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I have owned this Hotpoint (RFA52) fridge freezer for a good three years now and up until recently it has served me well, I will be replacing the appliance soon so thought I would take the time to review the Hotpoint (RFA52) before its retirement.
The Hotpoint (RFA52) is a fairly basic fridge freezer, which is just fine by me, my previous appliance just beeped at me the whole live long day. EU law states that Fridge Freezers made after 1/7/12 must have an energy efficiency rating between A+++ and A+, the Hotpoint (RFA52) is an old model made before this date and has the energy rating A. It is decent in size, it has the following dimensions: (H) 174 x (W) 54 x (D) 58. The fridge capacity is 155 litres, whilst the freezer has a 150 litre capacity.
We are a family of four and it has suited our everyday needs well enough, however over holiday periods (christmas etc) we really could have done with something a little roomier. Indeed, I will be looking for something a little bigger next time. I think this fridge freezer would be best suited to couples or small families, large families would certainly struggle.
It has a fridge over freezer design. The fridge section contains 3 glass safety shelves which can be adjusted and 2 clear front drawers for salad (etc). Inside the door there are three shelves (the top two of which can be adjusted), I tend to use the bottom one for milk & cartons of juice and the top ones for dairy produce. If my memory serves me correctly it also came with a egg tray, however we don't keep our eggs in the fridge so it was quickly disposed of. As with most fridges there is also a light in there which comes on when the door is opened and goes off when the door is closed (although who can truly confirm the latter!). There is also a temperature dial with 5 settings, the dial is badly positioned and can so easily be knocked without my knowledge causing the temperature to drop, which I find really annoying.
The bottom half is the fridge freezer which contains 4 drawers, the lowest one having a smaller capacity than the others. The draws are easy enough to open and close but I feel that the plastic handles are quite weak, one of ours snapped off altogether. Replacement drawers are available from various retailers (eg Amazon), they are quite pricey though so I have never bothered. The fridge freezer originally came with removable blue ice cube trays which were attached to the front of the freezer drawers, in theory this was a great space saving idea but unfortunately it just didn't work. The ice cube trays were an absolute nightmare and not really fit for purpose so I ended up removing them.
For the first few years after my initial purchase I found that I only needed to defrost the freezer every four - five months, these days this awful chore must be done every two - three months. I have also found that the temperature in the fridge is far too cold with some food kept at the back even freezing, this is the case regardless of what setting I have the temperature dial at. To be honest I am not quite sure what has caused these recent problems because up until recently it has been fine. Perhaps it was the recent house move which upset it, or its simply just getting a little old.
Overall I have been happy enough with the Hotpoint (RFA52) fridge freezer, I feel I don't have great luck with kitchen appliances, so three years life is pretty good for me. As I mentioned earlier I am looking to buy a new fridge freezer in the near future, but I will be choosing a frost free one this time and one with a larger capacity.
A quick look online shows me that the Hotpoint (RFA52) fridge freezer is still available. It is currently priced at £269 (delivery charges apply) on Boots Kitchen Appliances.
I have had this fridge freezer for two months and haven't had any problems with it. The fridge capacity is enough for a family of four (2 teenagers!) and stays at a stable temperature. It is kept in a utility room which can get very cold, but I haven't noticed any changes in internal temp. Condensation does build up on the back but drains through the bottom hole.
The freezer capacity is maybe a little less than I would have liked but means I have to use food more quickly - probably a good thing!! One major niggle are the ice cube trays on the front of the freezer drawers, they seem like good idea but are very small and you can't see how much water to put in. My son bashes the tube on the worktop to dislodge the cubes, which is REALLY annoying and probably not good for the top or ice cube holder.
The motor is extremely quiet, in fact sometimes I have to open the fridge door to check it is still working! There are no lights or indicators on the outside to show the appliance is on.
Overall a reasonably priced appliance which keeps food cold - what more would you want.