In the middle of the lovely summer heat wave my (approx. 10 year old) fridge freezer decided it was too warm to work any more therefor leaving us with a relatively full fridge and freezer that didn't keep food cold! So the cooking of anything worth saving began, while we decided if it was worth the money to fix or if we should just replace. Well to cut a long story short this was the fridge freezer that fitted our needs!
I love how it has proper plastic shelves rather than our previous plastic wired ones. It also comes with a wine rack which is great as it saves bottles rolling about a flat shelf. It has two drawers at the bottom, one of which my son has claimed for his treats! It has three door shelves. The bottom one can easily hold a 6 pint milk bottle plus fruit juice, the middle one has two options on height and the top one is quite shallow but ideal for butter, eggs etc.
The freezer has four varying depth drawers. The obsessional part of me is loving having more drawers to divide up different food groups!! Really nice smooth drawers to open and close making it a dream to grab your frozen treats quick and easily!
I've found that this fridge freezer is not as deep as our previous one but it has not bothered me yet.
Overall I'm glad we purchased a new one and definitely happy with this fridge freezer.
The one kitchen appliance I've wanted and waited to buy for a long time has been an upright fridge freezer. In my last home I didn't have the space to stand one so made do with my under-the-counter fridge with a small ice box for storing frozen goods however when I moved to my new home last year I found that there was more than enough room to accommodate one but budget restraints and other priorities meant that I had to wait before I could afford one. Buying recently from Currys online during their Easter sales I took the plunge when I saw the Hoover HRFA54 on special offer at £249.99 from its supposed original price of £499.99, it seemed to offer me everything I wanted for a very good price and now that I've owned mine for a few weeks I thought the time was right to review it here.
The HRFA54 is a large, upright fridge freezer, the "S" in it's name stands for Silver and a "W" model in white is also available for roughly the same price. The features are the same whichever model is chosen but as the silver one was the one on offer at Currys that's the one I bought a few weeks ago. Aesthetically speaking it's not particularly remarkable looking, it's a freestanding fridge freezer that keeps food cold/frozen so nothing to get overly excited about but my first and ongoing impressions when I saw it were positive and inside it features a few extras that lift it from being a standard run-of-the-mill model. It measures 175cm in height, 55cm in depth and 58cm in width and given that I had a 60cm gap between my worktop and wall meant that mine is a nice, snug fit and fills the gap I had very well. The fridge is at the top and the freezer part sits beneath it, the doors open from left to right as standard but can be changed over if desired and I would say that it's a 50/50 fridge freezer with the same amount of space given to each section. There are a couple of wheels underneath the unit along with 2 feet at the front which makes moving it around a lot easier than other fridge freezers I've owned in the past so getting it stood in position was hassle-free and easily achieved.
The fridge has a gross capacity of 164.5 litres which equates to 5.8 cubic feet and the freezer 95.5 litres (3.4 cubic feet) It's A+ rated in terms of energy efficiency and other than a gentle hum I would say that it's very quiet and sits efficiently in place doing the thing it was designed for. Inside the fridge are 2 glass shelves, 2 salad boxes and the very nice inclusion of a wired bottle rack which I thought made for an unexpected bonus seeing as how I didn't notice when I ordered mine. The edges of the shelves are finished off with a chrome detailing which again gives it a nice look and lifts it from being just a standard-looking fridge and I do think that Hoover have put a lot of effort into delivering a very nice looking appliance that I'm very pleased to own. The shelves can be adjusted to suit, there are a number of grooves that allow them to be moved up and down the fridge so you can space them to your own requirements. There are 2 shelves in the door along with space for storing milk as you'd expect from a fridge and other than a temperature control there's nothing else in there to take up space or get in the way. I do like the bottle rack, this is a very handy inclusion for families I think and I make use of mine with bottles of fizzy drink and wine when it needs chilling. The salad boxes are of good depth that they hold a fair amount of produce and are the perfect size for storing cans or salad bags which are then kept chilled and fresh. The chrome edges are easy to keep clean, they wipe easily as do the glass shelves themselves so keeping the fridge at its best is easily to keep on top of. The interior light is quite a bright, white light and gives a cool look rather than a yellow illumination you'd might expect from a fridge, I think it adds to the quality and look of the appliance and in its own way is quite stylish and something a little bit different. Keeping the exterior of the fridge freezer clean is easy enough only requriing a wipe over with a damp cloth and even though the silver is quite glossy it's not prone to showing marks or fingerprints although I suspect it might not retain its sleekness should there be young, sticky fingers around.
The freezer section is split into 4 equally sized plastic draws that pull out and push in, again they are of good depth to hold a fair amount of boxes, bags etc and I would say that there is enough room to accommodate a family's freezer shop without running out of space. The only thing missing is a pull-out ice cube tray which could be a negative point for some, this doesn't bother me personally as I buy bags of ice cubes but I thought it worth mentioning here as that's the only drawback that comes to mind. The plastic drawers are well made, tough and durable. Made from thick plastic I don't doubt their durability whatsoever and they have a nice, smooth action when pulled out and pushed back in again. The freezer is well designed I think, I like how each of the drawers are the same size and providing 4 of them gives me more than enough space to store my frozen goods and as there is no waste of space with an ice cube section I find that there is no ice formation thus removing the need for defrosting the unit. The freezer drawers are clear so you can see what's in there, again this is a nice touch I think although I still forget where I put things so have to go searching but that's more down to me being disorganised rather than a problem with the appliance itself.
The Hoover brand is discretely displayed on the front of the fridge in a silver decal but other than that it's a clean and sleek appliance that fits my kitchen well. I do think that it has been very well made, the finishing touches are good with the bottle rack being my favourite part of the fridge as it's inclusion was unexpected. I do think that the unit as a whole is big enough for a couple or a small family, there's certainly enough space for my grocery shopping and for the money I paid I think it has been a very good buy. I don't think it's a £500 fridge freezer though in all honesty and believe that Currys inflated the price just so that it appeared to be a 'bargain' when offered on sale. It doesn't have a water dispenser which I know is a popular inclusion on some higher-priced fridge freezers for example and its minimalistic design may be a bit on the plain side for some but for me it's an efficient and functional item that serves its purpose well. For a shade under £250.00 I think it has been a good buy and have no criticisms with the space it offers or how it keeps my food frozen and chilled.
Available from the usual electrical retailers the Hoover HRFA54 in both white and silver is still a current model so shouldn't be too hard to track down. I'd recommend it to others and as far as my rating here goes it gets 5 stars as I can't fault it at all. Thanks for reading my review.
Short name: Hoover HRFA54S