remain light and easy to open even when heavily loaded. The freezer makes good use of the space. The baskets however are awakward to use when it gets full as boxes snag on the basket above or below jamming them in. The top is not a draw but a flap instead for the fast freeze compartment. The bottom draw is about half the depth of the others. The plastic draw runner on this one has borke but it is still usuable. Controls -------- Easy to use digital read out displaying the freezer temperature and the fridge at the touch of a button. You can set the fridge from 2C to 6C, the freezer is fixed at -22C. The fast freeze button pe
rforms well, droping the temparature down to as much as -38C in a few hours, great when putting lots of new items in. The LCD display is clear but not easy to see in the dark. It incorporates a warning symbol if a compartment rises above a safe temperature altough I'd never notice it as I tend not to look at the LCD very often. An audilble alarm would be more sensible. Day-to-day ---------- I have used it heavily (family use) for over 3 years without any problems. I has become noisy lately, I think a fan inside has got some ice built up on it. It is important not to put exposed wet items in a Frost Free freeze as the water will be evaporated and build up in the freezing engine. Stlye ----- Great, paid extra to get a silver finish although it is more grey than silver it looks impressive.
We have owned our Hotpoint Mistral Fridge/Freezer FF72 for 1.5 years and have not had one problem with its functionality during this time. The fridge section contains 2 large clear salad/vegetable bins with humidity control for each bin and a separate chiller section underneath to keep certain foods at a lower temperature. The door has different sections to contain bottles or large containerswith a sliding retainer (useful to secure bottles when shutting the door). The door also has 4 commodity racks, one with a lid for butter and one for eggs. They can all be moved to different heights to suit. There are 2 adjustable shelves plus a glass shelf on top of the salad bins. There are adjustable rack shelves with various different height settings. The freezer section is frost free with a fast freeze section at the top and 3 storage baskets. On the inside of the door is a handy frozen food storage guide. The outside of the fridge/freezer has a temperature display which you can set to show either the fridge temp or freezer temp. One thing we found very useful was the fact that the doors can be taken off and the hinge changed over to open the opposite way. We made use of this when we moved house as there wasn't room to open the door on its original side. Both parts of the fridge/freezer have worked perfectly since we bought it. Two little niggles I have are the fact that the freezer baskets are not see through to see at a glance what is in the containers and the shelves inside the fridge do not have a flip section to lift if you have extra tall containers to stand on a shelf - if the door is full.
The combined fridge-freezer we got wasn't our first choice. That one was sold on us and the only one we could get to replace it was a newer model with fewer features. We were peeved but agreed tot ake it all the same. The important thing was that it had to match te wahsing machine we got which it does perfectly. There's bag loads of room in the fridge and more than enough space in the dorr cavity for drinks, etc. the freezer space could be a little more roomy fr my liking, but then I like to buy loads of food when I go shopping (side effect of being a fat bugger you see!). A good all-rounder though. It could be a bit quieter, sometimes at night the constant humming can be a bit annoying.
I have recently bought this frost free model to replace a seperate integrated fridge and freezer that had to remain in my previous house. I deliberated whether to buy the new very shapely Zanussi model - but at £150 more, decided that it was too much to pay just for its shape. This model is from Hotpoint's Mistral range. Features include a temperature display, chiller compartment to keep fresh meat and chilled foods at their ideal storage temperature, adjustable commodity racks allowing easy storage of 5 litre containers,and humidity control on salad bins. The only problen we have experienced is my husband found that the beer that he had stored on the top shelf of the fridge (next to the interior light) was literally ice beer the next day, so some adjustment from the pre-set fridge temperature was necessary. The benefit for me of having a frost free model was that there would be no defrosting, and no ice would form giving more storage space in the freezer compartments.
I have owned a Hotpoint Mistral FF72P fridge freezer for a year. A good size fridge with excellent storage facilities, it has a chiller meat/fish trays at the bottom, allowing the temperature in that compartment to be a liitle lower than the reast of the compartment. It is a frost free model which is obviously a major benefit and I believe is pretty standard these days. Also a temperature display, and a Fast Freeze compartment. A good fridge but a little unreliable it seems as I have unfortunately had to have two call outs to this fridge, in the first year. The first involved a freezer 'thermister' part replacement abd today the temperature in the fridge compartment has risen to 20+. But Hotpoint are pretty hot on customer service and in both cases sent out a service engineer on the same day. Waiting for engineers is the bain of my life at the moment what with washing machines and cd rom drives, but in most cases you have to wait 2 - 3 days minimum, to have same day service is a real plus in my eyes and I wish more repair services would consider 'on call' engineers. Update - this year old fridge of mine has now become unrepairable - it works but the temperature is not consistent, I was advised by the last engineer that because of the way these fridges are built there are only three replaceable parts two thermisters and the electronics, the wiring is all encased in the cavity. There fore after owning it for 13 months, I get a brand new fridge! Thankyou Hotpoint. Further update, I was going to get a brand new fridge freezer courtesy of Hotpoint but they fixed it! Ah well, at least the beer is cold now!
Short name: Hotpoint FF72